Device Types Supported

Device Control supports a wide range of device types that represent key sources of confidential data security breaches. You can define user access permission at the device class level to restrict access to specific device types. Device Control can detect plug-and-play devices.

The device types you can manage using Device Control are described in the following table. You can control which device types are displayed using the Manage Device Class Visibility menu option on the Explorer menu in the Management Console.

Device Type


Biometric Devices

Includes Password Managers and Fingerprint readers.

Citrix Network Shares

Includes any mapped drive, whether a mapped network drive or a locally mapped device, when accessed through either a Citrix–delivered application or the Citrix desktop.

COM/Serial Ports

Includes serial ports and devices that use COM device drivers, such as modems, null modems and terminal adapters. Some PDA cradles use a virtual serial port, even when connected through the USB port.

DVD/CD Drives

Includes CD-ROM and DVD access for full device lock and unlock.

Floppy Disk Drives

Includes disk drive access for complete lock and unlock mode or read-only mode of conventional diskettes and high capacity drives.

Imaging Devices

Includes USB or SCSI devices, scanners, and webcam.


Includes keyboards/mice that use USB, PS/2, and Bluetooth.

LPT/Parallel Ports

Includes conventional parallel printer ports and variants such as ECB and Dongles.

Modems/Secondary Network Access Devices

Includes internal and external devices. Secondary network devices do not connect through normal channels.

Palm Handheld Devices

Includes conventional types of this device.

Portable Devices

Includes smart storage devices such as MP3 players, digital still cameras, mobile phones, mobile storage devices, and Windows Mobile 6.x OS PDAs.


Includes print devices attached directly to a print server or directly to a network through a network adapter card.

PS/2 Ports

Includes the conventional type of port used to connect keyboards.

Removable Storage Devices

Includes chip- and disk-based devices that are not floppy or CD-ROM devices, such as Jaz and PCMCIA hard drives and USB memory devices such as memory stick, Disk on Key, AIP, and most USB-connected MP3 players and digital cameras.

Non-system hard drives are treated as removable storage devices.

RIM Blackberry Handhelds

Includes handheld computers and mobile phones from Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry connected to a computer through a USB port.

Smart Card Readers

Includes eToken and fingerprint readers for smart cards.

Sound, video and game controllers

Includes Bluetooth sound, video and game controllers.

Tape Drives

Includes conventional internal and external tape drives of any capacity.

User Defined Devices

Includes devices that do not fit standard categories, such as some PDAs, non-Compaq iPAQ, USB, non-Palm handheld USB, Qtec, HTC and webcams.

Virtualized USB Devices

Includes generic redirects to USB devices in virtualized environments (Citrix and VMWare).

Windows CE Handheld Devices

Includes the HP iPAQ® or XDA, Windows Mobile 5 CE® devices and Windows CE® computers connected through a USB port.

Wireless Network Interface Cards (NICs)

Includes the device option to configure client permission rules use a wireless LAN adapter.

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