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[Q] ES File Explorer set-up

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24th January 2012, 11:54 PM   |  #11  
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Okay got it working, thanks for the help guys. The problem was that all my media is on an external hard drive. In case anyone else has this problem and stumbles upon this thread, here's what I did:

1. Right clicked the external hdd and went to sharing tab. At the bottom it said that I had password protection on, so I followed the instructions there to disable it.

2. The 'Share' button in the sharing tab was greyed out so I had to go into advanced sharing and check 'Share this folder'.

3. I then went into the security tab of the properties pane and gave my user account all permissions. My user account is the only account and therefore has admin rights, so I don't know why I had to do this.

4. I then created a new username called 'everyone', and gave it all permissions.

5. Clicked okay and close, and I could then access it via ES on my prime.

The reason I didn't mention the hdd in the OP is because at that point I couldn't access the laptop at all. Once I did the above everything worked. I think having password protection on was preventing me from getting into my laptop at all, as I don't have any passwords in windows.

Thanks for the help! I now have access to all my media on my prime. Good times.

EDIT. Turns out the username 'everyone' doesn't need all permissions. I didn't like the idea of 'everyone' having full control over my hdd so I changed the permissions to just allow reading and writing, no modifying etc. Still works.
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25th January 2012, 12:05 AM   |  #12  
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Cool beans....
25th January 2012, 07:17 PM   |  #13  
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What kind of data transfer rates are normal for transfer between two wireless devices? Wireless G that is. Both devices are very close to the router. I should be able to stream 720p video comfortably right? But it doesn't seem to keep up.

Is there a way of testing this speed?
25th January 2012, 09:53 PM   |  #14  
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streaming 720p on prime tablet over wifi G
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Originally Posted by breakshift

Okay got it working, thanks for the help guys. The problem was that all my media is on an external hard drive. In case anyone else has this problem and stumbles upon this thread, here's what I did:

Glad you figured it out. I just saw this and was just about to walk you through it

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What kind of data transfer rates are normal for transfer between two wireless devices? Wireless G that is. Both devices are very close to the router. I should be able to stream 720p video comfortably right? But it doesn't seem to keep up.

Is there a way of testing this speed?

There is currently no tablet app that I know of that test speed (wifi analyzers scan wifi signal strength) but speedtest app can test you internet connection. For local speed, you can transfer a big file and look at the transfer rate. Ideally, the between 1-2 meters away for the router is the best.

"When testing throughput do it ~1 meter from the AP and test between a wireless client and a wired client. Doing it far away/behind walls/downstairs/etc will have reduced rates and is a different problem to solve. Being extremely close can lower performance by overloading the receiver" -dd-wrt.com

Wireless G is 54 Mbits/s but real world test is ~22 Mbits/s down and ~2.5 Mbit/s....720p streams at 2.5 Mbit/s (for VC-1 and lower formats) up to 5Mbit/s (for H.264 and better quality formats) so it depends on a lot of things. Short answer yes. BUT if you source is on wifi too rather than LAN then there is a high chance that it won't be smooth. Also depending on whether you are the only one connected, the router brand, how good your source is, etc. 720p on 802.11g is hit and miss (mostly miss) so consider a wireless N 300M/bits router

All this can be found on google (feel free to correct me) and please click THANKS if this helped you.
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25th January 2012, 11:24 PM   |  #15  
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That makes a lot of sense. The file I've been using is a high quality .mkv file, so that's probably the issue.
26th January 2012, 02:24 AM   |  #16  
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google is great, here are some good resources for a beginner:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-7-and-xp/
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/win...er-wizard/3180
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-turn-off.html

If you do use a password ES has problems with non alphanumeric characters sometimes.


ES gives access to network shares by buffering the files via an internal webserver, this means it significantly reduces performance. If you want to watch HD mkv's I would recommend using CifsManager:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...ht=cifsmanager
I use it with MX player or Dice and have no issues watching 1080 mkv movies over wireless g if I'm not too far from the access point.

---------- Post added at 08:24 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:20 PM ----------

As a note "not to far" is roughly upto about 35 feet for G or 50 for N for me with 1080.
Even if you move to wireless N, ES file explorer will not perform as well as CifsManager with HD videos.
26th January 2012, 05:11 AM   |  #17  
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Never share your OS drive. Just share a folder(s) that are on your OS drive. Give anonymous access to these particular folders, so when any client that looks for shared folders they will see these folders there. Shouldn't have to input any log in information at all.
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breakshift, I am trying also to access my external hdd on my Prime. I followed your steps, but still cannot determine the correct username and password combination. What did you end up using?
17th May 2012, 02:31 PM   |  #19  
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Well since I did what I described in that post, it all works. Are you able to connect to the computer at all? Or is it just when you try to go into the HDD it refuses you?

ES doesn't ask for a username or password at all for me anymore. Does it prompt you for that info? If so, do you have a password set up on your user account on your computer?
17th June 2012, 07:19 PM   |  #20  
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When I try to watch videos using es file explorer on mg galaxy s2, sometimes it connects and sometimes it doesn't. If I restart my desktop pc, it will work for about half an hour then fail to login again.

This is what I'm always getting, https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B90a...9fbDBDUzA/edit would appreciate it someone can help.
  • I'm using windows 7 pro 64bit
  • Everyone else in my family can stream the shared files with their windows laptop.
  • After restarting my computer(the pc with the shared files), my brother and I can stream for about 30 minutes, then I have to restart my pc again.

I have a password on my pc, but even when I put it in the edit server options it still doesn't work. I'm thinking it may be a firewall or router setting?

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