Syncing over LAN
This would allow multiple PCs / Devices with the same OneDrive account to sync over the local LAN network. This makes a huge difference when setting a new PC (or restoring one) as you can transfer 100's of gigs over the LAN much faster and without impacting your Internet bandwidth cap.
We don’t have a timeline yet but it’s still on our radar.
Jay A commented
This is just horrible. Especially under the current conditions it would be great to sync office files in a team via LAN before everyone they leave for home office.
We currently have a team of 10 motion designers who will have to sync all their files (100s of GBs) online at home since this simple LAN feature is still missing.
Krzysztof Bobkowski commented
2009, Dropbox introduces LAN sync, suggestion posted in 2014 ... 5 years later "thinking about", "not high on our backlog" ... can't wait for 2024, where the biggest software company on the planet might finally catch up with two MIT students.
please add lan sync, this plus block level uploads is why Dropbox is waaaaayyy better and faster
Ross T commented
Come on, it should have been like this from day one, I have approx 600gb of files, when I change Laptop the whole 100gb comes down over my 1mb link which takes weeks, the files all exist on my desktop and if LanSync were enabled the job would be done in a day, this is the one reason I stay with Dropbox for my remaining 600gb.
It's been years now, come on!
Why is this critial? Because there are users in scenarios where their Internet connection isn't great or are in serviced offices with limited bandwidth. The documents they work with are large. A single change means the entire document gets uploaded. Now 5, 10 or more users EACH download the same entire document, crippling the office until the download has completed...providing someone else hasn't just edited another large file and saved this back to Sharepoint in that time.
Until this is put in place Dropbox is the obvious choice as with LAN Sync enabled, these minute changes on a large file mean that the documents/files are synced over LAN without crippling the upload/download of the Internet connection.
This would be great.
Michael Hall commented
This is part of the reason I pay for Dropbox and use it extensively. OneDrive only gets regular use for trivial files and the handful of clients I work with that insist on using it instead of another solution.
I have multiple systems on my LAN that are all configured with the same set of folders from Dropbox, so I know that within a few minutes, my most important files have redundancy, at least locally, even if my Internet connection goes out or my cold, off-site backup software gets distracted. With the need to upload the created or changed files and then download them again to all of my synced devices, I could never get the quick turnaround that I have very much grown to depend on.
LAN Sync must be your no 1 priority to improve OneDrive! We can't believe it has not yet been implemented!
The IT Mgr. commented
This is THE ONLY thing keeping all our companies still on Dropbox now that I see OneDrive caught up to them in many features.
Andreas Løwe commented
Just do it already. This should have been a key feature from day 1.
Jared Lambe commented
Could Microsoft Connected Cache (Previously DOINC) do this?
Microsoft, this should be a no brainer:
- Less internet bandwidth consumed
- Higher speeds
- Less stress on your servers
- Quicker availabilty of files that just changes on Computers on the same network (Family which are linked or Laptop, tablet, phones, etc. of the same user)
Microsoft would "lose" control over the files and can no longer "see" them.
If this is the reason why Microsoft is not doing it, I am getting scared... :-(
There ARE users out there with slow internet connection AND plenty of data:
I.e. My upload speed is 96kB per second....
I have a 10TB drive which is filled to about 80%
I have multiple PCs at different locations. If there would be LAN sync I could just move the PC to the same location temporarily and would have a new PC up and running in no time! So far I do it with cloning the disk and hope Onedrive does not double the files (which happens on many occasions)
Bad news for Onedrive !!
Only after moving my company from Dropbox to OneDrive did I discover this OneDrive inability. I will need days for all computers to get our over 100Gb of shared information.
More than 4 years to develop this funtion? Does dropbox understand more about windows than microsoft itself? They have had the functionality for many years
Joshua Shrove commented
I wanted to add my voice that I would love this!
Kent Brase commented
After reading a few comments I guess I'm lucky that I only burned up about 11% of my monthly 400GB internet quota doing a sync of 2 computers.
Doing a local sync could do a bit torrent like thing. Or like the way updates are suppose to load from local LAN computers. MS already has the code for that. It just needs to be called when a file is updated.
Daniel Tshin commented
C'mon Microsoft! Soooo many people are waiting for this!
It seems like bringing BranchCache to OneDrive, no? Do people recall that BranchCache works on SharePoint Server 2013? It's kinda what we're looking for, right?
This is something that would be really helpful.
It is the reason we staying with Dropbox on some sites.
Стас Набатников commented
This prevents my transition from drobox. Fast synchronization via LAN is very important to me.
Weighing in - cloud storage is integral to my system design, but also that this storage is local. Sometimes moving 10-50GB between two workstations in order to access files without any download delay. LAN sync makes this possible. I migrated from Dropbox to One Drive due to the inclusion of office and cost, but missing this component cripples your service such that I may have to migrate back. Please incorporate LAN sync development as a high priority.