Posted by: kurtsh | August 14, 2007

TOOL: Using a single mouse & keyboard against TWO Windows PCs

Many IT folks have two PCs these days:  Sometimes one desktop, one laptop… other times two desktops.  In my case, I have two laptops.

Switching between the two can be a little irritating however having to "context switch" between each laptop’s keyboards and mice.  The interruption is somewhat disconnecting and requires briefly having to relocate the new mouse and get your hands on the new keyboard of the second machine.

Not any more.  Check this out:

Synergy
Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).
http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

Simply moving the mouse across just like when using multimonitor support allows you to capture the context of the second machine.  Except you’re using a completely different processor and a completely different installation, as opposed to multimon which uses the same machine with the same install.

BTW:  It doesn’t say so however it also works on Windows Vista.


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