Device redirection

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TSX USB is a legacy feature in XP/VS Terminal Server Professional that allows you to forward client attached USB 2.0 devices over RDP to your XP/VS Server as if they were attached locally to the USB port of the server. Unfortunately USB 3.0 devices are not supported.

To redirect drives, headsets, printers or webcams you may not need TSX USB explicitly as modern RDP clients support these devices out of the box. Especially for scanning hardware we have developed TSX Scan, which allows you to redirect your scanner without the need to install a driver on your server.

 How do I use TSX USB?

To check if your computer uses USB 2.0 simply run command "msinfo32" :


It is important which hardware is built in --- not the ('software) downgraded USB interface !

So if you would forward 10 identical USB Devices from 10 different clients your server application (and every user who is logged on to the XP/VS Server via RDP) would see all 10 USB identical USB Devices just as if they where physically plugged into the usb ports of your server.

It now depends on your application which is running on the server if it can "differentiate" which of the 10 available USB devices to use for a specific user.

So if it is not possible to specify this relationship (individual USB Device to RDP user) somewhere it will not work.


In TSX USB admin utility on the client PC you decide which USB devices of the client you want to forward to the server and when you establish an RDP connection to your XP/VS Server this USB device will be forwarded to your server.

In TSX USB admin utility on the server you should select:

- "Connect to any devices ..." every USB device will be redirected from your client to your server"

- or "Only connect to the following USB devices ..."only devices with specific vendor and device IDs will be redirected to your server machine"


Further links:

How to set up audio/video communication?
Webcam over RDP
Silent installation
Printing over Remote Desktop

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