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the [ file ai ] blog » Blog Archive » [ file ai ] Plays Nice With Your Firewall & Router

[ file ai ] Plays Nice With Your Firewall & Router

Many P2P (or “peer-to-peer”) applications require you to make changes to your firewall and/or router settings in order to be able to connect to and communicate with other people on the network. Sometimes you have to open ports in your firewall or forward ports with your router, and not everyone in the world feels entirely comfortable doing these things in the first place.

With fileai.com, you don’t have to worry about any of these issues: It just works. :)

Do you want to know why? Do you even really care? Well, if you do, the reason fileai.com doesn’t have to worry about firewalls or routers is that it is built on top of a custom-made, multi-tiered communication protocol specifically designed with that purpose in mind.

Firewalls are usually configured to block incoming connections while allowing you to make outgoing connections to mail servers, web servers, etc. Once a connection is established, however, it allows data to go back and forth along that connection until the connection is closed.

The secret to fileai.com is to have both the computers that are trying to connect to one another start to initiate the connection at the same time. Once that happens, the firewalls are tricked into thinking that a connection has already been established, and voila! you can communicate with each other to your heart’s content. :)

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