Connecting to an FTP Server

Connection information for all types of servers is maintained in the Address Book.  The initial installation of Beyond FTP includes a default address book with one Beyond FTP server and two FTP servers.  The FTP server entries connect to our server and a public Microsoft server.  The tutorial entry Testing Your Installation guides you through the steps of connecting to one of APTís servers.  This will work if you have direct access to the Internet.  If you must first dial an ISP, then do this before performing the test.  If your access is protected by a firewall or proxy server, read the next paragraph.  Otherwise you may skip to Adding an FTP Server below.

Firewalls and Proxy Servers

Firewall and/or proxy server traversal for FTP servers is governed by the settings of the FTP Connection tab in the Beyond FTP Options dialogue.  There is a tutorial topic that steps you through setting the fields in this dialogue.  There are several standard Internet Connection Types.  In addition, you may configure non-standard proxy servers using the Proxy User Template and Proxy Password Template.  These templates allow you to specify the form required by the firewall or proxy server for delivering information to the target FTP server.

Adding an FTP Server

A new FTP server entry is added to the Address Book by following the steps in the tutorial.  You may choose any name for your entry that is less than 28 characters long.  This is the name that you will use in scripts to identify this server, so brevity is an advantage.  Click the FTP Server check box to tell Beyond FTP that this is an entry for a standard FTP server.  The only required field is the Server Address.  This is the Internet address of the FTP server.  Once this is set, you can click OK and test the address by double clicking the entry in the address book tree.  Beyond FTP will attempt to call the FTP server and perform an anonymous login.  If this works, double click again to display the dummy drive and again to display directories for the anonymous user.

You may wish to set a User ID and Password for your FTP entry.  These fields are enabled when Anonymous Login is cleared.  This information is provided to the FTP server when connecting.  There are also several advanced fields that may require your attention.  If you are receiving error 13002 when opening the directory level it may be because the FTP server will not operate in PASV mode.  Clear the PASV Mode field.  You may also wish to clear the Convert file times from GMT to local time field to force the display of the same times as the FTP server.

If you are still having trouble with the connection, see the next topic on troubleshooting.