I need to control some USB smartcard readers from a virtual machine (linux), can you recommend a device with good drivers to let the VM see the physical USB devices connected like a physical computer?

  • Please elaborate this question. You want to connect USB(Pendrives) to Vm Machines which works like physical. is that so?
    – user12794
    Jun 24, 2019 at 9:17
  • I have to connect a physical smartcard reader to a VM. But I cannot use directly its host. Then I'm looking for something like a general USB sharing device over network.
    – Tobia
    Jun 24, 2019 at 9:30

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If I understand you correctly, you're looking for a device with at least one USB port. Any USB device connected to that ”hub“ will be ”shared“ to the VM. If that's the case, I suggest you to search the internet for the following word combinations:

  • USB over IP
  • USB over ethernet
  • ethernet USB device server
  • ethernet USB sharing station

I've seen deviced by these brands: Silex, SEH, coolgear, DIGI, SIIG, StarTech.

  • Thank you. Do you have any suggestion about reliability of those brands?
    – Tobia
    Aug 3, 2019 at 13:09
  • I'm afraid, no. But in any case I'd advice you to analyse and compare by yourself. For example, read the specs, check out the user guides, discover the other products of the company/brand, etc. pp. I guess you'll find guides on the internet on how to assess the reliability of hardware.
    – myrdd
    Aug 3, 2019 at 20:16

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