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    large File Transfer

    I'd like to send a large file (3GB) from one of my schools to home via t'Internet - anyone got some suggestions that they've tried and work through firewalls/NAT etc.

    Please PM if you wouldn't want to publicise your method due to your customers abusing it

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: large File Transfer

    I've setup an FTP server at home before, for transferring files home (on my £10 off ebay test server!).
    If you have XP Pro then there's a client available through IIS to do it.
    FTP usually gets out through the gateways as well - never done a 3GB file though (would take ages down my 512k connection at home!)

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    Re: large File Transfer

    http://www.sendthisfile.com/

    Burn to DVD or use a memory stick?

    HBJB

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    Re: large File Transfer

    FTP or WevDav will work. I'd lean towards the FTP option as you'll be able to resume the transfer if something breaks.

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    Re: large File Transfer

    I've got an FTP server setup using filezilla server (http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...group_id=21558) which you can also make a secure FTP server if you need to, and use the filezilla client to communicate with it.

    Works for me!

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Ta for tips - think I'll try the FTP server/client route (once I remember my router/firewall's password to open up a port ops: )

    regards

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Yeh it's pretty much agreed that FTP is the best way to get the data home. Although, at work they won't let me unblock port 21 to send data in or out.

    Sux ey...

    I've got a NAS drive at home with FTP as one of its services which is ideal - saves having to leave the pc on. But like I say without unblockage it sux.

    Urm, ive been doing alot of research into NAS - SAN etc etc and concluded that 90% of NAS drives cant reach more then the 12Mb/s mark even with 1gb ethernet. Theres a whole load of reasons that make them slower over ethernet. Even these raid NAS drives with 4 drives in RAID configuration and 1gb ethernet - slow transfer rates. The drives I was looking at are between £100 - £350. Ideal for home and small office use so the ideal chose for us.

    Anyway, I came across FreeNAS - a really ideal solution that im going to use at work on a smaller network. You use a normal workstation, 128mb RAM is good enough with some fast HDD's as you would in a normal NAS caddy and install it as the OS. You then access it using the web interface (again as you would a normal NAS drive including the usual settings + more). Its great in that it supports hardware and software raid and its sooo easy to configure.

    google FreeNAS if you have an OLD spare workstation and want to turn it into a NAS drive. Im planning on using a slow machine with a 200w or even less PSU and wack in 2 7,200rpm IDE drives. Leave it in the shed and configure the DVD player and the pc's to use that as its media source. And the best thing is - its fast as though its shared using DAS ( Direct Attached Storage ).

    I found it impossible using a standard NAS drive you'd buy in shops to copy and paste movies to and from waiting 10-15mins a time. So give it ago... supports FTP etc n all + Active Directory.

    Cool...

    Cyas

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Run your FTPd on another port?

    You can usually FTP via a HTTP proxy too - although IEs FTP client sucks for this (well, ok, it just sucks).

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Well I think I've setup my server but I can't connect from the school.

    Anyone care to try <Edited to for Si's privacy - Ric_> and see if you can get to it please?

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: large File Transfer

    No luck here, i just get "Connection was reset by host".

    Jack.

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    Re: large File Transfer

    90% of NAS drives cant reach more then the 12Mb/s mark even with 1gb ethernet.
    You tried freenas ? I have had excellent network speeds using that. In regards to the original post - yes FTP is the answer.
    I have a setup FTPs at home and at the school again using freenas's FTP side...

    FTP site timing out:

    500 Connection timed out (Winsock error #10060)

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Thanks for trying - back to drawing board at my end ops:

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Having paused and then checked everything again - I hadn't properly configured my router (missed a check box to enable routing port 21 to my machine ops )

    Now it works - thanks for the help and suggestions.

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: large File Transfer

    @SimpleSi: Just remember to keep your box secured after posting the address

    Maybe change the port too.

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    Re: large File Transfer

    Luckily my home internet connection died that night and was issued with a new IP.

    It'll only be turned on when I actually need to do a transfer with the end folder set to be on my portable hard drive.

    But thanks for the reminder anyway

    It'd would be interesting to know how long it would take a hacker to do something nasty even if they knew it was open and running 8O

    regards

    Simon

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