How to Control Multiple Computers with Input Director

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When you have multiple machines to manage, it’s easier to use one mouse and keyboard. However, not many of us have found a KVM hardware switch that really works for us. This is where software such as Input Director can come in handy, and Dylan is going to show you how it works.

With Input Director, you can share a single keyboard/mouse across a set of systems. You switch which system receives the input either by hotkey or by moving the cursor so that it transitions from one screen to the other (in a very similar fashion to a multi-monitor setup). Input Director also supports a “shared” clipboard, in which you can copy data onto the clipboard on one system, transition across to another and paste.

Tell Input Director how your monitors are positioned simply by dragging them to the correct spot on the monitor grid. It’s that easy to get started!

Thanks, Dylan, for another excellent screencast.

3 thoughts on “How to Control Multiple Computers with Input Director”

  1. Why bother with all this foolishness? Get a VNC server/client application. This only works with Windows. With TightVNC I can control my Windows computers and the Linux desktops and laptops, and I can even control computers that aren’t on my local network (I can be at the office without having to drive through the snow to get to the office).
    Input Director may be easier than the other software, but it’s still a lot of setup and, as you point out, if you don’t do some things exactly right (screensavers all have to be set to the same timeout? REALLY????) you’re in trouble.

  2. Input Director is a free program that allow two or more computers connected on a network to share a single mouse and keyboard input, This easy to set-up software also enables the sharing of clipboard contents, including copying/pasting files and folders across multiple computers.

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