Connectivity

To use SyncDat for transferring files between computers, the computers must be connected by an Internet Protocol (IP) network path.  That is, each computer must have a unique IP address and be reachable by the others.  The remote system must be running the servedat server.  Your local workstation must have the syncdat client.

If there are firewalls, VPNs, or NAT devices between the computers, then these devices must be configured to allow traffic on UDP/IP port 8080.  You can also configure SyncDat to use any other UDP/IP port number, if that is more convenient.

If you are considering use of a network emulator, see Tech Note 0022 for important information about emulators.

Should you experience difficulty with a network device, consult the Troubleshooting chapter, or refer to DEI Technical Note 0002 for information about configuring firewalls.

In most environments, it is not necessary to open ports on the client-side firewall.

Changing the Port

The SyncDat server can be configured to listen for clients on any available UDP/IP port number.  Changing the server's port may be desirable if UDP/IP 8080 is already in use by another application, or if its use is restricted by firewall or administrative rules.

The servedat listen port is set using the Port configuration variable.  See the Configuration File section for instructions on setting configuration variables.

If you change a server's port, then clients will need to specify the new port whenever they communicate with that server.  For the syncdat client, use the -p option to specify the port.

Windows Firewall

The Windows firewall is very aggressive about both blocking applications and degrading their performance.  Extra steps may be required to ensure that SyncDat data is allowed to pass through unhindered.

Even if Windows Firewall is turned off it may still degrade performance.
The only way to ensure that Windows Firewall is not blocking or slowing SyncDat is to add explicit firewall rules allowing UDP port 8080 (or whichever port SyncDat is using).  See Technical Note 0002 for links to instructions for different versions of Windows.

When installing the SyncDat server, it will attempt to detect firewall problems and display warnings during installation.  When "Run as Administrator", the server will attempt to correct problems it finds.  However, it is still a good idea to manually review your firewall settings to ensure that the SyncDat port is open and that there are no block rules applying to it or the SyncDat applications.

When running any SyncDat software for the first time, you may see a dialog box similar to the one below.  At a minimum, you must click "Allow access" or "Unblock" for the software to function correctly.

Firewall Block

Under Windows Vista and later, if you take any action other than clicking "Allow access", then the application will be forever blocked.  Even if you later add a rule to allow the application, it may still be blocked.  You may need to manually remove the original block rules from the firewall.  To do this, use the "Advanced settings" link in the Windows Firewall control panel and examine both "Incoming Rules" and "Outbound Rules".