IOGEAR has released a hardware-based virtual desktop solution that lets users access their computers from any Internet connection without the need for managing and configuring software.

The PCPortal also allows users and IT pros to connect to a cluster of machines by interfacing the device with a KVM switch.

“In the event a computer is not functioning properly, users need to be able to access the machine to alleviate the situation, even when on-site assistance is not possible,” said Miranda Su, executive vice president of IOGEAR. “PCPortal’s ability to communicate with distant computers over an Internet connection makes it feasible for individuals to work on their PCs from anywhere, at anytime.”

The PCPortal device features a USB 2.0 Virtual Media Port, IOGEAR said, allowing Windows XP users to attach a USB Flash Drive and use it as if it were plugged into a local USB port. They can then transfer files and stream media between local and remote computers.

IOGEAR launches PCPortal


  • Control or monitor your home or office PC from literally anywhere in the world via a LAN, a WAN, or the Internet
  • Hardware-based solution allows BIOS level control for remote troubleshooting
  • Remote access via browser makes it very easy to operate
  • Authentication and SSL 128bit encryption guarantees security and protection
  • USB 2.0 virtual media port allows file transfer between local and remote computer
  • Control multiple computers by connecting to a USB KVM switch
  • Firmware upgradeable

The device is now available for $499.95.

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