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How to share USB device (dongle) on two PCs

Postby DC-Choppah » Wed May 26, 2021 1:54 am

Without having to physically move the USB thumb drives (license dongles) I want to use the licenses on two PCs (not at the same time).

I have Protools on an iLock and I have Lexicon and Waves on a USB thumbdrive.

Currently I have to move the dongles. The PCs are in separate rooms on the same Gigabit LAN.

Only one copy of Protools is licensed so I just use one at a time.

The other other software actually allows for multiple PCs to use the license simultaneously.

What is a good way to do this?
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Re: How to share USB device (dongle) on two PCs

Postby Moroccomoose » Wed May 26, 2021 5:05 am

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Re: How to share USB device (dongle) on two PCs

Postby DC-Choppah » Wed May 26, 2021 1:50 pm

Moroccomoose wrote:I use one of these to switch mouse and keyboard between my work computer and home (studio) computer

Thanks

It appears that the maximum length for a USB cable is only 5 meters.

My PCs are maybe 15 meters apart in separate rooms.

So it doesn't seem that this would work for me. Darn
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Re: How to share USB device (dongle) on two PCs

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed May 26, 2021 2:07 pm

There are plenty of USB cable extenders available. I think I'd go for the ones that use CAT5/6 cabling.

You'll find a selection here: https://www.amazon.com/usb-cat5-extender/s?k=usb+cat5+extender
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Re: How to share USB device (dongle) on two PCs

Postby DC-Choppah » Wed May 26, 2021 4:13 pm

Thank you. Those extenders look great. Up to 150'.

I will have to run a separate CAT5 cable between the machines.


BTW I did try to do this using software-only which is to use one of the 'USB over network' software. I did try https://www.virtualhere.com/home

What happens is when you try to connect to the iLock from the client, you get an error that says: You cannot share an iLock. You must disconnect it and reconnect it. An when you do that (but leave it on the other machine) it finds the ilock but says that there are no licenses available.

As far as I understand, I will not have this iLock sharing problem using the USB switch box and long CAT5 cables with USB extenders. The iLock should just think it is connected to the PC directly. Right?!?
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