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I use Dropbox to transfer file (ebooks, documents, images...) to and from an iPad and 2 ubuntu laptops in the same LAN, but it's a nonsense to move files to the cloud and back again to the same LAN.

Is there a local alternative, such as setting up a samba share, or a ssh/scp/sshfs service, or rsync on the ubuntu pcs, and accessing it via some app on the iPad?

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I think dropbox has a service for LAN sync where downloads and uploads are done only once for files in same network. – sagarchalise Dec 30 '11 at 5:17
LAN sync isn't supported on the iPad ( – Javier Rivera Dec 30 '11 at 8:07

You could use something like: (a software solution) --or-- if you prefer a hardware approach.

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