NOTES FROM PAST VERSION:
At the Group set-up page, pick a name for your first Group and select a Group password then add one or more parties that you desire to be a participant in the Group. Also using the Group password you can add and delete parties to the Group within the AFnet user window.
If some one has already included you in a Group you do not need to create a Group to use AFnet . Simply open the AFnet window and provide your user name, the Group name and your user password.
You may open multiple AFnet windows at the same time and you can be on-line and active with more than one Group at a time.
You may be a member of as many Groups as desire. There is no limit to the number of parties who may be a member of a specific Group; however, the number of group members who can simultaneously participate on-line in a group is 128 parties.
If you are connected to a Group and you are not active for a period of 30 minutes you will be notified of your inactivity, and if you continue to be inactive you will be disconnected. You may re-join the group by clicking on “Connect.”
The Host line defines the AFnet server that is providing the AFnet service. For commercial applications is “AFnet .net” The Port line defines the computer port which is to be used for the secure pipeline communications. The port used for commercial applications is “XXXX”(contact sys admin). For AFnet the referenced data is pre-loaded.
The USER line provides an input window for providing the participants user name. It is the user name which you selected when you registered for AFnet service. This input is upper and lower case sensitive.
The GROUP line provides an input window for providing the name of the Group in which you desire to participate. You must be an authorized participant before you will be allowed to enter a Group. This input is upper and lower case sensitive.
The PASSWORD line provides an input window for you to enter your user password. This input is upper and lower case sensitive.
The CHAT line provides an input window for leaving text messages to the on-line and active members of the group. Typed text is sent to the online members of the Group upon the author hitting the enter key.
The CONNECT button connects you to the defined Group based upon the information provided in the submittal windows. If you are connected to a Group and the CONNECT button is clicked you will be disconnected. If you are not connected to the Group and the CONNECT button is clicked you will be connected. To change from one Group to another the historical text in your AFnet chat and system windows remains. You may have many AFnet windows open and functioning at the same time. These would usually be connected to different groups.
The USER buttons provide a listing of the parties currently on-line and active in the AFnet Group and the other button list all parties who are authorized participants in the Group.
The FILES buttons provide many features. The SEND button allows you to copy one or more files from your host computer, or attached digital devices, and as data files, security send them to the group members. It also places the secure data files into the AFnet Vault where they can be picked-up by authorized parties at a later time.
The RECEIVE button allows one to copy and download one or more data files from the AFnet Vault that has been placed in the secure AFnet Vault for delivery to the participants of the Group.
The LIST REMOTES button allows you to view the secure data files that are currently stored in the AFnet Vault.
The DELETE REMOTES button allows you to delete the secure data files that are currently stored in the AFnet Vault.
The DELETE LOCALS button allows you to delete data files that are currently stored in your computer.
The MISC button also provides a number of control options. The SAVE CHAT button saves the text in the chart window providing the ability to archive chat information and prove information items were delivered.
Similarly, the SAVE SYS button saves the text in the system window providing the ability to archive system information and prove data items were delivered and system events occurred.
Every user has a unique AES encryption key that is electronically created. The CHANGE AES KEY button directs AFnet change the user’s 256-bit (will be 1024-bit) AES encryption key. Note, AFnet automatically and frequently changes every 256-bit (will be 1024-bit) AES encryption key, this CHANGE AES KEY button allows the user to direct AFnet to change it again now.
The CHANGE PASSWORD button directs the AFnet to change the user’s current password to a new password.
The LEAVE MESSAGE button allows a user to leave, for later pick-up, a message for anyone who is an authorized participant on the defined Group.
The FILE ARRIVAL NOTICE button allows a user to provide for notice by e-mail or text message when a data file has been placed into the defined Group’s Afnet. You can identify any e-mail address to receive the delivery notification. To stop receiving file delivery notifications select the NOTICE button and click on the “OK” button while the e-mail address window is blank.
The CLIENT VERSION button provides notice of the version of AFnet which is currently being utilized. It also provides notices of any new version or upgrade. If an upgrade is available and you select to accept the upgrade this button will automatically install the updated version.
The SERVER STATUS button provides general and specific information about the user, the Group and operations of AFnet . The information is displayed in the AFnet System Window.
The LICENSE button provides viewable access to the AFnet user license.
The GROUP buttons provide the users with Group administrative features. To gain access to these administrative buttons the user must have access to the Group password.
The ADD USER TO GROUP button defines the process required to add a new user to an existing Group.
The REMOVE USER FROM GROUP button defines the process required to remove an existing user from an existing Group.
The CREATE GROUP button defines the process required to create a new Group.
The DELETE GROUP button allows the user to delete the identified Group.
The HELP button provides information on the General Features; Characteristics; Operating
Procedures; and Trouble Shooting
At the download part of the set-up procedure save the Afnet in either your program file directory or place the Afnetprogram on your desk top inside a suitably named folder.
At the Group set-up page, pick a name for your first Group and select a Group password then add one or more parties that you desire to be a participant in the Group. Also using the Group password you can add and delete parties to the Group within the Afnet user window.
If some one has already included you in a Group you do not need to create a Group to use Afnet. Simply open the Afnet window and provide your user name, the Group name and your user password.