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Now just by my title don't think that I don't like Kazaa.In fact I love it to bits!In fact it was when I was using Kazaa that I stumbles upon Direct-Connect.i saw it on one of the file names and it gave the address www.neo-modus.com Naturally I was intrigued and decided to give the site a visit. **The site** The site (www.neo-modus.com) is generally extremely well set out and answers quite a few questions but these questions are for people who are quite knowledgeable with the software already not for newbies!I t was relatively easy to find out where to go to download the software and the free download took about 25 seconds for me (because I am on broadband) and 2 minutes for my friend (who is on a standard 56k modem).Once I had downloaded and installed the software I went back to the site and looked at ?getting started?!This was extremely confusing!It was quite hard to get to grips with.I had to go through it about 3 or 4 times AND experiment with the software myself before I really knew what I was doing.Once I had done this however it was plain sailing! **What is direct connect** Direct connect is a P2P (peer to peer) file sharing program (like Kazaa) except it is simply far far better!The whole system is run by the users!The users run, control, and maintain the network!Direct connect allows ANY kind of file (movies,games,mp3s,etc.) to be shared and there are no ?max search results?.Direct connect has over 1 petabyte of data!Thats triple the amount on kazaa, morpheus and grockster combined! **Advantages** Instead of being all on 1 facility there are a series of ?hubs? run by users and there can be certain specifications for each hub (e.g. movie network or must be on adsl etc.) which makes file sharing faster and easier since you can pick the specific hub you would like!A key advantage of course is HUGE amount of files shared which allows more choice, variety and much more. Unlike Kazaa there is
no spyware and no advertising (the new kazaa pop-up windows has really put me off them).I speak honestly when I say that I have never failed to find a file that I wanted on direct connect! Not only all this but you can view other members files in an easy to use ?windows explorer? manner which is a nice touch!There is of course the ability to message other users and a chat facility.One thing which I really like about direct connect is the ability to add ?users? and ?hubs? to a favourites list which is something which I felt Kazaa really lacked! You can resume broken downloads and also ?locate alternate source? which has also never let me down!No more ?more sources needed? like on Kazaa! You can set the number of ?slots? open (which determines how many people can download from you).Direct connect can be minimised to the system tray! ?Ops? are in each hub to ensure no viruses or unsuitable content is distributed?! You choose what you do and don't share! The download speeds tend to be good! Once you have got to grips with the whole concept then using direct connect becomes a pleasure and although it is hard to get to grips with there will always be people to help you out! **Disadvantages** The ?newbie? guide on the neo-modus website isn?t at all good.It took me a while to understand it! No multi-source downloading (but download speeds are still very good!) You need 64mb RAM free (if using windows ME) or 128mb RAM (if using windows 2000)!Although the Ram isn?t too bad the application can use up quite a bit of system resources so if you plan to use many other programs while using this make sure your computer is up to scratch! **Conclusion** Overall this piece of software is truly ingenius!It is far better than Kazaa or Morpheus!I only wish I could have discovered it sooner!So I say ?away with Kazaa? and ?scrap morpheus?! Simply connect me-DIRECTLY!
I'd dabbled with file sharing before, using the now-restricted (ie dead) Napster, and, more recently Kazaa, but when I finally got a cable connection, I hunted for more.... File sharing really comes into its own when you have a fast connection - you're not just restricted to the usual music files - instead, you can download videos, games... you name it. The best solution I have found so far is Direct Connect, a program created by a company called "Neomodus". Direct Connect runs on a Peer to Peer (P2P) protocol, meaning that you download files directly from other users, rather than searching randomly through a central hub. At first, this can seem confusing for the beginner, and the layout of the program interface doesn't help matters. In most file sharing programs, you have a big window with a few tabs above, with which you can flick between your downloads, searches, uploads, and, for the technically-minded, the connection details. Not so with Direct Connect, which utilizes a more traditional "Windows"-style interface. But first things first. How does it work? When you start the program, you have to connect to a file sharing hub. That's the main computer through which all traffic is routed. The "Connections" window lists dozens of these - many with over 500 users. Some have file sharing limitations - you can only join if you share, for example, 10GB of data. Once you're connected, the "Users" window shows who's connected and how many files in total are being shared. What you do next is pretty much up to you. You can click on individual users to list all the files shared by that person. Or you can run the comprehensive search engine to find files you are particularly interested in. Download speeds are probably slightly lower than programs such as Bearshare, because Bearshare downloads simultaneously from a few computers, whereas in Direct
Connect, you only download from one. If a download is cut off for any reason, it can be easily resumed, or you can opt to find other users sharing the same file, and continue the download from them. So how good is it? Well, Direct Connect is rapidly becoming the largest file sharing program in the world. Currently, according to the official website, 2,835.60TB are being shared between 84981 users. That almost 3 petabytes! What's a petabyte? Well, again, according to the website, a petabyte is the equivalent of: 1,451,002 DivX format movies 325,376,310 MP3 music files. So pretty big then! You are pretty much guaranteed to find what you're looking for. As I said, my main bug-bear is the speed - it's not terrible, but you have to choose who you download from carefully. An ASDL-ASDL connection will fly through, and I've reached about 60-70kB/sec, but many of my downloads are running at around 3-4kB/sec, and that's unrealistically slow for movie downloads, for example. There's also a problem with people cutting off mid-download. Often I leave my computer downloading overnight, only to find I've been disconnected by the other user. But that can happen with many file sharing programs, and I guess is just something we have to live with. So in summary, Direct Connect is great, and is now the only file sharing program I use. You can share any file you want, it's more personal, because you know who you're downloading from, and, with a bit of a learning curve, it's easy to work with. Not one for complete novices (start off with Bearshare!), but if you have a bit of know-how, it's well worth a look. Oh, and the official website (link above) has a great "How to start" section.