If you have just started the FTP client, the Connect to Host dialog box is displayed on your screen. If this dialog box is not displayed, click on the first toolbar button (File, Connect) to display it. The following decribes the mandatory and optional information used to make your FTP connection.


Text Box


Connection Name (Optional)

Enter a name to identify the connection profile. This name can contain spaces, underscores and numbers. You can save such Remote Connections for later use using the Save button.

Host Name

Enter the IP address or full domain name of the FTP server you wish to connect to. If you enter a name, either you must either have that name defined in your local hosts table or your system must be configured to use a Domain Name System (DNS) server.

Host Type

Select the type of host you are connecting to. If you do not know the host type, try selecting Autodetect.  If the host type you want is not in the list, or Autodetect does not work, ask your system administrator to add the host type, see “” later in this chapter.

Login Name

Enter your login name on the remote host. This must be a login name  that is already defined on the remote host. If you do not know this, ask the system administrator of the remote system for your login name and password. Some servers on the Internet may allow you to log in  as Anonymous, with limited access. If you leave this field blank,  Distinct FTP Client will try to connect as Anonymous.


Enter the password associated with the remote login name. If you specified the login name  “Anonymous”, enter your complete e-mail address as the password.

Account (Optional)

Enter your account ID if your company requires you to specify this information when making the connection.

Remote Folder (Optional)

 You can connect directly to a specific folder in the remote file system, if you are authorized to access it, for example, c:publicnews. Enter the full path (as in the example) or the path relative to the top level folder that you are authorized to use. If you leave this field blank, you will be connected at your top authorized folder. You can move from the initial folder to others that you are authorized to use during the session, but you cannot traverse unauthorized folders. This means that you can access any folders under your top authorized folder, but not its parent folder.

Capture Control Port Traffic to Disk File (Optional)

Enable this option and enter a path only if you need to see a trace of the FTP session (please refer to the section “”) or add to the recognized hosts in the Host Type list (please refer to the section “”.)


 The well-known port for FTP connections is 21. Some systems use a different port number for FTP. If you are trying to connect to a non-standard system, change the port number in the text box. Most systems do not require modification of the port number.

Firewall (Optional)

A firewall  protects your system from the outside world. You connect to the firewall and it connects to the remote systems. This means that noone in the outside world can access your computer directly. You can choose SocksVersion 5 only if you have a firewall server running this protocol. In this case, you must define a Server connection profile. Alternatively, you can choose  a passive connection.

Save password (Optional)

Check Save Password to save the password if you want to. If Save Password is not checked when you save, no password will be saved even if you saved it on a previous occasion. It is more secure to keep a note of the password elsewhere rather than save it, although Distinct FTP Client does encrypt the password before saving it.

A connection to a Socks Version 5 firewall server is an active connection that your system makes using the server information you specify. Distinct currently supports firewalls requiring a passive connection and firewalls requiring Socks Version 5.


Text Box


Host Name

The IP address or full domain name of your firewall server. To enter a name rather than an address, either your system must be set up to use a Domain Name System (DNS) server, or the host name must have been defined during configuration.

Login Name

Your login name on the firewall server. This must be a login name  that is already defined on the firewall server.  Ask the system administrator of the firewall server for your login name and password.


The password associated with the firewall login name. Ask the system administrator of the firewall server for your login name  and password.


The well-known port number for firewall servers is 1080. Some systems use a different port number for the firewall. If necessary, you can change the port number in the  text box. Most systems do not require modification of the port number.

How to Save Connection and Firewall Profiles

If you want to save a connection profile, you must remember to do so before making the connection. To save a new or modified connection profile or firewall profile, click on Save.

How to Delete Connection Profiles

To delete a connection profile, click on Delete.

Multiple Remote Connections

Distinct FTP allows you to have a maximum of 15 concurrent connections. You can copy files from any remote system to your local system, from any remote system to another remote system, and from your local system to any remote system.

Initial Display When Connected

When you establish a connection, the current folder highlighted in the left side pane changes to the initial folder on the remote system.The file list in the right side pane changes to show the files in this (remote) folder. The initial remote folder is the one you specified in the Remote Directory text box when you connected. If you did not specify a folder, the initial folder is the top folder you are authorized to use on the remote system. The title bar of Distinct FTP Client shows you the host name or IP address of the last connection made and the transfer mode in square brackets.

  • In the left side pane, a remote file system is identified by the host name or IP address with a drive symbol in pink.

How to Change Folder Using the Mouse

You can change to any displayed folder in the left side of a pane by clicking the left mouse button on its name. This folder becomes the current folder with its contents displayed in the right side of the pane. To jump to a folder, even one that is not displayed, place the pointer on the correct drive (or any of its folders), click on the right mouse button, enter  the full path for that directory, and click on OK.



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