How to Present Your Personal Computer As a USB Host Device in Order for Content to Be Shared
The world may be going cordless, but it’s not quite there yet.
As it stands, the easiest and most certain way to forge a connection of almost any sort is to do so through physical tethering, with a cord connection. One of the most popular types of connections is through a USB, since the port comes standard on most devices.
Though it’s easy enough to connect two (or more) computers via USB, you may run into issues if none of the computers is designated as a host. To eliminate that possibility, take a few moments to learn how to make your computer a USB host device.
The Flow of Information
Imagine you’re at a friends’ house for a dinner party. You and the other guests exchange conversation at the dining room table as your friend facilitates. A USB host device functions in much the same way: it serves as a connection point between other devices to share information.
Assuming that you already have a proper USB drive and simply need to work your way through the designation, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
The first step in making your computer a host device is to connect all of the peripheral devices to yours via USB. Once that’s done, name each host and peripheral device on your network, and choose which files each computer will be able to access from the others.
Finally, you’ll select the appropriate devices to be on the “slave” side of the USB pairing, then choose establish connection. Once that’s done, you’ll have successfully hosted a USB data transfer.
Cloud storage and virtually sending attachments are great options sometimes, but if you have a large amount of content that needs shared between multiple devices, setting your computer up as a USB host may be your best bet.