Sending Files to Arasian via FTP

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a common method of sending files back and forth over the internet. In our case, it's handy to use when files are too large to be sent through E-mail. While an E-mail message is usually limited to 50-100 MB, FTP can handle files many gigabytes in size or larger.

Choosing the right software

A program that connects to a remote computer running FTP and sends files is called an FTP Client. Windows already has an FTP client built in to Windows Explorer. If you're on a Mac, you'll need to download a seperate software package. FileZilla is a free FTP client and is available for both Windows and Mac.

If you're a command line person, both Mac and Windows have built in FTP clients. Just type "ftp" at the command prompt.

Connecting and Sending Files - Windows

When asking you to send files, Arasian will provide you with a username and password to use.

Once you have these, open a new window of My Computer. In the address bar, type in and press Enter. A window should pop up asking for your username and password. IMPORTANT: in this window, be sure to change your username to, and enter your password.

Once you connect, this window can be used like any other folder - you can drag files in and out, create new folders, and rename things just like you would in Windows.

Connecting and Sending Files - Mac

Once you have FileZilla downloaded, fill out the Host, Username, and Password fields with the values provided by Arasian.

You will now be able to navigate your local files with the left column, and the files on your FTP server with the right column, moving files back and forth as needed.

Sending Large Files

If you're sending large files (1 GB in size or larger), it may be useful to split it into several smaller pieces, then re-assemble them on the other side. For some insight in how to do this, see this article.