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    How to access your NAS share on an Android device

    Modern smartphones, having a computing power of desktops PCs from mid 2000s, are much more than just phones. Together with their younger siblings – tablets – they essentially became Personal Computers to the degree old-fashioned desktops and laptops were never even close.

    Did you know that performance of a modern smartphone (e.g. Motorola Droid) is 15 times more than of iconic Cray 1 supercomputer from early 80s?

    Although accessing emails from your phone is common now, accessing your company servers and data is a completely different story and it’s still relatively rare. With Open-E DSS V7 and any Android phone or tablet you can easily and securely access all data on your NAS shares over SMB protocol.

    Requirements

    You will need the following to carry on with our instruction:

    This article assumes you are familiar with Open-E DSS V7 and you can create and configure NAS shares. If necessary, please refer to Open-E DSS V7 Quick Start or one of our webcasts covering this topic.
    • Open-E DSS V7 with a NAS share created
    • Android device with a file manager supporting SMB protocol. We use Total Commander in our example but there are other suitable as well: ES File Explorer or Astro File Manager
    • Access to relevant LAN network configured on your Android device

    Configuring your Android device

    Installing mobile application and plugins

    Firstly, we will need to install a File Manager (Total Commander) together with a necessary plugin.

    1. In your device, download and install the Total Commander application.
      In case of Total Commander we will need an additional plugin to be able to access shares over SMB protocol. To install it, go to Add plugins (download)…:10_add_plugin
    2. Download and install the LAN (Windows network) Plugin (second option):11_android_plugins

    Connecting to your NAS share

    Once installed, you can configure access to a new server in your mobile device.

    1. Tap the LAN (Windows shares) option:12_lan_windows_share
    2. Tap <New server> to add your NAS server details:13_new_server
    3. Select a name for New server connection:14_create_server_name
    4. Provide the name of your server (or IP) followed by the name of a relevant share.
      If your NAS share requires password authentication (see SMB settings of your DSS) you will need to provide it here:

      You can also browse through all shares on your NAS server – simply provide a server name (or IP) without specifying a particular share folder name.

      6a_edit_server_details

    5. If anyone can access your NAS share (Guest option), leave the User name and Password fields blank.6b_edit_server_details
    6. You should then be able to access the content of your NAS share.7_NAS_share_content

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    2 Comments

    • Bash

      June 05, 06 2013 06:35:47

      I prefer es explorer (better interface imo), good job you mentioned it here. Well explained, thanks…

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    • Reisen

      May 06, 05 2016 09:30:38

      bookmarked!!, I really like your site!

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