[Samba] Sharing USB devices?

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Thu Feb 10 08:28:44 UTC 2022

On Wed, 2022-02-09 at 13:13 -0500, Hal Vaughan via samba wrote:
> I doubt this is possible, but it’s worth asking.
> I know that many drives today connect to a computer through a USB
> device and that I can include the path to that device as a Samba
> share. I just want to clarify this is NOT what I’m talking about.
> I have several devices that are controlled through USB connections on
> one side of my workshop and the workstation on the other side -
> behind a curtain where it’s protected from sawdust in the air. The
> distance is too long for a USB cable. I’ve tried USB-over-Ethernet,
> but that doesn’t work. (The two locations are joined by fiber running
> over the ceiling, since we’ve had equipment damage in the past from
> lightning blowing out whatever is connected to the ethernet cables!)

Can a linux computer control your CNC machine etc ?
If so, you could consider VNC, x2go etc and remote desktop into the
computer instead of trying to share the USB port.


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