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[Solved] Android to Android File Transfers via WiFi

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6th February 2014, 03:50 AM   |  #1  
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I apologize if this isn't the appropriate place for this question. Its not necessarily a Nexus 5 spetcific question as it also involves an Asus TF300T.

I'm currently in a hotel with not only spotty WiFi coverage but also really awful throughput.
I have about 8GB of data I want to transfer to my Asus TF300T running 4.2.1.
I started with airdroid then WiFi File Transfer but it seems the WiFi network blocks access between devices; well at least on ports 1234, 4567 and 8888.
I then tried WiFi Direct but it looks like they (Asus) removed that feature in the last upgrade. Boo.
Finally the TF300T has a keyboard dock with a USB port but when I plug in the N5 (either in MTP or PTP) the TF300T doesn't 'see' the storage.

Uploading to Dropbox from the N5 then downloading to the TF300T would take several days at this rate. If I fellback on LTE, I would eat through the rest of my data plan and the month is young!

There are other applications out there but they're sketchy or questionable at best, and I don't want to load those types of applications on my rooted devices, hence why I'm reaching out to the community for advice / suggestions.

Thanks all
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Originally Posted by Phylum

I apologize if this isn't the appropriate place for this question. Its not necessarily a Nexus 5 spetcific question as it also involves an Asus TF300T.

I'm currently in a hotel with not only spotty WiFi coverage but also really awful throughput.
I have about 8GB of data I want to transfer to my Asus TF300T running 4.2.1.
I started with airdroid then WiFi File Transfer but it seems the WiFi network blocks access between devices; well at least on ports 1234, 4567 and 8888.
I then tried WiFi Direct but it looks like they (Asus) removed that feature in the last upgrade. Boo.
Finally the TF300T has a keyboard dock with a USB port but when I plug in the N5 (either in MTP or PTP) the TF300T doesn't 'see' the storage.

Uploading to Dropbox from the N5 then downloading to the TF300T would take several days at this rate. If I fellback on LTE, I would eat through the rest of my data plan and the month is young!

There are other applications out there but they're sketchy or questionable at best, and I don't want to load those types of applications on my rooted devices, hence why I'm reaching out to the community for advice / suggestions.

Thanks all

Install this and run on host device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...es.android.kws

with target device open the http://IP.IP.IP.IP and proceed to download the file it should be really fast since its localhost
6th February 2014, 04:04 AM   |  #3  
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Fast file transfer

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6th February 2014, 04:14 AM   |  #4  
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To avoid the connection problems, create a hotspot on your nexus 5 and connect the tablet to it (when i do this i leave mobile data off just in case, so the tablet and phone will simply be in a LAN together), then use whatever program youd like to transfer through LAN. For example ES file manager has a built in LAN transfer function and ive gotten speeds up to 2mb per second with the nexus as the host sending the file.
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Install this and run on host device: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...es.android.kws

with target device open the http://IP.IP.IP.IP and proceed to download the file it should be really fast since its localhost

WiFi File Transfer seems to do the exact same thing.
kWS seems to use port 8080 by default and that doesn't work. I've tried other ports with no luck.

We're on the same subnet but neither device can ping the other so I guess they've done a good job at setting it up so that machies cannot communicate with each other?
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To avoid the connection problems, create a hotspot on your nexus 5 and connect the tablet to it (when i do this i leave mobile data off just in case, so the tablet and phone will simply be in a LAN together), then use whatever program youd like to transfer through LAN. For example ES file manager has a built in LAN transfer function and ive gotten speeds up to 2mb per second with the nexus as the host sending the file.

Yeah, that sounds like a winner right there. I'll try and update with my findings.
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WiFi File Transfer seems to do the exact same thing.
kWS seems to use port 8080 by default and that doesn't work. I've tried other ports with no luck.

We're on the same subnet but neither device can ping the other so I guess they've done a good job at setting it up so that machies cannot communicate with each other?

Must be a firewall correct try another port such as UDP port 53 (DNS) or TCP port 22 or 21 (SSH) or try 80 (HTTP) usually HTTP wont be blocked
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Setting up a mobile hotspot did the trick! I was able to use all the apps but file transfers never finished. (most of the files are a few hundred megs)
I'll just wait until I get to a better location or try again when I have a bit more time.

I'll also try using common ports like 53 and 22, 23 etc to see if that helps while on this network.

Thanks all for your advice on this.
6th February 2014, 07:00 PM   |  #9  
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This ( https://play.google.com/store/search?q=superbeam&c=apps ) is the best IMHO.

Works with phone <-> phone and phone <-> PC without problems, the UI is great and easy to use

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