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Send files throught WIFI - No Router required!

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by imran.esani, Jan 11, 2010.


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Poll closed Feb 10, 2010.
  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. imran.esani

    imran.esani Lurker
    Thread Starter


    I have been using this workaround and sharing files through WIFI without connecting to a router. I hope this is helpful to all.

    I have tested this on Tmobile G1 and a Dev phone.

    What you need???
    - An Android Phone
    - ROOT!!!
    - WIFI Tether for Root Users - link android-wifi-tether - Project Hosting on Google Code
    - SDCard WIFI Access - Available on market

    What others need?
    A Phone with WIFI
    Computer with WIFI

    This is how you do it.
    - Start WIFI Tether and ask the other person to connect to the Adhoc connection.

    - This person should show connected to your phone now.

    - Open the app SD Card WIFI Access, this will show you two IP addresses. One would be an IP for the Mobile Network and another for your phone. Provide the phone IP address (should be example 192.168.xxx.xxx:8180)

    - Ask the person to type the IP address in the browser and ensure they put the port number 8180

    - If you followed the steps correctly the person will now see your SD card contents on their phone or the computer browser.

    A click on any file will send the file to their phone at >1MBPS

    Hope this help.

    Will post screen shots soon.


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  2. vincentp

    vincentp Android Expert

    Interesting. Another reason for me to root... I'm so indecisive.
  3. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    Yes but how often will you be doing this? Can't think of many times I'd be sending files via wifi.
  4. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Hmmm maybe a program can be written similiar to bluetooth file tranfer that would make it a bit easier.
  5. imran.esani

    imran.esani Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I would use it very often. Sometimes for fun (making people jealous) and sometime to transfer files very very quickly. The file transfer rate is over 2mbps. I send a 10 MB file to a friend in less than 5 seconds!
    zebedy212 likes this.
  6. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Also, check out an app named hoccer in the market.
  7. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    Again, I ask for the use case.

    The phone typically is not a file server or storage of files for frequent sharing.

    So what types of files would you be sharing?

    I email my photos when I need to, so I can't really think of many cases where I need to share files from my phone...
  8. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    I personally keep some psds and other programs like pdanet for the pc on my sd....
  9. sobrique

    sobrique Lurker

    I can see the appeal - I'd love to be able to have my phone attach as a 'network storage device' to my PC, as .... well, my 'charge' cable doesn't actually work when my PC is shutdown (overnight) so I charge via a wall socket.

    It'd be nice to be able to do this _and_ get access to my SD card.
  10. Diabo

    Diabo Member

    When your phone doubles as a camera, routerless WiFi sharing lets you send your pictures and movies to a computer without a USB cable.

    Same for syncing music. If you have more songs on your computer than you can fit on your phone you'll be pingponging music back and forth very often.

    It's also a fast way of sharing pictures, videos and music with your friend's phones. When you're roaming abroad you definitely don't want to use an expensive data connection to transfer files.

    You could do all those things with bluetooth, but that's horribly slow. Routerless WiFi is much faster and it saves you the trouble of messing with USB cables. USB won't work between two phones anyway.
  11. Diabo

    Diabo Member

    Great app! But it could be improved:

    1) Having to run two apps (SDCardWifi Access and Wireless Tether)... would be easier if this would be combined into one app.

    2) Why only read-only access? If it's set up as ftp instead of http you could transfer files both ways: from your phone and to your phone. Then you could simply start the app and use your sd card as a web folder in windows.

    If both apps are combined, ftp is added, and the entire thing can be toggled on and off with a widget then accessing your phone from your computer over WiFi would only take two clicks.
  12. rishidoshi

    rishidoshi Lurker

    I use Barnacle wifi tether on a rooted phone. Can access internet off it through my PC.
    I installed OM SDcard wifi. From my PC browser (which is not connected to any router), I typed (both firefox and IE)
    But i get a black screen with the title bar saying: FLVPlayer.
    Am I doing something wrong?
    Please help me.
  13. rishidoshi

    rishidoshi Lurker

    Ok i have some success using File Expert. I run barnacle and connect PC to it. In file expert>home>share my content> webshare.
    Enter the ip : port in my pc browser. I can then see my sd card files.
    But how do you copy files from PC to Android device?? :?
  14. rishidoshi

    rishidoshi Lurker

    il tell you my reason: :p :p
    In my office USB devices are blocked. No file transfer by pen drive or phone. This is my only way out! yippie ;)
  15. Rico ANDROID

    Rico ANDROID Android Expert

    Yep, a lot of corporate offices have blocked external drives or usb slots from being accessed. Doesnt your company track wi-fi activity and can they log whatever you ttransfer that way? is it some files you need and can just have your I.T. dept make access availaable for you?
  16. rishidoshi

    rishidoshi Lurker

    I just do it for the kick :p I'm not misusing anything. btw I'm good friends with the IT head. so no problems :)
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  17. John Redcorn

    John Redcorn Android Enthusiast

    I do this same thing to xfer files at work to laptops (phones cant get on corp wifi) but I use the http or ftp server in file expert + cm wifi hotspot. http interface for file expert is way nice, lets you zip up directories and files.
    Rico ANDROID likes this.
  18. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    I would use this if I wasn't already set up to use the wifi router to copy files between my tablet and phone. I do this often to transfer games that I play on my phone and tablet. For save games and such things using Titanium. It's easier/faster than using something like Dropbox.

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