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Networking Questions and Answers - How to Send Files to a Remote Computer Over the Internet

Jeff writes in with a networking question
Question:How do I configure a folder on a server computer that I will send an FTP file to from my laptop which will be pitch side at sports venues?

Answer: In order to setup an FTP site you will need to have a static IP address or at least a dynamic IP address that doesn't change very often on the server end. Then on the server side you will need a router or other device that can translate your public IP address from you ISP to your internal private IP address of your server using NAT (Network Address Translation). Once you get this setup you can configure IIS on your server (assuming its Windows) to run an FTP site.

Another option which would be easier but not free is to use a service such as LogMeIn. It allows you to remotely connect to your server or other computer over the internet from anywhere. You can remote control it as if you weresitting in front of it. They have a free version but it only allows remote control. The Pro and other versions allow you to transfer files and do remote printing etc. Its only $50\year and it works great. I use it on a daily basis.


You can try the free version to see how you like it. All you need to do is install the client on the server and a web browser plugin on your laptop and you are done.

 



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