Most web surfers have downloaded a shareware
program or a software updater off the web at one time or another.
For small files or occasional use, clicking the download link
and letting your browser handle the file transfer is the most
painless, and probably the best, approach. If, on the other
hand, you regularly download 90MB+ demos of the latest greatest
3-D game or are in the habit of grabbing QuickTime trailers
off the web, you might want to give a little more though to
the program handling the grunt work. Below you will find a
real world comparison of five popular FTP clients as well
as a set of benchmarks for the two leading web browsers, Communicator
4.73 and Internet Explorer 5.0.
In our previous
tests of FTP clients, we used a 56k dialup connection
and smaller test files. The results were subject to a variety
of factors outside of our control, Internet congestion, line
noise and varying quality of connections for example. In these
tests we did our best to eliminate these factors. We downloaded
NetPresenz and set up a temporary FTP server on our PowerBook
G3/266. We used a beige G3/266 desktop machine to test each
FTP client over our 10Base-T network. We ran each test 3 times
and averaged the scores. For the charts we set the clients'
scores relative to the slowest client. The slowest client
received a score of 100% with lower numbers and shorter bars
being more desirable. We also include a chart with the actual
averaged times in seconds.
For the 25MB tests we used the Star Wars-Menace QuickTime
trailer. Netscape did surprisingly well and Internet Explorer's
performance left a lot to be desired.
For the multiple file tests we used a folder containing
a combination of files and sub-folders, a total of 76 items
weighing in at 1.4MB.
||Multiple File Download
||Multiple File Upload