is a portable, open-source Windows application that lets you transfer files among computers that are connected to the same local network. To send or receive the files, you just have to run the application on both computers and establish a network connection between the machines from either end, using the IP address of the other PC. Along with providing an easy file transfer solution, the tool also lets you send instant text messages between the connected computers, thanks to its integrated chat option. Let’s dig deeper into the app and see how it works.
Local networks allow easy sharing of files between multiple computers but if there is a large number of files and folders shared on a network, managing all of them can be a bit difficult. If you are looking for a particular file or folder and don’t remember the computer it was on or its path on that computer, things can get a little frustrating. The Windows search option works great to look for files onyour local storage, but not quite so for network files. Today, we have an open source application for you called LanHunt
that allows you to search for shared files and folders on the network. You can quickly search for network content and narrow down the results using file-type filters. In addition, the Open Location feature allows you to directly access the parent folder of a required file.
There are a number of application (e.g., WakeMeOn LAN
), which are meant to remotely wake up computers via command sent out through the Local Area Network (LAN). Being able to remotely wakeup, shutdown or reboot computers can allow easy management of data center servers, as well as other LAN computers that may be located all over the office. RemoteRebootX
is a portable application that not only provides remote wake on LAN functionality, but also enables users to remotely reboot, shutdown, ping, retrieve the last boot time and MAC address, and obtain the list of services that are set to “Automatic” on remote computers.
Network tools are designed to gain complete control over nodes connected in LAN, but most of them are devoid of features to run command line console from remote locations. Therefore, it leaves administrators to a point where they have to manually launch the command line utilities on client systems or send commands to nodes in order to execute them. If you want to use the CLI console to perform basic Windows, disk, and network related tasks on connected nodes remotely from admin system, you need a tool like EMCO Remote Console
What is the first thing that an avid PC user does after, say, returning home from work? That’s right. He turns on his PC. If this holds true for you and
if you own an Android device, then we have a tool designed just for you. Its called PCAutoWaker
and it is available on the Android Market for free.
The application uses the Wake-on-LAN networking standard to power on or “wake up” any computer connected to a predefined WiFi
network. It can be configured to allow Individual stations to be powered on manually as well as automatically, as soon as the Android device connects to the WiFi network.
So whenever you come back home, all you’ll have to do is connect your Android device to your local WiFi network while you’re at the door, and by the time you get to your room and your PC, it’ll be powered on and ready to be used.
Do you find yourself searching music, videos, and document files which are shared over the network? It would be, arguably, very hectic task to list down and access the remote paths where all files are residing. In corporate environment with large scale network, users tend to use a tool which can significantly mitigate the time and effort involved in searching required files available over the network. If you are having a hard time finding required types of files in network shared folders, try LAN Search Pro
. It is an ingeniously simple yet powerful tool to find shared files with a capacity of filtering the network locations. Despite being efficient in searching files from shared locations, it offers password management to apply different types of constraints in accessing files from confidential remote locations.
If you have worked in a medium to large office environment, you will understand the frustration of sending notes to your co-workers frequently. You often have to get up, walk some distance, give a short message, and come back. How many times can you do it in one day? There are many paid applications that solve this problem but since our focus is to always find a free alternative, today we bring you a very useful tool.
Find Shared Folders
is a small utility which can determine which folders are shared on the network. All you have to do is to need to enter the IP Range and it will find shared folder(s) of all computers inside this range.
LAN Computer Browser
is an excellent tool for small networks that consists of 100 Work stations, Server, Domain controllers, Print servers, and SQL servers. You can quickly view different server types and browse between different network domains.
is a network benchmarking tool which is used to test the performance of particular network hosts. It works on the TCP/IP protocol and uses the winsocks (Windows Sockets) protocol at the back end.
If you are looking for a tool to check network speed, then try the useful Local Area Network speed tester, LAN Speed Test,
it is an easy-to-use portable utility which helps you accurately measure the LAN speed.
Are you looking for a simple way to shutdown, restart, log off, sleep, or lock computers over the network at any specific date or time? Or maybe you simply want to run a program on multiple computers over the network at a certain time? We have covered two different types of tools before – one that lets you schedule run programs and one that lets you perform shutdown and other related tasks.
Do you want a simple utility that can turn on computers over local area network? You don’t need to execute complex commands anymore. MagiWOL is a simple little WOL(Wake On Lan) utility for Windows that can wake up computer(s) on your network quickly. Read More
So you want to talk with your friend who is connected to the huge LAN in your office or simply want to talk over the internet but do not want to install skype, complete registration, wait for confirmation, and so on, what other methods do you have? Sure, there are lots and lots of voip software out there, but isn’t there a software that allows a quick connection between two computers without any fuss? Read More
Do you want to connect and control the computers in your network regardless of which operating system they are using? Ofcourse, in every office or home environment, not every computer is running the same OS, so it makes sense to control them all using a single tool. Luckily, you don’t need to pay for such a tool.
Lan Explorer is a free tool for Windows that lets you browse all aspects of your local area network. Everything from Computers to Shared Folders and Printers are presented clearly. The bottom area is split into two windows, where one is your local computer while the other shows the remote computer. The files that are being transferred are shown in the last window at the bottom. The main layout is a bit similar to that of FileZilla FTP. Read More
Last year I wrote a detailed guide for creating a quick ad-hoc wireless connection between two computers in Windows Vista. The problem is that not everybody has wireless card installed in their computers. So this guide will focus on creating a Local Area Network(LAN) connection between two computers in both Windows Vista and XP.
First go and buy the straight patch Ethernet LAN cable(make sure that ‘patch’ or ‘crossover’ is written on the cord) and connect them to both computers.
In Windows XP: Go to Network Connections Control Panel, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) and click Properties.
In Windows Vista: Go to Network and Sharing Center, select Manage Network Connections, right-click Local Area Network connection and select Properties. Now select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click Properties. Read More
Do you have a LAN in Office or Home and want to chat over it? You don’t need some so-called LAN chat messengers and software. Meet Batch Chat, it is a tiny standalone tool that does the job for you in the most easiest way. It has a simple-to-use-text-editor-type of-interface.
Just copy this executable file in the Shared Folder and you are ready to go. There is only one single file that needs to be copied and there is no need for configuration of any kind. Users who want to chat can simply go to the Shared Folder on the Network and open Batch Chat, in other words, everyone needs to be accessing the same file.
There is no limit on the number of people that can join, but is better suited for a small group(10-15 people). Chat room members will be alerted each time a new user joins the chat.
Note: Make sure that everyone on the network has the drive mapped to the Shared Folder.
Does your computer slow down when you browse your local area network and connect to other computers that are sharing data? One of the most common causes of this slowdown is a feature of Windows Explorer that looks for scheduled tasks on remote computers. This effort can take some time on some computers and can really slow down your browsing. The window with which you are browsing the network may appear to freeze momentarily, as the system is waiting for a response from the remote computer. Although this problem is a complex one, the solution is very simple. Read More