access network drive via wlan?


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  1. mrqs

    mrqs Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    kinda seemed like an obvious thing to me - can't be arsed to plug the usb so use the wlan instead, but i can't seem to figure out how...

    so is it even possible to browse your pc's shared network drives and download files from there via wlan?


    ps. where exactly should this have been posted in? none of the sections seem relevant
     

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    mrqs Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    never mind, i'm an idiot - that works wonderfully
     
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    Ramshackle Well-Known Member

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    Another way is to get the app 'On Air' I use it with my Mac and it works wonderfully however its a bit more fiddly with windows (as is everything).
     
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    I'm using Astro to great affect. I'm accessing a shared folder on a network across a VPN. I just set the VPN up in the normal way, and connect to it, and then I'm considered to be a "local" user and I can use Astro. I had to get the IP address of the server I was trying to connect to using the "nslookup" command (google nslookup if you're unsure), and then put my password and username in, and hey presto there was the share drive, easy to copy paste with long press on folder/file, good quick navigation ribbon at top.

    I had been trying for hours to get ES File Explorer working, but kept on getting the "Login Failed" message, and a prompt to re-enter my username and password, and I tried changing pretty much everything the internet and I could think of, but to no avail. Astro took me all of 5 minutes to setup.

    I don't think you can scan the local network, though, so I'm sure that ES will be better in some circumstances, and if it works straight-off like that then go with it, sounds easy. I'm just putting this out there for anyone who was in my position with the login failed problem.

    I didn't think "On Air" was very good - for a start I never got it going over the VPN... when on my home computer it seemed to be just one-way - as in, you could see your phone from your computer, and drop files into your phone, but you couldn't do it the other way around. Personally, I found it to be a bit of a simplistic program, but that's probably what you Mac guys want...nudge nudge ;-) ;-)
     
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    Just got a new XOOM with Honeycomb 3.2. I have an external drive connected to my wireless router that is shared by all my computers, etc. Anyone have an easy explanation of the easiest way to make that data available on the XOOM via WLAN? Thanks...
     
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    I notice most of these require you to press start after launching the server. Does anyone know how this can be done without the need to press start? I would like PC side program (I am a windows developer) to do some transfers at night and need to somehow start the server on the phone side.

    Thanks.
     
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    I know this is easily done over your home wifi, but is there a way to access it over normal 4g etc. eg the file is at home and i'm at work 30 miles away?
     
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    I also have an external drive connected to my router.
    I don't have a xoom but I use ES file explorer to transfer files to and from my nexus.
    I don't know why it would be different on the xoom.

    With that setup I go to the LAN tab in ES, scan for servers, enter the username/password, and that's pretty much it.
     
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    Setup a VPN first. There are lots of different kinds. Then once you open a VPN from your phone over 3G/4G over the Internet to your home network, your phone will be in the local home network and you can use ES or Astro to browse Windows shares from PC's or NAS devices.
     

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