By the dongle server definition, it’s a very handy tool you can use to cut through the restrictions of accessing remote USB license dongles. There are two available options: the software and the hardware one. Keep on reading to find out more about both of them.
The hardware option involves the use of a dongle server that makes a USB dongle accessible across your network. When using a dongle server, it is not required to have the license dongle connected to the client’s machine for the client to access the protected data directly.
Hardware dongle servers have a substantive limitation on the number of users that can access the dongle in a typical point-to-point network connection: only one at a time. Luckily, there is a more versatile and user-friendly software alternative called Donglify. With its help, you can even redirect USB security keys over the Internet!
You’re going to all the way benefit from using Donglify if you are:
Anyone who owns a licensed software product protected with a USB security key.
A popular dongle server is the dongleserver Pro from SEH. It is a piece of hardware that makes possible a point-to-point connection over the network allowing users to access USB key dongles as if they were physically connected to the computer.
You can use dongleserver Pro as your hardware USB license dongle server to share hardware license keys over LAN. You’ll have two options to choose from: dongleserver Pro with 8 USB ports and dongleserver ProMAX with a good 20 of those. Both models are compatible with many popular dongle brands and have a lockable cover over the dongle compartment to prevent unauthorized physical access to the connected dongles.
Also, you can get optional add-ons, e.g. 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 for more comprehensive options of setting up the environment according to your specific requirements.