We are pleased to announce the release of the Bytestream Proxy for our hosted.IM XMPP service. This is a server implementation of the XEP-0065 standard, used mainly for file transfers, when users are connected with their instant messaging clients behind a NAT or within a private network that prevents point to point communication between users.
File transfer is now made easier on hosted.IM.
SOCKS5 Bytestream Proxy
When you send a file to another person using your IM client, like OneTeam, what it actually happens is that both chat applications (yours and the one used by your contact) try to establish a point to point direct connection: this means that one of such clients will open a port and listen for a connection coming from the other one to transfer the file.
What if this is not possible, typically because both use private IP addresses and work behind a router? In this case both clients need to find a mediator available on the public internet for file transfers: so both can connect to it and proceed with the interchange. This is an very common scenario already addressed by the XEP-0065 standard (Mediated connections), and now available on our hosted.IM service.
How to use it
First of all, you need to enable the feature “File transfer proxy” available on the Team 10 and higher plans. Go to “Manage your domains”, click on your domain and then on the “Plans & Features” tab. The figure below shows the optional feature to check.
After updating your domain you will see a new item is displayed on the folding menu under “Plans & Features” tab:
If you click on it you will see more information on the status of the proxy service, the ID and port where it operates. If your IM application supports Discovery of Services, like OneTeam does, you will see it with the ID “proxy.hosted.im“:
Configuring your IM application
Depending on your IM application you won’t need to do anything extra, as it is the case with OneTeam which automatically discovers the proxy service, or you will need to set the service Id (“proxy.hosted.im”) manually. The image below shows the advanced settings to configure the proxy service on Psi:
File Transfer Proxy feature is available for your domain for free on the paid plans: Team 10, Office 25, Office 50, Organisation 75, Organisation 100, Company 200, Company 250, Enterprise 350 and Enterprise 500.