File Transfer

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ICQ, mIRC, AIM, Yahoo! messenger and MSN messenger are examples of applications with built-in file transfer capability for use on local networks and the Internet. Whether file transfers will work with these applications depends upon all of these factors:

  • Where you and the other person are located
  • The network and software configurations involved, and, if all else is working
  • Amount of network usage at the time the transfer is attempted

Here is information that may help you understand issues related to using these programs at Stevens and some ideas to assist you.

In general, being behind a firewall at either end will usually prevent file transfers. Depending upon how the other site's firewall is set up, peer-to-peer connections will not work. Stevens does not allow unsolicited connections, meaning that if an off- campus colleague wants to send you a file at Stevens, you must use the application to initiate a connection to him or her first. If a Stevens user initiates a connection to a non- firewalled location, the file transfer should work.


Further information

For both on- or off-campus file transfers

Try using AIM on a wired connection to another wired location. Instant Messenger file transfers worked in several tests done by Information Technology, possibly because AOL may have a server that allows users behind firewalls to connect directly to each other. AOL may allow unsolicited requests. Still having a problem with Instant Messenger file transfers?

  • Make sure the person is on your AIM Buddy List.
  • Make sure you are running the same version of AIM.
  • Use a wired-to-wired connection.
  • If a file transfer fails, try again later. Network traffic may be lower at that time.

Note: Wired connections between dorm rooms should work. Wireless or a wired connection used on a campus network port (roaming) may be blocked.

Alternate method for on- or off-campus transfers

Move the file you want to transfer to your web space on storage01. Please read the documentation on use of storage01. Make a webpage in your public_html directory. Make a link to the file on the webpage so that others can download it. The link should begin with ftp://. Test your link. If it is set up properly, your friend or colleague will be able to download the file from your web page by right clicking the link, and then selecting to Save the file.

Use of ICQ, mIRC, AIM, Yahoo! messenger and MSN messenger for transferring files is on a self-support basis due to the variety of program settings and possible network configurations at remote sites that are not under Stevens' control. If you need assistance setting up a personal homepage, documentation is available on the Information Technology web site as mentioned above, or you may contact the Help Desk.


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