So it’s been a day since OS2 was released for the PlayBook and all I can say is ‘AWESOME!!!’.
My PlayBook has become even more productive than ever before with the addition of the native e-mail, contacts and calendar applications which takes (true) multi-tasking to another level 😉
Today I will talk about how you can very quickly and easily access your network shares with your PlayBook using the FREE Ghost Commander file manager app.
- A Windows PC – the app specifies Windows shares so I can only assume that it does not work natively with Mac and Linux systems.
- An official version of the PlayBook OS2. You can find out if you’re running OS2 by going to Settings –> About –> OS Version
If it is any less than 2, go to Settings –> Software Updates –> Check for Updates
- Ghost Commander file manager app – you can install it by searching ‘Ghost Commander’ in the PlayBook App World
Set-up file share access on your PlayBook
- Launch Ghost Commander
- Tap the ‘Windows share’ button
- Enter the following details:
Server: This should be your computer’s name or IP address. You can find your computer name and IP address by typing whoami and ipconfig in a command prompt window.
Path: You can leave this as is… if you know the exact directory you want to access, enter it here.
Domain: Leave blank unless your machine is part of a Windows domain.
Username: Enter a username that exists on the machine you are trying to connect to. Note that this user should have the permissions necessary to access the folders.
Password: Password for the above user
- Hit ‘Ok’! That’s it! You should now see your shares on the left side pane. Browse as you would and download/view/do whatever you want 😉
See below for screenshots on the beginning-to-end process; including download a video file from the shares to the local PlayBook storage.
What I would like to see in a future update
- A really neat feature I would love to see is one that would allow for movies to be streamed straight over the network so that we can cut out the whole ‘copy’ process.
- Another feature I know many will ask for is the ability to browse locations on Mac and Linux machines.