Mini How To: Host an FTP Server

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stradric

You have DymDNS.org up there, but I believe it's DynDNS.org.  m -> n.  I like no-ip.com as well.  There's even a no-ip DUC tool out there that runs as a service in windows and keeps your dynamic IP in sync with no-ip.com.

FileZilla is cool, but I still prefer good ol' Serv-U.  FileZilla is definitely better than using IIS for FTP, that's for sure.  FTP is actually kind of insecure being that it doesn't use SSL.

I used to run a pretty busy FTP server in college, but that's died down.  Now having an FTP server is annoying on my PC.  I primarily use Dropbox for sharing files now.  But that doesn't cut it if I want to share my DVD library with my friends.  For that I'll actually open up a port and use uTorrent to create private torrents and take advantage of its built-in tracker.  It may not be too efficient, but it sure is reliable.

I'd like to see a hybrid protocol from bittorrent.  The idea is essentially that you would have a "torrent cluster" or "super torrent" where each element in the cluster is its own torrent.  That way you could dynamically add content to the torrent instead of having to completely rehash to torrent and generate and publish a new file every time you want to add new content.  It's a bit beyond my capabilities to create at this point.  But I think it's a good idea to evolve the tremendous potential of bittorrent.

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erclark93

What do you do if you have a dynamic IP address though? I'm trying to create a way for me to access files from my computer at school and vice versa.  does this mean i have to install filezilla at school too?

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stradric

Author mentions DynDNS.org.  I added no-ip.com.  Accessing files from school, use Dropbox.  You can upload files from the web and they will automatically sync to any PC or Mac where dropbox is installed.

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erclark93

wait sorry i misspoke, i meant if i don't have a dynamic IP

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stradric

If you have a static IP, then you just have to write that IP down or memorize it.  You can still get a free domain name from DynDNS.org or no-ip.com to make it easier to remember.

Or you can avoid the whole FTP issue altogether and just use Dropbox or even google docs.  Use my referral links and you get an additional 250MB: http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTEyNzU5Nzk

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Havok

Funny. My sister and brother in law need a whole bunch of photos sent to them via the interwebs. Suddenly, Maximum PC throws this article up on their site. You guys have got to stop knowing what I'm looking for in advance. It's creeping me out. It's like Gordon is standing next to me shouting obscenities all the time...

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