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SmartFTP® is a free full-featured FTP client for the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. SmartFTP is very simple to learn, uses a Windows / Internet Explorer-like interface, and features a very powerful queue function.

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SmartFTP's offical website contains good instructions for installation and general usage guidance. You can find them here | SmartFTP config

  • Launch SmartFTP by double clicking the icon on your desktop.
  • The first time you start SmartFTP, the settings dialog box will pop up, prompting you to enter some basic configuration information.
  • The first tab that will be selected is the "General" tab. Enter your email address.
  • If you always download SHN files to the same place on your hard drive, it might be a good idea to specify the "Default Download Path" (this tells SmartFTP where you usually download files to on your hard drive). Click on the folder icon to the right of the "Default Download Path" box. Now select the location on your hard drive where you want SmartFTP to download SHN files to. If you are confused by this option, you can leave it blank and continue.
  • The rest of the options under the "General" tab should be all set.
  • Next, click on the "Connection" tab.
  • Increase the "Max Retries" value to 50. This is how many times SmartFTP will try and connect you to an FTP server, if you are unable to connect on your first try (for example, if the server is full).
  • Increase the "Retry Delay" value to 120. This is the delay between connection attempts, in seconds. This means 120 is equal to one retry every 120 seconds. Any value below 120 may get you banned from some FTP servers.
  • The "Client Timeout" and "Transfer Speed" values do not need to be changed.
  • Uncheck the "Keep Alive" and "Retrieve Index Files" options.
  • Now, click on the "Queue" tab.
  • Set the "Number of threads" to 5.
  • Set the "Max threads per site to 1.
  • Set the "Max retries on error" to 50.

  • Note:There are many additional advanced options that are not required to be configured, and are beyond the scope of this web page. These settings are covered in the Official SmartFTP Documentation Page, and are suggested only for experienced users.

  • Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the SmartFTP settings window to begin the program. Next time you begin SmartFTP, it will launch the program, and will bypass the Settings. To configure SmartFTP in the future, select "Tools > Settings" in SmartFTP.

  • | SmartFTP credits

    Thanks to Mike Walter, Mathias Berchtold, and all the other fine people that created SmartFTP! Thanks to Ph00l in for suggesting SmartFTP. This page written by Mike Wren, with much help from Brian Walker, and last updated by Michael Crow on 6/6/2002. Please email with comments or suggestions.

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