When we have two computers on our table and we think to save effort and space and we want to operate both using a single keyboard and mouse. There are two alternatives here. If the computer systems are linked with the same network, you can use software programs like Input Director or Synergy to work them with a common key pad and mouse. In the other situation where the machines are not linked, you can get a KVM switch to share one key pad and mouse between them.
A Better Alternative – Mouse without Borders
My work installation is quite just like what you see in the example above and I have been using the Input Director application all this while to management the two Microsoft windows PCs with one key pad and Mouse. Input Director is efficient and (mostly) performs without problems though it does need some knowing of the Expert idea.
Last weeks time, I moved to a new Microsoft windows application known as Mouse without Boundaries and find it so much better than my past soulation. Thinking why?
The best part about Mouse without Borders is how easy it is to set up. You setup the application on all your Microsoft windows computer systems, get into the security code provided by the application and your computer systems will get attached. This is almost as simple as pairing a set of Wireless gadgets.
Installing Mouse without Borders
Once installed, you can not only use the same keyboard and mouse across your computers in a seamless manner but you can also drag and drop files between them. This is so convenient. Earlier, I had to create shared network folders or had to use Dropbox to transfer files but now I can simple drag them from desktop A to desktop B as if they were on the same computer.
With the Mouse without Borders utility installed, you can also send screen capture of one desktop to another by pressing a hotkey or from the system tray menu. After having used the tool for about a week, I never experienced a crash though I did have problems sharing clipboard especially when the copy operation was done inside a Flash application.
Mouse without Borders can only be used to control Windows based computers. If your work environment involves a mix of Windows, Linux or Mac computers, Synergy could still be the only good choice for you.