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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is ipOFTP suitable?

    It is typically used for receiving and sending orders, call-off orders, delivery slips and invoices in VDA or EDIFACT format.

  • Can I receive and send arbitrary files?

    Yes, communications is not limited to VDA-formats but can transmit arbitrary file formats.

  • Which VDA-file formats can be transmitted through ipOFTP?

    All formats can be transmitted. Communication is not dependent on the format of the file. VDA-formats for call-off orders and delivery slips will be prepared for the screen and as CSV.

  • Which networks is ipOFTP using for communication?

    ipOFTP transmits files via the internet. It requires a connection to the local network. The local network needs to provide a connection to the internet. ipOFTP uses neither ISDN nor ENX.

  • Can I integrate ipOFTP in my ERP/PPC-system?

    Yes. ipOFTP assumes the OFTP-communication. You send a file by pasting it into your communication partner’s output folder. Inbound files can be found in your incoming folder. You can activate processing scripts with ipOFTP or access the files via a network share.

  • How will the conversion from ISDN to TCP/IP be processed?

    You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required. ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

  • How will OFTP and TCP/IP-communication be introduced?

    You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required. ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

  • In which format will the VDA call-off orders be provided?

    Except for the original file the call-off orders will be available as CSV. Of course you will be able see and print the received call-off orders in a legible form.

  • Which version of OFTP supports ipOFTP?

    OFTP1 and OFTP2 are supported via TCP/IP networks hence generally via the internet.

  • What to do when SSID and SFID at the other end of communication are different?

    If you are only receiving incoming connections it is sufficient to set up one account for the respective communication partner. If you are also actively establishing a connection to send files, you need to set up two communication partners with the same IP address.

  • What means SSID and SFID?

    These are the Odette identifications for the system transmitting and processing the files. This distinction was customary in modem times. We do not consider this distinction contemporary. The data processing systems are connected to the internet and can communicate themselves.

  • How to identify the communication partners?

    Both parties are using an ID and a password. You can buy an Odette compliant ID with Odette directly. Please search “Odette” through your search engine. You will choose your password. OFTP passwords are “simple” with a maximum of 8 characters. This information is not hidden, you can find Odette labels and their passwords on the webpages of automobile corporations.

  • What does an Odette label look like?

    They all start with the letter “O” followed by 18 characters assigned by Odette. A maximum of 6 additional characters can be requested and allocated as desired. For example: O0013000999HUBER131

  • Will I require a certificate?

    Yes, if you wish to encrypt the files (while) on the transmission route. Verify which type of files you wish to transmit. Should it only concern call off orders and delivery slips you would most likely not need to encrypt those and can save yourself some time by not doing so.

  • Do I have to buy a certificate from a certification body?

    No. If you do so you will be regularly charged a fee to renew the certificate. The VDA specification is prepared to acknowledge the use of self-signed certificates.

  • What is a self-signed certificate?

    It’s a certificate you issue yourself. Transmit the certificate to your communication partners and have them save it. Then you will be all set to transmit encrypted files.

  • How do I issue a self-signed certificate?

    ipOFTP contains a function you can easily use to issue a self-signed certificate.

  • What information is required for the establishment of an OFTP connection?

    You require a communication partner, his/her IP address and port number. For automobile corporations this information will be publicly available online, your communication partners will require this information from you respectively.

  • What is a port number?

    Establishing an internet connection requires an IP address such as “oftp.konzern.de”, the equivalent to a street name, house number, post code etc. as well as a port number such as “3305” corresponding to a person’s name in the address line.

  • What is the connection between port number and encryption?

    There is none. You can freely use ports and activate or deactivate encryption. TCP/IP has also prevailed because it does not recognise such connections. Used standard ports of ipoftp are 3305 for unencrypted and 6619 for encrypted communication.

  • Can I also exchange files with my business partners using SCP or SFTP?

    Yes, given you know these protocols it is relatively easy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to support you with the set up. Our ipOFTP communication tool is capable of working will all types of internet protocols.

  • How high is the network load through OFTP?

    Call-off orders and delivery notification in VDA format are small: 1-10kB is a common size. Within the IP connection there are 1-8 data packets (Yes, that’s right.) Thus the transmission time of an incoming call-off order is typically far less than a second. When sending ipOFTP uses a maximum of 10kB per second of transmission capacity and consequently does not disturb other use of the internet connection.

  • Odette?

    Eine Vereinigung mehrerer nationaler Automobilverbände. Odette vergibt die Identifikations-Codes, die in der OFTP-Kommunikation verwendet werden.

  • OFTP?

    Von Odette vorgegebenes Kommunikationsprotokoll für die Übermittlung von Dateien. Ursprünglich wurde OFTP über ISDN- und ENX-Leitungen eingesetzt. ipOFTP verwendet OFTP2 und das Internet zur Datenübertragung.

  • VDA 4905, VDA 4984, VDA 4913?

    Vom Verband der Automobilindustrie vorgegebene Standards für die Übermittlung von Lieferabrufen und Lieferdaten. Dateien in diesen Formaten enthalten Termine und Liefermengen für Zulieferteile.