File transfer protocol software facilitates the transfer of files from a server or computer to another web server, using the TCP/IP protocol. The FTP program uses two different modes of transfer. Active mode sends a signal to the server, letting it know the IP address and port of your client. The server then makes a connection to the IP. In passive mode, the FTP software gets the server's IP and port information and makes the connection itself. Active mode may be required by specific servers, and you can manually change most FTP software to active mode.
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Open the Filezilla FTP client.
Click "File" and "Site Manager."
Select the FTP server you want to change to Active mode.
Click the "Advanced" tab.
Change the transfer setting to "Active Mode." Click "OK." You can change advanced settings of Active mode, such as the port range used.
Open CuteFTP. Click "Tools" and "Global Options."
Click "Transfer" in the sidebar option panel.
Change the "Data Mode" field to "Port" for active mode.
Click "Apply" and "OK."
Click "Favorites" then "Edit Favorites."
Right-click the server that you wish to change to active mode.
Choose "Properties." Click "Connection."
Switch the mode to "Port," which is active mode.
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