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How To Share a USB scanner on macOS

How To Share a USB scanner on macOS


At some point in your life, you have probably found it necessary to share a USB scanner over a network. For example, you may need to share a USB scanner between 2 computers on a network where one computer is connected to the scanner and the other is at a remote location. 


USB over Network is a nifty application that allows you to share a USB scanner without the need for additional hardware. With this application, a connection is set up in a few minutes and the USB scanner is detected by another machine that may even be on another continent!

How to share USB scanner between two computers on Mac OS

With USB Network Gate, you can share a USB scanner between two computers on Mac OS. This is handy especially in cases where the computer that needs to access the scanner does not have a USB port or the port is disabled. 

Let’s take a look at how this is done.

  • Similar to the Windows process, choose the scanner that you want to share from the list of USB devices connected to the server or host computer. 

  • Next, click the “Share” button. This makes the scanner visible to client computers that are running the USB Network Gate application.

  • The remote computer is now ready to access the scanner. This is done by accessing the remote panel and clicking “Connect”. 

USB Network Gate is compatible with the following Mac operating systems:

  • OS X Mavericks 10.9

  • OS X Yosemite 10.10

  • OS X El Capitan 10.11

  • macOS Sierra 10.12

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13

  • macOS Mojave 10.14


Take note that USB Network Gate works with Windows, Linux, and Mac. It also works with any OS server-client combination. For example, a Mac client can access a scanner connected to a Windows server and vice versa.

Basic Rules to Share USB Scanner
Having explained how to share a USB connected scanner on the network, it is important to adhere to a few rules:

  • Once shared, a USB scanner can only be used by the client computer and becomes unavailable to the local computer.

  • You will require an external IP address to share a USB scanner over TCP/IP. This ensures the device is visible and accessible by other computers. 

  • You must first share the port on the host computer before connecting the USB scanner.




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