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Introduction to the Direct Connect network

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Uploaded on Mar 25, 2011

This is an introduction video to Direct Connect that should inform even a novice what Direct Connect is and what you can do.

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Hi, and welcome to this introduction video to the Direct Connect network.

I am Fredrik Ullner, and in this video, I will cover what Direct Connect is, and explain things you'll likely to encounter during your Direct Connect-experience.

Direct Connect, or DC, is a file-sharing and chat network with clients and servers. The network offer a number of features, specifically designed for chatting and file-sharing. The network can be anything from communities with a small group of friends to a large crowd of people around the world.

The network is structured around clients and servers, where servers are commonly referenced as hubs. The hub software is the central part of the network, which mean that the clients need a hub to communicate. All information, except the actual file transfers, are routed through the hub. The hub can enforce rules and different user rights depending on what should be shared, allowed topics of discussion and more.

A client, used by the common user, is an application used to chat, share and search for files with other people. Chatting can be done out in the open to everyone in a hub, or it could be more privately between two people.

A hub list is a way to group and view multiple hubs in a simple list, allowing you to pick a hub that suits your discussion topics and sharing needs. The list is mostly viewed through the client but many hub lists offer a website alternative.

Some additional terminology that might be useful to know;
An operator is a person who administrates a hub and can enforce a hub's rules.
Slots are the number of available channels for upload. That is, if you have five slots open, five people can download from you.
A hash is a unique representation of a file, regardless of the file's name or path.

Here are some additional resources that might get you started with Direct Connect

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