Thus it becomes difficult to manage multiple keyboard and mouse attached to each computer. If you are using multiple keyboard and mouse it is difficult to manage in terms of space as well as usability.
To avoid the hassle of managing multiple keyboard and mouse you can install KVM switch to share the single keyboard and mouse across multiple solution. However what if you do not want to purchase KVM switch.
Here is a solution which can help you in sharing a single keyboard and mouse across multiple computers without KVM switch and help you save $.
By using Synergy application you can share single keyboard and mouse across multiple computers without using KVM switch. Synergy is a free and open source software.
Please note Synergy helps you in sharing the keyboard and mouse not computer monitor. The computers will still be connected to respective monitors and by using Synergy you can share keyboard and mouse.
To let Synergy work, you would need standard network connectivity between the computers.The following are the major features of Synergy :
1. You can simply move mouse from one computer to another computer.
2. Copy and Paste operations are supported across multiple computers.
3. Use multiple monitors on a single computer.
To configure Synergy you would need to install a server and client components. The server is the main computer on which keyboard and mouse is connected. The clients do not have keyboard and mouse connected.
Synergy is supported on following operating system:
1. Microsoft Windows XP,Vista and 7.
2. Mac OS X 10.4,10.5,10.6
6. Red Hat
Synergy can be downloaded from here