questionshow do i send files to south africa?

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Your cable company might allow you to stream shows/movies with your subscription right online (your dad could just stream from there)... may want to try that first.

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You can put an FTP or web server up on one of the computers and transfer the files that way.

I put IIS up on my media PC (running Windows 7) so that my daughters can access my video files (this way Daughter#2 can watch things when she is away at school). She logs in, browses to what she wants and downloads it to her machine to watch later.

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10GB per hour seems really high. Recordings on my DVR only take ~2GB per hour for HD. You may want to convert those videos to something with a more manageable file size before sharing them, otherwise it'll take forever for you to upload (and for your dad to download) them.

I'd use mediafire. Actually, I think baqui63's idea is better. FTP FTW.

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@jsoko: The main problem is his internet is not solid enough for good streaming. A download it can handle streaming not as much

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If you really, really need to have that large a file size, and his ISP is that bad, maybe consider burning to BR and mailing them. (Especially if there are alot of files.)

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@baqui63: so what does the login process look like with the IIS ? Does she login to an IP address or what ?

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@woadwarrior: That is the worst case scenario/plan but it is out there. Though in todays world there has got to be ways to do better than that.

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@rprebel: Mediafire looks pretty cool but it looks like its limited to 250gb a month and thats at the highlest level subscription

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@rprebel: your right looking at that it is closer to 1 hour - 2 gb so thats better news

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Has anyone used Cubby ? Its a new service out there and still by invite only but it claims to give you unlmited file sharing from PC to PC (works very similiar to dropbox but it doesnt have to store in the cloud first it just auto-syncs files and maintans current versions)

This would allow me to in theory just set my recorded media folder as a synced "cubby" and then have my dad install the same application on his machine in SA and login as me and have it auto-sync ?

This way windows media center would auto-recognize these files and he could play them?

With the FTP solution it will require manual intervention. I would love to find a way thats automated ...

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@djbowman: I know what ya mean. I remember back in the days of napster, someone I met on one of the servers and I wanted just about all the files the other had. We decided that over dial-up it would have taken a couple months to transfer all those files, so we opted to mail each other a stack of 25-30 CD's.

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@djbowman:

She uses a url with my home IP address and a funky port number, like http://72.29.145.241:54210 (note: I just made that port number and IP address up; apologies if it belongs to anyone here).

The port number was chosen randomly and I forward it to my media PC with my router. Technically my home IP address is dynamic, but hasn't changed in years because my cable modem and router stay up 24/7. My daughter authenticates using her account and password. I have directory browsing turned on so she is able to wander around and find the files she wants. I limit the bandwidth on the site so that she doesn't crush my internet connection. (I've considered writing a script to dial back uTorrent when she is downloading stuff but haven't bothered to set it up.)

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You can do a private 1-1 torrent. Just drag each file onto your bittorrent client and it will create one for you. Then copy and mail the torrent to them.

My recommendation would be to set up an automatic job to transcode them to a smaller file format. 10GB is really large. Convert the file to H.264 video and AC3 audio in an MKV container (plays well in VLC), and you can get those sizes down to 2GB easily. Forget quality altogether and you can get them much smaller.

If you get the sizes down enough, then you can use dropbox. And the videos would automatically sync up to his side.

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@omnichad: The main point is I want to maintain the same quality and the file format so it runs seamlessly for him on the other side.

Can I write a script somehow for Utorrent that just automaitcally rights scripts and posts it for an entire folder ? And as well I want to ensure its private with just him

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@baqui63: so the username password is just a windows credential then ?

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@djbowman: Yes, that's correct. The whole thing took about 15 minutes to bang together.

It will actually work to stream files, though I don't have enough outbound bandwidth for it to work well.

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@baqui63: Did your ISP ever say anything ? How often is she using it... Its in the back of my mind I rea somewhere getting too crazy might be a violation of the service agreement ?

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@djbowman:

My ISP (RoadRunner and Time Warner Cable in NY City) doesn't seem to care, but then I'm running the service on a non-standard port and it requires authentication to see anything so I'm guessing it flies under the wire (it uses bandwidth but then I pay for that so they cannot hold that against me).

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@baqui63: you think they cant hold that against you...

Comcast shut me down after downloading 750GB in 1 month and then 504GB the 2nd month.. I ended up getting ALL my money back for 6 months of service and on their blacklist. =D

Time Warner doesn't have bandwidth caps (yet), but I won't hold my breath that it will stay that away forever..

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@devexityspace:

My contract has no cap, though it would be data uploaded in this case, not downloaded.

If (when) Time Warner institutes a cap that matters to me, I'll have to deal with it; until then it's not a problem.

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here you go!
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woot seems to have answered your question!!!!
Get this and a big external hard drive. Then you or anyone can access that drive over the web from anywhere in the world. once a week, transfer files from the computer to the hard drive, and then connect the drive to the pogoplug again and your father will be able to download them at his convenience.