Monday, 12 August 2013

Use wireless network to transfer file(s) from one computer to another.

Sometimes you’ll want to transfer file(s) to your friend(s) or backup your file(s) to another external storage. You can either use Bluetooth, a network cable, flash drive, external hard drive and wireless mode. adhocnetworkwifiwindows7starteredition Files such as video games are relatively inn size (some are larger than 5gb) that you cannot send them at a go using any of the above named methods except using external hard drive (depending on its size), cable, or wireless.

Ironically, the cheap cost of external hard drive and a network cable make it a bit strait for some of us to get one. I find it frustrating to be borrowing network cable anytime  I need to transfer files that large (5gb and above). I know there should be a way of using the wireless method to achieve this purpose.

Today, I bring to you how to use wireless network to transfer files from one computer to another computer. First, you’ll need to create an ad hoc wireless connection.

If you don’t know how to do that, then you need to read this first.

Set Up Ad Hoc wireless Network on Windows 7

After creating an ad hoc network, the next step is to make your computer visible to the other computer. To do this, just follow the steps below;

  • Open Control Panel and click on Network and Internet. Click on View network status and tasks.
  • By the left at the top corner of the windows, click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

advance sharing

  • In the opened window, there you will see three type of networks (depending on your OS, it might be two on yours) namely; Public/Guest, Private, and All Network.


  • Expand each network and mark the turn on network discovery and File & Printer sharing option.
  • Under the Public/Guest/All network option, turn off password protected sharing and mark the Sharing  with anyone… box.
  • Save the changes and exit the window.
  • Connect to your ad hoc network and wait for the other computer user to connect to your ad hoc.
  • Carry out these above steps on the computer(s).

Note: You will have to give the other computer user the passkey you used when creating the ad hoc network so as for him/her to have access to your network.

  • After the computers are connected, the network notification should look like this (It might not be exactly like this on yours).

network in sharing

  • Click on Computer and click  on the Network  icon at the bottom left corner. You should see both your computer’s name and other connected computers’

In this case, you have two option. For instance, if your computer’s name is Computer A and the other computers’ is Computer B and you want to copy file(s) from Computer B to Computer A, you can either;

  1. Go to Computer B and move/copy all the files you want to transfer to Local Disk >> Users >>Public (paste the file inside public folder and not outside). Then access the file from Computer A under network. Or
  2. Go to Local Disk >> Users on Computer B and right click on the name of the computer, scroll down to Share with and select Anyone or Everyone. By doing this, you can access All the files that are on Computer B from Computer A. Hope you will enjoy the speed.


Do you have any question or you don’t understand some part of the steps? Am willing to hear from you….

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