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I'm using TeamViewer to access my iMac (Snow Leopard) from my laptop (Windows 7) remotely. Is it possible to make Mac recognize my iPad as plugged in to a USB port on my laptop?

Are there any free programs that will do this?


A friend of mine mentioned network drive sharing. How would that work? Would it?

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What kind of USB device are you talking about? – digitxp Sep 3 '10 at 22:42
iPad. I have a laptop and want my iMac to behave as if the iPad is plugged into it when it's in fact plugged into my laptop. – Moshe Sep 3 '10 at 22:46
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There are tools to redirect USB over Ethernet, like the one from Eltima. I used this to redirect a local USB port to a server accessed by Remote Desktop.

However this is a Windows-only solution, and I couldn't find such a program that works for both Mac and Windows.

Anway, even if it exists, I doubt it's free as it's pretty complex to code. All the similar programs to "USB over Ethernet" from Eltima I could find must be paid for.

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I doubt this will work even if you find a cross-platform USB over Ethernet software. Even USB HUBs sometimes cause syncing problems with Apples i-Devices where you have to restore the software through iTunes.

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That probably has to do with powering issues and USB hubs, nothings to do with the concept of USB. – Moshe Sep 5 '10 at 3:20

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