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.
You've now had nearly two years to "consider this" Omar, are you going to implement it or not? For the sake of "transparency" an answer one way or another would be appreciated.
Weichen Li commented
1. Sync over LAN.
2. Split files so each device could upload part of them after syncing over LAN. This could increase efficiency under certain conditions (Speed limit set by router, etc).
3. Add this function to Office so we could have less lag while working in the same file.
Same thing here. Won't go far with 130gb bandwith cap and 3 PC to sync.
Doesn't Microsoft already support something like this with the new Windows Update that says it can get parts of updates from local computers, instead of downloading from Microsoft?
If there are folders or files synced with OneDrive on a computer on the LAN, OBVIOUSLY they should copy from there preferentially over using the relatively tiny WAN pipe, often less than 1Mbps for DSL users. For everyone with a desktop and a laptop computer, both with files on OneDrive, this would be a huge bandwidth and time saver.
Incompetence. LAN syncing is clearly only a "third world"/ limited-internet problem for Microsoft that they don't feel the need to address.
Still interesting to know why MS has given dropbox so much access recently to the detriment of onedrive. - throwing in the towel perhaps.
Joe Thorpe commented
It's ridiculous that they refuse to do this. Dropbox does it, and for that reason allow, i pay for dropbox over onedrive.
Development with any microsoft product seems to take forever. So perhaps MS need reminding that their competitors aren't so slow, and we consumers, aren't so happy to wait.
Gordon Rowland commented
Using the next generation sync client, I thought I could work around this by using good ol' robocopy to sync my notebook OneDrive for Business folder with my desktop system's folder before configuring OneDrive on the notebook. It turns out that OneDrive on the notebook didn't recognize the files as being the same, and proceeded to download everything anyway. That sort of logic should be built into the client. IT types could simply start with a mirror image of the folder, deploy OneDrive, then rely on it for updating.
Think of the bandwidth you could save yourselves, Microsoft! Not to mention the happier clients.
Please include - Network drives are the norms with people using 2 in 1 and other devices with SSD
Brian Staloch commented
I would LOVE this type of feature too as i have 4 pcs on the local network ask m ask with the sane one drive account
Jason Kith commented
Same, LAN sync is the reason i'm using Dropbox, and would switch right away if OneDrive did LAN sync. This really should be a regular feature.
Bas Schwarz commented
Even Windows update shares over lan. How can your dedicated sync client not? Do you people even talk to each other?
Malcolm Nattress commented
I agree with Lucio Scelso in that LAN Sync is essential. If you have 2 PC's on the same LAN, it's a waste of time for files to sync over the Internet connection.
Lucio Scelso commented
This is one of the best features Dropbox has for a long-long time and one of the many things that keeps OneDrive way behind other cloud services.
This would be so much better to have! With 1TB of storage, I have many large files and don't want to wait for them to sync over the much-slower internet!
Tom Barlow commented
Wow Omar Shahine, you have been thinking about it for 18 months. Have you made up your mind yet?
Régis St-Gelais commented
This feature is a must. DropBox has this since a long time. It's the one of the main downside of OneDrive.
Bernd Gewehr commented
With adapting windows server branch cache to the OneDrive backend this great improvement of collaboration could be possible! Go ahead, it's the missing cloud replacement step for getting rid of the classic file servers!
Now that O365 Planner creates a folder on OneDrive for each new plan this would be directly synced to the LAN of all invited participants for easy, fast and secure file collaboration.
Sync to every clients local disk does lead to disk full and version conflicts, not to better collaboration!
This LAN sync function, if built in the OS, could potentially eliminate the need of home server of any kind, because most of our home servers are just doing file sharing. It will definitely make Windows 10 more usable.
users may start putting OneDrive inside Dropbox, because Dropbox has now a 'LAN Sync' function that does exactly that, if Microsoft do not do their catch up on this HIGH demand.
Alvester Garnett commented
Syncing over LAN is SO much faster than downloading. It's also much more economical for folks that have limited internet plans.
It seems like the OneDrive group is tone deaf to not have recognized the obvious time and possible money savings that come with implementing LAN sync by now.
I'm just now setting up my primary desktop computer after a fresh install of Windows 10 onto a new m.2 SSD with a brand new i7-6700k processor with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and initiated the syncing of OneDrive and Dropbox back to back. After 45 minutes OneDrive has synced only 9.6 GB of it's 258 GB while Dropbox has managed to sync a whopping 24.3 GB. of 465 GB in it's respective folder.
I use OneDrive because of it's integration into Windows 10 and the extra storage that comes with my Office subscription but it's almost 3 times SLOWER than Dropbox. That's pitiful.