Wacom Tablet Tutorial

This is a tutorial on setting up a Wacom Tablet to work through your Parsec connection. We are working on a plug-and-play version of this for Teams customers.

This tutorial was originally written by Nathan Woodbury. It will show you how to connect a Wacom drawing tablet (or other USB device) to a machine over the internet. This is for artists who want to remotely access a workstation from a laptop or older PC. You will need to install BOTH the VirtualHere client app AND the VirtualHere server app on your PC or laptop.

Setting Up Your Wacom Tablet Through VirtualHere Passthrough


  1. Install Parsec on your workstation and log into Parsec on that machine. If your workstation is not with you at the moment, use RDP to connect to it, download Parsec, and log in.
  2. Install Parsec on your laptop or computer and log in with the same user account you used on the workstation
  3. Press connect on the workstation in the list of computers on Parsec

Getting VirtualHere Working For USB Passthrough

  1. Click on the windows menu.
  2. Type “windows firewall”
  3. Open “windows defender firewall” (you can also access this via control panel > system and security > windows defender firewall)
  4. Click on “Advanced Settings” in the left panel.

  1. In the left panel, select “Inbound Rules” near the top.
  2. On the right, click on “new rule”
  3. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard, select the “port” button.
  4. Click next.

  1. On the “protocols and ports” screen, make sure TCP is selected, click the button for “specific local ports”, and type in “7573″. This is the port VirtualHere uses for the reverse client feature. Click next.
  2. On the “action” screen, make sure “Allow the connection” is checked. Click next.

  1. On the “profile” screen, leave all boxes checked and click next.
  2. On the name screen, you can choose whatever you like. Click “finish”. You may now close the firewall window to have it out of the way.

  1. Install and open the VirtualHere client app.
  2. Right-click on “USB hubs” and select “specify hubs.
  3. Click on the “advanced” tab and check the box for “Enable Reverse Connections” then click “close” on the “specify hubs” window.

  1. Open a web browser and search “my IP” (or use your preferred method for getting your public IP address.)
  2. Write this number down, email it to yourself, or take a screenshot if you are not in immersive mode (ctrl+alt+i toggles immersive mode in parsec)
  3. Use the parsec button in the upper left to disconnect or go to “windowed mode”. You can also use alt+F4 to disconnect on windows. Either way, get back to your physical laptop or PC.

  1. On your laptop or PC, launch the VirtualHere server app.
  2. Launch the VirtualHere client app. You should have both open now.
  3. In the VirtualHere client app, click the [+] to the left of “USB Hubs”. This should show your laptop or PC with a green dot to the left.
  4. Right-click on your laptop or PC, and select “Reverse Clients”
  5. In the reverse clients window, click “add”. In the dialogue box that appears, enter the IP address obtained from steps 19 and 20. Click OK.
  6. The IP address followed by ::7573 should appear in the list of reverse clients. Close the reverse clients window. 

  1. Re-connect to your parsec rented virtual machine (see step 3)
  2. The VirtualHere client should display a message indicating your USB server is connecting. Click OK. If the connection is successful, the [-] to the left of “USB Hubs” should change to a [+]
  3. Click the [+] to the left of “USB Hubs”. The laptop or PC you are running the VirtualHere server app on should appear.
  4. Click the [+] to the left of your laptop or PC name. A list of connected USB devices should appear.
  5. Right-click the device you want to use, and select “Use this Device”.

You may need to install drivers for the device from the manufacturer’s website. I had some trouble with an old intuos3, but you may have more luck if you have an intuos4 or later.

Getting Your Brush To Appear On Screen
One work around to get a cursor on screen from the host is to enable pointer trails.  This will bake the host cursor into the Parsec stream. This will get the brush cursor on screen.
Fixing Mouse Snapping When Wacom Tablet Connected

If your mouse is snapping around the screen with Wacom Tablet, please disable "Windows Ink" in the bottom left of the Wacom Tablet mapping menu.