#1 By: howtogeek, July 1st, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166424/how-to-sync-files-between-computers-without-storing-them-in-the-cloud/
So you have multiple computers and you want to keep your files in sync, but you don’t want to store them on someone else’s servers. You’ll want a service that synchronizes files directly between your computers.
#2 By: Jason_Hart, July 1st, 2013 10:10
Great article. However it's totally vague whether syncing with these apps is possible through a router without using bandwidth. You also ran an article recently about LAN syncing on Dropbox, but it still wasn't clear whether it used up bandwidth or Not. I live in South Africa where bandwidth is very expensive.
In the article here under discussion, I'm particularly interested in Bittorrent Sync - does that work over the LAN?
#3 By: SaadBinShahid, July 1st, 2013 13:32
Use 'Bit Torrent Sync' Software by Bittorrent Labs
It's a great software ! easy to use, works in the background.
#4 By: Ivor O'connor, July 5th, 2013 17:27
BTS works over the LAN without touching the internet. Getting the maximum speed possible. I've been syncing a 100+GB directory to three other computers since yesterday. It's making the most out of my GB switch. BTS does some strange things to get the syncing done quickly. When these computers are all syncd properly I'm going to sync that directory to another comp and see how it handles it. Whether the new comp will get 1/4 of it's data from each of the other 4 computers for maximum speed or some other combination. It's interesting.
The BTS software is a bit "alpha". Though it works the documentation is lacking. And the program itself is raw. For instance if you check for updates it will say something like your 1.0.xxx version is up-to-date. However on another computer it might say your "1.1.xxxx" version is up-to-date. And the two versions won't communicate with each other! You'll have to manually uninstall the 1.0 version and install the 1.1 version. Their support and forums are lacking too. Keep in mind this is alpha software and they are doing the best they can. Or imagine it is you writing the code as quickly as possible. They are doing a great job but you have to figure out things on your own....
#5 By: Carlos Estrada, July 7th, 2013 17:30
Thanks for this article, it is exactly what I was looking for. I needed to sync files between two laptops but I ran out of space out of my skydrive and dropbox accounts. I will try the Bittorrent Sync.
#6 By: Jim Walsh, July 10th, 2013 12:19
I've used the freeware version of Syncback (from 2BrightSparks.com) for years to sync files between computers on a LAN. It was easier under Windows XP; under Vista and Windows 7 the Task Scheduler has been needed to run updates on a scheduled basis.
#7 By: Aviad Raviv, July 19th, 2013 10:48
#8 By: Jo Jo, September 30th, 2013 14:08
I am enthusiast about BTS as it also has a iOS, Android, Linux, Mac OS, Windows version.
If you have a server well let that one be the master or add the share on it too.
For versioning you can implement rsync --backup --backup-suffix --backup-dir using cron.
On thing is sure: it is not a third party indipendent solution. How do you think your mobile reads your home pc's hard drive while on a non LAN scenario? Routers and firewalls do not work magically...
So devices contact a mediation server over at Bit torrent's site and that operates the magic. So not good as traffic would be mediated
I just wish to use Dropbox clients on my own server. SFTP is a cross platform option (andftp, ftp, dokan ecc, syncovery ecc) but it is slow. Syncovery (paid app) only supports lin win mac but gives full control (conflicts must be solved manually). From Android and iOS I access files through sftp.
An "as dropbox fast sync" solution with cool mobile app and totally hosted would be the solution.
Maybe BTS could be tweaked so it uses only my routers? Will check
Owncloud.org Seafile and iFolder could be interesting
#10 By: Elena S, December 3rd, 2013 09:11
I use @MAX SyncUp to sync my documents between two computers bypassing any cloud storage. These are the office desktop and my laptop. The office machine is set up as the server and the laptop as a client. It is enough convenient. It works over the LAN too.
p.s. It only syncs modified blocs similar to rsync. It really saves the traffic when changing the large files.