Hi, volatore-ga !
I have an identical set-up, plus the need for remote access. I use
BeInSync, and am very pleased with it. Even the free version is
sufficient for most of my needs, running a small business with laptop,
desk top, and business partner at a remote location, though I think I
will subscribe for access to some of the extras. BeInSync are at:
" * Have your data always in sync at home, work and on the go
* Travel light and get to your data using Web remote access
* Share any size files with colleagues, partners and friends?
And they quote this review:
" If you use multiple machines and constantly move data between them,
BeInSync is a godsend.
PC Magazine (Sep 14, 2004)"
The free version syncs five files which suits me. There is a polite
nag screen inviting me to upgrade each time I boot up, but for a
product with no time restrictions I don't mind that.
I've even been able to download a program exec. file to one computer,
and install it on the other !
BeInSync further explains at:
"How does it work?
Simply install BeInSync on each of the computers you would like to
synchronize and specify what you'd like to synchronize - your desktop,
your My Documents folder, emails, contacts, favorites and more. From
now on, whenever you create, modify or delete any of these items,
these changes will automatically be reflected on your other PCs as
well. This way, you can keep on working from anywhere ....
... you can use BeInSync's secure remote Web access to get to your
remote files from any Internet kiosk or hotel.
Finally, BeInSync further extends data synchronization to allow you to
securely share data with colleagues, partners, customers and friends.
By sending a 'Share Invitation' to one or more users, a shared folder
is created and kept in sync on all parties' PCs. You can now work
simultaneously on this shared folder with the same ease as working on
your local files. "
There's a small learning curve - e.g. you access synced the files
through the BeInSync interface - but there's plenty of online support.
It was extremely easy to set up.
Obviously for the actual syncing to take place, both computers need to
be on. But your up-to- date files are accessible after that even if
only one machine is on. Next time they are both on, you can sync any
The free version is quite adequate for home use or a small business,
but subscriptions are from a very reasonable $6.95 a month with
discounts for one year or two year options.
Good luck !
Clarification of Answer by
31 Aug 2005 19:32 PDT
The reason it's not just automatic, I think, is this: Wi-fi allows you
to take your wi-fi enabled laptop to any area with a wireless hotspot
or router. You could be in an office, a hotel, or a cafe.
If all the computers tieing in to that router could automatically see
each other, you would have access to everybody elses' computers, and
they would have access to yours ! Not a good idea.
Hence the need for a program in between to identify just the computers
you want and are permitted to link.
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