Enable LAN sync in the desktop app

You can enable LAN sync in your Dropbox desktop app preferences. If your computer is connected to a LAN, enabling this setting in the Dropbox desktop app will override your bandwidth settings and may speed up syncing for files stored on your LAN. 

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To enable LAN sync in the Dropbox desktop app: 

  1. Open your Dropbox desktop app preferences
  2. On Windows, click the Bandwidth tab. On Mac, click the Network tab. 
  3. Check the box next to Enable LAN sync.

What is LAN sync?

A LAN, local area network, is a wireless or Ethernet connection between computers and other devices in a specific location. Enabling LAN sync tells Dropbox to use your LAN to sync files that are stored on your LAN, which may speed up syncing for those files.

A LAN is more likely to be used between many devices in an office setting than between few devices in a home setting. If you’re on a Dropbox Business team and you’re not sure if your computer is connected to a LAN, ask your admin.

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