Friday, November 21, 2008


If you haven't heard of Synergy it is a free (open source) software program that replaces a KVM switch for your mouse and keyboard - not for your monitor. Download it here. You install Synergy on at least two computers - one client and one server (the server being the machine you have your keyboard and mouse attached to).

Synergy transmits the coordinates of your mouse and your keyboard commands over the internet to the other device seamlessly, allowing you to cross your mouse over multiple monitors of multiple computers. I can vouch that it even works well with Wireless mice and keyboards!

If you are doing a Windows installation it is plain and simple. The Mac OS X installation isn't as simple because it requires command line inputs and configuration (I don't know why Mac has to be so difficult!). I also found the auto start portion of the software doesn't work well with Vista - but then again I don't think it was built with Vista in mind.

Here is the description from the website:
"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).

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all."

The specs are:
" * Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me (the Windows 95 family)
* Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP (the Windows NT family)
* Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
* Unix
o X Windows version 11 revision 4 or up
o XTEST extension
(use "xdpyinfo | grep XTEST" to check for XTEST)

All systems must support TCP/IP networking. "

1 comment:

Chris Kenst said...

Now I just need to get Synergy installed on my Mac Mini and I'll blog about doing that!