|guapo, thanks for your response and questions. My reply may be a bit wordy but will add a little background as to why I am even trying to use FTP in the first place for passing files to and from friends and clients.|
I can do the file transfers via the method in my previous discussion, due to the fact I have a web site, in my case, hosted by Network Solutions. My web hosting package allows me to have a web site as large as 300GB. My site currently is very small, less than 0.1GB. Since I made my, very primitive, site on my computer, I used FTP to upload it and to make changes to it.
As it turned out, Network Solutions has a web hosting feature called SpaceManager that allows me to make folders that are made near but not in my web site that I could upload and download files into via their https interface. I would then initiate an invitation from within this SpaceManager Network Solutions program to the intended recipient via email. Once the recipient opens the email, it allows them to create a password, provides a URL, and allows them access to the folder(s) I allowed them to have read/write access to. Their User ID is automatically their email address.
I am going to keep this short because two issues came up using SpaceManager. One I could deal with, the other was a show stopper that resulted in numerous back and forth service contacts that never resolved. The first issue was the total size of all files was limited to a few GB. The second was my uploads would hang, small files seem to work, files over about 50MB rarely worked. So a 460MB .mp4 file I made from my time laps sky photographs, never made it. They finally told me my computer must have an issue. Then a client of mine sent me two 50MB .zip files via SpaceManager. When accessing them via the SpaceManager interface, one successfully downloaded but the other failed on two tries! So downloading also became an issue as well.
Back to the phone with Network Solutions. Finally they came up with the FTP solution. They list two suggestions of FTP programs on their web site. One is a 30day free trial for smartFTP and the other the totally free FileZilla. I already had a FTP User Account set up so I could update my website. My hosting package allows me to make up to 25 FTP User Accounts.
First I installed FileZilla and created a stored logon, using my already established FTP User Account to access my entire web hosting area. Bingo. Not only was I able to access my web site but also the folders made by SpaceManager! The first thing I did was download the file that failed to download in SpaceManager. Flawless and intact!
Next I found out, from a very helpful rep. at Network Solutions, that there was no problem at all utilizing unused space in my web site area to upload and download whatever I want in the same manor as I would maintaining my web site. He talked me through creating another FTP User Account that limited access to only one folder in my web site area. In fact once I specified the path to a nonexistent folder on my web site, it actually created the folder for me! Creating an FTP User Account also required me to make a FTP User ID, Password, as well as specify read/write privileges. In this case the default privileges allowed read and write which is what I wanted. Since the new folder is not linked to from any of my web site pages, it would not be accessible or seen by web site visitors.
To make this work I need to get my friend at the other end to download and install FileZilla Client (or other FTP Client) and talk them through on the phone how to set up a canned logon. In the case of FileZilla I have them do File->Site Manager, when the dialog box opens, they click on 'New Site'. In the General tab I have them enter for Host my FTP Server/Host Address, leave the Port blank, for Protocol have them select SFTP, select Logon Type 'Normal', for User I have them enter the FTP User ID I made for them and the same for the Password. They click OK, and bingo they have a canned logon. I think somewhere in there they name what their canned logon is called.
So far I have not made any changes in the other three tabs in the Site Manager. Also selecting Logon Type as 'Normal' was a guess on my part, but seems to work. In the interest of making this most secure, I am interested if other selections would be better choices on the other three tabs as well as the Logon Type.
My friend at his end opens FileZilla, drops down the box at the left end of the tool bar, selects the canned logon and it just logs them in to the specified folder I made for them on my web site. No PUT command, just upload and download.
guopo, I don't know what 'Go To My PC' is. And file sharing seems to not be any issue with the procedure I just described.