Filr Desktop should know how to work over slow or metered links

Idea ID 2782151

Filr Desktop should know how to work over slow or metered links

In order to access any of my Offline files I need to have the Filr Desktop running.

If I have no Internet connection, not a problem. The Desktop starts up but can't connect to the server and I can still access my files.

If however I have a very slow link or perhaps a relatively expensive link (IE using my cell phone data plan by turning it into a hotspot), I don't want the Filr Desktop to start sync'ing and doing whatever it thinks it needs to do on it's own. I want the client to start so I can work on my files but I do not want it to sync anything on it's own.


An ideal solution that comes to mind is similar to the GroupWise Caching and Remote modes.

In Caching mode, which is what the Desktop is today, it goes along and syncs the files making it transparent to me that I am working with a copy of the files that are on the server.

In Remote mode however nothing syncs unless I force a connection. Furthermore, I can set limits on the file sizes that I want to sync, perhaps the file types and location of the files. IE perhaps a 10 kb Word document will sync but a 4 meg photo will not or a document in My Files will sync while a Net Folder document will not.
The point is what synchronizes and when should be controlled and configurable by the user and not a black box the way it is today.


Another item to consider is that Windows 10 lets you flag these types of slow or expensive connections as a Metered Connection - https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/4028458/windows-metered-connections-in-windows-10. The idea is that you won't get the full "sync" every time by Windows and applications that read that and respect it. While I still would like to be able to control the sync'ing of Filr by myself, perhaps if it detected a Metered Connection that it would automatically go into Remote mode without having to be told to do so. (Another problem with relying solely on this is that Macs don't know about this so they will need to be toggled manually anyways.)
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