Virtual device

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

virtual peripheralAlternatively referred to as a virtual peripheral, a virtual device mimics a physical hardware device by tricking the computer into thinking something exists when it really doesn't. For example, fax software can act as a virtual printer. When print is selected, the document is sent to a fax/modem, which then sends information to another fax/modem or fax machine instead of a printer.

Hardware terms, Virtual memory