We have found that using wget to recursively grab FTP contents is useful in the following situation:
You cannot use rsync or scp due to restricted or no shell access on the remote server
You need to recursively get directories and globbing with mget * isn't working as expected
Transferring files to an intermediate workstation first are not feasible due to time/filesize constraints
If all of these apply ...
By pam, January 24, 2015