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Dear Ralph‎‎

Do FTP will allow Faster Downloading and uploading files from
Servers then using Remote Desktop Protocol ?.

As a example if a file say 5 MB size has to be uploaded or downloaded from server then it will take less time for downloading and uploading files using FTP then using RDP ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Hi Prashant,

FTP is a protocol specifically designed for transferring files, whereas RDP is designed to allow graphical access to remote desktops.  Looking at the spec, it's not entirely clear that RDP even allows file transfers.  Given the overhead involved in the RDP primary function, I would have to say that FTP is the more efficient way to transfer files.


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General networks, including LAN (ethernet, cable modem, DSL), dialup (modems), WAN (frame relay, ATM), and other related networking technologies.


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