September 12, 2007 · General · Email This Post

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If you want to work with FTP server behind NAT use the following procedure.We have already discussed how to install proftpd server on ubuntu if you want to check click here .

Now you need to edit the proftpd configuration file using the following command

sudo vi /etc/proftpd.conf

at the end of the file add the following lines

PassivePorts 60000 60100

MasqueradeAddress SiteName.com
MasqueradeAddress xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

The PassivePorts command we entered there allows 100 concurrent connection which should be enough for most home users. Those are the ports we are going to have to forward to the FTP server on the router. Replace the xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with the routers public IP address

Restart the proftpd server using the following comamnd

sudo /etc/init.d/proftpd restart

Now we have to forward the PassivePorts on the router. Login to your router click on the advanced tab then the forwarding tab. Enter in the port range we specified in the configuration file then check the TCP box UDP does not need to be enabled then enter the IP address of the FTP server and click enable. Click the "Apply button and your done on the router. Note if you are using a different brand router the process should be similar this is the setup on a Linksys router.

This should work your FTP server should work behind your NAT router. There is one drawback to this if you have a dynamic IP address from your ISP you will need to update the address in your configuration file whenever it changes.

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