Get Started with USB for RDP
Step 1: Installing USB for RDP on your computer
Installing USB for RDP is an easy process.
Files are decompressed and copied into:
- "C:\Program Files\RDS-Tools\USB-for-RDP" folder (32 bits systems)
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\RDS-Tools\USB-for-RDP" folder (64 bits system).
The trial version is a full featured version limited to 2 weeks.
After the installation, there will be a new icon on your Desktop:
Step 2: Sharing an USB device on your computer
Plug your USB device (scanner, printer, dongle, drive, webcam... see the list of all USB devices that we support) into your computer.
Double-click on USB for RDP icon on your desktop to launch it. Your USB device should be displayed in the list, if not try to click on the "Refresh" button, as it can take some time for Windows to identify a newly plugged USB device.
Click on the "Share" button in the toolbar: your USB device is now shared. That means that it is ready to be connected and used remotely on another computer.
Step 3: Installing USB for RDP on your application server
If it is not already done, install USB for RDP on your application server as well.
USB for RDP must be installed on two computers to be working fine:
- your own computer, where your USB device is plugged,
- your application server, where you want to use your USB device.
Step 4: Installing your USB device's specific driver
Except if Windows already knows your USB device (for instance if it is an USB drive), you will need to install your USB device's driver on the application server.
Usually you can find the driver on a CD-ROM provided with the USB device and/or download the driver directly from its manufacturer website.
Please note that it is not required to have this driver installed on the computer on which the USB device is plugged, only on the target server where you want to use the USB device.
Step 5: Using a shared USB device on your application server
Using a standard mstsc (RDP) client or a TSplus RDP client, connect to your application server.
Double-click on USB for RDP icon on your application server's desktop to launch it, and click on the "Use Remote USB devices" tab. Your USB device should be displayed in the list, if not try to click on the "Refresh" button.
By default, the "Autoconnect" feature of USB for RDP is enabled, so your USB device should automatically be connected on your application server. If it is not the case, click on the "Connect" button to connect it.
You can now use your USB device on your remote application server, as if it was directly plugged on it.
We advise all our customers to read our online documentation.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or feedback about USB for RDP and/or this quick-start guide.