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Re: [SLE] Share USB ports from a computer to other, Linux to Windows/Linux
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 02:58:31 +0100
  • Message-id: <43E015C7.6010904@xxxxxxxxxx>
Daniel Carvalho wrote:
> I have a Compaq notebook with Linux RedHat and Windows XP, with only one USB
> port, and a desktop with SUSE 10 Linux, with 6 USB ports.
> The issue is that, I broke the notebook unique USB port!!!
> I found in a store a small device (USB by network) that can share any USB
> device to the network (10/100).
> And so, the crazy idea I have in mind now is: to share one of the 6 USB
> ports from the SUSE desktop to my notebook with Windows and Linux RedHat.
> Some thing like "USB by IP" protocol!!! :-)
> Any body has a clue about it? does it make sense?

I have no idea about the device you saw, but sure it makes sense. If
you're using block devices (portable hard drives for example) you should
be able to use nbd to share it over the LAN. It's pretty cool :)

See the nbd package for the nbd-server program you need to run on the
machine with the device, and the nbd-client program you need to run on
the other machine. There should be a similar program in red hat, but I
have no clue whatever about windows

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