Sharing Files Revisited

It’s amazing how sometimes problems solve themselves. Since my last article, I got a new home router (a FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7320) that nicely solves the problem of accessing network devices with dynamic addresses even without Zeroconf.

My router also acts as a DNS proxy and provides a few handy DNS records, too. The router itself has the host name fritz.box and every other device on the network is available via HOSTNAME.fritz.box (the router learns the client’s host name via DHCP). This means I can access my desktop machine via amy.fritz.box.

Using my servehttp script or Simon Budig’s similar but more fancy woof script, I can serve files from my desktop machine and download them from my Android device via the browser. Using the browser is nice because I don’t need any additional apps or configuration (a bookmark is useful though).

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