How do I get my FTP server working?

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Resident

I have an FTP server I just setup using Filezilla using these instructions (http://www.howtogeek.com/140352/how-to-host-an-ftp-server-on-windows-with-filezilla/) I am able to access it using ftp://(My IP Address):(Port it's listening on) but only on the pc I made it on. I sent my friend the link to try & he couldn't get it to connect in the browser. Anyone have an idea as to what could be causing this?

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Servers are not permitted on Telus residential internet connections. It's in the terms of service. Telus blocks specific ports used by servers including FTP ports.

The How To Geek article only describes how to set up a local server for use within a home network (192.168.*) but not about getting it to work over the internet.


See: https://wiki.filezilla-project.org/FAQ#FileZilla_Server_FAQ


If you want it to possibly work, as unsecure as it is (you need SFTP, not FTP), change the port number the server uses to some random one between 1000 and 65535 (higher is better). Then you'll need to ensure the port forwarding on your router is updated to ensure traffic is routed there correctly, unless you are using one of Telus' gateways then you may be out of luck.


Why not just use something like OneDrive etc? It's more secure and doesn't put your PC at risk.


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For what I need it for it pretty much will need to be FTP, and if Telus doesn't support them, why is there direct options for FTP within my Telus router?

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That's because it's a router. They have many options. Doesn't mean they'll work to your external connection or that the Actiontec will even do the port forwarding (common issue). I never said Telus didn't support them, just that you aren't permitted to host a server on your own connection and certain ports are blocked. They've had this rule in place for years now and it's been publically disclosed on their website for a long time. If you have a business class connection, you can run all the servers you want. Just not on residential.


TOS: http://www.telus.com/en/bc/get-help/service-terms/ffh/internet-access-service-terms/support.do

Blocked Ports: http://telus.com/portalWeb/portlets/popUp/popUp.jsp?docPath=CP_SCS/General/Internet/High_Speed/Gener...


If you do risk running an FTP server be sure to invest in a really good firewall on your PC. FTP sends usernames and passwords in clear text.


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