A USB dongle server is a useful tool to overcome restrictions of accessing remote USB license dongles. There are two options available: using software or hardware. Read on to find out more.
The hardware option involves the use of a dongle server. The dongle server makes your USB dongle available across your network. When using a dongle server, it is not necessary to have the license dongle connected to the client; the connected client can access the protected data directly.
The use of a dongle server is quite limiting in that only one user can access the dongle at a time in a typical point-to-point network connection. There is a more versatile and user-friendly option in the form of Donglify – a software alternative that allows you to redirect USB security keys over the Internet.
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To use Donglify you have to sign up by creating an account from the Donglify website. Once you have successfully created your account, you will be able to download the dongle server software.
Install the application on the device server – this is where the physical dongle will be attached. Also install the software on all the client machines that require remote access to the USB dongle.
Start Donglify and log in to your account when prompted.
In the window that appears after login, locate the "PLUS" icon. Click this to reveal a list of available USB dongles that can be shared with the client machines.
Take note of the "Multi-connect" or "Single-connect" options listed next to the USB dongle. Select the option as per your requirements. The "Multi-connect" option allows you to have multiple concurrent connections to the USB key dongle. Single connect only allows a single client connection at a time.
Click the radio button next to the USB dongle you want to share to select it, then click "Share".
On all the client machines, launch Donglify and sign in to your account. When the application launches you’ll see a list of devices that are available. Simply select the one you want to connect to, and click "Connect".
That’s all it takes. Donglify becomes a reliable USB key server in five simple steps. Now your USB key can be accessed from anywhere on your network.
A popular dongle server is the dongleserver Pro from SEH.
The dongleserver Pro is an effective and secure alternative that allows you to share software license dongles across a network. With four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports and four USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Port, the dongleserver Pro is compatible with a wide range of USB dongles. For additional peace of mind, the housing of the dongle server is lockable, prohibiting unauthorized access to the connected physical USB dongles.
Various optional add-ons are also available, such as a Rack Mount Kit that allows you to mount the dongleserver Pro into a standard 19-inch server rack.
The point-to-point connection provided by the dongleserver Pro is not limited to LAN. You can use it over VPN, VLAN and the Internet as well. This provides limitless options to set up your environment according to your specific requirements.