If you have a home network for the internet, you might want to give open sharing some thought. Open sharing is pretty much like it sounds; simply mark folders to share within the network, and other computers on your network can access the folder using FTP programs like FileZilla or p2p software. Open sharing on your home network can do some very convenient things.
Families are certainly taking advantage of open sharing capabilities. For instance, if a family has multiple computers, pictures or videos would be able to be viewed wherever the closest computer is. Synchronizing calendars and backing up files on multiple computers are just some of the advantages that open sharing also brings. You can even share your favorite direct.tv shows and movies with your home network.
Once you get your computers linked you can also expand beyond “mere” open sharing. Printers, televisions, and speakers that can handle internet or network connections can become linked. No longer are you sharing files within a specific folder or two, but now you can stream music from your primary computer to your linked home theater system. Of course, this all depends on what kind of components you have, but it can certainly happen.
Generally, connecting devices or using open sharing makes things quicker and more convenient. After all, it is easier for members of the same household to have access to a folder to share files created from openoffice.org or transferred from a server using File Zilla than it is to have to send an e-mail or download a bunch of pictures. This type of technology simplifies many things.
Take the chance to look into these types of technology. You can easily take advantage of open sharing and synchronizing internet and network-enabled devices. If you have a home network and at least a couple of these devices, it may be time to get even more connected. Take a look into your options, based on which devices are able to connect, and you will be ready to see the difference of open sharing and synchronizing between devices.