Top 5 Software to Share Files Between Two Computers Using WiFi

Suppose a friend has come to your place and you want to share some big files with him. Now, the traditional way to share files between two computers is to use a Pendrive or External HDD. Some might even prefer using an ethernet cable or Windows Workgroup. But they all have certain limitations, like unavailability of a Pendrive and External drive, or the complexity of setting up Windows Workgroup and LAN cable settings.

Now, there are many Android apps (like Airdroid and SHAREit etc) that let you transfer files seamlessly from computer to Android over WiFi. But, what if you want to do the same thing between 2 computers? Is that possible?

Well, fortunately, if both computers are connected to the same WiFi network, then you can use tools to move files around. All you have to do is drag and drop the files to the software, and it’ll magically appear in the next computer. The setup is pretty simple and it works for both Mac OS and Windows.

So, here are top 5 software that will help you transfer files from one computer to another over WiFi.

Related: Access Windows Shared Folder From Android Over Wi-Fi

Share FIles Between Two Computers over Wifi

Share Files Between Two Computers Using WiFi

1. SHAREit

SHAREit is one of the most popular cross-platform sharing software. You might already be using it to share files between your computer and Android. But do you know, you can also use SHAREit to transfer files between 2 Windows Computer?

The user interface is pretty straightforward. It allows you to select between Easy mode and Secure mode, wherein a new password is generated each time you connect to another device.

Apart from their desktop app, the Android version comes with a bunch of handy features, transferring files from phone to PC, access, and control all the media files on your computer and finally controlling your PPT directly from your phone (just to make your presentation a little simpler).

How to Connect:

  1. Make sure both the computers are connected to the same WiFi network
  2. Next, install SHAREit PC app on both computers. Once installed open the SHAREit app both sides
  3. On, Computer 1, click “Connect to PC” on the top right corner menu
  4. Select the second computer from the list below
  5. Next, click “Accept”, in the popup you received in Computer 2
  6. Now the two computers are connected successfully.

SHAREit is good if you want to send files between 2 PC. But unfortunately, this feature do now work for MacOS, even though they have a dedicated app for that platform. Also, SHAREit is owned by Lenovo, who are not very popular with their privacy policy. In fact, while installing SHAREit, the first thing you need to do is, allow SHAREit to collect anonymous data, without that you can not use the app.

But on a flip side, the app is stable and works every time we use it.

SHAREit Wifi file transfer

 

2. Dukto R6

Dukto R6 is an open source, cross-platform file transfer tool, with support for Linux OS as well. It has a simple Metro style UI that lets you transfer files without worrying about configurations, operating systems, users, permissions, clients, servers, and so on…

It has some extra features like Windows 7 taskbar integration with progress and transfer indicator, sending text snippets and more. It’s also available in a portable version as well.

The software also has certain limitations like no password or encryption support, therefore it’s recommended to use on a trusted network only.

How to Connect:

  1. Make sure both the computers are connected to the same WiFi network
  2. Next, install Dukto R6 on both computers and open them
  3. Your devices should automatically detect each other
  4. Click the name of the target computer(Computer 2) on the “buddies” tab
  5. Drag and drop a file you wish to send.

 

Dukto R6 Wifi file transfer

3. Feem

With Feem you can easily transfer files up to 50 times faster than Bluetooth and as much as twice as fast as Dropbox (as claimed). It’s ad- supported and has support for all major platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, and Linux. Moreover, it has an added functionality called WiFi Direct, wherein you can easily exchange files without any need of a router. It creates it’s own personal WiFi hotspot for sharing.

Security with Feem is great. Since these software are using WiFi for file transfer, there are no servers involved, so no chances of getting hacked plus all the local transferred files are encrypted with TLS.

However, with the free version you are limited to few device connectivity, limited file transfer, and chats, and obviously watch ads.

Note: While the Android version works well, the PC version do takes some time to discover other devices. In other words, it’s not as reliable as SHAREit. See the comparison table at the bottom.

But the good news is — the file transfer speed is good and it can also use WiFi direct feature so, you don’t even need a router to share files.

How to Connect:

  1. Launch Feem on all of your computers
  2. Make sure all of your computers are on the same Wi-Fi network
  3. Your devices should automatically detect each other
  4. Drag and drop a file between your devices.

Related: 7 Ways To Access Your Computer’s Files From Anywhere In The World

Feem Wifi File Transfer

4. Filedrop

FIledrop has a simple, straightforward UI with no logo, design or settings tab, just the number of devices connected. It’s free for Windows, Mac OS X, and Android while iOS users need to pay $2.99.

While, sharing files through their website, projecting slideshows of images, and playing music from the phones are some of their current features they also working on projecting PPT, keynotes, Doc, Excel files, and also on projecting videos via slideshow.

How to Connect:

  1. Connect both the devices on the same WiFi network
  2. Simply launch Filedrop on both devices
  3. Drag and drop the file on the connected devices.

Filedrop Wifi file transfer

5. AnySend

AnySend is a great little tool that facilitates transferring files between computers and phones just over a WiFi connection. Like Filedrop, Anysend also has a simple straight-forward UI. It’s available for Windows, OS X and Android (iOS version – coming soon). It also supports background service sharing ability on Android. Typically you can get anywhere from 2-10 MB/s transfer speeds depending on your router.

How to Connect:

  1. Connect all the devices on the same WiFi network
  2. Launch AnySend on both the computers
  3. Copy the files/folder (to transfer) to your clipboard (Ctrl+C)
  4. Open AnySend from the taskbar and click on the target computer to share your selected files
  5. Accept the connection in the second computer and the file will begin.

You can add the second computer as a trusted computer and then you won’t have to accept the connection each time. 

Since I’ve both MacOS and PC, I use AnySend to share files. The Windows app is free but MacOS one cost $5. Though sometimes, the app does not detect the other computer on the same WiFi network, in that case, you need to restart your computer and it should work.

Anysend Wifi File transer

Watch this video tutorial on how to use AnySend to share files on WiFi.

Comparison Table:

We decided to compare the file transfer speed of all the above software. So, we transferred a 230 MB video file from one Windows computer to another over a 300 Mb/s Wi-Fi router.

Apps File transfer Platform Transsfer Speeds (min) Pros Cons
SHAREit Windows to Windows                     0:59 Secured, Many handy features.  No support for Linux and MacOS
Dukto Windows to Windows                     1:19  Open Source, Simple Metro Style UI, Some extra taskbar features and support for sending text snippets.  No password or encryption support. iOS users need to pay $1.99.
Feem Windows to Windows                     0:46 Useful WiFi Direct feature, no servers (no hacking chances), TLS encryption.  Ad-supported, free version includes limited device connectivity and limited file transfers.
Filedrop Windows to Windows                     2:09  Simple UI, Some extra projecting features.  No support for Linux, iOS users need to pay $2.99.
AnySend Windows to Windows & Windows to MacOS                     0:41  Simple UI, fast file sharing.  No support for Linux, connecting issues sometimes.

Wrapping Up:

This were some of the software to share files between two Computers using WiFi. We like Feem and SHAREit which includes some handy features and is also the fastest of all. But if you are in search for an app that has a simple straight-forward interface and completes the task then Any Send fits better.

Which software do you use for sharing files between two Computers using WiFi? If you feel we missed out any of the important file sharing software, then do let us know in the comments below. Also if you have any queries regarding installation or setup of any of the software mentioned above, we are here to help.

Also read: How to Access your Computer Files from Anywhere With TeamViewer

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About Mufaddal Masalawala

Mufaddal Masalawala '20 is a College student pursuing his Engineering degree from Mumbai. From school, he has been an average student in studies but excitingly had a lot of interest in the technical community. He got his new laptop when he was 16, from then on he started exploring the tech world and is still on it! Besides writing, Mufaddal enjoys spending some time with his family and friends.