Tomek Kondrat · Jan 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

Easily Access Files on Your PC with AirStream

Dropbox is an extremely popular application. It’s available for multiple platforms, and easily allows its users to access files from anywhere with an Internet connection. It’s quite convenient, but limited storage space is an issue for those with large libraries, and of course only synced files can be opened.

Imagine a mixture of Dropbox and SSH. Many of you will point out that such thing a thing (SSHFS) already exists. However, this typically requires typing a lot of commands, unlocking ports, and more. XDA Forum Member jrprules made a tool to easily access your PC from your Android device. With AirStream, it’s possible to browse the files on your PC like from your mobile device, just like your favorite file manager. Another great thing in this tool is that PC version is written in Java, which can be launched on every operating system with a graphical UI. There is also a native Windows client, which will be uploaded in the near future.

AirStream is divided into two parts: an Android client that needs to be installed on the device, and a PC client that can be launched on your desktop computer. It will use WiFi or mobile data to get access to files available on the remote machine. And of course, your phone doesn’t need to be rooted for this to work.

If you would like to access your files from almost anywhere without the need for SSH, you should consider visiting the application thread and giving AirStream a try.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO.
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