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    FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    My buddy and I are constantly transferring stuff back and forth, whether it's pictures, music, stuff for college, etc... but he lives 10 miles away and jumpdrives often aren't the best option.

    I figured it'd be neat for him and I to set up an FTP setup. Is there anyway we can do that with being 10 miles apart?

    It'd just be easier for me to drop 900 vacation pictures on a folder in que and have him go home, hit download, and bam... he downloads the pictures I just sent him without the need for external hdd's of any sort.

    Is this possible? I opened FileZilla, but oddly enough I have never touched FTP despite my experience with computers. I'm sort of clueless...

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    Install GProFTPD, a GUI frontend WITH the FTP server. It's available in the Ubuntu repository, so just straight forward click through. Then set it up (done in GUI), make a user account for your "buddy", tune up some security settings, and you're done.

    Can't believe I just installed this server to answer your question. But yeah, worth it. Good luck.
    ...and ideas are bulletproof, Mr. Creedy.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    What XP based FTP client would you recommend for him to use? He has Ubuntu, however, it doesn't recognize his wireless, so that partition is just kind of sitting idle right now... leaving XP to be his main.

    P.S. - Although I appreciate your help, I'm still confused. As I said, I've never used FTP before. -ever-

    Tune this up, little of that, check this box over here... what?
    Last edited by Roasted; June 16th, 2008 at 01:17 AM.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    there is a good ftp server howto linked in my sig. it's a bit of work, but i did end up with a working ftp server after i was finished with the howto.

    here is a good windows ftp client: http://filezilla-project.org/

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    Dude, FTP is not some crazily confusing stuff, and plus you got the GUI, just look at it.

    Filezilla would be a good client for him on xp
    ...and ideas are bulletproof, Mr. Creedy.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by unicorn_2003_1 View Post
    Dude, FTP is not some crazily confusing stuff, and plus you got the GUI, just look at it.

    Filezilla would be a good client for him on xp
    I am looking at it. But what is required to get this set up? I set up an account name for my buddy, okay, check. Password for him? Got it.

    But a few questions remain. The default directory seems to be under /var... which is in root. Do I have to move the FTP files to that dir to transfer them? Or is it safe to change it to /home/jason/music if I want to give him access to all of my music?

    Also - How does his FTP machine even connect to mine? I see no way for them connecting based off of the information I've read about and been given here.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    I have gproftpd set up myself. It really is pretty simple once you have it installed. Type your public ip address into the server box. Then give your friend a call, tell him to type it into a web browser preceded by ftp://, or filezilla, and away you go.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ddixonr View Post
    I have gproftpd set up myself. It really is pretty simple once you have it installed. Type your public ip address into the server box. Then give your friend a call, tell him to type it into a web browser preceded by ftp://, or filezilla, and away you go.
    Isn't an internal IP address needed? I have 6 computers on my LAN here... I thought you'd need an internal as well for the sake of knowing which computer it routes to.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    You'll need to setup your router to forward whatever port your FTP server uses to the computer running your FTP server (look for an option called "Port Forwarding" on the router config page). Then give your friend your external IP address.

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    Re: FTP. FileZilla. Friend's house 10 miles away. Possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roasted View Post
    I am looking at it. But what is required to get this set up? I set up an account name for my buddy, okay, check. Password for him? Got it.

    But a few questions remain. The default directory seems to be under /var... which is in root. Do I have to move the FTP files to that dir to transfer them? Or is it safe to change it to /home/jason/music if I want to give him access to all of my music?

    Also - How does his FTP machine even connect to mine? I see no way for them connecting based off of the information I've read about and been given here.
    look at this howto for how to setup your ftp server: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=79588 it DOES include information on how to change the directory where files are shared to/from, as well as how to provide for the correct permissions so that you can read and write at your user level.

    security wise, you're best off keeping your files and your ftp directory separate. that way, your friend (or someone else) can't accidentally delete all your music.

    here's some good directions on how to configure your router to forward ports: http://portforward.com/routers.htm
    Last edited by dmizer; June 16th, 2008 at 03:49 AM.

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