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#195956 13-May-2016 12:15
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Hey guys, 


Just wondering about finding a good sharing software for my flat of 6 people - waaay back in the day we used DC++ and I'm just wondering if anything better has come along in the last 10 years? I've never had much luck having windows shares work without issues and I can't be bothered constantly troubleshooting sharing issues the way I feel like windows shares always seem to do.


Thanks, and sorry for the dumb question!



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  #1552154 13-May-2016 13:10
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at large lans, DC hub is still a thing although you will never know until you turn up... hashing is a b!tch.




sadly development seems to have died out, but D-LAN was our goto for lans, less intense than DC hubs, more use friendly.


not everyone was so keen on D-LAN, it was effective though. Far better than local torrents or anything like that. worth building from the git possibly


Searching was handy.




FAP is also a pretty decent option. Their git is probably also worth a good read.


Although encouraging people to use "FAP" does come with a joke or two....




All have their pitfalls, but options at the end of the day. FAP is probably the most friendly although we never tested it in a real world situation, DLAN had its run for many years. i honestly loved it. Biggest change i have notice to the "modern alternatives" is they communicate via broadcast rather than having an overlord commanding them. You have no server to connect to, it just... works...


Which also leaves it open to breaking if broadcasts are buggered with mind-you..




SMB shares can be hit and miss, Generally Okay though. There is the occasional releases that windows 10 put out that broke and fixed them over and over again...


The biggest flaw in SMB is the whole Master Slave system IMO, I have my network setup to encourage preference for a master in my server racks rather than a random desktop on the network. That is more of a fault of discovery than actually working with them directly though.




Overall the question is, what are you trying to do? P2P shares? simple searching?  Reliable discovery? Increase overall speed?

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  #1552454 13-May-2016 23:17
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NAS box? use any old computer with freenas

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