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I have windowsXP, a Dlink router 604 and a cable connection. I would like a friend of mine to download and upload  files from my computer to his computer. I have the file in a folder called Dave. I only want him to beable to access that one folder and nothing else on my computer.How can i set that up. I need step by step instructions. I know something about computers but i am a rookie to networking. Thanks for your help. bobby
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I would recommend using an FTP server application for this purpose.  There are several freeware/shareware solutions available.  This would enable you to control access to a specific folder, as well as using user/password protection.  The configuration of the Dlink router should also be fairly simple -- you just open TCP 20 & 21 to the internal host.

I have had good success using Cerberus: http://www.cerberusftp.com

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ok how do i set it up
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my friend is 50 miles away. He has a cable connection an i have a cable connection. We both have routers connected to the land used as firewall. What i need is for him to acess my computer over the land and though my router. thanks
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Download and install an FTP server application.  Configure the FTP server to allow access to the specific folder you want to share -- you can even set that as the root folder for the remote user account to make things easy.  I do not know the details for your Dlink router, but you will probably need to make your PC a "DMZ" host, then allow TCP 20 & 21 in from the Internet.  The remote user can use the command prompt to ftp to your system (ftp <your.ip.address.here>) or IE (ftp://<your.ip.address.here>).

Please see the configuration help for your Dlink router and read the help documentation with the FTP server application of your choice.  If you have a second PC at home, you can test to make sure that the FTP is working locally before attempting the router/Internet side of the equation.
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thanks I installed Cerberus FTP Server and firgue out the router problem. All my friend has to do is type in a ftp adderess enter a name an password i set up and hes in downloading and uploading files from specific folder. One other question about security. If my friend was a hacker and he in my computer in that folder can he get to the rest of my computer files? Or does Cerberus prevents that? The only other way i can think of stoping hackers is to block access in the router when not transferring files.
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Only if the FTP server application is vulnerable to an attack of some sort would a hacker be able to access more than what you specify.  I would enable/disable FTP into the network as needed, just to be sure, but you are fairly safe if you limit traffic to FTP only and keep the application up to date with any patches, etc.
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thanks again you ruddg get the points this question is closed
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