Sending large files from PC to Mac

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  1. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for an easy way to have my windows-using friend (quite the oxymoron) send over a movie (we made it ourselves, so don't worry about legal stuff) of about 1,2 GB.

    We tried using the public folder on the iDisk, but that didn't work (and was painfully slow)

    Is there a way he can directly connect his computer to mine over the net? Something like my computer acting as an ftp server? (I tried under the file-sharing menu, but the ftp entry adress was my internal IP adress)

    Would this be fast enough to send the file in a decent amount of time ?(2 hrs. maximum or something)

    Any other suggestions for a speedy transfer?
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't matter what method you use if he doesn't have a large amount of upstream bandwidth, which most people don't.

    However, you can run an FTP server, using the Sharing pane, you'll just need to forward the appropriate ports from your router to your Mac's internal IP address.
     
  3. Macnoviz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm sorry, but I have no idea how to do that. I know my external and internal IP adress, but I haven't the slighest idea on how to forward a port. Could you elaborate please?
     
  4. jimmyinct macrumors newbie

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  5. jimmyinct macrumors newbie

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    and PS... if you send a file that big with email, even if there was no size restrictions on file size, you would probalby take out the mailserver until someone deleted the file frag clogs. I would never email more then 50bs, and ideally 5mb, the protocoal is just to slow
     
  6. Macnoviz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That will be a bit too much I fear for asking from my friend. The goal is that my computer acts as an FTP server. He can then use Internet explorer to access it.
     
  7. richard.mac macrumors 603

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  8. Macnoviz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't think I still have that 10km ethernet cable laying around, but I'll check again:D

    no, sorry, the problem is that we are not in the same town, so it should have to go through the series of tubes we call the internet from there to here.



    On another note, if it is too difficult he will burn a DVD and give it to me when he's around some time.
     
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    oops sorry!

    are you both setup for bittorrent downloads? you could create a torrent file with Transmission, upload it to a public tracker like mininova and then seed it to your friend… should work. use an open tracker that doesnt need registration when you create the torrent. these can be found in the upload page on mininova.

    yet another legal use of bittorrent!

    make sure the original file is in the same folder that Transmission is setup to download to.
     
  10. Macnoviz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    you're very helpful, but I fear that his upload speed is not high enough to send the file, plus, in Belgium, our download limits are pretty low (I have a monthly 12 GB, after that your connection is capped to 64 KBps, or you buy 5GB for 5 euros)

    I think it will be best for him to burn it to a dvd and bring it over some day
     
  11. jimmyinct macrumors newbie

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    usb sticks are now 8gb and 2gb sticks are very cheap.
    anyway, lots of options out there for you.
    good luck
     
  12. Macnoviz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh, right, but it still means physically transporting the thing. wether you use a dvd, 2 cd's, USB stick, a trunk load of diskettes or a dozen of ZIP drives, it's pretty much the same thing, so I'll let my friend decide which way works best for him
     

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