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  1. m165

    m165 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I'm looking for an app to transfer files to and from my HTC Desire and MacBook.

    I am currently doing it via an FTP Server app, but the big draw back is that it relies on internet upload speeds rather than using a LAN share, so it ends up being a lot slower than USB.

    I've tried ES File manager as that as LAN connectivity, but I couldn't get it working with my Mac.

    On my Nokia N82, there was an app I used to use for this purpose called SymSMB (SymSMB for S60 3rd & 5th Edition by Telexy Networks :: Symbian software @ My-Symbian.com). What this did is allow my Mac too mount the entire SD card (or any folder of choice) from my N82 as a shared folder on my Mac, which was brilliant. Basically like accessing a shared folder on one computer from another.

    Is there an app that does this on Android?

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  2. mindfrost82

    mindfrost82 Newbie

    You can try WebSharing. There's a free version and a paid version. It basically turns your phone into a little web server while you have it running. You go into your browser on your Mac/PC and type in the IP and port #.

    You have to use the web interface for everything, but its fairly simple to get used to.
  3. DrScrubs

    DrScrubs Well-Known Member

    wifi File Explorer is another option, although I think the downside is you can only upload one file at a time.

    I also use Bluetooth File Sharing, but of course you need Bluetooth on your comp.
  4. galfwender

    galfwender Newbie

    You can use an app called "On Air" to share your SDCard over wifi using either AppleTalk, WebDAV or FTP.

    Or you could try "Mobile SMB" which allows you to browse remote windows (or other compatible) shares from your phone over wifi. [edit - it will also work with a VPN connection over 3g - so you can access your fileserver from anywhere]
  5. Eris Lover

    Eris Lover Android Enthusiast

    Probably not as fast as your smb sharing but I also use bluetooth, but you do not get to decide where it goes like you would if you could see the directory on your puter.
  6. m165

    m165 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the replies.

    On Air worked nicely, pretty much what I was looking for.

    I also found settings on my mac that I had to enable to allow SMB sharing (was buried in the advanced settings for Folder Sharing), so now ES File Manager works fine and I can now access my phone from my Mac via On Air, and access my Mac from my phone via ES File Manager.
  7. mvmcali

    mvmcali Lurker

    I have tried all these apps , astro: estrongs: file expert...

    I can create a wireless link from phone to pc but I want to map a network drive to a drive letter.... the same way it works when you plug a camera into the usb port.

    im not an expert in ftp, smp, http but I can see all 3 of these methods working with those apps i mentioned. but how do i simply map a drive to the sdcard of the phone wirelessly?

  8. weaselaow

    weaselaow Member

    Wifi Explorer>>> dropbox teamveiver and other cloud program when u need transfer only
  9. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Ya in terms of speed this is the breakdown for transfer speeds (upload)

    (all rough numbers, in rough order)

    2G: ~128kbps
    3G: ~400kbps - 1.5mbps
    4G: ?
    Bluetooth 2: 1.6mbps-2.5mbps
    Wifi (802.11b/g) 2mbps-50mbps
    USB 2 (lots of versions) anywhere from 2mbps-480mbps

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