You can configure whether a USB controller supports isochronous USB and Bluetooth devices, when to connect new USB devices to the host system, and whether human interface devices (HIDs) appear in the Removable Devices menu.

To configure USB controller settings for a selected virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings, click the Hardware tab, and click USB Controller.

Table 1. USB Controller Settings

Setting

Description

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.

To connect or disconnect USB devices while a virtual machine is running, select the virtual machine and select Virtual Machine > Removable Devices. With the two-port USB controller, you can connect to both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices.

Important:

Before you unplug a USB device or select a removable device to disconnect a USB device from a virtual machine, follow the device manufacturer's procedures for safely unplugging the device from a physical computer.