Connected SMB Storage Provider Help

Introduction

This is the free version of ConnectedSMB Storage Provider. The full paid version of ConnectedSMB allows you to have more then one Provider (access to a remote computer or phone) at a time and allows you to share the content of your phone with other phones.

ConnectedSMB Storage Provider is compatible with Android’s Storage Access Framework (SAF) introduced in Android 4.4 (API level 19).
ConnectedSMB provides a Windows compatible Network File Sharing (often referred to as SMB) as an Android content provider. This allows file exchange between Android devices and Windows, Linux, MacOS, and other systems that support the SMB Network protocol.

ConnectedSMB provides both client and server capabilities although the free version disables disables the server. Android devices are able to access files that reside on remote computers. The free version is restricted to a single remote.

Walk Through

The sample walkthrough will configure the Connected SMB Storage App as an SMB Client by configuring a provider to a remote computer. The content on the remote coputer will be accessible to your phone as if that content were local to your phone.

Installation

Connected SMB can be installed directly from from Google Play Store. The Connected SMB Play Store App page is:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.connectedway.connectedsmb

Running the Connected SMB Storage Provider and Server

To run, either hit “Open” from the Connected SMB Play Store App page or locate the “Connected SMB” Icon in your phone’s apps and click on it to open.

You will then be shown the Connected SMB Storage app main screen. On the free version, there will only be one tab shown on this screen: the “Network Servers” tab.

This screen will look like:

Connected SMB Network Servers Screen
Connected SMB Network Servers Screen

Exporting a share from a PC

In order for local applications to be able to access shares on the local network, you must configure a provider for the server. For this, you will need to have a computer on your local network that has network file sharing turned on and has exported at least one share. The ConnectedSMB Storage Provider will attempt to discover all computers on your network but in the event that it can’t discover your computer, you should know it’s IP address. To find the IP address on Windows 10, you can follow the directions below:

Find your Windows 10 IP Address

To enable file sharing on a windows 10 box and to export a share, you can follow the directions below:

Exporting a Directory under Windows 10

If you are using a Windows 7 PC, a Mac, or are having difficulty exporting a share from a computer, you can also send us mail through the email listed in the about box (accessible in the menu on the title bar).

Adding a Storage Provider to Connected SMB

  1. Hit the computer with a plus sign icon on the bottom right of the screen to add a network server. This will bring up a screen that looks like:
Connected SMB Network Provider Dialog
Connected SMB Network Provider Dialog
  1. The first field allows you to specify the server that contains the share you wish to access. Hit the pull down bar that says “Select Server” in it. This should bring up a list of servers that the application has discovered on your local network.
    ConnectedSMB does it’s best to find all servers on the local network but for various reasons, the server you are looking for may not be visible. If the server is found, simply select it. In our case, we are looking for an item that has your phone’s name in it. Once selected, you will see the information field of IP and Port filled in with the resolved IP address and port. You do not need to be concerned with this.

The most common case for why your phone or some desired server is not visible is simply that the discovery algorithm has not found it yet. Allowing the algorithm to run for a longer time will allow the server to be discovered and added to the list. But waiting may not always be the best option, nor may the discovery option ever find the server. So, if you do not see your server, you can select <new…> in the “Select Server” pulldown. This will bring up the Remote Address Dialog.