May 28, 2009
Found the program I’m gonna use to transfer video files back and forth to my sister.
So many of you have been helping me look for one that I thought I’d better let you know, so you can stop looking.
It was actually found (?) by my sister. The store she bought her new computer from had her install it so they could connect remotely to check on some issues she was having. She lives in Australia’s Outback so running into town with the computer is something to be avoided as much as possible. But anyway, she was looking it over and found out that it can be used to transfer files. It can be done using a password too, for extra security.
For anyone interested, the program is called TeamViewer . I did a test by connecting to my old computer using it, and it went great. I was able to copy/transfer a 16+MB file to my new computer in 24 seconds. That beats the living daylights out of the 5 minutes it usually takes just to upload or download a file that size.
We’re gonna try connecting and transfering her video files and pictures to me at the end of next week. If I remember, I’ll add a reply to this thread with details of how it goes.
And since I’m on the topic of sending large files, I also found a site that we almost went with, and would have had she not mentioned TeamViewer.
That site is Files Over Miles. It’s about as easy as you could want. There’s no downloading a program and installing or anything. You simply tell them which file you want to share with people you choose to. They then create a link that you send to your friends or whoever. Your friends click the link and select where on thier computer they want to save the file, and click the go button. When I did a test using that site, I was able to transfer a 14MB file in just under45 seconds.
The thing I like about Files Over Miles is that you’re not giving the person on the other end access to your whole computer. They can only get the one file that you want them to get (In my case and situation, I trust my sister so I’m not worried about that.).
The only downside I saw, which isn’t much, is that the sender has to keep the browser window open that they set the transfer up on until everybody that is going to take a copy of the file has done it. If the sender closes the window, the connection is closed and the link becomes useless. So it’s kind of a safety switch too.
[edited to add] You can also password protect your file access with Files Over Miles.
May 28, 2009
The computers sit next to each other on my desk and connect via wifi to the box (router?) in the other room that connects to the internet.
With the Files Over Miles you have no choice but to use the internet to connect because you go thru their site to make the connection.
With TeamViewer, while I do have it installed on one computer and ran an executable version on the other, I still think that had to go thru their site.
So wouldn’t that mean that the speeds should remain fairly close no matter where the other computer is?
February 1, 2010
Wow! TeamViewer looks great in terms of speed & password. At 40MB per minute it is 15 times faster than what you got earlier. In 25.6 minutes you’d exchange 1 GB neat.
Now just for my own understanding:-
1) *Can you choose to exchange a file ONLY with your sister*……..not just because of password protection but per se.
2) *Unlike Files Over Miles does the download get cut off if your sister closes her browser window?*
I’d like to know so I can use it too.
May 28, 2009
February 1, 2010
Wheezer, Locutus is right because internet speed of Wheezer to Wheezer is not the same as Wheezer to Wheezer’s sister.
The steps when you surf are as follows in the following order:-
- Wheezer’s comp to Wheezer’s router or modem as applicable
- Wheezer’s Router to Wheezer’s ISP
- Wheezer’s ISP to Server which considers Wheezer’s request
- Dwell time at the Server while it thinks about Wheezer’s request
- Server takes the decision & sends it Wheezer’s sister’s ISP
- Wheezer’s sister’s ISP sends it to Wheezer’s sister’s modem or router
- Finally Wheezer’s sister’s modem or router sends it to the computer which belongs to Wheezer’s sister
I think you’ve already got why Locutus said what he said. *You cannot conclude your speed from Wheezer to Wheezer to be the same as Wheezer to Wheezer’s sister*
Since you’ve only sent it from Wheezer’s comp to Wheezer’s comp there are 2 things:-
- You are still within your own ISP only
- You are dealing with a server quite different from the one you’d have dealt with if you had communicated with your sister. One server may throttle more while another may throttle less. Slimy guys – ISP’s & Servers I tell you ;) just kidding. Not all are bad or for bad reasons.
Different servers have different throttles. Some gag you more, others gag you less!
To get maximum meat out of your steak now explore tweaking your ports & checking if your ISP is shafting you. Please refer my posts already with you. Those threads were started by you. I’ve given you Internet Speed maths too.
Friend, you could well transfer 1GB worth in <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<than 25.6 minutes All the very best.
Do post your test results. I too would like to learn from it.
February 1, 2010
This is awesomely useful to all dottechies.
It incidentally is the highest refinement of P2P (Peer to Peer). This latest technology is in fact called Friend to Friend i.e. F2F.
Please tell Karen & Ozzie too. The former transfers code. The latter transfers files.
Wow Wheezer Wow. man you certainly don’t suffer from TMB!
May 28, 2009
I went thru all the options under the “options” tab and don’t see ‘VNC compatibility mode’ anywhere.
Under the Advanced tab in the network settings area there is a check mark next to “Use UDP (recommended).”
Under the General tab there is a section titled “Connection in local network (via IP address).” The only thing in that section says “Incoming LAN connections” with a dropdown box to the right with “deactivated” selected.
Other than those two spots I don’t see anything that talks about LAN.
In your reply it refers to “TeamViewer 2.X.” If that is the version those instructions are for, that may be why I’m not seeing what it says. The version I have is version 5.0.7904 with a date of Feb. 11, 2010.
Does any of that make sense?
May 28, 2009
Wouldn’t that be fantastic? I’m keeeping my fingers crossed, but not holding my breath that it’ll be that fast when I use it to transfer my sister’s video files.
I will do my best to remember to post the actual time it takes once I’ve done the transfer. Should be by next weekend, if the timing works out.
November 1, 2009
I’ve heard of TeamViewer. It is another VNC type of program. Some others that you may have heard of are LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, Ultra VNC, Microsoft’s Terminal Services (Remote Network Connection), etc.
They are often used for tech support so that you can connect to a remote computer. I personally use LogMeIn (to fix my parent’s computers) which is really easy to setup. Unfortunately, their free version does not include file transfers. You have get their paid version to enable file transfers. So TeamViewer is a great find.
These programs all work the same basic way. Somebody’s PC acts as the server and has the server software running on it. They then set up a special access password. Someone else either a) installs the client software or b) uses a web browser to connect to the server. At that point, after entering the access password, the client can control the server computer. In fact, if you are on the server computer and the client is connected to you, it can be quite fun to move the mouse around so the person on the other end will see the mouse jumping around.
Anyway, I’m glad that you found this solution. And sorry that I didn’t think of it before, Wheezer. I’ve used various “flavors” of VNC for years, so I feel that I should have thought of it.
Also, Wheezer, if for some reason TeamViewer doesn’t work out, Win7 has some native Remote Desktop Connection capabilities which may also let your sister connect to your computer to get the video files.
Go to My Computer -> System Properties -> Remote tab and there are options to enable the remote desktop so that others can connect to your machine. I keep mine turned off, but you could try this as well.
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