Binfer Product Manual

  1. Getting Started

    1. Quick start

    2. Quick setup

    3. Key concepts

    4. Frequently asked questions

  2. Account

    1. License

    2. Referrals

    3. Payments

  3. Send Files

    1. Send files with Desktop App: New Message

    2. Send files with Desktop App: Chat

    3. Send files with Desktop App: Contact

    4. Send files with Desktop App: Group

    5. Web Pickup Difference Between Skinny and Regular Mode

    6. Where are the sent messages?

  4. Receive Files

    1. Receive files

    2. Receive files with Binfer Applet

    3. Receive files with Desktop App

    4. Receive files with Web Drop

    5. Where are the received messages?

  5. Web Drop Box

    1. Setup Web Drop

    2. Example: Web Drop full mode

    3. Example: Web Drop skinny mode

    4. How do I add Web Drop widget on my Blogger site?

  6. Custom Web Pickup

    1. Setup Custom Web Pickup

    2. Example: Deliver Digital Content on Your Own Site

    3. Example: Share Message Files on Your Own Site

    4. Using IFRAME to Show Multiple Messages on One Page

  7. File Transfers

    1. How long will it take for files to transfer?

    2. Why are files not transferring?

    3. How do I check file transfer progress?

    4. Configure Network

    5. How to encrypt file transfers?

  8. Contacts

    1. Add contact

    2. Import contacts

    3. Chat with contact

    4. Remove contact

  9. Groups

    1. Add group

    2. Add members to group

    3. Remove members from group

    4. Remove group

  10. Reports

    1. Create reports

Key Concepts - Binfer Product Manual

Key Concepts


Direct File Transfer Technology

With Binfer files transfer directly from the sender's device to the recipients device without getting uploaded on any intermediate servers. This is achieved via a direct TCP connection between the two devices or via a specialized router. After files have transferred via Binfer, there won't be any extra copies lingering around somewhere. Also, files will transfer at the highest speed allowed by your provider. Contrast this with:
  1. Cloud based services such as dropbox or wetransfer: Your files get uploaded on some server and possibly replicated or backed up on multiple servers depending on their backup policy. A web link is used to retrieve files. Even after files have transferred, they will continue to remain on their servers for unknown period of times. Bandwidth is shared and slow as people are uploading/downloading from the same provider.
  2. Email: Email can handle about 25MB of maximum file size and files are also uploaded on the providers servers. Attaching and downloading files is usually very slow.
  3. File Transfer Protocol(FTP) technology: Files are uploaded to a central server and FTP clients are configured to exchange files via the FTP server. Ports have to be opened, accounts at operating system level created and security closely monitored.
  4. Peer to peer technology such as Bittorrent: Many copies of the file are available on multiple computers and pieces of it are downloaded from them to assemble the final file on the destination.

Message

Binfer message is like an email message. It contains 1. Recipients, 2. Subject, 3. Description and 4. Files. Even though it looks like a standard email message, the similarity ends there. The protocols and file transfer engine are different from that of email system. There are three kinds on messages:
  1. Standard Message

    When a message is sent using the New Message form, it cannot be changed. The message is added to the OUT Bin and remains there until deleted. Each message is monitored for delivery and is marked as delivered when all recipients have received all files.
  2. Chat Message

    When files are dropped over a Chat window, a special message Chat Files is created for the person you are chatting with. As more files are added, they will get added to the same message and downloaded to the same location on the hard disk. Same but modified files can added at a later date. The files will be downloaded in accordance to the version control policy set by you.
  3. Group Message

    When files are dropped over a Group, a special message Files is created for that group. As more files are added, they will get added to the same message and downloaded to the same location on the hard disk. Same but modified files can added at a later date. The files will be downloaded in accordance to the version control policy set by you. Also, new contacts can be added to the group at a later date and they will receive all the files shared with the group till date.

Bins

Bins contain messages. There are multiple kinds of Bins as described below:
  1. IN Bin

    IN Bin is similar to the email Inbox. Received messages are kept in the IN Bin. Received messages and the files received can be forwarded to others.
  2. OUT Bin

    OUT Bin is similar to the email Sent Folder. Sent messages are kept in the OUT Bin. Messages are tracked for delivery. They can be resent or forwarded to others. Once a message is deleted from the OUT Bin, no can download the files in that message.

Web Pickup

Web Pickup is a method by which recipients can receive files using a web browser, without having to install anything. Web Pickup has to be enabled by the sender before sending the message and files count cannot exceed 100.

Web Drop

Web Drop is a method by which people can send files to you using a web browser, without having to install anything. Web Drop has to be enabled and can also be added/embedded on any website or blog with few simple lines of code.

Contact

A person in your address book is your contact. Until the contact accepts your connection request, messages cannot be exchanged. A contact can be removed at any time.

Group

A group is a special kind of message in which you can add new files and contacts at a later date.