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Connecting to an Adtec Unit using Filezilla

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Posted: 25 Mar, 2014
by: Gedanken J.
Updated: 25 Mar, 2014
by: Gedanken J.

Connecting to an Adtec Unit using Filezilla

Note: the following instructions outline using FileZilla for FTP transfers. You may use any FTP client you choose. We like and recommend FileZilla for FTP use. It is available at no cost via this link:




The first thing to do is connect to your Adtec unit.

The example below will be using Adtec’s default login data - please use your own data instead if you want to actively follow the tutorial.

 Username: adtec
 Password: none

We will use the quickconnect bar for establishing the connection:

Enter the hostname into the quickconnect bar's Host: field, the username into the Username: field as well as the password into the Password: field. You may leave the Port: field blank for Adtec units.  Now click on Quickconnect.

FileZilla will now try to connect to the Adtec unit. If all works well, you will notice that the right "column" switched from Not connected to any server to displaying a list of files and directories.

Navigating and window layout

Legend: 1. Toolbar, 2. Quick connect bar, 3. Message log, 4. Local pane, 5. Remote pane, 6. Transfer queue (Full-size version)

The next step is to get familiar with FileZilla's window layout.

Here is a quick introduction: (Reference previous screenshot) Below the toolbar (1) and quick connect bar (2), the message log (3) displays transfer and connection related messages. Below, you can find the file listings. The left column (local pane, 4) displays the local files and directories, i.e. the stuff on the PC you're using FileZilla on. The right column (server pane, 5) displays the files and directories on the Adtec unit you are connected to. Both columns have a directory tree at the top and a detailed listing of the currently selected directory's contents at the bottom. You can easily navigate either of the trees and lists by clicking around like in any other file manager. At the bottom of the window, the transfer queue (6) lists the to-be-transferred and already transferred files.

Transferring files

Now we will upload the file PSA1.MPG and PSA2.MPG from your PC to the Adtec unit.  PSA1 and PSA2 are video files that are located on the PC that is connected to the Adtec unit.  The files are located in the S:\SPOTS\Commercials\ directory, as seen below in window 4, as outlined above.  Content on the Adtec unit will be transferred to the /hd0/media directory, as seen in Window 5, as outlined above. 

Once both directories are correct, drag and drop the files from your PC (Left Hand Side) to the Adtec unit (Right Hand Side).   

Once this process beings, the transfer queue (Window 6), as outlined above, will show the current transfer progress of your video files. 


First - in the local pane - bring the directory into view which contains data to be uploaded (e.g. S:\SPOTS\Commercials\). Now, navigate to the desired target directory on the Adtec unit (/hd0/media). To upload the data, select the respective files/directories and drag them from the local to the remote pane, right to left. You will notice that the files will be added to the transfer queue at the bottom of the window and soon thereafter get removed again - since they were (hopefully, if nothing went wrong) just uploaded to the server. The uploaded files and directories should now be displayed in the Adtec content listing at the right side of the window.

Local and remote file listings after uploading the example files

Note: If you don't like using drag-and-drop, you can also right click on files/directories (in the lower local pane) and select Upload to upload them - or simply double-click a file entry (this does not work for directories).


Downloading files, or complete directories, works essentially the same way as uploading - you just drag the files/directories from the remote pane to the local pane this time, instead of the other way round.

Note: In case you (accidentally) try to overwrite a file during upload or download, FileZilla will by default display a dialog asking what to do (overwrite, rename, skip...).

Using the site manager

Now that you are confident in transferring files (if not, practice a little bit), you might want to add the server information to the site manager to make it easy to reconnect to this server. To do this, select Copy current connection to Site Manager... in the File menu. The site manager will be opened and a new entry will be created with all the important information already filled in. You will notice that the entry's name is selected and highlighted - you can enter some descriptive name so you will later on find your server again (enter something like domain.com FTP server for example - you can rename it later if you wish). Now close the dialog by clicking on OK.

The next time you want to connect to this server, you can simply select it in the site manager and click Connect.


You should now be able to use the basic FileZilla features.

One final remark: Most tasks can be completed in several ways. The ways chosen for this tutorial are the most clear ones - if you invest a bit of time and just look around or read some of the advanced documentation, you will find much quicker ways to achieve what you want (there are toolbar buttons for often-used commands for example; some also react on right-clicking them).

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