Forums/USING ASTRO/Basic Functions of ASTRO

Networking (SMB Quick Start)

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

SMB Quick start:

Click the Network button in the toolbar (far right).  Click the New button.  Select SMB and enter these fields:

Label: icon label (optional)
Server: remote IP address (required)
Share: a windows share (optional)
Domain: a windows domain (optional)
Directory: a directory under the share (optional)
User Name: (required)
Password: (required)

 You can click Test to try the settings and then click Save. Now click the newly created icon and you should be connected to your server. If you have problems, try entering only the required fields first and then enter optional fields one at a time to narrow down the problem.

 

Comments

User photo
Lwdanz

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
User photo
Roger Johnsen

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

November 06, 2011 04:08
User photo
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 08, 2011 19:13
User photo
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
User photo
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 05, 2012 20:34
User photo
Support @ Metago
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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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 01, 2012 23:04
User photo
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 02, 2012 06:22
User photo
Lev Leiderman

i did that allready 

without any lack :\

please help Astro support :\

July 03, 2012 07:40
User photo
Lwdanz

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: "java.io.IOException: Invalid payload size: 405. 

July 03, 2012 13:31
User photo
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 03, 2012 17:05
User photo
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 03, 2012 19:43
User photo
Rick Spiewak

Trying to connect to my WIndows 7 (64) system, I get:

java.io.IOException: Invalid payload size: 405

July 08, 2012 09:25
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
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 09, 2012 05:31
User photo
Ed Begley

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

October 26, 2012 14:03
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
Barguast

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 07, 2012 10:04
User photo
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
User photo
Oz
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
User photo
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
User photo
Codechaser

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
CodeChaser

August 24, 2013 13:32
User photo
Codechaser

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

CodeChaser

August 24, 2013 13:38
User photo
Sven Knoblich

Hello,
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   -> '//192.168.178.20/data'

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
User photo
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
User photo
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
User photo
Jayt5800

I'm also having the DUP_NAME problem. If I find a fix I'll let u know

November 05, 2013 06:44
User photo
Lafseo John

Your social network point of view provides a collection of techniques for inspecting this construction of total cultural organizations and a a number of theories explaining this patterns seen in these kinds of set ups.

pdf to excel
July 17, 2014 07:15