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  1. #1
    Pete Zahut
    Guest

    File transfer across the internet

    What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    internet?

    A bit more background and context to the problem:

    We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France, parents and
    another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a recent
    family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes and we all have
    lots of photos and video that the others want to see.

    Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are too big
    (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100 shots -
    plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this most recent
    gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on CD/DVD and distribute
    them via snail-mail but it struck me that the internet should be able to
    provide a better, quicker solution.

    For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and that's
    what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so could we use
    that, and if so, how?

    Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a network
    drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I know
    that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to our dynamic
    IP addresses so that we could all find each other, irrespective of whichever
    way we do it.

    All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL modem/routers
    such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall and port
    forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some way of doing
    it - I hope :o)

    Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be much
    appreciated.

    TIA,

    Pete
    PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time (don't
    even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not needed) so as a
    starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect to my
    sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video from her
    machine to mine.



  2. #2
    Eric
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    On Feb 12, 1:19*pm, "Pete Zahut" <dont@bother> wrote:
    > What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    > internet?
    >
    > A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >
    > We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France, parents and
    > another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a recent
    > family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes and we all have
    > lots of photos and video that the others want to see.
    >
    > Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are too big
    > (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100 shots -
    > plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this most recent
    > gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on CD/DVD and distribute
    > them via snail-mail but it struck me that the internet should be able to
    > provide a better, quicker solution.
    >
    > For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and that's
    > what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so could we use
    > that, and if so, how?
    >
    > Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a network
    > drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I know
    > that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to our dynamic
    > IP addresses so that we could all find each other, irrespective of whichever
    > way we do it.
    >
    > All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL modem/routers
    > such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall and port
    > forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some way of doing
    > it - I hope *:o)
    >
    > Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Pete
    > PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time (don't
    > even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not needed) so asa
    > starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect to my
    > sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video from her
    > machine to mine.


    There are plenty of websites that offer web file sharing services.

    Just enter: web file sharing in Google.

    Here is one paid-for site: http://www.filesanywhere.com/

    Here is a site that allows you free 5GB of storage space: http://www.4shared.com/

    Eric,
    PC Buyer Beware!
    http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/

  3. #3
    Pete Zahut
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Eric wrote:
    > On Feb 12, 1:19 pm, "Pete Zahut" <dont@bother> wrote:
    >> What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    >> internet?
    >>
    >> A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >>
    >> We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France,
    >> parents and another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and
    >> others. After a recent family gathering we've all gone back to our
    >> respective homes and we all have lots of photos and video that the
    >> others want to see.
    >>
    >> Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are
    >> too big (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took
    >> about 100 shots - plus there's other stuff from over the years, not
    >> just this most recent gathering). I suppose that we could all put
    >> them on CD/DVD and distribute them via snail-mail but it struck me
    >> that the internet should be able to provide a better, quicker
    >> solution.
    >>
    >> For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and
    >> that's what we want to do - transfer files between our computers -
    >> so could we use that, and if so, how?
    >>
    >> Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a
    >> network drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal
    >> LAN? BTW, I know that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a
    >> hostname to our dynamic IP addresses so that we could all find each
    >> other, irrespective of whichever way we do it.
    >>
    >> All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL
    >> modem/routers such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be
    >> NAT, firewall and port forwarding issues to overcome but there must
    >> surely be some way of doing
    >> it - I hope :o)
    >>
    >> Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be
    >> much appreciated.
    >>
    >> TIA,
    >>
    >> Pete
    >> PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time
    >> (don't even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not
    >> needed) so as a starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK)
    >> want to connect to my sister's computer in France and transfer the
    >> photos and video from her machine to mine.

    >
    > There are plenty of websites that offer web file sharing services.
    >
    > Just enter: web file sharing in Google.
    >
    > Here is one paid-for site: http://www.filesanywhere.com/
    >
    > Here is a site that allows you free 5GB of storage space:
    > http://www.4shared.com/



    Thanks Eric. Yeah, that's the *easy* way but I don't mind getting my hands
    dirty to do things the "techie" way and also learning about things along the
    way. I've got time on my hands at the moment to play about whilst recovering
    from a surgical operation, so why not? I'm sure that what we want to do must
    be do-able but just not sure where to start.



  4. #4
    John John (MVP)
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Maybe set yourselves a private web site? Most ISP's provide private
    space for personal web sites, check with them and see what they can
    offer. Space might be the constraint, your ISP may only allow for a
    small amount of space like 10MB or so for a private web site but for a
    modest sum you may be able to get a lot more space. If you properly
    protect the site only you and your family members will have access to
    the site, you can each upload you files for others to look at.

    John

    Pete Zahut wrote:

    > What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    > internet?
    >
    > A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >
    > We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France, parents and
    > another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a recent
    > family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes and we all have
    > lots of photos and video that the others want to see.
    >
    > Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are too big
    > (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100 shots -
    > plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this most recent
    > gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on CD/DVD and distribute
    > them via snail-mail but it struck me that the internet should be able to
    > provide a better, quicker solution.
    >
    > For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and that's
    > what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so could we use
    > that, and if so, how?
    >
    > Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a network
    > drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I know
    > that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to our dynamic
    > IP addresses so that we could all find each other, irrespective of whichever
    > way we do it.
    >
    > All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL modem/routers
    > such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall and port
    > forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some way of doing
    > it - I hope :o)
    >
    > Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Pete
    > PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time (don't
    > even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not needed) so as a
    > starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect to my
    > sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video from her
    > machine to mine.
    >
    >



  5. #5
    Malke
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Pete Zahut wrote:

    > Thanks Eric. Yeah, that's the *easy* way but I don't mind getting my hands
    > dirty to do things the "techie" way and also learning about things along
    > the way. I've got time on my hands at the moment to play about whilst
    > recovering from a surgical operation, so why not? I'm sure that what we
    > want to do must be do-able but just not sure where to start.


    Good techs don't consider doing the most efficient thing to be the
    "easy" (i.e., wrong) way. You also need to consider that unless all of your
    family members are tech-savvy, viewing/getting the media needs to be easy
    for *them*, not just *you*.

    Look at Picasa Web Albums (Google) or Flickr for photo sharing. For video
    sharing, YouTube.

    Malke
    --
    MS-MVP
    Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/#FAQ


  6. #6
    PA Bear [MS MVP]
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Windows Live Essentials may work for you. See
    http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.c...59!34100.entry
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
    AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
    DTS-L http://dts-l.net/

    Pete Zahut wrote:
    > What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    > internet?
    >
    > A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >
    > We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France, parents
    > and
    > another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a recent
    > family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes and we all
    > have
    > lots of photos and video that the others want to see.
    >
    > Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are too
    > big
    > (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100 shots -
    > plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this most recent
    > gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on CD/DVD and distribute
    > them via snail-mail but it struck me that the internet should be able to
    > provide a better, quicker solution.
    >
    > For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and that's
    > what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so could we
    > use
    > that, and if so, how?
    >
    > Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a
    > network
    > drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I know
    > that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to our dynamic
    > IP addresses so that we could all find each other, irrespective of
    > whichever
    > way we do it.
    >
    > All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL
    > modem/routers
    > such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall and port
    > forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some way of doing
    > it - I hope :o)
    >
    > Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Pete
    > PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time (don't
    > even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not needed) so as
    > a
    > starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect to my
    > sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video from her
    > machine to mine.



  7. #7
    Pete Zahut
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
    > Windows Live Essentials may work for you. See
    > http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.c...59!34100.entry
    >
    > Pete Zahut wrote:
    >> What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    >> internet?
    >>
    >> A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >>
    >> We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France,
    >> parents and
    >> another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a
    >> recent family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes
    >> and we all have
    >> lots of photos and video that the others want to see.
    >>
    >> Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are
    >> too big
    >> (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100
    >> shots - plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this
    >> most recent gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on
    >> CD/DVD and distribute them via snail-mail but it struck me that the
    >> internet should be able to provide a better, quicker solution.
    >>
    >> For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and
    >> that's what we want to do - transfer files between our computers -
    >> so could we use
    >> that, and if so, how?
    >>
    >> Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a
    >> network
    >> drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I
    >> know that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to
    >> our dynamic IP addresses so that we could all find each other,
    >> irrespective of whichever
    >> way we do it.
    >>
    >> All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL
    >> modem/routers
    >> such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall
    >> and port forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some
    >> way of doing it - I hope :o)
    >>
    >> Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be
    >> much appreciated.
    >>
    >> TIA,
    >>
    >> Pete
    >> PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time
    >> (don't even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not
    >> needed) so as a
    >> starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect
    >> to my sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video
    >> from her machine to mine.


    Many thanks to all who replied, especially you PA Bear because that looks to
    be the best option.

    Pete



  8. #8
    Anthony Buckland
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet


    "Pete Zahut" <dont@bother> wrote in message
    news:LeqdncpTgslGvAnUnZ2dnUVZ8qrinZ2d@bt.com...
    > What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    > internet?
    >
    > ...


    I created an appropriately named folder on my website with no link
    from any other page. From time to time, I put the latest batch
    of pictures in it, then email the interested persons to go look at
    them.



  9. #9
    Big_Al
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Pete Zahut said this on 2/12/2009 8:19 AM:
    > What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    > internet?
    >
    > A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >
    > We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France, parents and
    > another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and others. After a recent
    > family gathering we've all gone back to our respective homes and we all have
    > lots of photos and video that the others want to see.
    >
    > Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are too big
    > (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about 100 shots -
    > plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just this most recent
    > gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on CD/DVD and distribute
    > them via snail-mail but it struck me that the internet should be able to
    > provide a better, quicker solution.
    >
    > For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and that's
    > what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so could we use
    > that, and if so, how?
    >
    > Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a network
    > drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN? BTW, I know
    > that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a hostname to our dynamic
    > IP addresses so that we could all find each other, irrespective of whichever
    > way we do it.
    >
    > All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL modem/routers
    > such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT, firewall and port
    > forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely be some way of doing
    > it - I hope :o)
    >
    > Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be much
    > appreciated.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Pete
    > PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time (don't
    > even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not needed) so as a
    > starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK) want to connect to my
    > sister's computer in France and transfer the photos and video from her
    > machine to mine.
    >
    >


    You say you don't mind being tecky, if so you might look at this.
    http://www.pablosoftwaresolutions.co...tp_server.html
    I think this is the right page. Either way, they have a free ftp
    server that does the basics, makes users/passwords, loads and runs like
    any other ftp server. You set ftproot to some folder on your system
    etc. Runs in Windows. I've used it well on my laptop for
    friends. The only issue you may have is changing the port forwarding
    in your router to pass the ftp commands to your PC.

    Also I've been told that filezilla works as a server too. I use it on
    the client side to send and receive since its a relatively user friendly
    GUI interface. You could setup ftpserver lite on your machine, and
    have friends setup filezilla on their machine. You'd have to test it
    out and give them clear directions how to use it, and like others have
    said, it's not the punch and click way to do things.

    Like any other ftp server, you could also set yours up as anonymous too
    and as much as I don't know how, you may be able to get ftp to work via
    IE. I've seen it done, but can't advise. But using IE on the client
    side would make it easy on your users.

    Just food for thought.

  10. #10
    Big_Al
    Guest

    Re: File transfer across the internet

    Big_Al said this on 2/13/2009 2:47 PM:
    > Pete Zahut said this on 2/12/2009 8:19 AM:
    >> What's the best way of getting files (photos and videos) across the
    >> internet?
    >>
    >> A bit more background and context to the problem:
    >>
    >> We are a family that is widely spread about - sister in France,
    >> parents and another two sisters in the UK, brother in Italy and
    >> others. After a recent family gathering we've all gone back to our
    >> respective homes and we all have lots of photos and video that the
    >> others want to see.
    >>
    >> Email is no good as there are too many files and the file sizes are
    >> too big (the sister in France has a 10-megapixel camera and took about
    >> 100 shots - plus there's other stuff from over the years, not just
    >> this most recent gathering). I suppose that we could all put them on
    >> CD/DVD and distribute them via snail-mail but it struck me that the
    >> internet should be able to provide a better, quicker solution.
    >>
    >> For instance, I know that FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and
    >> that's what we want to do - transfer files between our computers - so
    >> could we use that, and if so, how?
    >>
    >> Or could we each create a folder on our computers and map to it as a
    >> network drive just as I would map a network drive on my internal LAN?
    >> BTW, I know that we would all have to use Dynamic DNS to map a
    >> hostname to our dynamic IP addresses so that we could all find each
    >> other, irrespective of whichever way we do it.
    >>
    >> All computers are using Win XP Pro SP3 and all are behind ADSL
    >> modem/routers such as the Linksys WAG325N (mine) so there will be NAT,
    >> firewall and port forwarding issues to overcome but there must surely
    >> be some way of doing it - I hope :o)
    >>
    >> Any info and help or pointers to websites to get me started would be
    >> much appreciated.
    >>
    >> TIA,
    >>
    >> Pete
    >> PS, we would not be connecting to more than one place at one time
    >> (don't even know if that would be possible, but it's certainly not
    >> needed) so as a starting point, just assume that I (here in the UK)
    >> want to connect to my sister's computer in France and transfer the
    >> photos and video from her machine to mine.
    >>

    >
    > You say you don't mind being tecky, if so you might look at this.
    > http://www.pablosoftwaresolutions.co...tp_server.html
    > I think this is the right page. Either way, they have a free ftp
    > server that does the basics, makes users/passwords, loads and runs like
    > any other ftp server. You set ftproot to some folder on your system
    > etc. Runs in Windows. I've used it well on my laptop for
    > friends. The only issue you may have is changing the port forwarding
    > in your router to pass the ftp commands to your PC.
    >
    > Also I've been told that filezilla works as a server too. I use it on
    > the client side to send and receive since its a relatively user friendly
    > GUI interface. You could setup ftpserver lite on your machine, and
    > have friends setup filezilla on their machine. You'd have to test it
    > out and give them clear directions how to use it, and like others have
    > said, it's not the punch and click way to do things.
    >
    > Like any other ftp server, you could also set yours up as anonymous too
    > and as much as I don't know how, you may be able to get ftp to work via
    > IE. I've seen it done, but can't advise. But using IE on the client
    > side would make it easy on your users.
    >
    > Just food for thought.


    Curiosity killed the cat! I found this link
    http://www.computorcompanion.com/LPMArticle.asp?ID=256
    explaining how to use IE and it works on my ftpserver lite.

    Cool, I always wanted to know this anyway, just needed a push! LOL

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