FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a TCP/IP protocol used to transfer files between computers over a network or over the Internet. You can do this via command line, FTP software or a web browser such as Internet Explorer. When connecting your computer to an FTP server you need to make sure you are using the settings required by that FTP server in order to make the connection.

Passive FTP mode is used by some FTP servers to work better with today’s firewalls. Internet Explorer has a setting for Passive ("PASV") FTP mode. You may need to either enable or disable this setting to allow Internet Explorer to work with a particular FTP server. Here is how you set it up.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the Tools menu.
  3. Then click Internet Options.
  4. In the Internet Options window, click the Advanced tab.
  5. Find the setting called Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatability)
  6. To enable the Passive FTP, check the box next to the Use Passive FTP setting. To disable the feature, uncheck the box
  7. Click Ok.

Passive FTP in IE

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