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Configuring FileZilla (2.2.x)

The following tells you how to configure FileZilla to use the University's proxy servers for FTP requests. This is necessary if you wish to upload files to a remote FTP server. If all you want to do is download files from an FTP server, then you'd probably do better using your web browser.

  • Open FileZilla (Double click the FileZilla icon)
  • Click Edit (Top Left) and then Settings...
  • Click Proxy settings on the left hand side
  • Click the HTTP 1.1 proxy radio button and the boxes below it will be enabled
  • Put the following settings in the boxes in Proxy details
    • Host: wwwproxy.ru.ac.za
    • Port: 3128
    • User: g0xxxxxx (Your student number)
    • Password: xxxxxxx (Your password for the Internet)
    • Check the check box which says Use User / Pass (For Socks5 and HTTP 1.1 proxy only)
  • Now click Firewall settings on the left hand side
  • Check the Limit local ports used by FileZilla and then set the port range as follows:
    • Lowest available: 49152
    • Highest available: 65535
  • Make sure that Passive Mode is checked. You should only use passive mode transfers.
  • Click OK on the left hand side to save your settings

You should be aware that these settings will not necessarily allow you to upload files to a remote FTP server. FTP is a complicated protocol, and we do not support all the possible variations. In particular, you can only use passive FTP, and we only allow you to connect to a finite selection of high-numbered ports. If the remote FTP server does not support passive FTP, or if it only allows passive FTP to low numbered ports, then you will not be able to upload files to it. The University will not alter its firewall settings to accommodate you in these circumstances.

Last Modified :Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:40:54 SAST