Back around 2010, there was a site called Files Over Miles, it was described as ?Send files direct to other users (P2P) using your browser aka browser to browser sharing. Your browser must be open until the recipient finish download?. Filves Over Miles belonged in the file sharing category. Sadly, Files Over Miles is not available anymore, but ShareDrop is a very good alternative, and it is easy to use as well.
Files Over Miles
Files Over Miles was a new service that allows you to move files from one computer to another. It sends it from browser to browser, as stated in its tagline. From a user standpoint, Files over Miles was very easy to use. If you wanted to send a movie or a video game to your friend, but he may live far from you or you just didn´t know a how to send the file to him, you could use a P2P site, just like Files over Miles, or Sharedrop.
All you had to do was to browse to the file and it returned a link. After that, all you had to do is send the link to the other person, who wanted to download the file. There were some problems with Files over Miles as well, one of them was that your firewall blocked the P2P connection, they even pointed it out in their FAQ.
The other problem was much bigger, it required Flash 10. This was the biggest reason why people had an issue with Files Over Miles. The number one topi con the sites FAQ was, upgrade Flash and clear the browser cache. The other problem with Flash was, that it limited the maximum file size to the amount of available RAM you had on your computer. Apart from these problems, people actually liked Files Over Miles. It was really easy to use, with a simple interface, and it was the easiest way to shoot a file over to people in the shortest amount of time. Luckily, ShareDrop is an amazing alternative, and it is a much better P2P site as well.
ShareDrop is a web program modeled after Apple’s AirDrop service. It enables you to transfer files across devices without needing to first submit them to a server. For safe peer-to-peer file sharing, it employs WebRTC, and Firebase for presence management and WebRTC signaling. To use ShareDrop, all you have to do is open ShareDrop ont he devices and they will see each other. After this, you will need to click the + button in the top right corner, and this will create a room with a unique URL. You will need to share this URL with other people you want to send the file to.
The crucial point between ShareDrop and AirDrop is that ShareDrop requires an Internet connection to discover additional devices, whereas AirDrop does not because it forms an ad hoc wireless network between them. ShareDrop, on the other hand, lets you exchange files between mobile (Android and iOS) and desktop computers, as well as across networks.
ShareDrop supported browsers
- Safari 13+