Best way to share keyboard / mouse between computers

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by HurdSL, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. HurdSL macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    San Francisco
    So I just purchased a 13" MBA and I'm loving it. I'm going off to college soon, but I'll also be bringing my Windows 7 desktop. I want to be able to share peripherals between them, namely my mouse and keyboard. Any suggestions as how to do this best

  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    I just use a USB usb with my keyboard, mouse, web cam, usb sound card and all other accessories connected to it. Then I just use a single USB cable to connect to whatever computer I need to.
  3. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
  4. Wormald macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2011
    Have a look at Synergy:

    I used this a couple of years ago at work when I had to switch between a Mac and PC on the same desk.

    It takes a bit of configuring, but basically it's like VNC for mouse / keyboard - one computer is host, one is client.

    You can set it up so that you can move the mouse between both desktops when the screens are next to each other - quite crazy.

    Although this is only really useful if you want to use both computers simultaneously, as the one that your peripherals are plugged into must be on to transfer the signals to the other.
  5. shznit macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Synergy is awesome, I take my MacBook Air to work and it automatically connects to my Dell.
  6. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    I have my MBP and work Windows laptop connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and audio through a KVM switch.

    Belkin Flip
  7. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    If you have bluetooth, there is apparently software called "teleport" that you can use to accomplish what is described above using the KVM switch.

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