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How to use 'Input Director' to share mouse, keyboard and clipboard on multiple computers

GKKmon's computers have been constantly changing or upgrading to better products over time, but there are also great software that will be used consistently over the years. Input director to describe today(Input Director)Is one of the most useful programs in the decade.

'Input Director' is a program that allows you to share a keyboard, mouse, and clipboard by using a Windows (Windows) operating system. This means that you can turn on multiple PCs at once and control all of your computers with a single keyboard and mouse sitting on the floor without having to move around all at once.

This is a useful and essential program for environments that use multiple PCs. There are some criteria that must be checked when using this keyboard and mouse interface program.

    The overwhelming advantage of Input Director

First, the reaction speed must be fast. It is a really important core matter. If you have spent a day or two in the first place, you will not even recognize the software, and you will continue to use it in the future. The keyboard increases the likelihood that a typographical error will occur and that it will not be a proper input, and a mouse that needs to perform precise coordinates may be thrown into the real world.

Therefore, it can be said that the mouse & keyboard interlocking program is a garbage that is slow in response, and it is very inconvenient to slow down sometimes even if it is actually used. In this sense, 'Input Director' is the fastest interworking software I've ever used, and when I actually use it, I sometimes really forget the fact that it gets a signal through the network, It boasts a miserable performance like using a mouse and keyboard. Because it works really smoothly, it is good enough to omit all the parts to be mentioned afterwards.

    How to install Input Director

But before I tell you these details, let's look at how to install them. InstallationInput Director official download link, Download the file and install it. The latest version 'v1.4.1' is released. If the operating systems of the PCs to be linked are all the latest version like Windows 10, or use the same version of the operating system, it is usually necessary to install the latest version. .

However, this version of 'v1.4.1' is not installed even in the old version of Vista, which is now discontinued. In this case, 'Input Director v1.4', '' Input Director v1.3 Beta ' Input Director v1.2.2 'and so on. Download and install the guy who wants to return to his / her OS in 2016, 2012, and 2010. The most important thing when installing this older version is that if you installed 'v1.2.2', which is an older version of Windows Vista, you should also install 'v1.2.2' on the other computers to be set as main. Note that 'Input Director' does not work with other versions.

    Input Direct - Input Director Basic Settings and Usage

If you have an input director installed, you can use it comfortably by going through two steps: an interlocking step for actually interlocking and a setting step for making your own settings. In fact, there is no big problem in using it after the interlocking phase.

Prior to setting anything in the input director, there is a network setting that must be allowed in Windows itself to use an interworking system over this network.

  • Click on Windows Key to enter 'Advanced Sharing Settings'. On Windows 10, click 'Control Panel> Network and Internet> Network and Sharing Center> Advanced Sharing Settings'.
  • You must activate the 'Turn on network search' menu in 'Personal (current profile)> Network search'. If you want to use it as a guest or public network, enable 'Turn on network discovery' on the 'Guest or Public' tab beneath it.
  • Additionally, if you get an error due to password protection, you can enable 'All networks> Shared secrets> Sharing password protection off'.
  • Now that you have the basic network setup, let's connect the input director. First, the input director requires two settings: one master PC setting and the other slave PC setting. The master PC is always one, and it controls the other one or more slave PCs through the keyboard and mouse connected to this PC.

    In the interlocking process, first, the master PC's IP address to be accepted by the slave PC is inputted, and the master PC is connected to each slave PC. The IP address to use hereGKKmon's 'My IP Address Confirmation Page'If you run the input director, you must use the IP address in the 'System Information> Primary IP Address' section at the bottom of the 'Main' tab.

      Slave PC settings

  • First, run the input director on the computer to be used as a slave PC, and select 'Enable as Slave' in the 'Main' tab.
  • Go to the 'Slave Configuration' tab and press the 'Add' button at the bottom left of the 'Master hostname' section with a white window in the center.
  • Then 'Hostname' window will pop up, where you run the input direct from the master PC 'Main' page can be found by entering the IP address. Both numbers and points must be entered. Press OK and the slave setting is finished.
    • Master PC settings

  • Now return to Master PC and select 'Enable as Master' in the 'Main' tab.
  • If you go to 'Master Configuration' tab, you will see 'Slave Systems' window and white space at the bottom. Press the 'Add' button on the bottom left.
  • Then, a window will pop up where you can enter various information. Basically, enter the IP address of the slave PC in the top 'Hostname' field as well as the numbers and points and press the 'OK' button.
  • For those of you who are curious about the settings,

  • 'Port' is the port number, probably '31234' and so on. All should use the same port number, and because it is a network connection, "input directors will use this path ~".
  • 'Hotkey' specifies the shortcut for this monitor. You can set the shortcut by pressing 'Set Hotkey', or you can remove the shortcut by pressing 'Clear Hotkey'. If you press the shortcut key after setting it, the mouse and keyboard control will move to the corresponding IP computer.
  • 'Monitor Setup' is the setting that is used when using multiple monitors on slave PC. That is, when one master PC is used and two slave PC monitors are used, slave PC recognizes that two monitors are used and recognizes and moves three monitors. Perhaps it is a feature that the public will never use.
  • If you proceed to this point, all interworking ends. Freely walk through multiple PCs with a single keyboard and mouse.

      Input Direct settings, settings, details, tips, information

    Now that the basic settings have been completed, there can be a lot of inconveniences to use. For example, if you add the first slave PC by default in the input director, it is automatically input to the left side of the master PC, so when the mouse goes out to the left of the monitor, it moves to the slave PC. Or the users above and below are inevitably uncomfortable.

      Master Configuration tab

    In this case, you can set the location by dragging the monitor with the IP address of the slave PC based on the 'Master System' in the monitor picture intuitively drawn in the 'Master Configuration' tab. Basically, both sides can be positioned.

    There is a very useful feature available on this tab. At the bottom you will see a check box labeled 'Cursor Wraparound' with a picture with three monitors connected. This setting is for example when the slave monitor is on the right side of the master PC and when it reaches the right end of the slave monitor, it goes to the left side of the master PC. It is a 'wraparound' function that connects the ends of the monitors so that you can move the screen continuously if you move the mouse to the right rather than connecting the monitors to left and right.

    The next most useful feature is the Hotkey. If the problem occurs when using the control on the slave PC, the master PC or the slave PC may not be able to access both the mouse and the keyboard. It is a very embarrassing situation that can not be used.

      Main tab

    In this case, press 'Set Hotkey' at the bottom of the 'Main' tab and 'Hotkey to return input to Master system'. As soon as you press this hotkey, whatever happens, the control is restored to the center of the master PC.

      Master Preferences tab

    The following are the features available in the 'Master Preferences' tab. There are a variety of functions, but I will only introduce useful and essential functions.

    First, 'Setup hotkeys to jump left / right / up / down between systems' function is created with ambiguous buttons in the middle of 'Transition Options' menu. However, in this case, it may be more useful in some situations because you can specify hotkeys that are intuitive to move up, down, left, and right.

    And the 'Transition at screen-edge' function right below it is the most critical, defining how you want to move through each monitor.

    The default 'Immediately' goes through the monitor without any conditions. In this case, you have to click on the end of the screen, which is uncomfortable when you accidentally hit the mouse on another PC.

    With the 'On double tap of edge within' feature, you can double tap the end of the monitor with your mouse twice. When checked, the allowable time is set on the right side, which is a function to double tap within the allowed time. Personally, I've used it for a long time, and moving the monitor using this double-tap feature has been the least efficient and uncomfortable situation.

    The 'On cursor lingering for' function is a feature that will be passed to the edge, not the tab, if you keep it for the specified time on the right.

    If you check the last 'Do not allow transitions near a monitor's corners', you will not be blocked on the last four corners of the monitor. It is about 1 ~ 2cm and usually control button is very useful because it exists in the corner of the end.

      Global Preferences tab

    Finally, these are the features you can set in the Global Preferences tab.

    If you check 'Run Input director on Startup' in 'Startup options' from the top, it will run automatically when Windows starts and it is on by default. If you check 'Input Director is enabled as a master' on the master PC and you check 'Input Director is enabled as a slave' on the slave PC, it will be automatically turned on and run as your own role.

    Next is the 'Clipboard' function to set whether or not to share the clipboard. 'Share Clipboard' is literally a clipboard sharing function, and the 'Exclude ...' function on the right is a setting that also shares files. It is also unusable depending on the environment.

    Another useful feature is the "Cursor" Water Ripple check box in the lower check list. If you uncheck "Effect", there will be no tidal marks that appear when you cross the screen.

    If you check 'Do not center cursor when switching back and forth using hotkeys', when you return to the original screen using hotkeys, the default setting is to place the mouse pointer in the center of the screen, I will go back.

    And, uniquely, there is a linking system and a macro function! But I solve the macro through the auto hotkey(GKKmon AutoHotkey tutorial)It is an unused function.

      Bugs and Issues

    Due to the persistent bugs and problems, it changes intermittently when moving across each system. For example, if you work in English on a master PC and then switch to a slave PC for a while, you can change it to Hangul.

    The problem is that I do not always turn on my slave PC but I turn it off. In this case, when the master PC inadvertently crosses the monitor, an error message is displayed saying that the connection has been disconnected, which is very annoying.


    I tried to introduce a simple software, but since it is a program that I have used for a decade, my attachment has come to be much longer than I expected. I hope that those who have chosen Input Director as a program that will share keyboards and mice on multiple computers will benefit from this article.

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