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Local & Remote Network Connections

All computers running Backup Cow application can connect together by Local Network or Remote Network (via Internet/Intranet)


Connection Over Local Network (LAN)


"Local Network" refers to LAN (Local Area Network).


When you run Backup Cow on your computer for the first time, it will automatically connect to other computers where Backup Cow is also running across LAN.


So, if all your peer computers are in the same local network, you don't need take any action for the local network connection setup. You just need run Backup Cow on each networked computer, then you can back up or transfer your computer files onto other computers over the local network.


Connection Over Remote Network


"Remote Network" feature means that you can also backup or restore files between computers by remote access via Internet/Intranet. If your peer computers are not in the same local network, you must set up Remote Network connection.


There are the following two methods to set up remote network connection:

Method 1: Join a Group (Recommended for Remote Network)

Backup Cow users can connect together by joining a same netowrk group.

Here are the steps to join a network group:


a. Create a network group account. (If you already have a group account, please disregard this step.)

Firstly, go to: Network -- Join a Group (Recommended for Remote Network) -- Create a group


Then sign up a group account:


b. Input the group name and password, then click OK. (Network - Join a Group )


c. Thereafter, you just need to select the group name showing under "Network" to join the group, no need to input the group name and password again.


Method 2: Connect to a Computer

You can connect to a remote PC or network by directly entering its ip/domain and tcp port number.

(Network -- Connect to a Computer )


Notes:

  • You can also make the remote connection settings in "Settings - Network".

  • You can set multiple remote network connections for different destinations (for example, a few different network groups). And select one to set up connection with the destination you need to connect.
  • The remote connection features are only available in the Enterprise edition.
  • If a destination connects internet via a router instead of direct connection, the router must support UPNP. (Nowadays, most routers can support UPNP)
  • You can set a network security ID number and only allow computerrs with the same ID number to connect together from "Settings - Network".