setting up home FTP, is it possible?

By jungle5150 ยท 4 replies
Feb 26, 2002
  1. home ftp, is it possible?

    hey all. i am kinda playing w/ the idea of making an ftp out of my house. my router says it can be done but i have no idea. in fact, all i do is surf the net, i dont no how it works or anything bout ftp. anybody got a site or some suggestions?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    yes it is possible, I have one set up right now.

    G-6 Ftp and Serv-u are 2 examples of programs you would need to do this, and there are several more, I'm sure some are better than others under certain circumstances. I'd check out and see what they have to offer for FTP server software.

    Once you get one they are fairly straight foward to set up.

    Also Windows 2000 and Windows XP (not sure about NT4) also have this capability built in. Its under Add remove windows componets, somethign along the lines of FTP and internet management.

    Post back with any problems and I'm sure we can help.
  3. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 100   +10

  4. Ion Hunter

    Ion Hunter TS Rookie

    Ah, here's the scoop friend.

    Head over here to find what your looking for under their "freeware" section.

    I would suggest GuildFTP Server, Cerberus FTP Server, or CesarFTP Server.

    Second, you need to open the config manager on your router. Typical routers use a local address of to configure their settings. Some however may use an independent program to configure it. Either way, open it and find the section for routing address's to port numbers. Enter in the IP address your FTP server will be located on and then the port number you are going to use. Typical FTP servers are default to port 21. Also check the manufactures web site for firmware upgrades for your router and/or software upgrades. If you run into some problems like I did with my NetGear router, then there are other options.

    If you can not get your router to properly route FTP requests to your FTP server, then another solution would be to install 2 NIC cards. Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP both support duel NIC cards and are fairly easy to setup. If you need help, and this is indeed the way you want to go, then feel free to send me a private message and I'll help you out.
  5. Prelapsarian

    Prelapsarian TS Rookie

    What you need:

    - FTP server
    - Forward port on router to PC

    For an FTP server there's a large number available. Most are not free. If you can, stay away from the ones built into Windows (2k Pro, XP Pro, and the servers). They are lacking in features compared to other ones that you can get...

    What internet access do you have? DSL or cable? The more your IP changes, the more difficult it is to host an FTP properly. Not only that, if your router is the one that connects to the internet, most dynamic IP services won't work, you'd have to go to their page and enter your IP manually for people to get to you. Say you go to and you get the name of from them. In order for that name to work, they have to have your IP. They have a piece of software that runs on your computer, but if the router is the one that connects, not your computer, then you go to their site and enter your IP into a form and it gets updated...

    With all that in mind, you need to host files. So, you need to have some space on your hard drive(s). Something else you will need to keep in mind is to not allow anonymous writing to your FTP. If you do, you could end up losing all your hard drive space in hidden and undeletable directories.

    Hmm... I'm not sure what else to say. There's a number of other things to think about, but you don't need to think about them until after you figure out how to get your router to work and your IP/name. You can try as many different FTP servers as you like, once you find one that you like, keep using that one.
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