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Windows Networking/Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) V/S File Transfer Protocol (FTP)


Dear Michael‎‎

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


RDP is designed fore for remote access than file transfer, while FTP is devoted solely to file transfer.  When using RDP, part of your bandwidth is used for other things, meaning the transfer is slower.  

That said, there are many other factors, such as client and host bandwidth and other traffic that could affect transfer speed much more.  But all other things being equal, FTP should be faster.

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Michael Troy


I have a fair amount of experience in peer-to-peer networking. I can answer questions about hardware, networking software, protocol settings, etc. I have some client-server experience, but not a lot with Windows-based servers. I can also give some advice on home network security: VPN, firewalls, anti-virus, etc.


I am the Director of Information Systems for a large law firm which connects about 300 users over five offices via a wide area network. We use client-server, peer-to-peer, remote access, VPN, Internet, and proxy servers.

I also have a peer-to-peer network of computers at home, with file and print sharing, remote access, shared network storage, and shared Internet access with a firewall.

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