A USB controller is required to use a smart card in a virtual machine, regardless of whether the smart card reader is a USB device. You can add one USB controller to a virtual machine.

When you create a virtual machine in Workstation Player, a USB controller is added by default. If you remove the USB controller, you can add it back.


Power off the virtual machine.


  1. Select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings.
  2. On the Hardware tab, click Add.
  3. In the New Hardware wizard, select USB Controller.
  4. Click Finish to add the USB controller.
  5. Configure the USB connection settings.

    You can select multiple settings.



    USB Compatibility

    Selecting USB 2.0 or 3.0 enables support for isochronous USB devices, including Web cams, speakers, and microphones.

    Automatically connect new USB devices

    Connect new USB devices to the virtual machine. If this setting is not selected, new USB devices are connected only to the host system.

    Show all USB input devices

    Human interface devices (HIDs), such as USB 1.1 and 2.0 mouse and keyboard devices, appear in the Removable Devices menu. Icons for HIDs appear in the status bar. An HID that is connected to the guest operating system is not available to the host system. The virtual machine must be powered off when you change this setting.

    Share Bluetooth devices with the virtual machine

    Enable support for Bluetooth devices.