Firstly my disclaimer...I am not well informed on FTP and networking in general.
Having said that, here is my situation:
I have 3 computers in my house all hooked together with Ethernet.
My exernal internet is via cable and the cable runs into a Motorola Cable Modem.
The Cable Modem runs into a Symantec Firewall VPN/100 (required by my work so I can access my office files).
The Symanted Firewall VPN/100 runs into and Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router and the ethernet connections for the three computers plug into the Router.
My 3 computers are:
My computer - Windows XP Pro
My wife's computer - Windows XP Home Edition
My kid's computer - Apple IMAC running OSX 10.3
All three computers can access the network seemlessly.
I can FTP into the Apple from either Windows machine.
I can FTP into the internet world from all three computers (i.e. my external website full of pics).
The two Windows computers share files seemlessly.
I cannot FTP into either Windows machine from my Apple or from the other Windows machine.
I cannot Share files with my IMAC (but I can FTP there so not a huge deal).
As far as I can tell (but I will defer myself to the experts), I have configured the Windows machine to allow FTP.
When I try to FTP into my XP Pro from one of the other computers, I immediately get a "Connection Refused Error" message.
When I try to FTP into my wife's XP Home from one of the other computers, I get (after a few seconds), an 'Unknown error number"
I can ping any machine from any location.
So...my question is: How do I FTP into my Windows machines from the other machines. At one point in the past, I could actually mount my shared Windows XP Pro (when it was a XP Home machine and before the SYmantec VPN firewall) files onto my IMAC but I lost that capability.
Both the IMAC and my machine have been upgraded recently and the Symanted VPN Firewall is pretty new...but I look at the cabling and all of my issues seem to be after this Firewall (remember the Firewall runs into the router which then runs into my machines).
Oh yeah, when I installed the Symanted VPN device, all of my internal IP addresses changed. No big deal, I can still ping them but I can't do what I described above.
Any thoughts and any help would be appreciated.