Inside LAN Sync

“Dropbox LAN Sync is a feature that allows you to download files from other computers on your network, saving time and bandwidth compared to downloading them from Dropbox servers.

Imagine that you are at home or at your office, and someone on the same network as you adds a file to a shared folder that you are a part of. Without LAN Sync, their computer would upload the file to Dropbox, and then you would download the file from Dropbox. With LAN Sync, you can download the file straight from their computer. Since you are on the same network, this transfer will be much faster and will save you bandwidth.

As the number of companies and offices using Dropbox has increased, the use cases for LAN Sync have grown, and the feature was recently rewritten and improved. Here’s a look inside how it works…”

https://blogs.dropbox.com/tech/2015/10/inside-lan-sync/

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