I have done 2 fresh reinstalls of SUSE 9.3 and ISPCONFIG per online instructions. Everything is working but the ftp again. Within the local network ftping to the ISPConfig server via its physical IP address is no problem but when you try to ftp via outside the network either on my machines or remote computers you get the following error after your logged into the ftp server (and don't see a file list) ---------------- SmartFTP v1.5.988.47 Resolving host name "cryptchat.com" Connecting to 18.104.22.168 Port: 21 Connected to cryptchat.com. 220 ProFTPD 1.2.10 Server (ProFTPD Default Installation) [192.168.1.205] USER web1_shane 331 Password required for web1_shane. PASS (hidden) 230 User web1_shane logged in. SYST 215 UNIX Type: L8 FEAT 211-Features: MDTM REST STREAM SIZE 211 End PWD 257 "/" is current directory. TYPE I 200 Type set to I PASV 227 Entering Passive Mode (192,168,1,205,4,58). Opening data connection to 192.168.1.205 Port: 1082 LIST -aL 0 bytes transferred. (N/A/s) (0 ms) Timeout (20s). Active Help: http://www.smartftp.com/support/kb/index.php/45 Client closed the connection. Automatic failover of data connection mode from "Passive Mode (PASV)" to "Active Mode (PORT)". ---------------------- Now i have bypassed my Linksys router - NO Change My router when pointed to my windows ftp server has no problems remotely --now under ispconfig "Services" it reads the ftp server is OFFLINE-- Being i have reinstalled the whole linux server 3 times now and have read just about every thread on here about proftp i an still stuck. Can anyone help? seems like an internal linux issue. Would swithing ftp server programs help? if so how do you remove proftpd and install the other? What about VS-ftp? Thanks.