How to share files (videos, images, music) between our home devices:
The star theme. YOUR-HOW-DO-TO-SEE-MOVIES-IN-YOUR-HOME. He always comes to the fore. Some will tell you that they connect a USB to the TV, others will tell you that they use a Raspberry, others that connecting their Android device to the HDMI input of the television, an Apple TV etc. There are hundreds of methods and anyone who has set out to investigate a little has theirs.
So today we are going to expand the horizon a little more, and I will try to show you the most practical ways of sharing both multimedia files and any other type of files (text, PDFs, ZIP, executables, I know) among the most common devices that we can have at home.
1 Sharing files between PC <-> PC:
Sharing documents and files between 2 PCs, whether desktop or laptop is one of the easiest tasks you can do without too many headaches. If you want to share a folder in Windows 10, you just have to click with the right mouse button and select ” Share with “. Sometimes if we share some zip files then if it difficult to unzip. You need a Software called Winzip. You can get some winzip activation code from the internet for free. Use those free keys and join using it for free. If you do not know with whom you want to share the files (remember that they must be local users or from the same network) you just have to choose ” Specific users ” and select ” All “.
Once this is done you can access the folder from any other device that is connected to the same network. In Windows, there is usually an icon called ” Network ” located on the side of Windows Explorer, from where you can access the shared folder. If you want to know more about how to access a shared folder from another computer I would recommend that you take a look at this post where I explain it in great detail: 5 ways to access a network resource.
In addition to this, there are also other methods to share files between different PCs, such as creating a small FTP server or uploading files to the cloud, such as Google Drive or Dropbox (these are explained in more detail at the end of the post)
2 Sharing files between PC <-> Mobile phone / Tablet (Android):
The transfer of files between a smartphone / tablet and a PC is even easier. Here we have several options, but I would mainly stay with 3:
- ES File Explorer: This app for Android may sound like it, since it is a good file manager to navigate over the folders of our phone. But it also allows you to access the shared folders of your PC without much effort .
- AirDroid: If you have to transfer files between your Smartphone and your PC, the app that I would recommend to anyone would be AirDroid. Not only allows access to all files on your phone but also lets you access contacts, call log and apps on your phone. All a jewel, and also free.
- Teamviewer: This is a remote control tool. One of the classics to connect to a PC either from another PC or from our Android device. One of the most useful features of Teamviewer is its file transfer function, which works in both directions (PC <-> Android). A tremendously functional tool.
3 Sharing files between PC <-> Television:
In the case of TVs, what we will mainly want to share will be videos, but also images and music. If we do not have a Smart TV we can find the chestnuts in different ways:
- With a TV Box: TV Boxes are the simplest way to share files between any home device and TV via WiFi . A TV Box is a device that turns our TV “dumb” into a smart TV with all the law. Simply connect the TV Box to the HDMI input of our TV and we can enjoy a full-fledged Android system with all that entails (countless apps to share files or watch series and movies in streaming etc.).
- Through the video console: In my case, I have (still) a PS3, I use the PS3 Media Server program to share multimedia files from the desktop PC via WiFi. It is a small application that once installed on the computer serves as a bridge between the TV (console) and the PC. If you have another console such as the Xbox you can also use Plex, another application with the same features.
- Raspberry: Another option is to use a Raspberry as a multimedia server and connect it to the TV using an HDMI cable. Raspberries are small computers the size of a packet of tobacco and can be configured for a thousand and one purposes. One of them (and the most common) is to turn it into a video and music server.
4 Sharing files via Shareport:
For a few years, the amplifiers/repeaters of WiFi usually bring a small addition, and it is the possibility of creating a small cloud in your house by connecting a USB storage device. In my case I bought the Mobile Companion from D-Link a few years ago.
I needed to amplify the WiFi signal in the living room and I thought I could use a little toy of these. Nor was it so expensive (about 60 euros), so I tried my luck. Today and after pulling my hair for hours (several times) the time has not yet come when I have managed to make it work. Running works (and if you can not see the opinions of people on Amazon ), but it does not get along with me … If someone wants to try their luck I’ll leave.