Samba Shares on LINUX with Smb4K
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We've already published several articles and video clips about network file sharing using the well-known "SMB" or "Samba" protocol. This file 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 NAT 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".

We've been doing this for years. For example, back in October of 2010, we mentioned our use of the venerable Linksys "NSLU2 Slug" to view our extensive collection of DVD movies on any of the computers, tablets, or TVs connected to our home Local Area Network.

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" Samba browser.

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!