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  1. waxlrose

    waxlrose Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Is there a way to mount network shares from a windows box on android? That way you could open a video and have it stream over the network and not have to take up space on your phone?
     

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    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

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    LogMeIn Ignition lets you access your home computer remotely.
     
  3. waxlrose

    waxlrose Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm not looking for a remote desktop application. I just want to mount file shares and use the files like they were on my phone.
     
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    xdmanalo Well-Known Member

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    I use ES File Explorer (estrongs.com) to access LAN shares on my network. Works fine except for loading directories with a huge amount of files.
     
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    waxlrose Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Will it let you open files over the LAN? Like if I had an avi stored on my computer can I open it with ES File Explorer with copying to my phone?
     
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    Astro File Manager connects to shared drives through wifi.
     
  7. mhrc4

    mhrc4 Well-Known Member

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    the built in file manager lets me browse all of my network shares on my Windows 7 PC, Windows 2008 Server and my network attached storage device.

    Only thing i have noticed with having it stream over the network is the phone usually has to create a temp copy and copy the file locally. So i think you are dealing with an Android issue, not a file explorer issue.

    I think (i could be wrong) that is what DNLA is supposed to be for (when it is actually adopted by more manufacturers)
     
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    Yes, it will open the files as if they were stored locally on the phone. I have not tried avi's yet. So far, PDF, DOC, TXT, MP3, and JPG work fine. No need to mannually copy and paste to local memory.

    Assuming it simply uses native apps to open files and AVIs can play natively, you are good to go.
     
  10. marlbrook

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    I realise this thread is getting on now, but there is an easy method of accessing shares (on a non-rooted) device, built in to the Android system, prior to JellyBean.

    As lots of people may still be running earlier Android versions, here it is.

    I suspect most people will want this so they can use dedicated Music / Video Apps to access files on their Network. Most Aps will invite you to choose your Music / Video folder, and then you have to indicate where it is on you Phone or Tablet. This can include network shares using the method below.

    For Android 2.2, 'SMB' shares can be accessed by pointing the program on your device you wish to access files from, to:-
    /mnt/sdcard/network/smb

    Selecting this will bring up the Network shares available, e.g. 'WORKGROUP'. Then just navigate to the folder where your files are stored and make it your program's chosen storage folder.

    For ICS (4.0) 'SMB' shares can be accessed using
    /mnt/network/smb
    Then following the instructions above.

    For JellyBean (4.1) and above
    Alas this functionality is not available to stock ROM users in 4.1 (JellyBean) and above, though why it was decided to remove it is beyond me. The only solutions are to Root your device, or if you are lucky find Apps that have SMB functions built into them, such as ES File Explorer.

    These are 'No Root Needed' alternatives:-
    Archos owners can use Archos Video or Archos Music for free. Both have SMB file access built in, and are available as paid apps too.

    Audio Book fans can use Archos Music, but the drawback is it does not remember the last track accessed. There is however a free App called 'Network Audio Player' available, which works well as a music or book player. Neither have a 'Sleep Timer' function, but there are timer Apps that will add this if you want. I use 'Sleep Timer' by pboos.
     
  11. dmbkiwi

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    Try solid explorer - support for mounting network file systems.
     
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    I just went through my videos on my network share with ES File Explorer, using MX Player to play the movies. It plays avi, flv, mpg and wmv files, the only movie file types I have. It doesn't download them first, then play them, it plays them straight from the drive they're on, as if they were local files.
     

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