This is the situation:

We have a broadband connection which is shared by 6 people who have different os'es and laptops.

But now we are planning to share movies among 6 people... How to achieve this? I dont have any idea.


One computer will have to act as a network share. A physical location of your movie files. That computer then has to share that folder/directory with the other computers. Depending on the OS of the computer that has the movie files on it, check below for tutorials.



A bit of an expensive solution, but one which requires minimal setup/administration is a NAS client like the NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ (you can find it on Amazon amongst other places). It has 4 slots for SATA hard drives and you can buy just the NAS unit or get it along with 2 or 4 pre-installed 500GB or 1TB disks. This eliminates the need to run a dedicated server just to share movies amongst a couple of people.

Alternately, you could just set up Windows filesharing on the Windows systems and run Samba on the linux/unix systems. This means that you have access to each other's movies/music/whatever, but only when their computer is on.


You could run some p2p sharing within your network. DC++ might be a good choice. You need to make one of the computers a server/hub.

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    If you're downvoting, please be kind enough to mention the reason. – Abhinav Jun 20 '10 at 16:46
  • I think it's a complicated and useless solution for such a simple program. This requires the movie files to be on every computer seperately. The pro about a share/NAS is that you only need one central storage. – BloodPhilia Jun 20 '10 at 18:48
  • Depends on the amount of hardware/software you want to throw at it, and for how long. Even FTP can do the job for some people. – Abhinav Jun 20 '10 at 18:58
  • I'd even recommend FTP over P2P sharing for this one... – BloodPhilia Jun 21 '10 at 5:38
  • Ennappa Abhinave, Naimkaa.. Thuimba Kova patrini... ( sorry for my kannada) – Tree Jun 21 '10 at 16:00

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