If you have two or more computers on your desk, and each has its own monitor(s), you can use the same keyboard and mouse to control them all – by using Synergy. Imagine moving your cursor to the side of your screen and having it appear on the monitor next to it – and that monitor is connected to a totally different computer. That’s why Synergy allows you to do. This tutorial will guide you in setting up Synergy in Windows ..
(poor) Illustration of the Synergy concept
The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install Synergy on each of the computers that you wish to share a keyboard and mouse with. Synergy runs on Windows, OS X and most versions of Linux – although this tutorial will only outline setting up Synergy in Windows.
Select one of your computers to act as the Synergy server. Each of the other computers will be set up as ‘clients’ that connect to the server. Remember, the computer acting as the server is the one that will share its keyboard and mouse.
- Launch Synergy and click the Info button
- Make note of the Hostname as it will be needed in a few moments. Click OK to return to the main screen.
- Click the Configure… button
- You’ll need to add one Screen for each of the computers that you wish to share the same keyboard and mouse. For this tutorial we’ll assume you have 2. Click the + (plus) sign to add your first Screen.
- Enter the Hostname from step 2 in the Screen Name: field. An alias is not required, but can be helpful. Click OK to continue.
- Now add a second Screen by selecting the + (plus) sign again
- This time you’ll need to enter the Hostname of the other computer that will share your keyboard and mouse. You can determine the correct Hostname by running Synergy on the other computer and clicking the Info button. If your other computer is running OS X, you can determine the appropriate Screen name by selecting System Preferences > Sharing > and then look for the Computer Name. It’s usually in the format of firstname-lastname-computer.local
- Now you need to tell Synergy where each of the Screens is located. This example will assume the two monitors are next to each other, with ross on the right and parallelsxp on the left. In order for your cursor (and the keyboard focus) to move from screen to screen, make sure the right side of the computer on the left goes to the computer on the right. Click the + (plus) sign to save.
- Now repeat the above step, but make sure the left side of the computer on the right goes to the computer on the left. Click the + (plus) sign to save again.
- Click OK after the two Links have been created.
- Click Test to see if Synergy is configured correctly.
- If you receive any errors, you’ll need to go back and re-check your settings. Otherwise, close the status window.
- Click Stop to end the test.
- Click Start to launch Synergy server.
- Launch Synergy and make sure that Use another computer’s shared keyboard and mouse (client) is selected.
- Enter the Synergy server’s host name in the space provided.
- You should now be connected to the Synergy server. Use mouse that’s hooked up to the servers computer and move it off-screen in the direction of your other monitor. It should move seamlessly across the screen(s).