Release Date: January 26, 2002.
DC++ is a software solution that aims to make the whole file sharing experience a lot more pleasant, allowing users to exchange files using the Direct Connect protocol and start conversations within the hubs they access.
The installer is just basic, so clicking Next and accepting the default settings should be enough. However, after this, one might require some computer knowledge to be able to start using the program.
First of all, DC++ requires the user to type in an username, pick the Internet connection type and share some files. Most hubs have imposed sharing limits, so users will not be able to enter certain sharing channels unless they share the required amount of data.
Secondly, the download folders need to be specified, be them for temporary or completed files, just to be sure everything is organized and easy to locate. In case this step is skipped, DC++ automatically creates two default folders, one for each type of download.
Another benefit to using DC++ for your downloads is that the hardware requirements are quite reasonable and therefore, does not stress the PC even when downloading large files at high speeds. Jobs are completed in a timely manner without popping up errors, crashing or freezing.
All in all, DC++ remains the most appropriate tool to experiment with the Direct Connect protocol and although there are a lot of tools out there meant to provide nicer interfaces and more advanced features, this one remains a top choice in all the fields.
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