How do I configure an FTP server?

Posted on 2011-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Canon EOS 7D with a wireless file transmitter, model WFT-E5A.   Ho do I set up an FTP server in my computer so images download automatically?
Question by:DoctorK12008
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    Do you have a pc or a mac?

    If you have a pc you can install the IIS server which is a free windows component.  There are tons of web pages that will help you set this up.  

    You might also consider FileZilla Server.  It is open source and has decent help file but the support is via a forum so, depending on your technical level you might find this frustrating.

    If your camera is the only thing that will connect to it, you might also consider the Gene6 FTP server.  It is free to use for 1 client and might be a little easier to do the setup than IIS.  You can buy a ~$60 license and get 1 year tech support .

    Since you have such a nice camera, it wouldn't surprise me if this is a business expense... in that case it might be worth money to go with one of the more expensive FTP Server packages where the vendor makes a remote connection to your computer and does the installation and configuration for you.  Companies typically don't advertise this service but if you call and talk to a salesman instead of just buying it online you can find ones that will do the install for free or low cost to close the deal.  Robo-FTP Server was offering this deal at one point.

    If you have a mac then look at this:

    Here is a step-by-step on setting up the camera to talk to the server once you get the server going:

    Author Comment

    I have a PC running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.   I would like to use the IIS server in Windows.   It is enabled, but I still cannot connect to it.   I followed the step-by-step instructions in your link.   Everything seems to be fine (the LAN light on the WFT blinks green) until I get to the last step.   There is an error message Err 41 "Cannot connect to FTP server".   Can you suggest a web page where I can get instructions to configure the FTP server?
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    personally i like winftp server as a good simple product.
    also - make sure the ftp port 21 is not blocked on your firewall.

    for testing - i would find it easier to test from another pc on your network using something like cuteftp client or coreftp - to confirm you can get a connection and transfer files
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    Here is another video that might shed some light:

    Are you trying to connect to a computer directly, or to an FTP server via a wireless router?  The difference would be in setting up your connection as "ad-hoc" (in the first case) or "infrastructure" (in the second case).  If your connection works OK, but you just can't get access to an ftp server, then test your server this way:

    1.  Try accessing your ftp server and logging in from another computer.  If that works, then you know that your ftp server is set up correctly and accepting logins.

    2.  If #1 didn't work, the issue is on the server side and needs to be addressed before continuing.

    3.  If #1 did work, then the problem is in the ftp connection configuration in your camera and could have to do with anonymous login vs. username/password or something like that.  

    Try #1 and report back here and then we can figure out what to test next.

    Author Closing Comment

    The problem was with the login for the FTP server.   I modified the settings in WIndows Firewall to allow the FTP connection on port 21.   Once I logged in as Administrator on the domain, I was able to connect.   Setting the camera to this login and password did the trick.   Thank to both of you for your help.   It was mainly the suggestion to connect from another computer and test the FTP login that cracked it.

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