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proftpd/internet explorer 'getting contents of folder' timeout error

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When someone tries to connect to my ftp server using internet explorer it times out with 'getting contents of folder'

using the ftp command from dos doesn't show any problems (proftpd asks for username and password and allows the user to log in and use any available ftp commands).  Only change that has been made since the time it worked is putting the ftpserver behind a linksys router.  From the router, ports 20 and 21(tcp and udp) are forwarded to the ftpserver.

The proftp logs show successful connections and nothing more.
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That sounds like IE trying to use PASV mode and ProFTPD & your Linksys aren't configured to allow that. What you'll want to do is to configure ProFTPD to use a limited range of the ephemeral TCP ports, say 50000-65535, and configure the Linksys to forward that port range to your FTP server. To limit ProFTPD's PASV port range you'll need to include something like:

PassivePorts 50000 65535

in the global section.
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jlevie,

Your suggestion combined with the addition of 'MasqueradeAddress xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx' into proftpd.conf (http://www.castaglia.org/proftpd/doc/contrib/ProFTPD-mini-HOWTO-NAT.txt) worked.

Thanks for your help.
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So I added this to my proftpd.conf file, then changed the firewall.

# Restrict the range of ports from which the server will select when sent the
# PASV command from a client. Use IANA-registered ephemeral port range of
# 49152-65534
PassivePorts 49152 65534
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