5 ways to send large files over the Internet
Sending large files via the internet can be problematic. Most email services have limits on the size of files that can be attached and sent. Of course, there are online file transfer services you can use, but most of these services charge a fee. In this article, we’ll review some large file transfer methods that are free and don’t require registration.
One of the fairly obvious ways to transfer your file to someone else is to use cloud storage, such as Google Drive or SkyDrive. To use these, you just upload a file to your cloud server and then give access to the file to the person you want to transfer the file to. This is a simple and reliable method, but you still may not have enough storage available or you just prefer not to deal with Cloud storage. If that’s the case, one of the file transfer services below may be more to your liking.
Using JustBeamIt, you can send files directly to another person without registration or a long wait. Just go to the site (URL below) and drag the file you want to transfer onto the page. The file will not be loaded on the server; the service involves a direct transfer.
Once you drag the file to the web page, a “Create Link” button will appear. Click it, and you’ll see a link that you will send to the recipient. For the file to be transferred, the page “on your side” should be opened with the Internet connection established. When transfer starts, the screen will present a progress bar. Note, the link works only once, and only for a single person.
JetBytes file transfer service works exactly the same as JustBeamIt: You select the desired file on your computer, and then get a link that you will send to recipient for file retrieval. The file doesn’t get loaded to the JetBytes server; this method also uses direct transfer between the two computers. To send a file, you will need to remain online with the JetBytes page open until your file is completely transferred. Again, the download link works only once.
FileDropper is another very simple and free service to transfer files. Unlike the previous service, it does not require you to stay online and connected to the site until the recipient downloads the file completely. Free file transfer is limited to 5 GB, which, in most cases, will be enough.
To send a file, upload it from your computer to FileDropper, get the download link, and send it to the person to whom you want to transfer a file.
File Convoy is a service similar to the previous ones. The procedure to transfer a file follows the same pattern: designate the file, get the link, and send it to the correct person for file retrieval. The maximum file size you can send via File Convoy is 4 GB.
With File Convoy you have an extra option: You can specify a limit on the length of time that the file will be available for download. After this period, the file will not be available to the other person.
Pipe Bytes is the last file transfer service in this review. No registration is required to use this service and you can transfer up to 5GB files at no charge. To send a file, the procedure is the same as for the first two services listed in this article: Specify a file on your computer, receive a link that you’ll send to the recipient who will receive the file, and stay on the PipeBytes page until the file transfer is complete.
In addition to a link, you can also generate and send to the user a code that he or she will need to enter on the PipeBytes website to receive the file.
This is an incomplete list; the choice of file transfer services is not limited to those listed above. In many ways they are all operationally very similar. The services in this article are proven to work well and are not oversaturated with advertising.