Just started dedicated hosting on linux7.3 box, and also built another that i have running at home. They both do the same thing loggin in ftp clients - which is to wait 30-40 seconds between connect time and the next prompt. Applies to command line as well as ftp client programs. This is probably an easy one, but like i said, newbie at work!
Yeah. When a Unix (or Linux) networking program sits there for thirty seconds and then suddenly starts working every time it's a safe bet that it's trying to do a reverse DNS lookup and failing.
Get DNS working properly so the machines can find each other.
Just stick the relevant IPs in /etc/hosts.
Hack /etc/resolv.conf to only wait a couple of seconds instead of 30. (Not recommended.)