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ID: AR07R01094
Applies to: NoMachine Software
Added on: 2020-07-24
Last update: 2020-10-12
How to use a graphics tablet in a NoMachine session

Use of graphics tablets such as Wacom tablets or XP-Pen are supported in NoMachine connections using the USB redirection functionality.

To achieve the full functionality (e.g. pressure sensitivity, stylus tilt or rotation) of the graphics tablet when using it via NoMachine, follow these steps:

1) Plug-in your USB graphics tablet to your local desktop

2) Connect to your remote desktop via NoMachine

3) Share your graphics tablet using NoMachine USB devices forwarding service:
- open the NoMachine menu panel (ctrl+alt+0 or click on the page peel in the upper right corner of the window)
- select "Devices"
- select "Connect USB device"
- choose your graphics tablet from the "Local devices" area and click "Connect". If the connection is successful, the green dot will appear.

4) Install all the required drivers from your tablet’s manufacturer website on the remote machine.
 

As mentioned, NoMachine uses the USB devices forwarding module which allows forwarding of the local/remote USB device to the remote/local machine. In the background, it works in exactly the same way as if the device was physically connected to the machine where the device has been forwarded to. The beneficial side of this is that it allows the user to utilize the whole functionality of the device provided by the vendor and with the original drivers.

On the other hand, this type of forwarding requires significant data traffic that needs a solid network connection.
 


NOTES
- In order to get the best experience make sure your Internet connection is relatively stable and network latency between the local and the remote machine does not exceed 30ms.

- In order to optimize the performance, if necessary, open the NoMachine menu panel -> Display -> Change settings -> Modify and check the “Disable buffering on decoding” option, as well as checking "Disable network-adaptive display quality" and "Request specific frame rate: 30FPS" might be also helpful. In some cases, setting the "Quality" slider to the "best speed" might be helpful as well.


- The local machine doesn’t need graphical tablet drivers installed on the local computer.

IMPORTANT: Some of the Wacom models we have successfully tested, provided the latency requirements have been matched, are Intuos Pro Small PTH-460, Intuos Pro Medium PTH-660 and Intuos Pro Large PTH-860. We recommend all customers evaluating NoMachine to download the evaluation software which is free to install and test on their typical network conditions to make sure that the performance is satisfactory.