FTPii

FTPii is a homebrew FTP server for the Nintendo Wii.

FTPii sets up an FTP server on your Wii. Using an FTP client from you computer, you will be able to access various aspects of your Wii's hardware remotely. The primary purpose of setting this up is to gain access to the Wii's SD card and HDD (if you have a FAT32 partition set up on it), without the inconvenience of physically unplugging/moving them.

For the purposes of this tutorial, the assumption is that a Windows XP machine is being used to interface with the Wii via FTP. Should you have a preferred FTP client, the instructions in this tutorial might still apply to a certain extent. It is also assumed that you have already configured your Wii's network settings. It is highly recommended to set up your Wii with a static IP.

What you should install first

What you need

  • SD Card

What to download

Installation procedure

  1. Download the newest version of FTPii via the Homebrew Browser.
    • Optionally, download it using your computer, unzip the ftpii_0.0.21.zip file, and copy the 'ftpii' folder (and its contents) to the 'apps' folder of your SD card (sd:/apps).
    • If you want to use a password, rename the folder to sd:/apps/ftpii_password where password is your password.
  2. If you plan on using the FireFTP extension as your FTP client and have yet to install it, do so now and reload Firefox.
  3. If you would rather use the stand-alone FileZilla FTP client, download it (e.g., FileZilla_3.2.6.1_win32-setup.exe) now and follow the installer's prompts.
  4. Start the Homebrew Channel and run FTPii.
  5. FTPii will use your Wii's configured network settings to initialize, will display your Wii's current (and hopefully static) IP address, and display the TCP port that it is listening on. Note the IP address and TCP port.
    • You can re-mount various devices by hitting B on your Wii Remote and following the prompts. It shouldn't be necessary, however. Hitting A will shut down FTPii and exit back to the Homebrew Channel.
  6. Start up your FTP client of choice.

Windows Client (no installation necessary)

  1. Open "My Computer"
  2. Type ftp://<IPADDRESS>/sd where <IPADDRESS> is the one displayed on your TV by FTPii.
  3. You can now copy, move, and delete files using the standard Windows interface.
    • Note: to edit files, you will need to copy them to a local folder (e.g., the desktop), edit them and then copy them back.

FireFTP Client (you only need to set up one FTP client)

  1. From within Firefox, click on Tools, then FireFTP to open up an instance of the FTP client.
  2. Directly underneath your opened tabs, you should see the FireFTP console. Click on the second drop-down (directly to the left of the 'Connect,' 'Edit,' and 'Abort' buttons) and select 'Create an account…'
  3. In the 'Main' tab, under the 'Main Details' section, fill in the 'Account Name' and 'Category' fields as you see fit.
    • Examples - Account Name: Wii | Category: Console
  4. For 'Host' fill in the Wii's IP address as displayed on your TV by FTPii.
  5. You may leave the 'ID' section fields blank/default.
  6. Click over to the 'Connection' tab and under the 'Connection Type' section; for the 'Port' field, fill in the TCP port that FTPii is showing as the listening port. (It'll probably be port 21).
  7. You may leave all other fields here blank/default.
  8. Click on the 'OK' button to finalize the account's creation.
  9. Click on the second drop-down again, and select the newly-created account.
  10. Click 'Connect' and when prompted to enter your login information, simply hit the 'OK' button again.
  11. You should now be connected to your Wii.
    • The left half of the console should be displaying your computer and/or harddrive(s). From here you may navigate to your computer's Desktop, harddrive(s), etc.
    • The right half of the console should be displaying your Wii's components. I would strongly suggest not touching the 'nand' and 'isfs' locations on your Wii. However, if you have an SD card inserted, you'll be able to access its contents by expanding the 'sd' folder. Similarly, if you have a FAT32 partition set up on your Wii's HDD, you'll be able to access its contents by expanding the 'usb' folder.
    • At this point, accessing/editing/copying/pasting/moving/deleting files and folders functions much like any other file browser.
    • Disconnecting is as easy as hitting A on your Wii Remote in order to close FTPii.

FileZilla Client (you only need to set up one FTP client)

  1. Start FileZilla.
  2. Open the Site Manager (first icon on the left under 'File', or File\Site Manager or Ctrl+S)
  3. On the left-hand side of the Site Manager, click on 'New Site' and give it a name (such as 'Wii').
  4. On the right-hand side of the Site Manager, you'll want to fill the 'Host' field in with the Wii's IP address as displayed on your TV by FTPii.
  5. Similarly, for the 'Port' field, fill in the TCP port that FTPii is showing as the listening port. (It'll probably be port 21).
  6. You may leave all other fields here blank/default.
  7. Click on the 'OK' button to finalize the account's creation.
  8. Click on the drop-down arrow attached to the Site Manager icon (first icon under 'File') and select the site you just finished configuring. FileZilla will attempt to automatically connect to your Wii.
  9. You should now be connected to your Wii.
    • The left half of the console should be displaying your computer and/or harddrive(s). From here you may navigate to your computer's Desktop, harddrive(s), etc.
    • The right half of the console should be displaying your Wii's components. I would strongly suggest not touching the 'nand' and 'isfs' locations on your Wii. However, if you have an SD card inserted, you'll be able to access its contents by expanding the 'sd' folder. Similarly, if you have a FAT32 partition set up on your Wii's HDD, you'll be able to access its contents by expanding the 'usb' folder.
    • At this point, accessing/editing/copying/pasting/moving/deleting files and folders functions much like any other file browser.
    • Disconnecting is as easy as hitting A on your Wii Remote in order to close FTPii.
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