Connecting to files.directadmin.com80 failed: Connection timed out. Retrying.

In the digital age, where information is readily accessible, encountering connectivity issues can be frustrating and disruptive. One such error that users may encounter is the “Connecting to files.directadmin.com80 failed: Connection timed out” message. This error indicates a failure to connect with the server on port 80, resulting in a timeout. However, fret not, as you can take steps to troubleshoot and resolve this issue.

Understanding the Error Message

When you encounter the error message “Connecting to files.directadmin.com80 failed: Connection timed out,” it signifies that your system attempted to establish a connection with the server but could not do so within the specified time limit. This could be due to various reasons, such as network congestion, server unavailability, or firewall restrictions.

Checking Network Connectivity

Before troubleshooting the specific error, ensuring your network connection is stable and functioning correctly is essential. You can start by checking if you can access other websites or online services without any issues. If you encounter difficulties accessing different websites, it might indicate a problem with your internet connection. In such cases, contacting your internet service provider (ISP) for assistance would be prudent.

Verifying Server Availability

The next step involves verifying the availability of the server. You can begin by attempting to ping the server using the following command:


This command sends a small packet of data to the server and waits for a response. If you receive a response, it indicates that the server is reachable and responsive. However, if you encounter a “Request timed out” message or no response, it suggests the server might be temporarily down or unresponsive.

Changing Directadmin Server

If the ping test fails or you suspect that the server is experiencing issues, an alternative solution is to change the file server. DirectAdmin provides a convenient command for this purpose:

./build set_fastest

This command will instruct DirectAdmin to select your location’s fastest available file server. This ensures you can download and access files efficiently without encountering a connection timeout error.

Firewall Considerations

Firewalls play a crucial role in network security by filtering incoming and outgoing network traffic. However, they can sometimes block legitimate connections, leading to timeout errors. If you have a firewall enabled, it is worth checking its settings to ensure it is not blocking the connection to on port 80. Adjusting the firewall rules or temporarily turning off the firewall (if deemed safe) can help determine if the firewall is the cause of the issue.

Contacting Support

If you have exhausted all troubleshooting steps and cannot establish a connection to the server, it may be time to reach out to the DirectAdmin support team. They possess the expertise and resources to investigate the issue further and provide you with personalized assistance to resolve the connection timeout problem.

In conclusion, encountering the “Connecting to files.directadmin.com80 failed: Connection timed out” error can be frustrating but not impossible. 

You can effectively troubleshoot and resolve this issue by following the steps outlined above. Remember to check your network connectivity, verify server availability, consider changing the file server, review firewall settings, and seek support if needed. With these measures, you can regain seamless access to the server and continue your online activities uninterrupted.