These days most computer peripheral devices connect using a USB cable – printers, PDAs, scanners, card readers… you name it. But a regular USB cable has a maximum length of five meters (a little over 16 ft.), so it can eventually get tough to find a place to put all of your devices close enough to the computer.
The new myUTN server from SEH creates a virtual USB cable over a network so that any USB device can be used from any computer on the network. Each USB device can be configured so that either one or several users can access it at the same time. It comes with security software that prevents unauthorized access with password protection, access control, encryption, port access control, and the support of secure protocols like HTTPS and SNMPv3.
There are two versions available, depending on your network type. The myUTN-50 connects USB devices to Ethernet/Fast Ethernet networks (10BaseT/100BaseTX) and has a U.S. MSRP of $204.99. The twin model, myUTN-50 has a U.S. MSRP of $488.99 and allows the use of USB devices over an eavesdropping secure fiber optic network.
Contributed by Laura Leites, Assistant Editor, Smallbiztechnology.com