two macs one keyboard

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  1. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

    boston04and07

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    I'm trying to figure out how to control two Macs with only one keyboard. I've just downloaded a lovely application called Teleport, but it doesn't do quite all of what I'd like it to do. I usually do most of my work from my MacBook while my Mac mini is playing music, so I'd like to be able to use the F7/F6/F9 media control keys to control the mini when my activate my mouse on that machine. However, even when I move the cursor over to the mini, these buttons are still active on the MacBook. Also, the volume control and eject keys don't seem to be working on the controlled mini when my MacBook keyboard is in control. Oddly, the Dashboard and Expose keys do work. Does anybody know how I could get my media playback keys to play nicely with Teleport?

    The thing is, I never use my MacBook to listen to music, as my entire library is on the mini. It would be soo nice to be able to control the mini's music playback with the MacBook's media keys, either with Teleport or with any other application...is this even possible?
     
  2. boston04and07 thread starter macrumors 65816

    boston04and07

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    I actually came across this app when I was doing my research and its disclaimer scared me away. It read,

    I even downloaded it and couldn't figure out how to get my two Macs to connect...any help would be appreciated :)
     
  3. SailorTom macrumors regular

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    I'm have pretty much the same set up, but keep a copy of music on my laptop so have it with me too. I use teleport to switch between them, and because i don't do much work on the mini (it's a server) itunes is usually the active window, so i can use the cmd+rightarrow to skip forward and space to pause, or just use mouse controls. Otherwise i use the IR remote or remote app on iphone.

    You can set up global keyboard shortcuts for itunes that will work if it's not the active app. I used to use sizzlingkeys. Maybe you can set the controls to your function keys
     
  4. boston04and07 thread starter macrumors 65816

    boston04and07

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    Yeah, sizzling keys won't let me assign my media keys. Thanks anyways though! I guess I could use other keys for playback controls, but after years of using F7-F12 for these things, it'd be so annoying to break the habit now. It's so annoying that I can move my mouse cursor between the two computers, use the keyboard for most things..but that the only keys I really care about can't be shared from my MacBook's keyboard...arghhhhh :mad:
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I once purchased a data signal sharing/transfer device (a switch) for the same purpose, but never used it. It probably has outdated connectors. There was a short acronym for it, kvm or something like that, can't remember. But I think that you'll need something similar.
     
  6. brendon2020 macrumors 6502

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    have a $40 usb kvm to control up to 2 computers. My monitor has 2 inputs so this allows me to easily switch between them. The other thing thats great is the remote app for the iphone, can control itunes for any mac.
     
  7. boston04and07 thread starter macrumors 65816

    boston04and07

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    Yeah, I've been using the Remote app lately and just bypassing the MacBook altogether for music controls, but it's kind of goofy (I think) that I need two devices, and wish my MacBook could just take care of it. I guess an equivalent of the iPhone's Remote app for the desktop would be ideal for me - a way to control another Mac's iTunes. Oh well. Someday my laptop replacement will be an iPad so I guess then I'll be all set!
     
  8. brendon2020 macrumors 6502

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    you can also try the screen sharing app and just control it from your other mac.
     
  9. SailorTom macrumors regular

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    They do exist. Google itunes remote or similar search terms. I found one a while ago but it was old and didn't like it much. maybe there is something else.
     

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