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pteri

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I've created an FTP server using Filezilla so that me and my friends can download/upload various files to and from my old laptop. I logged on fine with Classic FTP and the Filezilla client yesterday and have done nothing since, but now I can not log on. The connection times out.

I've port forwarded port 21 and configured Kaspersky to allow everything. The server goes on and off a lot, but I don't get why.

I am using DynDNS, so my friends don't know my IP address. I'm clueless about IP address changes, but DynDNS has a program which updates my host everytime my IP changes. I can't log on if I just use my IP address either.

Cheers, Pteri

Edited by pteri, 14 July 2009 - 02:17 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Many ISPs are fussy about allowing traffic to home servers as the majority of them are actually against the terms and conditions of the service. This is more likely an ISP issue.
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Yeah, FTP has been very awkward, so I'm giving up.

Are there any other ways of sharing files between far away computers?
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Realistically the internet connection will be the limiting factor.
If your ISP has terms and conditions that prohibit sharing files in a server fashion (which is effectively what you want to do), then nothing you do will be of any benefit.

There are plenty of online storage services, free and paid, that would do what you want. Upload your stuff to one of them.
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Port Forwarding for FTP usually involves forwarding more than just port 21, you should try toggling between active FTP and passive FTP in your FTP client.
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i'm with neil....the easiest way is going to be the online storage route...assuming you're not sharing massive amounts of files.. i use dropbox for my small files etc.. you can have private files and public files so it's handy for easy access everywhere

also...opening up ports in your router/firewall by portforwarding opens up security risks on your computer...one of the most heavily targeted ports for random/unattended port scanning by infected machines is port 21 because MOST people who are running their own FTP servers ARE NOT running them securely
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