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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. dropbox.com/help/137 –  sagarchalise Dec 30 '11 at 5:17
    
LAN sync isn't supported on the iPad (forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=21000). –  Javier Rivera Dec 30 '11 at 8:07
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You could use something like:

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/owncloud-2-your-personal-cloud-server.html (a software solution) --or--

http://tonido.com/ if you prefer a hardware approach.

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