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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by jo69, May 13, 2020.

  1. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Through File Manager + App I am able to connect my phone & Tablets to my computer.by pressing Remote and adding my computers remote location eg 192.168 etc

    However I cant seem to find out how I can do that between my phone and tablets
    I try to add their IP Addresses and nothing happens
    I have been adding the computer sign in and password in the box that comes up
    Even saying anonymous doesnt work.
     



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  2. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Log into your router's setup page and in one of its menus there will be a listing of all the devices connected to your home network with their IP addresses.

    Of install an app like this 'Netx' app on one of your mobile devices and one of its features is listing the other devices connected to your home network:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tools.netgel.netx
     
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  3. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks I have downloaded that app and found the gadgets I have. But when I type the numbers in file manager + it wont accept them. I type in my computer sign in name and pass there but it still wont work. What am I doing wrong? Tried anonymous also. I was about to add the computer ip no problem. But my phone and 2 tablets wont add
     
  4. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    This is the box I am trying to enter the IP addresses but it doesn't work
    I am entering my computer sign in details
    Tried anonymous also
    What am I missing?
     

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  5. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Why? :thinking:
    Do your tablets have login credentials like a computer? Since they're Android...I don't think so.

    You log in to them with your Google credentials, i.e., Gmail address and password. Have you tried those?
     
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  6. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    OK that screen shot is revealing -- connecting to your PC is relying upon SMB (a Microsoft Windows networking protocol). Your mobile devices are not running Windows so they cannot link up with each other via SMB.

    -- Try switching to the Google Files file manager app, it includes a 'Share' function, so if you have the app installed on both devices there's a Share button to connect with each other.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files
    -- If both your devices are Samsung, there's an integral S Beam function that uses NFC to detect each other and WiFi Direct to interact with each other:
    https://www.wikihow.com/Use-S-Beam
    -- This is slightly more indirect but use a shared folder on an online storage service (Dropbox, SpiderOak, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, etc.). Files can be exchanged between the two devices using the shared folder.
     
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  7. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    Not exactly. :)

    Long boring backstory which I'll skip, but I use Samba on my network which, as you know, is all Linux. No window$ in this house! Here are two of my computer connections in File Manager+:

    Screenshot_20200514-132826.png

    Screenshot_20200514-132905.png
     
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  8. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    But Samba is already integral to Linux systems, it's the patent safe implementation of Microsoft's SMB. Android has to avoid the legal issues involved with using a closed source, proprietary service like SMB so it doesn't include SMB nor Samba support as is. Equating Samba with SMB isn't an accurate assessment.
    There are options like, the AndSMB app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lysesoft.andsmb&hl=en_US
    or using a file manager like Ghost Commander along with its Samba plugin added.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghostsq.commander&hl=en_US
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghostsq.commander.smb
    that allow one to include SMB support but again, it's a Microsoft protocol. Using it to connect to a PC, which already will have SMB (Windows) or Samba (Linux or Mac) support, is a different matter than connecting two Android devices that by default include neither.
     
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  9. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    I somehow thought that showing File Manager+, which the OP is using, using SMB to connect to my network would be informative. It's not. Oh well. :)
     
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  10. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    With two Android devices trying to connect to each using something like SMB, neither can detect each other because there are two SMB clients being involved. That's why other workaround solutions have to be used that don't involve SMB or are app-based.
    When connecting to computer, there's a SMB service (or Samba for non-Windows) running as a background process, the difference being it's then a matter of a client connecting to a server.
     
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  11. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Google email and password no luck
    I dont know a thing about SMB

    I like File Manager + as I was able to connect to google drive and my pc (through ip address) straightaway without coming out of the app.
    Dont know if I am in the wrong window?
     
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  12. jo69

    jo69 Android Enthusiast
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    Downloded Files by Google to try that
    It says create a hotspot Dont know what that is
    It seems a long winded option
    And do I cancel it afterwards?
     
  13. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

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