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problem with ftp server

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i have lots of problems with setting up my ftp server. please enlighten me cos im quite pc illiterate.

mine is a dynamic ip and i've tried to get it to become a static ip by going to the control panel and specifying the ip at the tcp/ip settings, but somehow the ip still seems to be dynamic when i test it out on the net, is there something else that i can do manually by myself?

i've downloaded a server software (guildftpd) and a ftp client (smartftp). and i've set up the server, but smartftp only connects successfully when i type localhost ( in the address bar and the server cannot be accessed from an external internet browser (in which case i typed ftp://(ip address--the one i tried to specify as static ip):21(<--port), am i supposed to type the address like this?).

is it a must to register a domain name in order for me to set up a file server that is accessible from another computer?

is dns necessary? (cos i have no idea how to use it)

how other else can i set a file server on a computer with a dynamic ip without dns?

i'm using win me so i dont think i have IIS, if that concerns anything. and i have no idea what a router is.

Edited by 1noni, 06 August 2005 - 10:32 AM.

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