Share Keyboard and Mouse Between Multiple Computers with Synergy+
March 13, 2010 | Filed under Software;
Previously we have covered Input Director which is a nifty free utility that enables computer user to use only one keyboard and mouse on multiple computers. This saves space and also the mess of all the cables around the computer. Other than that, you safe money because you don’t need to buy a KVM switch.
Synergy+ is another alternative that lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, without special hardware. All you need is a LAN connection. It’s intended for users with multiple computers, where each system uses its own display. It’s a little like having a 2nd or a 3rd desktop.
Synergy+ is an updated version of the original Synergy which hasn’t been updated since 2006. Since Synergy is an open source, a few people taken the initiative to update Synergy to fix a couple of known bugs.
Synergy+ works on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. We’ve tested Synergy+ and it wasn’t as stable as Input Directory. There are times when the client couldn’t connect to the server leaving it uncontrollable until we connect a physical keyboard and mouse to shut it down. Moreover the configuration is not as easy as Input Director. The problems that we experienced could be caused by other factors and not necessary the program itself is unstable. You should try it and let yourself judge which works better on your computers. Synergy+ takes much lesser memory compared with Input Director.