Files Over Miles is brand new and still in beta, but probably going to get popular very quickly. Most of the time that we need to share files with one another, we’re probably both online and asking to do it. Loading up Skype or a similar tool works most of the time, but if the file is large, it might not handle it well and chat clients always kind of make you feel obligated to hang around.
FilesOverMiles.com hopes to change that and offers a great service to facilitate it. It utilizes the built-in P2P in Adobe Flash 10 and merely acts as a conduit between browsers, so no server is really needed.
In fact, speeds are limited only by the network itself, since there’s no server as an intermediary, so the number of FilesOverMiles users doesn’t equate with the transfer speeds at all. That’s awesome. It uses 128 bit AES encryption, works in any browser that supports Adobe Flash Player 10, and also includes UDP hole punching.
To test this with large files, I had a friend of mine at the other end (he’s two states away on the map) and transferred a large MP3 from an online radio show/podcast. One limit we immediately ran into was the RAM buffer. The file to be sent can’t be larger than the available RAM on the sender’s system, which in my case was about 300mb at the time.
I closed some apps (I’m one of those âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬more the merrierâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ app hounds) and freed up over a gig and the transfer went fine. The file we traded was about 700mb in total size. The receiver, I later found out, can only receive files that are half the size of their total available RAMâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ã¹another limitation of Adobe FP 10.
The sending and setup itself is very easy. Going to FilesOverMiles, I just browsed to the file I wanted to send from my browser. FilesOverMiles then gives you a URL that you send to your friend (we used Twitter dms to communicate this, since we were on the phone at the time). We were both using Windows systems at the time.
He navigated to the linked URL from Twitter and the file began to transfer almost immediately. Right away, I noticed the system getting bogged down because of the transfer, as would be expected if it’s using up that much RAM. So while FilesOverMiles is live and pretty fast, it’s also not likely you’re going to be able to do much of anything else while it’s working.
We tried it again from Linux to a Mac and it worked like a charm. Linux, on my end, is much less tasking on resources and I was better able to do other things while the transfer took place.
Overall, this is a great tool for quick one-off transfers. FTP and server storage space might be more convenient in many cases, for for fast one-to-one transfers without any fuss, this is a great tool.
Currently, FilesOverMiles (in beta) has trouble with many firewalls and with occasional file drops. Most of this will be resolved when the BitTorrent-style stream is implemented. Users who try the site can enter suggestions through a link at the bottom right on the front page of the site.