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ICQ, mIRC, AIM, Yahoo! messenger and MSN messenger are examples of applications
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with built-in file transfer capability for use on local networks and the Internet. Whether
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file transfers will work with these applications depends upon all of these factors:
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* Where you and the other person are located
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* The network and software configurations involved, and, if all else is working
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* Amount of network usage at the time the transfer is attempted
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Here is information that may help you understand issues related to using these programs
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at Stevens and some ideas to assist you.
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In general, being behind a firewall at either end will usually prevent file transfers.
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Depending upon how the other site's firewall is set up, '''peer-to-peer''' connections will
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not work. Stevens does not allow '''unsolicited connections''', meaning that if an off-
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campus colleague wants to send you a file at Stevens, you must use the application to
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initiate a connection to him or her first. If a Stevens user initiates a connection to a non-
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firewalled location, the file transfer should work.
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== Further information ==
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=== For both on- or off-campus file transfers ===
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Try using AIM on a wired connection to another wired location. '''Instant Messenger''' file transfers worked in several tests done by
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Information Technology, possibly because AOL may have a server that allows users
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behind firewalls to connect directly to each other. AOL may allow unsolicited requests.
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Still having a problem with Instant Messenger file transfers?
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* Make sure the person is on your AIM '''Buddy List'''.
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* Make sure you are running the same version of AIM.
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* Use a wired-to-wired connection.
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* If a file transfer fails, try again later. Network traffic may be lower at that time.
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'''Note''': Wired connections between dorm rooms should work. Wireless or a wired
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connection used on a campus network port (roaming) may be blocked.
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=== Alternate method for on- or off-campus transfers ===
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Move the file you want to transfer to your [[Storage01|web space on storage01]]. Please read the documentation on use of [[storage01]]. Make a
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webpage in your '''public_html''' directory. Make a link to the file on the webpage so that
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others can download it. The link should begin with '''<nowiki>ftp://</nowiki>'''. Test your link. If it is set up
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properly, your friend or colleague will be able to download the file from your web page
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by right clicking the link, and then selecting to '''Save''' the file.
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Use of ICQ, mIRC, AIM, Yahoo! messenger and MSN messenger for transferring files is
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on a '''self-support''' basis due to the variety of program settings and possible network
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configurations at remote sites that are not under Stevens' control. If you need assistance
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setting up a personal homepage, documentation is available on the Information
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Technology web site as mentioned above, or you may contact the Help Desk.
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=== Note ===
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It is the responsibility of each individual to abide by copyright laws in respect to
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'''intellectual property''' belonging to others, including commercial software.
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Unauthorized distribution of proprietary software, known as '''piracy''', violates the rights
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of the copyright holder and is illegal. For information on copyright, the following site
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should be helpful: http://www.spa.org/piracy/copyright/law.asp
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