It is the firewall/VPN software. Specifically "Check Point VPN-1
SecuRemote/SecureClient version 4.1 SP-2 build 4165 for Windows 95/98"
I uninstalled it and I am now able to connect to the site...
Thanks for all the suggestions folks.
> You've opened up more ports than you need to though. 20 outbound and 21
> inbound then 1024 thru 65535 in and outbound. 22 through 1023 don't need to
> be opened.
> Depending on your FTP program it might also need HTTP ports but if you've
> allowed 22 through 1023 that should have covered it.
> Not sure what the problem might be does the site have an e-mail address of
> someone you can talk to. Is the site a restricted site perhaps one whose IP
> address has been blocked by the Admin.
> > Hello Bernie:
> > Thanks for your comments.
> > I did not know that ports other than 20 and 21 can be used for ftp...
> > I immediately changed the permission (linksys setup calls it
> > "forwarding") on ports 20 through 65535 to the Win98 machine.
> > I still could not go past beyond the initial three lines of the
> > "welcome" message.
> > I posted earlier a follow-up to this thread with a modified header
> > which you may have missed. I told there that I discovered that I am
> > *able* to ftp to certain sites. It is only this particular site that I
> > am having difficulty with.
> > The Linksys software does not give IP specific permissions, but rather
> > opens up the ports that you specify for an *internal* IP for all.
> > My reference to the company VPN may not have been clear. I am using
> > both the Linux and Win98 computers at home mostly for personal stuff.
> > I have cable modem service. From time to time I also access our
> > company VPN.
> > Sam
> > > Very few FTP sites actually use PASV mode ports 20 and 21 in my
> > > The connection to send data made by the server can be on any one of a
> > > of random ports. It may also be a different port with each connection
> > > the same server. Why this is I don't know. Most firewall's will not
> > > accommodate this behavior. You will have to somehow add the company VPN
> > > address to a trusted sites list and allow connection attempt on ports
> > > through 65535 from that site. Not familiar with Linksys BEFSR81 so your
> > > your own there.
> > > I'm guessing Linux has a different FTP protocol but I wouldn't know for
> > > as I've not used it much.
> > > Bernie
> > > > Thanks for the suggestion.
> > > > However, I don't think the type of computer I am trying to connect is
> > > > * Cute ftp is set to autodetect...
> > > > * I also cannot connect from command line ftp within a DOS window...
> > > > Sam
> > > > > Some problems I have had that are similar to this:
> > > > > Trouble with the password list in win98: when windows login is not
> > > > > activated the password usage is not consistent/predictable. This is
> > > > > probably not the cause if you get past initial authentication when
> > > > > connecting to the remote system.
> > > > > Windows software set to wrong type of remote system. If explicitly
> > > > > a type (NT, Unix, ...) you could try setting it to auto/sense (I do
> > > > > know what term is used in cuteFTP, but you should be able to find
> > > > > set to auto, you could try setting explicit type (if you know what
> > > > > system you aare connecting to).
> > > > > Sam skrev:
> > > > > > Hello all:
> > > > > > I am no longer able to ftp from my win98 to outside. I am,
> > > > > > able to ftp from the Linux box.
> > > > > > I searched through the archives of Usenet, picked up a few hints.
> > > > > > Tried them or checked out my seetings but nothing seems to make
> > > > > > Win98 computer want to ftp.
> > > > > > Here are a few details:
> > > > > > * Using a Linksys BEFSR81
> > > > > > * DHCP disabled. Linux is machine 192.168.57.20 Win98 PC is
> > > > > > 192.168.57.10
> > > > > > * Although from what I understand it is for incoming requests,
> > > > > > forwarding on Linksys gives authorization through port 23 to both
> > > > > > PC and the Linux. I had it just for Linux earlier on, but did not
> > > > > > any difference.
> > > > > > * I did try "pasv" option on Cuteftp, did not help.
> > > > > > * Win98 makes the initial connection to the remote machine, I do
> > > > > > the prompt to enter the password, and I do go through
> > > > > > without a glitch, ftp hangs when the welcome message starts to
> > > > > > * Win98 PC was able to ftp out with the initial settings from
> > > > > > I had to change the settings from DHCP, and change the internal IP
> > > > > > address of the Linksys to access the VPN of the company I work for
> > > > > > from home. In fact, before these changes the Win98 PC was also
> able to
> > > > > > ftp out.
> > > > > > Any suggestions to solve the problem would be appreciated.
> > > > > > Sam
> > > > > --