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marvinmatthew

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#1 12 years ago

I'm just more or less curious to know if I'm gonna have the capability to create the server, and if I can, how to go about doing it.

So, sometime tomarow night, I'm going to be the owner of a new computer, a Pentium II, 400mhz, w/256megs of ram. This is the computer that I'd like to setup as a server.

I own/use a router, and the new computer would be connected via a wire to the router.

However, I'd like to not have to purchase a domain name, or get a second IP address from my ISP.

Is it possible to setup the server with the parameters I've given?




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#2 12 years ago

what is your band with like? you would want 2mbit upload minamum or ill be slow.




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#3 12 years ago

marvinmatthewI'm just more or less curious to know if I'm gonna have the capability to create the server, and if I can, how to go about doing it.

So, sometime tomarow night, I'm going to be the owner of a new computer, a Pentium II, 400mhz, w/256megs of ram. This is the computer that I'd like to setup as a server.

I own/use a router, and the new computer would be connected via a wire to the router.

However, I'd like to not have to purchase a domain name, or get a second IP address from my ISP.

Is it possible to setup the server with the parameters I've given?

That'll be more than adequate for a simple FTP setup, however I doubt you'll be able to have more than a few active connections at any one time...

As for the hostname/IP problem, just use a dynamic DNS service such as this. This will give you your own free hostname which will automatically synchronise with your IP address via a small update program.




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#4 12 years ago

Or you could reserve a port on your network specifically for the FTP server. The standard port for FTP is 21, but if you ever need to use an FTP program on any other computer on your network, this will cause problems, so it's best to use a port not used by anything else (usually ports above 50,000 and below 65,536 are fine).

What you do is tell your router to forward all packets on port X to the internal IP address of the FTP server on the network, so if your external IP address (the one the Internet can see) is 60.60.60.60, and your FTP server's port is 55,000, anyone connecting to 60.60.60.60:55000 with an FTP protocol will meet your server.




marvinmatthew

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#5 12 years ago

I truly appreciate all of your responces. As it turns out, I won't get the coomputer until tomarow (thur) night, so I'll set it up over the weekend, and see how it goes.




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#6 12 years ago

Alright, so I've got the computer setup running WinXP SP2, and I've run into some troubles.....

I've regestered at the site recomended by Rookie (dyndns.com), and I've created a domain name (it's marvinmatthew.homeftp.org). Now whenever I enter this web address into my browser, I get prompted for my routers login info, and once I enter the login info, it brings be to my routers configuration menu.

So, how exactly do I configure it to connect to the computer on my network that I want it to?




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#7 12 years ago

That's strange. You shouldn't be reaching your router configuration page unless your router is broadcasting on port 80, which it shouldn't be.

Can you give us a snapshot of your router configuration page (black out any personal stuff if you want) so we can tell you where to go to forward ports?




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#8 12 years ago

marvinmatthewAlright, so I've got the computer setup running WinXP SP2, and I've run into some troubles.....

I've regestered at the site recomended by Rookie (dyndns.com), and I've created a domain name (it's marvinmatthew.homeftp.org). Now whenever I enter this web address into my browser, I get prompted for my routers login info, and once I enter the login info, it brings be to my routers configuration menu.

So, how exactly do I configure it to connect to the computer on my network that I want it to?

That happened to me the first time I set up my DynDNS with my router. To solve it simply forward the appropriate FTP ports to the server's internal IP address. Some routers also have a Remote Access feature which broadcasts on Port 80. (Well, mine did anyway.) If yours has a similar feature, make sure to disable it.

Just to clarify - you are typing in ftp:// as opposed to http:// in your browser when attempting to connect to the server, aren't you?




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#9 12 years ago

Rookie_42That happened to me the first time I set up my DynDNS with my router. To solve it simply forward the appropriate FTP ports to the server's internal IP address. Some routers also have a Remote Access feature which broadcasts on Port 80. (Well, mine did anyway.) If yours has a similar feature, make sure to disable it.

Just to clarify - you are typing in ftp:// as opposed to http:// in your browser when attempting to connect to the server, aren't you?

Yup, you nailed it there. My router was configuered to use remote administration on port 80, and I didn't know that I had to enter the "ftp" letters instead of the "http." Ooops my bad. Lemme give it a try and report back.




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#10 12 years ago

Alright, so when I input "ftp://(my IP address):80" What happens is that FireFox continues to load the page, with nothing happening, It just loads forever.




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