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Old 04-05-06, 11:13 AM
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Can someone explain FTP to me?

Here's something I have no clue about

I've done a little reading on it but I'm still confused about some things.

It appears FTP is software that allows other users (which you specify) to email you files directly, kinda like Kaza?.

For some reason in hearing casual conversation with others, I thought I heard things like server or storage of some kind was involved with FTE.

I need to prepare a quote where FTP is required. They want to ship me files quickly. So I have to price out a FTP fee in my bid because I'm sure it's not free.

I just need to know how to set it up properly (or a good link showing me how to do it) and how much it's going to cost me.

Thanks in advance for any info you can give me.
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I use SmartFTP (free trail for couple days) and it's easy to manage with upload/download files...

You could google the FTP help/instruction which is plentiful out there.
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Originally Posted by Deadpool
Here's something I have no clue about
No shiznit. I was wondering why you were asking about "Full Time Equivalents".
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Cerubus FTP Server is free. FTP is nothing like Kazaa or any P2P really.. FTP is a protocol.. File Transfer Protocol... You setup an FTP server (with software above) and then people with FTP clients can connect to your FTP server and upload / download files via a direct connection.

It isn't hard to setup but it sounds like you really have no idea what it is so it may be for you.. You may have to open ports (default 21) in your firewall, direct that port to the PC you want (if you have a network) etc..
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ftp is not new, its ancient.
ftp client is built into windows, and you can use the command prompt, or IE to connect to a ftp server.
It is still better to use a proper ftp client, that might support features like file queues, transfer resume, etc

I'd suggest Filezilla client and server. They're free, and easy to use.


Basics of setting up a ftp server are;
1) install the ftp server
2) setup user accounts
3) provide them access to certain directories where they can upload/download files.
4) make sure the ports (21) are not blocked by a firewall.
5) give you ftp servers IP to the persons wanting to connect to it.
6) if you're behind a router, and using a local network IP scheme, then you need to setup port forwarding on the router.

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Old 04-05-06, 01:46 PM
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Take a look at FileZilla

http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...group_id=21558

Both Client and Server are free and work well.

If someone is going to FTP files to you, then you need to run the server software and setup an account for them.

They need to run the client software and use the account info and IP info to connect to you and transfer the file (you stated above that it worked with email, it does not, this has actually nothing to do with email)

You will need to setup the server end so that your IP address is visable on the internet. There are various obsticles in your path on this one depending on how you are connected and how secure you are (FTP is not secure in any way)
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I warned everyone I had no clue

Cool. Thanks for the info everyone. I think this covers everything I need. Although it's free, I still need a dedicated drive just for them to dump to/pull from.
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You don't necessarily need a dedicated drive... Just a directory on the drive..
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Could anyone please recommend the best *FREE* ftp server? I am using CesarFTPd now but it's discontinued and lacks of XCRC feature.

Features I need:
. unlimited users/connections;
. user quota, upload/download ratio;
. ban IPs;
. virtual directories;
. Windows NT service;
. XCRC site feature.

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