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LochLomonder
09-13-2011, 10:21 AM
I discovered this application (http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2011/09/09/microsoft-garage-download-mouse-without-borders.aspx) after doing some reading on Gizmo's (http://www.techsupportalert.com/), and I thought it would be worthwhile sharing.

For those who use multiple displays and PCs at the same time, I would recommend road-testing it. I'm trying it out in a work environment, and it seems to work rather well.

Cuc Tu
09-13-2011, 08:57 PM
It's the virtual "M" of KVM. Seems obvious and rather simple to implement.

Now I just need more displays so I can nix the "V" switch...wait a minute, is there a possible extention here?

123456
09-13-2011, 09:20 PM
http://synergy-foss.org/

Sounds like Synergy.

LochLomonder
09-21-2011, 02:14 PM
I must say, I like this application now that I've had time to "play" with it. Setting it up is a snap, simply by connecting the two PCs in question using their machine names.

I have a main work PC and a test PC, and it's handy for working on both; I can drag and drop between each machine and do work between both screens.

Cuc Tu
09-22-2011, 12:40 AM
Dran-n-Drop between PCs is another dimension beyond virtual KVM. How is such a connection established?

For example, I often need screen captures from one PC to paste into an application on a 2nd PC. Would this do that?

LochLomonder
09-22-2011, 09:22 AM
Cuc,


How is such a connection established?

Quite easily, in fact. It just requires the software being installed on both machines and then it asks for a code to establish the connection. The "code" is, in fact, the machine name. In addition, the PCs have to be on the same subnet on the network for them to see one another properly. It didn't pick up on the connection straight away; however, both machines worked after they were rebooted.


For example, I often need screen captures from one PC to paste into an application on a 2nd PC. Would this do that?

Yes, and very easily. For example, on PC1 I clicked on a dialogue box I wanted to copy, held down Ctrl + Print Screen, and then moved the mouse back to PC2 where I pasted it into IrfanView to save as a JPEG.

azzey
09-22-2011, 10:56 AM
http://synergy-foss.org/

Sounds like Synergy.I just went grabbed the link to that but you beat me to it.

I've been using Synergy for a long time. It works cross platform too (Mac/Linux/Windows)

LochLomonder
09-22-2011, 04:23 PM
123456 & azzey,

I hadn't had a chance to look at Synergy properly before now, but I really like the cross-platform idea. I'll have to road-test that sometime, too. Thanks for sharing :)

azzey
09-23-2011, 11:30 AM
^ I use my iMac as the server and have a Windows 7 desktop as slave. A few things to note:

1) Sometimes the mouse will not work if a UAC box pops up on Win 7 (so keep an extra mouse around for those rare times when that happens)
2) I use a real mouse for gaming, but using the keyboard over the network works fine.
3) If I recall correctly, it either uses multicast or broadcast UDP packets (I think it's multicast) so it might not be suitable for large subnets
4) The Mac/Linux versions are command-line and require a config file to be edited (I can help if needed)
5) Sometimes (rarely) there will be lag as the program has somehow managed to start sending every mouse movement twice (this is a bug)--can be fixed be restarting the server process.
6) You can have any number of screens in any number of orientations. It's quite flexible.

It's a really great piece of software. Saves so much clutter on my desk when I used to have three sets of keyboards/mice.