Input Director

Quickstart Install Guide for Input Director


1. Quick Setup

To install, download the InputDirector Installation Package and run it to begin the installation process. Follow the prompts to install Input Director. You need to repeat this process on your other systems so that you have it installed on all computers that will be controlled or controlling systems with Input Director.

Start Input Director on all your systems. You should see the Input Director application window:

1.1 Scan the network for Client Systems

Using Input Director on the system that will act as the Director (that has the primary mouse/keyboard attached and will be used to control other Client systems), click the Client Systems icon in the left-hand side panel to display the Clients window:

Click the Add button to open the System Configuration window:

Make sure your other computers have Input Director running and then click the Scan network for candidate systems button:

Choose the system to be controlled then click the Select button to close the window. Finally, click OK in the System Configuration window to add the client (If your other system doesn’t appear in the candidate list, check that Input Director is running on it. You can also add a client system manually.)

1.2 Grant Access on the Client System

On the other system Input Director will pop-up message asking if it’s okay for it to be controlled:

If this message doesn’t appear then you will need to setup access control on the Client system manually

1.3 Finalise Setup

Back on the Director system, the new client has been added:

The green tick next to the Client name signifies that Input Director has successfully connected and can direct the client system.

1.3.1 Monitor Arrangement

The bottom half of this window reflects the physical arrangement of all the systems monitors. In the example screenshot above, both the Director system and Jane have 1 monitor each. Jane’s monitor is positioned to the right of the Director’s.

Change the arrangement to match your systems by:

Input Director supports a rich variety of monitor arrangements, for example:

⇒ Now that you have Input Director running on your systems, continue to the Usage guide to learn how to use Input Director and tailor it to your needs.

2. How to add a Client System

To add a Client System, click the Client Systems icon on the left-hand side panel and then click the Add button:

Type the hostname (aka Computer name) or IP address of the other computer into the Hostname textbox and click Okay.

  • Enter the hostname or IP address of client system into the hostname field (If you're unsure how to look up the hostname, instructions for how to do so are in the faq located here)
  • If you wish to do so now, you can also setup a hotkey that can be used to switch to this client system at any time. To set a hotkey click the Set Hotkey button and then depress the key combination you want for your hotkey. The combination you've selected will appear in the Keys field
  • If the client system has more than one monitor, you'll need to specify the number of monitors that are attached and drag the monitor icons to match the physical arrangement of the monitors attached to the system. More information about configuring Input Director for multi-monitor systems can be found here
  • A client system can be configured to wake up if it's asleep when attempting to transition control to it. More information about Wake-On-Lan can be found here in the FAQ

Once you've done, click "OK" to save your changes and close the window.

Back on the Client Systems tab, if the new Client System cannot be communicated with it will have a against it’s name. Have a look here in the FAQ for suggestions.

3. How to setup Access Control

To change which Director systems are allowed to control a client, open Input Director on the Client system and click the Security icon in the left-hand side panel to display the Access Control settings:

Access control can be configured either by:

  • Specifying a list of computers that have access
  • Granting access to systems based on their network address (by subnet)
  • Allowing any computer to take control

The most popular option is to grant specific computers access. To do so, click the click the Add button and enter the Director systems hostname (If you're unsure how to look up the hostname, instructions can be found in the faq located here) in the dialog box that pops up:

⇒ Once Input Director is setup, continue to the Usage guide to learn how to use Input Director and tailor it to your needs.

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