Originally Posted by PrinceCorwin
I tried it this way (typing ftp in explorer address bar) and it worked. Chrome opened up with a page displaying my phone's sdcard content.
So, any idea why I can't add a network location?
If I type the FTP address into a Windows Explorer address bar, I can see the folder icons inside of that Windows Explorer window. It does not invoke my default web browser as your PC is doing. (By the way, if I type the FTP address into my default web browser, it displays a list of links to the folders on my phone, which are not as nice to work with as folders are.)
There seems to be something about your particular Windows setup that is preventing Windows from natively accessing FTP sites. FYI: I have a few Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1, 64-bit PCs and (on all of them) I'm able to make shortcuts as described in my original post. I haven't changed any of the Windows services. I also haven't changed any network capabilities except to set up my Homegroup (which is probably irrelevant). I'm basically running with default settings. So I'm not sure why you're having trouble creating a networking shortcut.