Working With USB Network Gate

If you work with 3D imagery often, check what it is like to move 3D objects on a screen with a 3D mouse. Unlike a regular 2D mouse this input device provides access to three dimensions – right-left, back-forward and up-down. Thanks to the ability to rotate around each axis, 3D mice are often called 6DOF (“six degrees of freedom”) devices. Also known as 3D navigation devices or 3D motion controllers they are very popular among graphic designers and those who work with 3D imagery on a regular basis. ‘Pan/ zoom’, ‘tilt/ spin/ roll’ – all your movements can be merged so you get to streamline and optimize your workflow.

If you are a regular computer user, it is likely you have to work over a remote desktop protocol once in a while. However RDP typically does not allow you to access USB ports. Does it mean you cannot use your 3D mouse in a remote desktop? Not really, as long as you have USB Network Gate – this software application allows you to access USB ports over RDP, i.e. it works as a USB port redirector.

This is how it works:

  1.     First, download and install USB Network Gate.

The application needs to be installed on both machines – the one to which your 3D mouse is connected, and the one that needs to access it over RDP.

  1.     Launch the app on the former machine, go to ‘Devices’ tab, where you’ll see the list of devices available in the system. Locate your mouse and click ‘Share’, check if you need to change ‘Settings’ such as the port number, encryption, etc.
  1.     Launch the app on the computer that needs access over RDP, the shared device should be visible there. Click ‘Connect’ and start using the 3D mouse as if it were connected directly to your machine.

USB Network Gate is a compact app that does not require much of your memory space, yet the functionality it offers will certainly make your workflow much more efficient. The neat and intuitive interface is a bonus.