ASTRO Knowledge Base/USING ASTRO/Basic Functions of ASTRO

Networking (UPDATED)

Support @ Metago
posted this on October 21, 2011, 14:26

SMB Quick start:

When you press the Local Network inb Locations, ASTRO File Manager will can your local network to find PCs. If a list of work groups appears, you can select one of them and browse the computer's hard drive. If your PC has a Username and Password, you'll need to enter it.

Some routers thwart our scanner protocol but we can help you work around it.

Go to the Manage Locations and press the + sign.

Click the SMB Server icon. button.  

Enter the IPV4 address of the computer. (You can find the IP address using the Control Panel or the cmd prompt -> ipconfig.exe.) You can also enter the Machine's name which can be found using Windows Explorer.

You should not need to enter a Domain name.

If your PC has a Username and Password, you'll need to enter it.

You should now be able to browse that computer.



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If there is a share called PUBLIC on system HOST.XYZ.COM that belongs to domain ZZZZ and contains directory PHOTOS, from windows it would be accessed as \\HOST.XYZ.COM\PUBLIC\PHOTOS.  Please show how to enter that.

October 31, 2011, 17:57
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Roger Johnsen

Is there any decent documentation available for this module?  Please provide a link.

November 6, 2011, 04:08
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anne ritchey

This function was working beautifully before my toshiba thrive updated from a 2 version to 3.0.218. Now, no new networked devices can be set up (although going through the steps says "connection successful.") Further, even though I have access to my previously set up computer/files, I was't able to copy/paste anything from one to the other. I reinstalled my old version. I've recommended this program dozens of times in the last month-primarily for wireless transfer. I was recommending the old version. Now I wonder how many tried this newer version only to fail because of serious bugs in programming.

November 8, 2011, 19:13
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Ms Patricia Tan

It took me ages to get it working on Vista and XP Home but here are a few tips.

1) If the Test says OK - ignore it just make sure you still check for typos - its misleading and OK'ed an incorrect IP addrs as well as an incorrect password.

2) If your login does not use a password DO NOT enter any User Name details

3) If its not critical security-wise consider using the Guest account (No Password) as that works.

Quick Guide:

a) Turn on Share on your Windows drive or folder

b) Find the IP of the WiFi device of that Windows System  and enter that.

For Vista:

Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center. Under Connection, click View status.  Click Details.  Your computer's IP address appears in the Value column, next to "IPV4 IP Address."

For XP its the Wireless Network Connections Status under Support

c) Enter Login Name and Password used on that Windows System (Noting points 2. and 3. above)

Thats it - good luck.

December 10, 2011, 10:25
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Julian Isitt

Astro definitely needs good documentation covering Windows networking client-side and SMB support. It's a real shame to hold back a good software product by not getting the basics right.

January 5, 2012, 20:34
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Support @ Metago

Hi everyone,

Just to give an update, we are currently working to integrate our networking module into ASTRO! During this process many of these consistent and headache-inducing issues will be resolved. We also aim to update our support site over time to include new features of ASTRO and rewrite sections that need updating. :)


Kind regards,

The ASTRO Team

January 31, 2012, 10:03
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Brian Sumner

It would be very helpful to have some explicit documentation regarding the SMB networking function.  For example, should we enter the '\\' before the server name or does Astro put that in automatically?  Each of the fields should be documented, with examples.  In my case, I would like to be able to connect to devices on our shop SMB network.

February 11, 2012, 12:13
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anne ritchey

I will say that since my earlier post, the updates have gotten me back to my fully successful computer connections. To Brian, you may know this, but no slashes are necessary. I have been trying to get this connection with an imac now, and even though it says "tested ok" it isn't. I can bluetooth to the imac, but no SMB.

February 11, 2012, 13:05
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Brian Sumner

Anne - Thanks for your info.  The slashes are normally used in netbios protocol connections, but I wasn't sure about the Android environment.

February 11, 2012, 15:19
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Bill Quigley

I can map a share on my network just fine, and see my folders and files, but I can't actually open any files--"ASTRO does not currently support opening files".  What's the point of being able to see the files but not actually access them?  Am I missing something here?

February 11, 2012, 17:24
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anne ritchey

Bill, I just copy and paste to my tablet--so I use it to transfer files. You may want to try Splashtop Remote Desktop on your tablet/phone which uses Splashtop Streamer on your pc.

February 11, 2012, 17:37
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Drew Ruggles

This is definitely not working in version 3.1.288.std. It was working in an older version.

February 18, 2012, 13:39
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Lev Leiderman

hi guys, i'm new here and trying to get the smb module to work

i read all the treads about it on the web site and still cant get it work

i tried other products and they are working perfectly, but astro dont like me or some thing :\

i first started to use astro in the galaxy I7500, so i know this product very well and don't want to use any thing else

so please help me with the smb thing to work :\

i'm using it now to Samsung Galaxy s 2 with ICS 4.0.3

it's jost wont let me to connect at all :\

July 1, 2012, 23:04
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anne ritchey
If you followed directions to set up try rebooting your router. I can have 5 device connecting and have problems with a program on one not connecting and reboot router often works.
July 2, 2012, 06:22
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Lev Leiderman

i did that allready 

without any lack :\

please help Astro support :\

July 3, 2012, 07:40
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I have had a working setup for access to shares on a Win7 PC using Astro SMB with a Samsung Galaxy 2 (gingerbread 2.3.4) and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Honeycomb).  I just upgraded the SGS2 device to ICS 4.0.3 (stock AT&T i777UCLE5)  and it now fails every attempt at connecting, even with a test connect,- with the message: " Invalid payload size: 405. 

July 3, 2012, 13:31
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anne ritchey
Have you tried any other file managers like EStrong or Ghost Commander? GC has SMB built in. I don't remember about ES.
July 3, 2012, 17:05
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Julian Isitt

I have the ASTRO software working on an Acer Iconia A500 running Android 4.0.3. It can navigate Windows file systems but does not open applications from the server requiring that files first to be copied to a local folder. On an Acer Iconia A100 tablet I have also running Android 4.0.3 but a different file manager, I can both navigate and open file type associated applications. In fairness to Metago, I am somewhat reluctant to name this other product by name. Hopefully, Metago will soon make the necessary enhancements.

July 3, 2012, 19:43
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Rick Spiewak

Trying to connect to my WIndows 7 (64) system, I get: Invalid payload size: 405

July 8, 2012, 09:25
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marcus esc

Really bad surprise after updating:

The new design with integrated SMB does not connect to our server shares. Each share need different access accounts, not the slightest idea how this should work with this new design.

A remote server connected via VPN is not even detected by the network scan ... and NO chance to connect it manually!

The old system was tricky however it worked!

I hope you Metago guys will fix that quickly!

September 18, 2012, 11:42
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genya kaplun

I would like to second that. The whole point of using astro file manager for me was to be able to access my network shares over vpn on the go. Now with version 4 i cant. Hooe this gets addressed soon.

September 25, 2012, 11:34
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Daniele Mura

Just updated to the version 4.0... i can't log in anymore in my local network, because it uses a domain.

Since the new version doesn't have the possibility to specify the domain i can't set the username and password.

pls fix it asap (and it's not VPN... but LAN wireless)

..or maybe revert it back to the old version.

October 9, 2012, 05:31
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Ed Begley

Would really like an update about the SMB status.  It's completely broken from 2.x version.  :(

October 26, 2012, 14:03
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Derek Atkinson

Just changed my phone and installed latest Astro-4.1.447, but can't access my domain SMB shares any more over WLAN :(

Astro_3.1.427.std works fine and I much preferred the previous manual way to set up shares instead of the new scan feature. Any news on when this bug will be fixed or can we go back to the old way??  

November 21, 2012, 17:25
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Jimmy Deacon

Here as well. Astro 3 worked fine. It's main purpose was to allow connection of Android devices to the PC LAN. However, version 4 (with integrated SMB?) doesn't work at all. How do we get version 3 back as it looks as though SMB isn't getting fixed.

November 30, 2012, 06:46
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Hi, I can connect to and browse my home PC (on the LAN) but when I try to play a video, it begins downloading the file rather than streaming it. I don't have this issue with Total Commander or ES File Explorer. I much prefer the interface of Astro, so I'd like to know if I'm doing anything wrong, or if this is just a limitation of the current version? Thanks.

December 7, 2012, 10:04
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Audi McAvoy

I have yet another use case for you. . . My friend's Samsung Galaxy S3 can access my 64-bit Win7 shares with Astro -- no problem.  My own Samsung Galaxy Nexus always returns "Error | No Windows shares found on network."

December 11, 2012, 08:38
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Networking doesn't really work at all with a Nexus 7 on 4.2x (Android). Using latest version of Astro per Play store.

Here's the basic problem: The ONLY item in the network menu is "Change Login". And it does exactly nothing. Clicking on it results in absolutely nothing happening.

As a result, one cannot specify logins, shares, etc. Perhaps the default public anonymous works, but that's not my, nor anybody else's moderately secure network.

After seeing that it was over a year ago that SMB was integrated, I wonder if anything really has been done now that Android tablets are more common. Possibly this is a UI bug for larger screens, in which case: hello, 2012 and beyond?

Or, it is just a general fail to add the features. Or possibly a fail on documentation (and that documentation truly is little more than bullet points of features). I see NOTHING about the actual screens I should expect to see.

When will this work for Nexus 7?
May 31, 2013, 16:22
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Bryan Christy Seigneur

Apparently the whole local network part of Astro is window dressing.  It gives me "Error | No Windows shares found on network."  The Explorer app that came with my MK808B and Antek Explorer both access my Samba shares seamlessly.  Hell, they both see the fileshare on my printer fine also.  I've used Astro with its SMB module successfully in the past.  I'd like to keep using Astro, as I've grown to like how it does things.  But, it seems, I can't keep nice things for than a few updates.  Thanks Metago, not.

July 21, 2013, 02:31
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In order for me to get SMB to work with Win7 and Astro on my home network I had to do the following. When I did it was really fast and cool. I like it alot..

Unfortunately the following steps are a little technical,so proceed cautiously and at an office/work this may break corporate security policies, if you can even do it.

Of course your Android device with Astro V4+ and Win7 has to be on the same Wifi network IP address range, duh.

1. Run Command box
2. Type "secpol.msc", of course without quotes, and press enter
3. Under menu top left you will see
a. Security Settings, under that Local Policies.. expand tree view
4. You will see Security Options.. select this tree node
5. In the right pane window...
a. scroll down to
i. Network security:Minimum session security for NTLM SSP (including RPC based) Client
ii. Network security:Minimum session security for NTLM SSP (including RPC based) Server
b. one at a time dbl-click and you are presented with a dialog options, my had only two
i. uncheck "if checked" both
1. Require NTLMv2 Session Security
2. Require 128 Bit Encryption
c. you can experiment, I did it for both. You may only need to do the client one
6. Now back to the Run Command box
a. type "regedit.exe" , of course without quotes, and press enter
b. Browse for "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa" registry node
i. see if there is a "LmCompatibilityLevel" set to 1
ii. if not create a new "DWORD 32-bit" with this name and set to 1
7. Reboot

In Astro add either the computer name or IP as a SMB Server. This will help Astro find your Win7 box quicker.

Good Luck

August 24, 2013, 13:32
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Oops I forgot... A couple more steps...

1. You need to have your Win7 shares set for "Everyone" and either "read only" or "read/write"
2. Astro will prompt for a Win7 UserID and password... so make make sure you have an account
3. Once yo get it to work, play with adding just the account for sharing vs everyone
a. remove everyone and add a Win7 account that has rights to the shared folder etc..
Now try and see if you can still connect


August 24, 2013, 13:38
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Sven Knoblich

i also want to use the SMB Plugin for the Astro FileExplorer. But something must be changed since this documentation was released. I am using ASTRO-4.4.528 and the current SMB Plugin from the market. The only possibility to add a samba-share seems to be the following:

  1. create new place //this is only a simple translation from german '+ Neuen Ort erstellen'
  2. select 'SMB Server'
  3. write serverIP + share   -> '//'

I do not have the possibility to specify username or password. Because of that i am getting the response 'BlueError: INVALID_PASSWORD'

Could somebody can assist me where i have to place the username and password?

Thanks in advance

September 18, 2013, 15:17
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Kenium Đoàn

i am using windows 8.1, and I have a problem: I cant connect my phone using Astro File Manager 4.4 to my Laptop using Windows 8.
I try SMB and fill Laptop's IP but I see Error: DUP_NAME

Anyone help me!!!

October 27, 2013, 02:57
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Daniele Mura

after 1 year... astro 4.x still doesn't support SMB domains.... see you astro.. i'll miss you.. but now you are useless to me.

October 31, 2013, 09:38
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I'm also having the DUP_NAME problem. If I find a fix I'll let u know

November 5, 2013, 06:44
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Dung Phan Duc
November 16, 2015, 13:49
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Talat Mursalin Safin Sadil
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June 10, 2016, 17:30
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Paolo Marani

SMB support is totally broken when network shared have security.

If a folder share is protected using user/pwd, astro ask about credentials, but they are NEVER accepted, resulting in an endless credential request loop!
If the sare is unprotected, astro can access just fine.

Please, this is an HUGE bug, fix it please.

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