This week I’ve showed you how to share files and stream media on your home network. This is pretty cool stuff; however, you may want to take this one step further and share your files anywhere in the world. In this guide, I’ll show you how to do this in one of the most simple ways possible–by using a program called Orb.
This guide is part of the Home Network Setup, Sharing, Streaming, and Backup Series. Learn more about setting up a home network, configuring file sharing and streaming, and performing network backups on the series homepage.
Stream Your Media and Share Files with Orb
To stream your media and share files:
1. Download and install Orb on the PC from which you want to share files (you can do this from more than one PC.)
2. Set up your account (which you’ll use when logging in to Orb’s online interface.)
3. Select the folders you want to share.
4. Now, from a different computer, log in to Orb’s online interface.
5. From here you can view connected Webcams, play audio and video, and view photos and documents. From anywhere in the world.
I find the interface a little “clunky” but it works and, given bandwidth limitations, it works well.
Here I can see my folders on the PC from which I’m sharing data.
Bonus: View Your Files on Your iPhone
If you have an iPhone, Orb provides a dedicated app. The app is $10, but worth it if you want to view your data on the go. Here’s some screenshots of it in action:
Download Orb (Free)
Download the iPhone App ($10)