Ever wanted to send large files over across the world, but found yourself limited by email attachment sizes? Well, nowadays there are so many different number of ways to send large files to your family and friends: you can host them online, set up Dropbox shares, use Yousendit or drop.io and other numerous ways. In case you are looking for a hassle-free way that requires no setup, provides instant transfers using just the good old web browser, here is what you have been looking for:
We will be looking at two similar services Fileai and [NO LONGER WORKS] FilesOverMiles. As simple as it can get, both of them only require a web browser for you to start sharing files. That is it. No setting up your own servers, no creating private torrents, no uploading the file to third-party server.
Just click on the Send Files button within Fileai or the browse button within FilesOverMiles and you can pick and choose the files you want to send. You will then be provided a unique URL that identifies the transfer you are about to initiate. Pass on the link to your recipients, and as soon as they visit the link, they will start downloading the file directly off your computer.
So what are the advantages? Apart from the ease of use, virtually zero configuration and platform independence, there are other significant benefits as well. For one, the file is available for download instantly because it is being transferred directly from your computer to the receiver’s computer. Moreover, since your files are not being stored on any servers and the fact that you get unique random URLs coupled with encrypted transfers, you can share your personal files with your friends and families without having to worry too much about privacy issues.
There is no limit on file size when you send files using FilesOverMiles. However, it uses flash for transfers and therefore requires the entire file to be copied to the RAM, so you might not want to try your luck with a 2GB file on a computer fitted with only 2GB of RAM. Similarly, the recipient can download files that are smaller than half of the RAM available on their side. In any case, if you have a fairly new computer this may not be a problem for you.
Fileai requires Java runtime and runs as an applet that allows you to choose files and generate URLs. Similar to FilesOverMiles, there is practically no limit on the file size you can transfer because you and the person on other end will be using your respective bandwidths.
The one thing that I found missing in FilesOverMiles was BitTorrent-like inter-peer sharing algorithm that is available in Fileai. Using Fileai, if you send download link to multiple recipients, they will interact with each other resulting in faster download speeds for them and less upload bandwidth usage for you. Password-protected links and the ability to limit the number of transfers are some additional features that distinguish Fileai from FilesOverMiles.
A potential downside of such services is that both sender and receiver have to be online and connected to the Internet at the same time. You must also keep the browser window open till the transfers complete.
All in all, you should keep both of these sites handy in your virtual toolkit. You can pick and choose amongst them depending upon your needs or may be the availability of flash player of Java runtime on the computer you are on!
Not convinced? Maybe Podmailing will work for you instead.
With all the options that are available these days we are curious to know what service(s) you use to send/share files (large or small). Mention them in comments