Box: WebDAV and FTPS

Some customers may wish to access their WUSTL Box storage directly via WebDAVor encrypted FTP (FTPS) connections.  While these type of connections are generally slower than using the Box web interface, they can be a good option if you have a large amount of data to upload or you need to access Box from a Linux machine with no web browser.

Before accessing your WUSTL Box account via WebDAV or FTPS, you need to create an external Box password by taking the following steps:

  1. Login to the WUSTL Box web interface using your WUSTL Key
  2. Click on your name on the top right and select “Account Settings”
  3. Scroll down to the “Authentication” section and click “change password”
  4. On the change password dialog, enter your desired password into the Current Password field, the New password field and Confirm passwordfields, then click Save
  5. Note: You will use this external password to connect Box in some applications such as FTP clients. You will still use your WUSTL Key to log into Box in a browser.

To connect via WebDAV:

  1. Install an appropriate WebDAV client software of your choice
  2. When prompted for what server to connect to, enter: https://dav.box.com/dav
  3. Enter your @wustl.edu email address as your username
  4. Enter your Box “External password” (created above) as your password

To connect via FTPS:

  1. Open your FTP software of choice (note, if using FileZilla, see below)
  2. When prompted for what server to connect to, enter: ftp.box.com
  3. When prompted for what port to use, enter: 990
  4. Enter your @wustl.edu email address as your username
  5. Enter your Box “External password” (created above) as your password

To connect via FTPS using FileZilla:

  1. Install FileZilla
  2. In the FileZilla application, click the File menu and select Site Manager
  3. Click New Site, and then give the site a name such as “WUSTL Box”
  4. Under the General tab for your new site, enter the following:
    1. Host: ftp.box.com
    2. Port: Leave blank
    3. Protocol: FTP – File Transer Protocol
    4. Encryption: Require implicit FTP over TLS
    5. Logon Type: Normal
    6. User: Enter your @wustl.edu email address
    7. Password: Enter your Box “External password” (created above) as your password
  5. Click Connect
  6. The first time you connect, you will see an Unknown certificate warning – this is expected
  7. On the Unknown certificate warning, click Always trust certificate for future sessions and then click OK

Tips to enhance bulk uploads speeds when using FileZilla:

  1. Click the Edit menu and then select Settings
  2. Under the left-side settings menu, click Transfers
  3. Change the Maximum simultaneous transfers from the default of 2 to the maximum of 10
  4. Click OK