Set-up FTP server on a WIFI Hard Drive

Posted on 2006-04-15
Last Modified: 2011-04-14

I have bought a conceptronic ( Wireless Hard drive which is essentially an Access Point with a built-in HDD. I can connect to it with my PC, Laptop, and PocketPC because it comes out as an accesspoint when i search for wireless networks.

My question is can I use this drive as an FTP Server so i can access the stuff on it through the internet (say from the office) WITHOUT IT BEING ATTACHED TO MY PC?

Since it has it's own power adapter, as long as it is plugged in and connected to a Wireless ADSL Router that is always connected to the internet, can I access the files in it from anywhere else there is an internet connection?

Here's the exact link to the HDD :
Question by:jorgev333
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    This will give you your internet IP, which you must access  from remote locations. I am assuming that the  DSL that you have is connected to this device directly. If this is the case, then that website will give you the IP you need. I looked through the manual briefly and it seems as if all you need to do is connect to your IP and it is already configured to listen on the ftp port (port 20). Check through the device settings to see if you need to enable FTP.

    Otherwise you shouldn't have to do anything else

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    I check at the site you said and it gave something like as the IP address.

    But isn't this the IP Address of my Router? My router (Wireless Router) has only 1 RJ-45 Jack and this is where I connect my Network Printer. I connect wirelessly from the PC to the router.

    Can I install a normal 8port hub directly to my Router (which uses DHCP) then just connect my PC, the Wireless HDD, and the Printer to that hub?

    Will the IP address that i get from (which i think is the router IP) allow me to access the HDD network drive as long as i know the correct "\\DEVICENAME\PATH" network thingy?

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    So how is this configured, I think I am confused.

    So if the HD is a WAP then you have 2, right? The router and the HD.

    I would connect the Router to the ADSL, and then the HD to the router. This way the HD is behind the firewall, giving more security. From there, you would access the console of the router and forward port 21 to the IP of the HD.

    Then when you connect to the internet IP, it will hit the wireless router which forwards that packet internally to the HD.

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    Okay, I will try everything this weekend and inform you by then, thanks a lot....

    Is it okay if there is a HUB between the Router and the HD? My router only has 1 network port and I have 3 network devices to connect.

    Anyway, will update you.
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    Yeah a hub is no problem. Those things are dummy devices.

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    Sorry it doesn't work. Here is what I did.

    My Router is It has DHCP enabled.

    Because of DHCP, the CPU (which is connected Wirelessly to the router) is assigned

    The Hard Drive is connected to the Router via RJ-45 and is assigned

    I tried and got 82.XXX.XX.XXX

    I opened an FTP Program (CuteFTP) and entered 82.XXX.XX.XXX and got the following:

    STATUS:>        Getting listing ""...
    STATUS:>        Connecting to FTP server (ip =
    STATUS:>        Socket connected. Waiting for welcome message...
                220 (vsFTPd 2.0.3)
    STATUS:>        Connected. Authenticating...
    COMMAND:>      USER anonymous
                230 Login successful.
    STATUS:>        Login successful.
    COMMAND:>      PWD
                257 "/"
    STATUS:>        Home directory: /
    COMMAND:>      FEAT
                 REST STREAM
                211 End
    STATUS:>        This site supports features.
    STATUS:>        This site supports SIZE.
    STATUS:>        This site can resume broken downloads.
    COMMAND:>      REST 0
                350 Restart position accepted (0).
    COMMAND:>      PASV
                227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,0,12,227,46)
    COMMAND:>      LIST
    STATUS:>        Substituting received PASV address to server address
    STATUS:>        Connecting FTP data socket
    ERROR:>         The connection failed due to an error or timeout.
                1) Verify that the destination IP address is correct.
                2) Increase the connection timeout threshold under Global Settings | Connection.
                3) Switch to the opposite data connection type (PASV or PORT) under Site Settings | Type tab.
                4) Verify that the problem is not local by trying to connect to an alternate server.
                5) If a server name was used, verify it resolves to the correct address.
                6) If using a local server table for server name resolution, check to see that it doesn't resolve to an obsolete address.
                7) Try pinging the address.
                8) If you are using a router, verify the router is up and running (check by pinging it and then ping an address outside of the router).
                9) Do a traceroute to the destination to verify all routers along the connection path are operational.
                10) Verify that your subnet mask is setup properly.
                11) Verify that your local software or hardware firewall is not blocking outbound connections originating from CuteFTP.
                12) Verify that your anti-virus software is not at fault (try disabling it).
    ERROR:>         PASV failed, trying PORT.
    STATUS:>        Waiting 0 seconds...
    STATUS:>        Getting listing "/"...
    STATUS:>        Connecting to FTP server (ip =
    STATUS:>        Socket connected. Waiting for welcome message...
                421 There are too many connections from your internet address.
    ERROR:>         Service unavailable. Try again later.
    STATUS:>        Waiting 30 seconds...

    Am I doing anything wrong?

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