Category: Featured Application


Featured Application #2: Mouse Without Borders – share keyboard and mouse over network

In 2010, I wrote an article about Input Director, since then a new application has emerged for sharing mouse and keyboard over network for Windows: Mouse without Borders

It’s a simplified version of Input Director, with a handy feature – shared clipboard and the ability to copy and paste files between workstations.

A screenshot of the setup between my PC and laptop:

machine setup 300x193 Featured Application #2: Mouse Without Borders – share keyboard and mouse over network


Mouse without Borders can be downloaded here and configured within a few seconds :)


Featured Application: Input Director – share keyboard and mouse over network

Input Director is a completely free Windows application that allows you to share a keyboard and mouse across multiple physical systems over a network connection.

This is extremely useful if you have a few separate PC’s and laptops in the same workspace, and don’t want the hassle of using multiple keyboards and mice, or a physical KVM switch to manage each system.

The configuration is extremely simple: install the application on each system that you would like keyboard and mouse shared over, set your main system as the Master, and then configure each secondary system as a Slave. As a plus, you can enable encryption between the Master and Slave systems for added privacy over the network.

This is my config at home, a PC with two monitors, as well as a laptop with another screen attached. Input Director virtually allows me to treat this setup as a single device with four screens attached:

inputdirector m1 Featured Application: Input Director   share keyboard and mouse over network


Input Director also shares content on the clipboard between Master and Slave(s). Go ahead and download Input Director here:

For cross-platform keyboard and mouse over network sharing, see the Synergy+ project. Synergy+ allows you to share keyboard and mouse over network across Windows, Mac and Linux clients. I will do a write-up on Synergy+ soon.


Active Traceroute Applications: mtr & Ping Plotter

Traceroute is an application that allows you to monitor the network path taken to reach the specified IP destination. You may be familiar with this in Windows (command: tracert.exe) and in Linux (command: traceroute). The downside of these default applications is that they only run the trace once from source to destination. If you need to constantly monitor the path taken by packets to reach their destination I would suggest the following applications for Windows & Linux….

Ping Plotter
, is a Windows graphical route plotter. It is available as a Freeware, Standard or Professional version.

pingplotter Active Traceroute Applications: mtr & Ping Plotter


The Freeware edition provides a basic interface as seen above, however the Standard & Professional edition offer more functionality such as alerts and route change information/alerts.


mtr provides the same function, but for Linux command line as seen here:

mtr Active Traceroute Applications: mtr & Ping Plotter


mtr can be installed with the following command in CentOS:

# yum install mtr


You can initiate an active trace to a host with the following command:

# mtr <destination address>

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