If you've got multiple PCs on a network, and are tired of having to move from one to the other, the free Input Director may be exactly what you need.

From the keyboard of a single PC, with Input Director you can control any other PC on your network. From your keyboard, you can use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC, just as if you were sitting at it.

Input Director isn't quite the same thing as remote control software. With remote control software, you also see on your monitor what is on the PC you're controlling.

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With Input Director, you'll have to be able to physically see the monitor of the PC you control. So it's not nearly as useful as remote control software.

Setup of Input Director can be difficult, depending on your network and PCs. You set one PC as the slave (the computer to be controlled) and another as the master (the one doing the controlling). This can be flaky. For example, with my PCs, one PC would only work as a master - it would not work at all as a slave. So be prepared to spend time with setup.

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Input Director: Specs

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003
  • 2MB hard disk space
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003
  • 2MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

If you need to control multiple PCs, Input Director is worth the effort. After all, Input Director is free, and that's hard to pass up.