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FTP issues when using Linksys Router

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I'm using a Linksys Broadband Router (4 port switch) with my home network.

    My problem is that when I try to connect to my website host to ftp files, I get a socket error and the following message:

    ~ Connecting...
    ~ Connected to, waiting for response...
    ! Socket Error: connection reset by peer

    I can connect to at least one other (unrelated) ftp site on another host using the same port 21.

    When I bypass my router altogether (straight from the cable modem into the pc), the ftp works without a problem.

    What can I configure differently on the router to allow ftp to work with that host?

    If you require further information, please let me know. Please note, I am not at ALL network savvy, so please spell things out in big bold letters :D
  2. DBruceM2

    DBruceM2 Network Guru Member

    Are you using an FTP client or something else like IE?
    Don't want to get too wordy here, but there could be differences in the connection type for the two different FTP sites. Maybe one site supports passive FTP and other doesn't. Or if they both support passive FTP, your router is filtering the ports that the remote server is trying to respond back on, etc.
    Keep in mind that an FTP connection does not use port 21 only. It uses 20 and 21 as well as any port >1024. Given all of this information, there are alot of places to start looking.
    I can tell you from experience, that you might have to experiment with enabling or disabling passive FTP on your FTP program (client or IE). If you're using IE, go to your Internet Options > Advanced tab. There is an option here to enable or disable passive FTP. I believe the exact working is "use passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)."
    If you want a really good breakdown of what happens in a FTP connection, see this link:
    I hate to direct you to a link like this, but I think they do a really good job of explaining how a FTP connection works.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    if the ports are forwarded you can try ftp://username@, i just tried that with "administrator" and it prompted me for a password, this trying to connect just with IE

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