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