Synergy – Keyboard & mouse sharing

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I was looking ways to share 2 pc’s with a single keyboard & mouse, but not mean using the KVM switch that sharing the keyboard, mouse and monitor where still having 2 monitors. I need this because from time to time, we need to do workshop where I need to show something on the demo pc and slide on the notebook.

Currently what I do is, I VNC to the demo pc to control the keyboard & mouse movement. As you all know that when using VNC the screen resolution will affect the size of the screen where you need to scroll up and down or left to right thus very annoying. Previously I got to know a software call Synergy that works on multi platform but I’m having trouble configuring it end up giving up.

Today I try again to configure this piece of software and manage to get it up as the documentation was a bit confusing for the first time until you try it out then you will know. Here I wrote a simple steps to help out if you need to use this software and the current version that I download is version 1.3.1,

1) Download Synergy software here and install as usual.

2) After install, double click the Synergy shortcut on the desktop and you can see the screenshot below

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main%20screen[1]3) Click “Share this computer keyboard….” if this is the pc that going to be master, then click on “Configure” button.

screen%20configuration[1]4) Click on the “+” button to add the computer that is participate on the sharing as from the screenshot above you can see that the “Screens” box having 2 computer name. You need to type in the computer name for the pc that need to be shared else the connection will be failed.

5) On the “Links” box, you need to specify which screen position refer to which screen. As you can see from the screenshot above, that I have specify for both pc right. Yes you need to specify both master and slave screen setting here else you can move your mouse over to the other pc but you can get your mouse back to your original pc. On my first try i didn’t set that and I can’t get my mouse back to my notebook and if you face that problem as well, just quit the application and your back on your pc.

So that is all the configuration that required and its pretty simple. But how about the slave pc? any setting need to be configured? For the slave pc, you just need to install the same program into the pc then launch Synergy application and select “Use other computer shared….” and type in the master pc name then click “start” button.

Forget to mention that this piece of software is OpenSource so its free to use.

Source : Synergy

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