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    Transfer files from one computer to another over wireless network

    I want to be able to transfer files from one computer to another at home without using a usb stick, memory card of wired cables. I have wireless internet.

    does anyone know the easiest way to do this? I've tried searching online but can't find any simple steps.

    I would have thought it would be easy, just share a folder?

    I can transfer files from my mobile phone to my computer using my wireless connection, so this has got to be easy?

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    It's "easy" but very very slow, so useless for anything but documents and the like.

    i think its something called homegroup, i recently did this with my partners and mine as i needed to transfer 200 pictures from his laptop to mine. you have to put in a password from the other laptop, thats what i had to do.

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    Homegroup will work, or if both are Windows 7 then you should just be able to see the other machine under network within computer

    Will be v. Slow though

    melipona

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    just what i was thinking when i read the OP's post
    Thats what we use too

    Dropbox is ideal

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    dcx_badass

    Dropbox is via the internet and nothing to do with the OP's question and … Dropbox is via the internet and nothing to do with the OP's question and is extremely slow.OP just set up a homegroup and share folders or, set up a FTP server on one PC and a FTP client on the other. I use it all the time to transfer PC to Xbox. Looking at about 2-4mb/s wireless, or 8-12mb/s wired. Quicker over usb or firewire hard drives tbh if you have them.



    thanks, what's faster, homegroup or ftp?

    i've just done a search on homegroup, is it only possible on windows 7? i have xp on all my comps!
    Edited by: "r4ge" 22nd Dec 2010

    I think in theory using a homegroup (called workgroup in XP and maybe Vista) would be faster than FTP. But as you're using wireless, you won't reach the potential maximum capacity for either method so either would suffice. Might as well go with homegroup as it's all inbuild into XP/7 so you don't need to download any other software (which you would need to for the FTP method)

    I'd go for the FTP server route over the homegroup way and because I prefer having a sfv checker. I do this with my family and just showed them briefly how to use FTPRush (the client, now freeware), now they can connect to me no problem.

    As for the transfer speeds it depends on your router, mine is 100mbit, chances are yours is the same. And also another factor is the drive write speed, you can only download as fast as your drive can write which will be fine for recent desktop drives but with older laptop drives you won't be able to write anywhere near 11.9 MB/s (100mbit).

    The easiest way to transfer from Windows 7 to XP or vice versa (or any Windows OS transfer for that matter) over a wifi network (or any TCP/IP network) does not require installing any software but to access the files directly and copy and paste. If the source network is called "My Network" then press the Windows key and E to open Explorer then either click Network to search your networks or enter the name of your network in UNC format. That is, enter \\My Network or whatever the network name is. This allows you to navigate through the directory of your network and copy and paste files.

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    ryouga

    It's "easy" but very very slow, so useless for anything but documents and … It's "easy" but very very slow, so useless for anything but documents and the like.


    thats rubbish.

    It's relative, laptop to my server is about 1.5 mb/s and from my desktop It's 90 mb/s

    In my view that makes wireless very slow

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    sancho1983

    It's relative, laptop to my server is about 1.5 mb/s and from my desktop … It's relative, laptop to my server is about 1.5 mb/s and from my desktop It's 90 mb/s In my view that makes wireless very slow


    which is 7 times the speed of usb2

    Exactly, relative!

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    sancho1983

    Exactly, relative!


    something wrong with your lappy then if it can only get 1.5 and your desktop get 90 tbh

    Well presume it's because my network is gigabit, but the router isn't, so already the wireless is limited. Plus it's a real old laptop
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