Sharing Your Mouse and Keyboard Between Computers

Having multiple machines is becoming more and more common for people’s workflows.

For instance, when I’m streaming, I like to use a Mac for coding for it’s developer-friendly operating system.

However, when it comes to post-processing the graphics and audio into a 4K stream and managing scenes with OBS, or capturing video in 4K using my ElGato Game Capture 4K60 S+, I’d have no chance on my little Macbook Pro.

First of all, the drivers for the Elgato don’t even support MacOS!

So, if we accept that Windows and MacOS can play happily in the sandbox without killing eachother, how do we make it not suck?

By sharing a single mouse and keyoard! Let’s learn how.

Synergy

The best solution I’ve found is Symless Synergy.

It’s a cross-platform application which supports Mac, Windows and various forms of Linux.

Synergy Website
Synergy Website

It costs $39.00 USD for the Pro version. $29.00 USD for Basic. Honestly, get the Pro version. That’s only half the price of a good keyboard anyway.

The Pro version provides SSL encryption, which is something you’ll surely want.

If you use the basic version, anyone on your local network can essentially packet sniff your keystrokes, which means passwords may get leaked.


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