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It's a pity that Wi-Fi is used only for network and internet connection. There's no information on a thing that can seem so simple – file transfer via Wi-Fi.

I can imagine it similarly to how Bluetooth does it (or Wi-Fi spot search which is already implemented), but no, it requires complicated LAN setup.

What I want is an easy cross-platform solution to transfer files via Wi-Fi.

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The issue here is that WiFi is treated just like any other kind of network. You just need something for transferring files over a LAN - say, any of the file sharing features already built into every major operating system. –  Shinrai Sep 12 '11 at 21:12
WiFi replaces LAN cables, Bluetooth replaces other kinds of cables (eg. Mouse, Keyboard, Modem, Headset, etc). They are not designed to work in the same way. –  bfhd Sep 12 '11 at 21:17

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Wi-fi is a network connection so all information about network file transfer work for wi-fi. Usually there is no need of any other software or configuration because network file transfer is already integrated in all OS. Once the network is setup, you can use other machines hard drives as if they were local and use your usual file manager to copy or move files.

Bluetooth is not a network connection and works using a very different concept. Also it is slow to transfer large amounts of data. The file transfer via bluetooth is a nice feature for device without network connection to transfer a few small files but far from good to handle lots of files or big amounts of data. You don't have control of where the transferred file will be stored (sometimes the receiver has), you don't have user authentication (security) and it requires to give commands (or accepts) on both devices (not needed with a wi-fi network).

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