If you are using a notebook/ultra book or even a desktop, chances are it will be equipped with Wi-Fi hardware. While you can easily connect to a Wi-Fi network to access Internet, it is quite involving to actually transfer files between two parties over Wi-Fi. The usual process can be quite complicated and often people land into troubles. Superbeam is one such Wi-Fi content sharing software which makes the whole deal very easy to use with pairing facilities. But it is an Android app – which basically means a no go for Windows. But Bluestacks can come to the rescue. How? Let us have a look into that.
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The Complexities Of Manual Setups:
Manually setting up two PCs or phone and PC to transfer files over Wi-Fi can be very tedious. PC-PC connection means that you have to configure a client and a server and if transfer happens in two direction, then two servers and clients. This means running scripts and what not. Also, Bluetooth is much slower than Wi-Fi and is not feasible for large files. Additionally, there are other permissions to handle such as sharing, ownership, policies, etc. making the process a very complicated one. This is where Superbeam comes to the rescue.
SuperBeam – The Savior!
SuperBeam uses Wi-Fi Direct for file transfers – which guarantees high speeds and thus even large gigabyte files transfer within minutes. Devices which do not have it installed can also share file as Superbeam creates a web interface for them to access the said device. Pairing can be done via codes or QR codes or even NFC. It uses port number 8080 which means better compatibility even for limited connectivity networks. As an added utility, it will automatically number files with duplicate names so that conflict does not arise in any condition.
Running On PC:
To get SuperBeam for PC, you will need software which enables you to run Android apps on Windows. Bluestacks is one such software which lets you run Android apps on your PC and access Google play store as well. The steps outlined are as follows:
- Download the latest Bluestacks setup.
- The setup will further download data in order to complete the installation.
- Once completed you will need to set preferences such as default languages and setup your Google account by providing Google ID and password.
- Once done, you will be at the home screen.
- In the top search bar, type “Superbeam” and search for it.
- Bluestacks will take you to the Play Store page from where you need to click on the “install” button.
- After installation, come back to home screen from where you can see the app icon. To launch it, simply click on the icon.
Bluestacks cannot directly access your files as such. You can drag and drop files from explorer to Bluestacks to enable access. Similarly, for received files, they are stored in /sdcard/Superbeam/ folder from which you will need to copy/cut to /sdcard/windows/BstSharedFolder/. Now from Explorer go to “C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\UserData\SharedFolder” to access all your files received via Superbeam. To cut/copy files within Bluestacks, you will need a file manager like Astro or ES File Manager, which can be installed in a similar process like SuperBeam itself.