We've already published several articles and video clips about network
file sharing using the well-known "SMB" or "Samba" protocol. This
sharing method was made popular long ago, because of its use in
Microsoft's "Windows" operating system.
Nowadays, SAMBA file shares are routinely offered by modern, powerful
routers in our homes and small businesses. If your router has a
"USB" connector on it, you can probably take advantage of this feature,
as described in our November 2010 episode on "Network Attached Storage
the Easy Way".
Google's "Android" operating system supports SMB file sharing by
default, so any "uncrippled" Android device can browse these shared
files, making them extremely convenient to access from anyplace within
your home or small office.
Modern LINUX machines can also access Samba shares. One of the most
popular applications that focus on Samba file access is the "SMB4K"
SMB4K works wonderfully, but it is rather complex. In my experience
using SMB4K on the popular "PcLinuxOS" operating system, it is easy to
swerve into problems, and it can be rather difficult to figure out the
successful path that can allow powerful, robust access. I have found
some behavior that I believe results from bugs in the user interface or
internal logic of SMB4K, but I've also found reasonable "workarounds"
that I use with great success.
In the video clips below, I'll show you EXACTLY what it looks like to
launch, use, and configure SMB4K as I explore the Samba shared
resources of my own Local Area network. Click on each video link
in order. After you've seen all five videos on this page, click
on the "NEXT" icon (at the bottom of the page) to continue on to the
additional five clips of this series. Let's get started!