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Starting my own FTP Server

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I use windows 98.  Can you please tell, the best and easiest way to start my own FTP server on my home PC so i can share files with others without being restrained with EMail attachement limits etc. to send files across.

Preferably a free service.

Thanks !

pceasy

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Do you plan on doing this for a home network, or across the Internet (I'm guessing you mean across the Internet)?

How do you connect to the Internet (dial up, DSL, cable, etc)?

If you connect through an ISP, chances are you don't have a static IP address.  If you don't have a static IP address, your friends won't be able to find your computer, because your ISP will give you a new IP address each time you logon on.  This leaves you with 2 options:
1. Call your ISP and ask for a static IP address (a pay service) or
2. Look into a dynamic DNS name: http://www.dyndns.org

Then, you'll need to look into FTP server software.  I've never set up an FTP server as you've described, but I'd imagine that a Google search of "free FTP server software" would turn something up.

Your best bet, though, may be to look at free web storage.  http://www.xdrive.com is NOT free, but I hear it's pretty good.  If you want free, do a search for "free web storage."  This is probably how I would do things, but if you still want to set up an FTP server, I'm not trying to stop you.

If you have questions on anything, let me know.

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Hi John,

Thanks for writing. To answer you questions,

I am using a cable internet connection. Im not sure if that woudl give me a Static IP though. I have tried Web sborage sites but i believe they too have limits or file sizes. FTP is the fastest means of file trasnfer so i was wondering what i could do to get started on it.

Pceasy.
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If you're using cable, you probably don't already have a static IP.  As I mentioned above, you could probably talk to your ISP and ask for a static IP, if you're willing to pay for it.

(In case you don't have a networking background, here's an explanation:
1. You (theoretically) need a static IP so your friends can always find your computer by entering the same IP address.
2. ISPs have a range of IPs that they own, and each time someone signs on, the ISP randomly assigns them a new IP.  Chances are, it's different each time.)

Now, a way around this is DynDNS (http://www.dyndns.org).  DynDNS gives you a free domain name, something like pceasy.dyndns.org.  Then, each time you sign on to your cable connection, you tell DynDNS your new IP address, and it connects it to your domain name (I haven't used DynDNS yet, but I understand this is a fairly simple process).  So, each time your friends type ftp://pceasy.dyndns.org, they're connected to your computer.

Well, after that's settled, you'll need an FTP server.  I looked around and found this one: http://www.warftp.org/  It's open source (and therefore free), and it looks like it's supposed to be very good.
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