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How to Access FTP Servers on an AT&T Tilt

by Daag Alemayehu
  • Overview

    Using an AT&T Tilt provides you with hand-held access to FTP servers all around the world. The Tilt's Web browsing capabilities are well publicized, but many Tilt owners do not realize they can use their phones to access FTP sites as well. In many cases, accessing FTP servers on an AT&T Tilt is possible using the software that comes preloaded on the phone. Even when that is not possible, however, you can still access FTP servers on your Tilt without much difficulty.
    The AT&T Tilt is capable of accessing FTP servers.
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  • Step 1

    Launch your Web browser of choice.
  • Step 2

    Enter the FTP server's address in the address bar of your Web browser. Make sure you prefix the server address with "ftp://" rather than with "http://" as you would for a Web address. Additionally, some FTP servers require you to include "ftp." before the domain name, such that the entire FTP server address would be of the form "ftp://ftp.domainname.com."
  • Step 3

    Use your Web browser to navigate the FTP server as you would navigate any standard website.
  • Step 4

    Close your Web browser or navigate to a different address to close the connection to the FTP server.
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  • If your target FTP server requires a username and password, they should be specified in the FTP server address. Thus, the full server address for an FTP server requiring a username and password would be of the form "ftp://username:password@ftp.domainname.com," where "username" is the username and "password" is the password. The default port number for an FTP server is port 21. If your target FTP server operates on a different port, you must specify its port number in the server address. Thus, the full server address for an FTP server operating on a nonstandard port would be of the form "ftp://ftp.domainname.com:portnum," where "portnum" is the server's port number, expressed in digits. There are many standalone FTP client applications written for the AT&T Tilt's operating system. While most Web browsers will fulfill basic FTP-related needs, you may want to seek out one of these standalone FTP clients if you would like to complete more complex tasks, such as uploading files, managing users, adding and removing directories or performing server maintenance.
  • If your target FTP server requires a username and password, they should be specified in the FTP server address. Thus, the full server address for an FTP server requiring a username and password would be of the form "ftp://username:password@ftp.domainname.com," where "username" is the username and "password" is the password.
  • The default port number for an FTP server is port 21. If your target FTP server operates on a different port, you must specify its port number in the server address. Thus, the full server address for an FTP server operating on a nonstandard port would be of the form "ftp://ftp.domainname.com:portnum," where "portnum" is the server's port number, expressed in digits.
  • There are many standalone FTP client applications written for the AT&T Tilt's operating system. While most Web browsers will fulfill basic FTP-related needs, you may want to seek out one of these standalone FTP clients if you would like to complete more complex tasks, such as uploading files, managing users, adding and removing directories or performing server maintenance.
  • A small handful of mobile Web browsers are not capable of browsing FTP sites. Since there is not an exhaustive list enumerating which browsers have this capability, you will have to use trial and error to determine whether your particular browser is suitable for this purpose.
  • A small handful of mobile Web browsers are not capable of browsing FTP sites. Since there is not an exhaustive list enumerating which browsers have this capability, you will have to use trial and error to determine whether your particular browser is suitable for this purpose.

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