Because Mediaflux supports a lot of protocols there are a lot of possible ways to access your data. Users come in two categories of relevance:
This means you have an account and can log in directly to Mediaflux. The details on how to login with various protocols and interfaces are found in (see access mechanisms).
We recommend that best way to download data is either to use sFTP (if you are already familiar with it and have a client installed), or use the download client that UniMelb supplies (see below).
sinks(e.g. a remote SCP or sFTP server)
Our clients can be downloaded from our Available downloads page.
The following mechanisms means that you don't need to have an account and don't need to login directly to Mediaflux. You may of course still have an account, you just don't need to use it in these cases.
These mechanisms all authenticate to Mediaflux with what is called a secure identity token. The token usually expires after a fixed time (which you would be told by the person who provisions your data for you) and it is granted access to the data that it needs and only that data.
Direct shareable links are ok for a small amount of data (they download in serial into a container and are not restartable). The more complex indirect shareable links are much better for big data as they don't pack the data into a container, can be restarted and can download the data in parallel.