Monday, July 6, 2009

Synergy

This one's for all the geeks out there with two or more computers...

I read about this program called Synergy that allows you to control two or more computers on the same network (connected to the same router) with one keyboard and one mouse. You don't have to use a KVM-type of switch and there are no cables to mess with. It takes a few minutes to get the software configured, but once it's set up you'll be able to control 2+ computers with one keyboard and mouse. If you have more than one monitor, this software will let your mouse pointer cruise from one monitor to the other, too. You can't drag and drop files or move application windows from one screen to the other, but it lets you regain some desk space by removing a keyboard/mouse.

I have only one monitor, but it has two video inputs so I was able to connect two computers to the same monitor (I just press the "Source" button to switch between the two computers). But now when I do, I just move my mouse pointer "over" to the 'other' screen and start controlling the other computer. Previously, I was using Tight VNC and/or LogMeIn Free to control the computer, but those required me to have to put in a username and password to remotely control the desktop. Don't get me wrong, those are cool free programs, but now I just press "Source" and start working.

Enjoy!

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