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    Wireless suitcase utility?

    I searched up the ying yang so don't kill me if it's already here. But I am looking for a good solution for moving MP3's between my home, car, work and possibly friend's wireless networks.

    The ideal scenario would run like this:
    - From machine on home/work network I could build a queue of files to send to car.
    - Get in car and as soon as network is up it starts downloading the list of files.
    - Then when in the car I could mark files to send to another machine next time the network connection is present.

    Ideally I would want the transfer process to be as close to a one click solution as possible.

    Features that would be nice would be to have it running as a server from the car so that a client utility would be optional. Possibly some kind of web/java applet on the client side. I also would like it to be blind to the connection type so that I could run a wired network without reconfiguring anything for big stuff like DivX.

    I saw a guy here that was using a Hotline P2P server on his carputer and seemed to be pretty happy with it, but I was just unsure of how well this would work as last time I used Hotline (a couple years ago) you still had to make your download/upload queue right before it started transfering, where as I would prefer a service that is running just waiting constantly for the connection to be found to start the transfers.

    Any help would be great, I am happy to explore all suggestions and report back.

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    There are probably more graceful ways but...

    Use ICQ or something like that, set it up to automatically accept file downloads from users on contact list...then only have one computer on that list.

    Or do what I do, launch TightVNC on the truck, and remotely administer it over the wireless.

    However I have found that sometimes it (win98 or the card) doesn't want to move so many large files.

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    wouldnt it be just as easy to start up your car, get it on the network either via. wireless or cat5. And transfer files via. network neighborhood?

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    Thanks for the ICQ suggestion.
    Regarding using network neightborhood, no it wouldn't be just as easy. I guess I am just spoiled with download managers like DAP, Teleport Pro and especially Net Transport. I love the idea of just setting up a queue of files no matter where the files are on the local machine.
    Say I am browsing files from my dedicated MP3 server and as I see files I decide I want to send them to my car next time it's up and running. I would rather choose the files to send on a 21" screen at 1600x1200 instead of waiting to browse the 13 thousand mp3's from my car on the tight 640x480 screen. I think it makes a big difference to be able to turn on the machine and have your little 50MB mp3 update transferring instead of taking the time to give network neighborhood constant refreshes to show the networked machines. I could copy the MP3's to a specific folder that I always copy from so I don't have to hunt across the network, but I just want to take the Microsoft window browsing out of the picture.
    Hopefully someone else is in my same boat and have found an ultimately clean solution.

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    How about an FTP server?? I bet there is FTP software that does what you are wanting to do..

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    You could write a script to run at every boot(scheduler service). that would connect through ftp and download all files in certian dir then remove them after download(from home computer).

    as far as the script goes, my guess would be to write a bat file or maybe even perl....

    just an idea

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    I'm planning to use nfs (it's the linux way of connecting over a network) and make option in my carputer that synchronises files between the two computers.
    This way it does not matter if you put your new files on the carputer or your mp3 place at home just sync it and both are updated.
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    I've always turned it off as soon as I could, but if you use XP in the car, isn't that what offline files is supposed to do? I have never really looked into it, but I know it caches files off designated network shares, and I think you can schedule it.
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