Transfer large files directly between computers on the Net #
There are a number of free, third-party solutions for transferring files directly from computer A to computer B across the Internet:
However, these services have several issues:
- Gigatribe - "allows you to share all your documents, movies, pictures, directly from your hard drive with your friends over the Internet"
- Hamachi - "a hosted VPN service that securely connects devices and networks"
- Opera Unite - "share content directly with friends, without having to upload anything to a Web site"
Here is a quick and easy alternative for Mac users which involves no signups or third parties:
- You and your fellow sharers must trust the service provider
- You and your fellow sharers must download and install the appropriate client software
- You and your fellow sharers must sign up for accounts with the service provider
Opening ports and enabling services can expose your network to additional risk. See also: Hardening SSH and Mounting Remote Filesystem in OS X Finder via SSHFS.
- On server: System Preferences > Sharing > check "Remote Login"
- On server router: Forward port 22 to server
- On client: Use a SFTP client (either the included CLI sftp or a GUI-based app like Transmit, CyberDuck, YummyFTP, etc) to connect to the external IP address of the server - instant file sharing!
/mac | Apr 28, 2010
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