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Hi,

I have been using an unstable ftp to assist various users to upload to our web server.  This was war FTP.  ive tried Ipswitch Ftp, a more professional addition but am thinking of buying a dedicated VPN box.

What are the pros and cons for both systems?

Thanks

Julia
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Assuming with the VPN you plan to allow access to a shared folder and allow users to copy files, the VPN will offer better security.  The FTP is more common for your purpose, requires no configuration of a VPN client for each user, and provides better performance. I would look at a more "stable" FTP solution. I have had good luck with http://www.serve-U.com  but there are hundreds available. You also need a good, stable Internet connection.
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Sorry, above link should be http://www.serv-u.com/
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Also, with VPN, you are giving some one access to your network as opposed to access to a service.  With FTP products, they don;t have to authenticate to your network, you can just give them access to the FTP Server and their home directory.  This seems to be all you need.  I've used both Serv-U and WS-FTP, and I find Serv-U more friendly with a better admin console.

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jocasio
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The decision is simple -- it is based on users trying to connect to servers.

If there are 10 users trying to connect to ONE server, and they need to share a lot of files, and each user has a dedicated IP address or a PVN client, and they have a fixed setup (i.e. not roaming), then the VPN choice is the natural one -- and use router to router for few people, VPN client to router for many.

However, if you have say 200 people trying to connect to just upload or download one file per day, then the hassle of VPN for this many users is too much.  In that case, you go with FTP.  Now this has answered the initial question, "which is best" -- the answer is, it TOTALLY depends on the connection and file upload/download specifics, and who has dedicated IPs and routers, and VPN clients, and who does not.
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Thanks Julia,
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--Rob
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