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There are lots of different protocols for transferring files between computers. Now that TCP/IP and the Internet are omnipresent, you can probably use FTP, File Transfer Protocol, for almost all your file transfer needs. Here are some links to information about FTP:
- The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software list of Windows 95, Windows 3.x, Macintosh, and OS/2 FTP clients.
- The Consummate Winsock Apps list of 32-bit and 16-bit FTP and Archie clients.
- Urb LeJeune's FTP Tutorial - mainly for MS Windows users but also contains general FTP information
- Infinite Ink's Archie, FTP, and Uncompression - this is mainly for Unix users of command-line ftp but also contains general FTP information
- Nettrain FAQ section on FTP
Other file transfer protocols include the xmodem, ymodem, zmodem, and kermit protocols. Most communication software programs support all of these protocols. To make things a bit confusing kermit is the name of both a protocol and a software program. The Kermit Communications Software has been around for years, runs on many different operating systems, and is free. In 1993 when I was teaching Internet classes and almost no one had SLIP/PPP accounts I wrote a little step-by-step procedure for using DOS Kermit to transfer files.
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Last significant update August 11, 1997
Last tweak August 11, 1997