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What is a File Station?

"File Station" is a term we use to describe a small box called a "network appliance" that is plugged into your office network.  It is a storage device to temporary place files such as Quickbooks, videos, and other large file types for you customers to upload and download. These files are typically too large to be sent reliably as email attachments.

Unlike most "file servers", its primary purpose is ease-of-use by anyone.  Your customers simply go to your website and click the "log in" button. After logging in their files appear right there.  Uploading new files is easy as well.  Your customers can easily send and receive files with you without special software or having to figure out how to use it.

Finally a File Station is fast because it is a network appliance residing on your own office LAN. Unlike web-based file transfer services, your uploads and downloads will be 10 to 1000 times faster since Bird Dog is a local network appliance rather than a relatively slow server somewhere out there on the Internet.

A File Station is:

  • A small box called a "network appliance" that is plugged into your office network.
  • A web-based file server designed to send and receive large files in a secure fashion.
  • An alternative to using insecure and unreliable email attachments.
  • 10 to 1000 times faster for your employees than a typical online service out on the Internet.
  • A solution that requires no special knowledge or software.
  • Easy for you customers to use.

A File Station is NOT:

  • A relatively slow online service
  • Difficult to install or maintain
  • A server needing maintenance, upgrades, or system administration
  • A major expense to your organization.

Last Modified: June 8, 2009

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