I'm running an FTP server at work on a pretty basic network: the server is really just a file server running Win2k Pro and GuildFTP for the FTP server. We have Comcast Cable and a Belkin router. I have ports 20 and 21 forwarded, but can't (usually) access the FTP server through IE. I get a timeout error. I can access the FTP server though an FTP client - its called SmartFTP. Strangely, once connected via the client, I can then connect through IE. Switching in and out of passive mode doesn't seem to help anything. The client shows the same timeout error but is still able to connect. I need to be able to connect through IE because I have clients I want to give access and it has to be idiot-proof (a link to the ftp server in an email). If it helps, the FTP is: ftp://188.8.131.52/[/URL] (read, but no write access). Any ideas?