Comparing tools for an easy data exchange


Warpinator facilitates the fast transfer of data from one computer to another. However, compared to classical file sharing, the sender has to start the transfer deliberately. The shared data is therefore not always available. And there is no Warpinator client for other operating systems such as macOS or Windows as of yet. Having said this, there is already some discussion on the topic on the Linux Mint forum, and Android devices can now be integrated into the Warpinator network. The open source app for smartphones and tablets with Android is available from the Google Play Store [10]. In our test involving a Google Pixel 5 with Android 11, the app worked without any complications.

Teleport is only usable in the simplest cases thus far. The program still lacks many important functions, such as encrypted data transfer. Of course, the program's version counter had only reached 0.0.1 at the time of writing.

LAN Share, on the other hand, performs just as well as Warpinator in practice. On a purely subjective level, however, Warpinator make life a little easier, as it automatically displays the currently available targets in the application window. This means that you can see right after launching the tool whether the desired target is currently online. With LAN Share you would have to click Send first and then select a file or folder. On a positive note, LAN Share is available for Windows – which may be an important criterion for some users.

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