Synergy by Symless – Controlling More Than One Device

Moving from Windows to Mac I needed a way to control both devices with one set of peripherals as I instantly got tired of switching my USB hub from port to port.. So I looked into a few solutions.

The most popular ones I found seemed to be Synergy and Sharemouse. The difference between the two is ShareMouse offers a trial while Synergy is stictly purchaseware from what I can tell. Try asking them for a 2 week trial – their customer service is outstanding (I’ve already communicated with them) so I’m sure they’d be willing to work with you.
(Thanks again Josh!)

Synergy is going to set you back $19, but consider the capabilities it’s definitely better and more universal than a KVM switch. The ability to connect multiple computers using various operating systems which only need Network Access alone itself is worth the investment. As a technician I’m always switching between multiple computers which are used for certain tasks and now I can have them all on one desk. Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 8.12.58 PM.png

     Setup was a breeze. After logging in you’re taken right to the downloads section and you’re able to choose between OS X, Windows, Linux, and even Red Hat / Fedora!

Once you run Synergy from both computers you’re able to select Server or Client mode.
Your Server is the device in which your mouse and keyboard are connect to.
Your Client is the device which will be controlled by your Server.

I started with designating my Client, as initial install had chosen Server automatically.
From the Server side, this is the Server Configuration you would see after connecting your first client.

You will get a popup on your Client notifying you a device wants to take control. Just accept the inquiry and you’re ready to setup your screens.

Screen Shot 2016-12-21 at 8.18.29 PM.pngServer is on the left, Client is on the right. This depicts the physical locations.

Not everyone will have the same layout. If your monitors were stacked vertically you would drag them as so:

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     After that you’re done! You’re able to move your mouse freely in between screens/computers very rapidly. 3 of the great features this ability unlocks:

  • Drag and Drop File Sharing – Drag files from one device to another.
  • Shared Clipboard – Copy and Paste between device.
  • Shared Screensaver – Synchronize your screens. AMAZING POSSIBILITIES HERE! 

Visit the Symless Website Here

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HP Instant Ink Revisited; 3 Month Review

If you haven’t read my blog on the advantages of HP Instant Ink – Check it Out Here!

HP offers Internet ready printers to be part of a program called Instant Ink. This is great for people who do high volumes of printing, photos, or high quality / colored prints.

For a single fee you’re able to print a set amount of pages – and the great thing is the ability to have rollover pages; any pages unused for the month can be stored.

It also offers iOS / Android apps to print directly from your device or check the status.

The best thing I found about this program was before I even needed to replace my ink I would usually have a new cartridge shipped and received by the time it was needed. The only time I went without ink during my three month period was when I did a massive amount of printing one night and used all of my ink – I had a replacement cartridge within 3 days.

Since the device is connected to the Internet it automatically orders new cartridges for you. I don’t imagine a casual printer ever running out of ink using this program.

You can try it out for 30 days (which I highly recommend!) just to see how it works.

Tip: Sign up for the $9.99 / 300 page trial if you’re good at keeping track of subscriptions, this allows you basically to print 300 pages free of charge AND receive free ink in the process.

If you’re planning on doing a lot of similar prints – also consider printing multiple per page, this way you can maximize your output during your trial.

HP also offers great software for your desktop or laptop which is compatible with Instant Ink. It has great additional features such as being able to scan directly to your computer.

What are you waiting for? Get your free Welcome Kit now!