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Old 19. Feb 2015, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Controlling two computers with one keyboard and mouse

Does anyone have any experience they could share regarding various software alternatives to a KVM switch please?

Seems the most obvious choice would be between these three :-

Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders
ShareMouse
Input Director

(Sadly I can't find any freeware programs that work between Windows and Linux).

Like everyone else, I'm looking for something that's simple to set up, easy and intuitive to use, unobtrusive and light on system resources.

Thanks for any input
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Old 19. Feb 2015, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use the Microsoft program mainly to copy text/html between different computers (e.g. when testing on one computer I can copy test results into an article I'm writing on another computer) and only secondarily as a KVM. It has worked reliably without any faults.

The issues I have with it are not big enough to make me to try anything else:
  • It uses 25MB of memory which is a lot more than I would have expected.
  • If you inadvertantly move the mouse while using the Ctrl key then it can switch screens and there is no setting to turn this off. It is normally a useful feature but due to limited desk space my mouse is too close to my hands when typing.
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Old 20. Feb 2015, 04:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How about this: http://synergykm.com/binaries/
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@ Remah
Thanks for the info regarding the Microsoft program. This was the one I was considering to try out first.

@ JL
Thanks for the link. Am I right in thinking this is a pre-commercial version of the similar software bearing a similar name?

I prefer to try to avoid installing and uninstalling multiple programs on a regular basis just to try them out, hence my question. I may try installing this lot in a VM initially for testing although I'm not sure if running in a VM would complicate matters for these particular types of program.

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It is actually the current version. They were once free software, but decided to go commercial by default. But that doesn't mean they still don't provide official download links.
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It is actually the current version. They were once free software, but decided to go commercial by default. But that doesn't mean they still don't provide official download links.
Interesting......and a good find!

Thanks for sharing.
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Synergy is actually a very popular software for this purpose. I was going to suggest it, but J_L beat me to it.. but it's good he did, because I wasn't aware that it had gone commercial.

Besides the link J_L shared, it is also available on Softpedia.. the free version.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/.../Synergy.shtml

The source code is available on Github though... anyone interested in its development? .
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don't know the name, but I saw a youtube of some WOW player controlling multiple computers with a single mouse

http://www.wowwiki.com/Multiboxing_S...e_Requirements I can't say if all are free or not, some looks to be free though.
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Multiboxing software sounds interesting although looks too gaming focused for my needs, but thanks for the suggestion.
I notice that Synergy is used by multibox gamers, the only issues they appear to have with it are "mouselook problems" and set up time.

I've re-thought my initial plans but I think I'll probably give Synergy a try out first when I have a bit more time to focus on it. I'm thinking that apart from allowing me to use one keyboard and mouse between two computers, it may also offer a neat way around my current Win7-Linux networking problems. I'll update the thread with the outcome.

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Well I've given Synergy a whirl and it seem to be very effective working seamlessly and reliably so far.
It wasn't too complicated to configure, in fact pretty intuitive for a quick simple set up. Also feels light on system resources - using about 15MB on my Win7 computer.

I'm looking for an alternative to samba for networking between Windows 7 and Linux due to it's difficulty in configuration and ongoing problems I'm experiencing with getting it to work properly , but sadly the drag and drop file transfer feature in Synergy doesn't work between Windows and Linux OS's.
Does anyone have any advice/experience using WinSCP or maybe CarotDAV for this purpose?

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