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  1. tracerit

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    I"m always connected by wifi at home and i would like to access my files through wifi. There are a lot of web browser based wifi apps (like Websharing) but I was wondering if there are any drag and drop methods as if I was connected by the USB cable. I want to acess the SD card through My Computer and not Firefox.
     

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    Extremely interested in this also.
     
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    I use an app called Websharing.
     
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    I use "On Air" and it seems to be working fine so far on my Mac machine.
    SD card & internal memory are accessed through Finder (file explorer equivalent in Mac) just like it was connected through USB.
    The only problem is that it doesn't seem to stay connected for more than 30min if left idle and I end up shutting down the app from task manager and restart it to reconnect.
    Give it a try, it might work fine on Windows machine.

    On Air (Wifi Disk) - Android app on AppBrain
     
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    excellent advice :rolleyes:
     
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    I use an app called ftpserver and a pc based ftp client.
     
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    I just tried connecting using On Air (WiFi Disk) using Windows 7, but I'm unable to connect. I tried using Firefox, IE and AnyClient (WebADV client), but there are no instructions on how to connect to the On Air server.

    Anyone out there that is successfully connecting from a Windows desktop to the On Air server please post detailed instructions on how to do it or direct me to where I can get instructions on how to use On Air.

    Thanks
     
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    Wifi File Explorer is an option as well.
     
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    I use Websharing also, easy to use not much set up.
     
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    I've actually been using ES File Explorer from my Captivate to transfer files to/from the phone/desktop as it allow one to browse Windows shares on the LAN and copy files to and from those LAN shares without much fuzz.

    Optimally what I'm looking for is an app that would run on the phone and allow me to access the phone internal/external storage from the Windows File Explorer. (Use the phone as a NAS) This way I can leave the phone charging using the USB AC adapter anywhere in the house and still be able to transfer file to and from the phone from any of my computers as long as the WebDAV server was running on the phone. My understanding was (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that the Windows File Explorer already has a WebDAV client built-in. I can already ping the IP address of the phone while is running On Air. So I was hopping that while the On Air App was running on the phone I could issue the command -> net use x: \\phone ip address\Resourcename and connect the phone as a network drive. The thing is that it's not clear what the "resourcename" is when you use On Air as the WebDAV server. I tried onair as the resourcename and it did not work. I think that using File Explorer from Windows instead of a browser or a dedicated WebDAV client would be the most convenient way to do file transfers. Am I way out on left field here?
     
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    this is exactly what i'm looking for but more detailed.
     
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    Yes, this would be exactly what i was looking for. You may try that method with WebSharing...
     
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    After a few trials and errors... I finally connected to the On Air server on the Captivate, BUT with AnyClient 2.0 for Windows using its WebDAV connection type. I'm able to transfer files to/from my Captivate using any Windows desktop in my LAN. File transfers from the Captivate to the desktop are actually pretty fast. Now that I know that the WebDAV server is up and running and accepting connections in the Captivate... tomorrow, if I get a chance, I'll continue to try to get it to work using Windows File Explorer.
     
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    here's what i have going now.

    installed SwiFTP on my phone.
    added the FTP server (phone) as a shorcut
    added my /sdcard directory from the phone as a shortcut to windows 7's sendto so now i can just right click a file, sendto, and choose my phone as a destination.

    it works similar to having my SD card in the phone acting like it's a hard drive.
     
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    Works beautifully, thanks.

    EDIT: I'm using an FTP client, your post inidicates that you aren't. Is this correct? If so, how do you do it without using an FTP client?
     
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    I use the windows in Windows 7. i just type in the ftp address in the location bar/path bar. While in "My Computer", right click any blank area and select add Network Location and go from there.
     
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    Ok, I got On Air WebADV working using Windows File Explorer... BUT, only using Windows XP's File Explorer. It "appears" that there is a limitation in the Mini Redirector built-in the File Explorer of Windows 7 that only allows WebADV connection in port 80. The default port of On Air WebADV server is 8880 and there is no (user friendly) option to change this port either in On Air or in the File Explorer of Windows 7. I'll keep looking around to see if there is a way to change (hack) the default port of Windows 7 File Explorer. There is probably a registry entry to change this, but I'm afraid that changing it will break Web connections.
     
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    Thanks, it works perfectly.

    To the guy above me: Just do what tracerit suggested.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm also able to do what's suggested above, but I'm trying to accomplish it using the On Air WebDAV server and Windows 7 File Explorer. FTP works fine with SWiFTP because this FTP server uses default port for FTP (21) and the Windows 7 Map Network Wizard uses this port by default. In Windows XP, ftp://ipaddress:anyport# and http://ipdaddress:anyport# are supported in the Add Network Place Wizard and connects to the On Air server without any issues. The On Air server only allows access to port 2221 for FTP and port 8880 for WebDAV. The Windows 7 Map Network Drive Wizard does not support ftp://ipaddres:anyport#. It only supports ftp://ipaddress which defaults to port 21 and to port 80 for http.

    I prefer to use WebADV over FTP as WebADV is a newer protocol that provides more flexibility and new features.
     
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    Any thoughts for a MAC user?? And one who does NOT have AppleTalk installed. I tried On Air (which suggests the AppleTalk option) via FTP but cannot get it to connect. Lack of documentation makes it tough. I sent an email to the developer just before but wanted to post in the forum in case someone has a thought for me.

    Anyone have luck with On Air for MAC via FTP?? Any other app suggestion for Mac??

    THANKS!!
     
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    Works quite well!

    I had it set up and ready to go in minutes!

    NetBIOS doesn't seem to work too good (I had to connect using the IP address, not the host name)

    Copying some pictures from the Phone to the PC worked with only around 550 KB/s on a 802.11g Network (which is 54 Mbps WiFi)
     
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    I can 'connect' with On Air from a Win 7 explorer window, but if I just enter the FTP address, I get:
    FTP Folder Error
    An error occurred opening that folder on the FTP Server. Make sure you have permission to access that folder.
    Details:
    200 Command TYPE okay.
    227 Entering Passive Mode (0,0,0,0,209,30)
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    and if I try specifying /sdcard or even /mnt/sdcard, I get:
    FTP Folder Error
    An error occurred opening the folder on the FTP Server. Make sure you have permission to access this folder.
    Details:
    550 No such directory.
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    any suggestions how to access the sdcard (or 'onboard memory') for this Android newbie would be appreciated...

    +++++++++++++ Edit:

    Found another app that worked - see a couple posts below...
     
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    Hi...I had posted a few posts up (but MANY months ago) that I was searching for a Mac-compatible SD->wifi connection. You suggested the Samba link and I was unfamiliar with both Samba and NetBIOS...do either of those (and the app that you linked to for that matter) compatible with a Mac?? If so, how?? THANKS!!
     
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