How will this Wi-Fi shared folder scenerio work with two homes? RRS feed

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  • Lets assume I have a home Wi-Fi network and its secured with WPA, with a Windows Vista OS. My neighbour also has the same, with his own SSID and WPA key so his is also secure.

    Let's say I make a folder on my desktop, and I want to share it with him over Wi-Fi. Firstly we're on completely separate wireless networks, and our Windows workgroup name is also different.

    How can we share the folder? I'm ideally looking for different ways/methods/suggestions to overcome this scenario in one way or another.

    The motive is for us both to be able to access my shared folder so we can send and receive large files (lets assume we don't want to use Ethernet or any other cable).
    • Moved by Max Wang_1983 Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:37 AM forum consolidation (From:Networking)
    Friday, March 27, 2009 12:44 AM


  • Here are some different ways of achieving your goal:

    1. Easiest way: If the signal is strong enough, just let him connect to your SSID when there is a need to share files.
    2. You can opt to use publicly available file sharing sites (many are free) that enable you to upload and transfer large files.
    3. If the routers support VPN, create a VPN tunnel between the two routers. You will need a static IP or Dynamic DNS service.
    4. You can set up FTP and access it via static IP address or a Dynamic DNS Service.

    Unless you are technically savvy, # 3 and # 4 are going to be difficult to do.

    Miguel Fra / Falcon ITS
    Computer and Network Service , Miami, Fl

    • Proposed as answer by Miguel Fra Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:23 PM
    • Marked as answer by nLinked Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:27 PM
    Friday, April 10, 2009 9:41 PM