Set up a communications system for PCs via LAN by installing this server/client application, featuring support for audio and video chat, message broadcasting, and file transfers.

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CommFort Description

CommFort is a chat messaging system that permits computers to easily communicate and transfer files within a local network. It comprises a server and client component.

The CommFort server

This module can be easily installed. Although this is not mentioned in the setup, it automatically integrates an entry into the Windows boot sequence.

Its interface is represented by a small window with a plain and simple structure, showing the number of the currently connected and registered users.

Manage permissions, restrictions, user privacy, and main functions

It is possible to manage rights by simply indicating a user name and enabling or disabling permissions when it comes to rights, account and account activation managements, access server logs, moderating the bulletin board, all or just selected channels, sending messages to multiple recipients, hiding the IP address, as well as flood protection.

Any restrictions can be cancelled after consulting the date, moderator, object, scope, validity and reason for each entry in the list. What’s more, you can set a custom port for incoming connections, disable CommFort from automatically running at Windows startup, as well as manage functions when it comes to the audio and video chat, file transfers, screen sharing, the bulletin board, messages to multiple recipients, media content in channels, user privacy (show or hide active processes and clients’ IP addresses), along with the ability to attach files to common channels, messages, private channels and the bulletin board.

Other CommFort features and the client

Additional features of CommFort focus on traffic encryption, the load standard and advanced mode, logging important events (e.g. new user registration, account management), automatically deleting old and inactive accounts, channels and saved messages, filtering inappropriate content, along with flood and spam protection.

After installing the CommFort client, all you have to do is write the server address to connect to. Applying a proxy configuration is optional.

Evaluation and conclusion

We have not come across any stability issues in our tests, thanks to the fact that CommFort did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time and minimal impact on computer performance, using low CPU and RAM. Taking everything into account, CommFort comes packed with a rich set of options and configuration settings for facilitating a means of communication between computers via LAN.

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