Entry-level (Standard) / Mid-range (Pro) FTP server for Macintosh platforms
June 21, 2002
Whereas War FTP Daemon takes the crown as the premier FTP server for Windows 95/NT, Rumpus stakes the same claim for the Macintosh environment. While it doesn't fare as well when compared to Windows offerings, you won't find a better Mac-based FTP server than Rumpus. The server is also compatible with every major FTP client, including Mac FTP clients like Fetch and NetFinder, Windows clients like Cute-FTP and WS_FTP, and the built-in FTP clients of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator.
Rumpus is available in two distinct versions -- standard and pro -- both of which are available for download over the 'net as 30-day evaluation releases. The two versions contain the same set of features, but the $195 Rumpus Standard release is limited to 32 simultaneous users and 32 user accounts, while the $395 Rumpus Pro version supports up to 256 simultaneous users and unlimited user accounts (limited only by available RAM).
Among Rumpus' many features are scalable performance (a program setting allows you to customize performance to your specific needs), server monitoring capabilities (with complete statistics and detailed user information reports), automatic BinHex and MacBinary encoding of files, proxy/firewall support, configurable sign-on and sign-off messages (for all users only -- lacks War FTP's support for personalized greetings), and support for client re-connects (automatically resumes an interrupted file transfer).
Relative to FTP servers like War FTP Daemon and FTP Serv-U, Rumpus lacks features like multihoming and multihosting support (allows you to setup multiple virtual FTP servers on the same machine), online and offline modes, and transfer capabilities to or from ports like PRN: or LPT1: (primarily useful for remote printing via FTP), as well as the widespread availability of add-on utilities and plug-in modules.
Numerous configurable options are available for Rumpus' three major security methods -- anonymous logins only, users and groups security, and built-in security. The first method is self-explanatory; the difference between the latter two is that the users and groups method utilizes the Mac OS for file sharing whereas the built-in security offers its own security features for sharing files. The built-in security is much faster than the Mac file sharing, but it doesn't allow you to protect individual folders.
Security options include maximum simultaneous user controls; anonymous access limitations (allows anonymous access to be reduced or banned altogether during certain times of the day or week); drop folder capabilities for each user (restricts the user to the current directory and its sub-directories); file and directory access permissions (read, write, delete, and upload options for all files and create and delete controls for directories); and extensive logging capabilities available in four types of log files -- anonymous access, secure access, anonymous password, and failed access. Among the security features missing relative to other FTP servers are access restrictions by IP address, file ban capabilities, upload/download restrictions and ratio options, access list masks
Installation, configuration, and administration tasks are all straightforward and relatively simple with Rumpus. The server is ready to serve users as soon as you launch it and additional configuration tasks take only a few minutes. For users wanting to take advantage of Rumpus' more advanced features there are numerous support options available. In addition to built-in help capabilities and an integrated user's manual, the Rumpus Web site also offers a HTML-based counterpart to the online manual, a list of FAQs, a dedicated Rumpus mailing list, and a online support form for sending in any problems you might have with the server.
Overall, Rumpus is the fastest and most reliable Mac-based FTP server on the 'net. It also offers more features and security options than any of its Mac competitors (not that there are many). It does lag behind Windows-based counterparts in most areas, but for small and medium-sized businesses operating in a Macintosh environment, there is no better choice for a FTP server than Rumpus.
Pros: Solid feature-set and performance, the premier FTP server for Macs, excellent help
New in v1.3.x: User account control options, configurable timeouts, aliased drop folders, directory listings updates, improved disconnect, performance tweaks, bug fixes; Release Notes
New in v2.0: Mac OS X native operation; upload notification; administrators can set access privileges to individual folders on a server or create a "Folder Set" that increases or restricts user access rights, then can be quickly applied to any number of individual user accounts; user access can be restricted to a set transfer rate, by a quota defined by the ratio of uploads to downloads, or by simultaneous connections using a single user account; direct HTTP user account management allows user accounts to be managed remotely using a stand-alone Web administration server; user-selectable encryption key can be used to secure the Rumpus user database; includes all previous security updates to block known denial of service attacks; Release Notes
Operating Systems / Latest Versions:
Macintosh: Power Mac, 680x0 - v1.3.2 Beta 3 (Latest Beta). v1.3.1 (Latest Official Release)