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Neil Orman
Alternatives to Dropbox for sharing big files from wifi connection?
on Apr 22, 2020 at 4:57:51 pm

Hi, I'm trying to share a 25 GB video file with someone, from a wifi connection, and it's taking too long to upload to Dropbox over wifi. Are there are any good alternatives, or related suggestions for sharing big video files, that overcome or help with the wifi limitations? I'd be grateful for any insights here. Someone suggested creating a zip, but I wasn't sure that was practical for big video files.
Thanks, Neil


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Nick Griffin
Re: Alternatives to Dropbox for sharing big files from wifi connection?
on Apr 22, 2020 at 5:30:46 pm

Neil -

Can we assume that "by WiFi" means that you are using a shared / someone else's WiFi? Starbucks, local library, hotel? The operative word here is "shared" meaning that your speeds may be substantially reduced by traffic from other users.

We have a cable modem that feeds our NetGear WiFi hub and, while cable upload speeds are only a fraction of cable's download speeds, we don't seem to have many issues with files that size or larger.


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Neil Orman
Re: Alternatives to Dropbox for sharing big files from wifi connection?
on Apr 22, 2020 at 9:19:31 pm

Thanks for your perspective, Nick! During the pandemic I'm on my home wifi, via our Comcast cable modem, which I'm sharing with my wife and son. So it's not quite a Starbucks or hotel but still somewhat shared. I originally wanted to upload a Prores version of this broll for a colleague, but it was taking so long I compressed it to 3 GB using Vimeo settings. But it's good to know that set-up has worked for you, and I'll look at different alternatives with our home set-up, as it would be nice not to have this limitation.
Thanks again,
Neil


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Nick Griffin
Re: Alternatives to Dropbox for sharing big files from wifi connection?
on Apr 22, 2020 at 9:57:12 pm

Neil-

If you can have a computer physically near the Comcast box you can plug in directly to one of the RG45 ports using a Cat 5 or 6 networking cable. That should be faster than the WiFi the box creates. It can also help if you try this while your family ISN'T streaming videos, playing games, video conferencing, etc.


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