I'm wondering whether such a device exists.

The following shows what I'm asking about:

+----------+            +---------+
|          |            |         +<----> USB #1
| Computer +<---------->+ USB Hub +<---------> USB #2
|          |  Ethernet  |         +<-----------------> USB #3
+----------+            +---------+

So the computer would connect via Ethernet to a device which "transforms" the TCP or UDP packets in USB signals. The advantage would be that we'd have full speed for all the USB's on a 10Gb network.

The USB #1/2/3 is where I'd connect my mouse, keyboard, stick drive, printer, etc.

Here is my complete list of devices at the moment:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse 1 (middle mouse button)
  • Mouse 2 (wheel)
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Audio Device
  • Phone (data transfers for video/pictures)
  • USB Stick

I also have a need for USB Power to recharge the phone, although that's not mandatory. My server has only 4 ports on the back. There is one which is internal. And also it has two for the front panel, but it is on a head which is not compatible with the case cable connector.

One reason I need more ports now is that I do not have PS/2 connectors on this new server. My old one used the keyboard/mouse on its PS/2 connectors. Miscalculation on my part, although I did not expect the front panel connection issue.

  • There are, but what are you using it for? There may be a better way.
    – JMY1000
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 23:51
  • @JMY1000, I added some details about my specific situation. Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 0:00

2 Answers 2


If you are using Linux there is something called USB over IP. There are is even a tutorial on setting it up on Raspberry Pi. So grab a 30$ single board computer and you are done. There was some Windows effort on this but it seems dead now.

Otherwise if the distance is not that big and your computer (a notebook presumably) supports it I would look into USB-C docking stations. Some of them are even integrated into displays. Or just a high-performance USB hub. Once I have seen an (expensive) USB 3.0 extender with active devices on both and which used about 30 meters of fiber.

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    As for the notebook part, I just wanted to cover all bases since many people come here with XY problems.
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 6:31
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    And out of sheer curiosity I looked through the manual for the supermicro. USB 4/5 looks like bog standard ATX internal USB 3.0 so you can get something meant for desktops, like a cable or something for the 5.25" bay, like this: newegg.com/p/N82E16812423205
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 6:38
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    @AlexisWilke for back panel there similar headers which mount in the case's PCI slots, without using PCIe on the motherboard, but I couldn't find a decent link, here's one to a Polish shop so you know what you're looking for: ceneo.pl/28812940
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 7:01
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    A link to vendor's website: gembird.com/item.aspx?id=8075
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 7:03
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    @AlexisWilke the old one might have been a 2.0 port, with a different connector. And I heard somewhere that these connectors are hard to take out so be careful with that.
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 8:00

Not sure if this device is exactly what you need: "Anker 3-Port USB 3.0 HUB with 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Converter (3 USB 3.0 Ports, A RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port, Support Windows XP, Vista, Win7/8 [32/64 bit], Mac OS 10.6 and Above, Linux)"

  • I have a similar device, it goes from USB to Ethernet. I have a machine where the onboard Ethernet died. I was wondering whether there was the "opposite", where I have a connection to the Ethernet which gives me USB ports Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 5:30

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