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I operate within an Intranet and I need to get a whole lot of information to users who dial-up using modems thru telephone lines but whose speed is much slower than within our LAN/WAN. They have complained that the download time is far too long, especially the graphics. Is it possible to somehow push these pages to these users for example by automatic, synchronised FTP uploading every night? Is there a program were I can enter many IP addresses (of the remote users) and get it to send these HTML pages from my server to their PC? I know of programs like ByteCatcher and the like but this is not really what I need. This is basically a short term solution until the network and modems are upgraded, but it is imperative that I can make it work. Some pages also have links to zip files and excel spreadsheets. Would such a program also download these files?
Assistance is much appreciated,
Mike
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Hi!  there,
     From participating your previous questions, I gathered that you do have FP98.  With this tool, you don't need to setup any FTP or complicated stuffs.  All you need is to use the Channel feature in FP98.  Set up a channel for your Intranet site and tell the mobile staffs to join the channel.  Channel is actually a push method, so when they go online, their computer will download the updated files (not unchanged files) and store them in the hard drive for off-line viewing.  The most effecient and time saving way I can think of to solve you problem.  Let me konw if you have more questions :)
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That was excellent. I only need to know a couple of more things - where does the channel store the files that it downloads overnight?In the Temp folder on the C drive?  Presumably it is possible to view these files off-line. What about the links to excel files etc. which are held on a network drive? Would you have to be on-line for this? The remote users have access to this drive, so does that mean they can reach these files even if they are off-line? If there are any other issues which may arise, please mention them.
That's all, but definitely the solution to my problem. If you can answer these Q's I will give you an excellent grade!!
Mike
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Channle stores your pages onto the clients' hard drive and it is most likely to be the Temporary Internet Files folder.  When you setup the channel, you can set how frequently a user download files and when a channel expires.
Unfortunately, you do need to be online to view content stored in network drive.  One way to work around is to include a copy of the Excel file in your channel folder.  All you need to do is just make copy of the Excel file periodically to your channel file.  I suggest making a central folder on your network drive and place all Excel/database files in that folder, easier for you to maintain since there's no need to search around for all realted files (my Intranet has over >500 users across Canada, and it's connected to France and US as well, we have all database in a centralized location for maintanance reason).
When you create a channel, you need to assign a folder which includes all your channel documents.  In your case, it might be the whole wwwroot.  When designing the channel through the wizard, it will allow you to exclude some files that you don't think is relative to your mobile people.
When you design a channel, you can use your own logo and icon.  If I didn't remember right, it should be 80x32 gif for logo and 16x16 gif for icon.
Note that the server dosn't build a database of subsribed users (since users' browser is actually doing the work).  To keep track of who, when, ... a channel is retrieved, I suggest to use ASP page to log all activity to a database so you can analyze the result and improve the performance of your channel/server.
Have fun with channels :)
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