[clug] FTP Server Question

Ian Bardsley ifb777 at tpg.com.au
Tue Aug 12 11:49:41 GMT 2008

G'Day again list members

My sincere thanks to all those who chipped in with advise on this issue.

Considering all of the advise and options, I have opted for the SFTP 
route.  A flurry of E-mails across the Pacific has resulted in WINSCP 
being installed on our girls notebook ( a Windows Machine ) and after a 
couple of false starts the first batch of photos arrived about 40 
minutes ago.

Yet again I find myself amazed at how simple this was to set up once the 
mechanism was understood by this "little black duck".  The contribution 
of you all was invaluable in pointing me in the right direction.

Thanks again to all

Kind regards

Ian Bardsley

Ian Bardsley wrote:
> G'Day List
> I have managed to totally confuse myself with this.
> I have a daughter working in South America who has a large number of 
> digital photos that she wants to send back to us.  My thought was to 
> set up an FTP server here and let her transfer the files via that 
> medium a chunk at a time back to Oz.  This seemed simple.  I googled 
> around and found about a hundred different ways to do this, picked the 
> one that seemed to be explained the best and embarked on the exercise 
> of setting up the server using vsftpd.
> Now I'm in the situation of having a working ftp server that operates 
> fine within my little home network but cannot be accessed from the web.
> I have forwarded port 21 to the server IP on my router,  I have 
> allowed service for port 21 via Firestarter but when a mate at another 
> location tries to connect it appears that the connection is made and 
> then dropped within 5 seconds.
> Now, I have googled this extensively and found another hundred threads 
> none of which offer a common explanation of the potential cause of 
> this problem.  I see some suggestion that it is necessary to open 
> ports 49000 to 65500 as well as port 21  but  I see no explanation as 
> to why  this would be necessary.  My ISP does not block Port 21 (or 
> any other port for that matter). So I am now confused probably from 
> too much information.
> I am hoping now that the collective wisdom of the list may be able to 
> shed some light on this situation and perhaps point me in the 
> direction of a solution as this has yet again become a challenge.
> My thanks in anticipation of your input
> Regards to all
> Ian Bardsley

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