OS X comes with an FTP server, and all you have to do is turn it on. OS X automatically opens the necessary ports on the firewall if you have it running, so no worries there.
Go to the Sharing section of the System Preferences app, and check the FTP Server box. Along the bottom of the window will be all the info you need to connect to your iBook using any FTP program you want on Windows. That way you can move files back and forth with ease, since Apple tends to break Samba (the Windows file sharing program) from time to time in various updates like they do NFS (another method of file sharing that doesn't work so well with Windows) and a few other legacy protocols. Best of all, FTP can resume file transfers if they get interrupted. SMB (Windows file sharing) has to start over from the beginning from Windows. (IIRC, OS X can resume SMB transfers, but only if they initiate from OS X)
I am trying to transfer my files from my pc running windows xp to a new mac ibook using file sharing. I have a wireless net work in my house and want to use my pc as a server to access the files on the pc. When I go into my mac and say connect to server, it asks for an address and I don't know what to put in. Both computers can connect to the internet fine but I can't get them to talk to each other. I am a novice at networking and despite running all the wizards etc, I still cannot get my files across to the mac. Can anyone walk me through it step by step. How do I find out my pcs tcp/ip address or what to I need to make this work.
Thank you so much.