Android applications have several options for nearly every task. It has a wide range of features, more than you could imagine.
One such option is storing of network files. Android works phenonomously with networks. It makes it easy to connect to various services on company network including storage. For the mere benefit, Android Training will give an overview of plenty of tools in its kitty.
Let us get an overview of the handier storage and NAS- ready tools available for the Android platform. These tools connect to various storage solutions, be it Windows shares, WebDAV, NAS, Samba, etc.
It is an Android Samba Client which connects to network SMB Shares. Once connected, downloading files, creating folders, uploading and sending SMB and local files become much easier. This app includes anonymous access to make connection easier.
It is one of the powerful SMB capable managers on the list. It handles numerous shares on Android device, each with a different authentication.
2. Astro File Manager
This is the file manager accessible through the Android platform. After installation is completed, SMB Connectivity is built in. Astro has plenty of features with built-in cloud support.
3. ES File Explorer
It is the Android file manager that connects to network shares readily, making it simple, yet powerful. It can be connected to SMB Shares, WebDAV Services, FTP, etc. It works perfectly for those looking for a minimum interface with maximum features. Once installed, its software technology is now easy to set bookmarks, work with files and much more.
Additionally, this app even has built-in storage management, like, Dropbox, One Drive, AmazonS3, and more. It carries one of the largest feature sets of all the file managers.
Network shares can now be quickly accessed just by a couple of shares as this app offers most user-friendly interface.
4. Folder Tag CIFS
It is a CIFS Plugin for Folder Tag File Manager. The Folder Tag has numerous plugins to connect to SMB Shares. These plugins can easily manipulate files from and within a network share. This file manager adds all folders as ‘tags’ whose functionality is to open the folders on a desktop PC quickly.
5. NAS Wake On LAN
This app runs a service to send wakeup packet to the NAS. After installing the app, there are a few steps to be performed to enable the service. The steps include:
- Enter an IP and MAC addresses for NAS
- Set the timer
- Configure the port
Once it is configured, the android device stays on the same network as the NAS. The wakeup packet is forwarded to NAS to keep it awake. If NAS still has trouble staying awake, a temporary solution is executed to fix the device.
6. Network Browser
This app lets you locate or connect to any Windows or Samba shares. Network Browser makes the process of connection with just an IP Address. It is employed for browsing files on Windows, Linux and Mac Network.
Once connected, downloading and uploading files come with a free access. This app also supports streaming of music and movies.
7. Upload 2 NAS Lite
It is a simple application for setting up auto uploads from the mobile device to an FTP-enabled NAS. The app was originally designed to auto upload images clicked from a device camera. Uploading just about anything to FTP-enables super easy functionality of NAS.
Though the setup is a bit hectic, it works like a charm. This app can be set either to auto-upload or can be manually uploaded.
Now, explore the new way of managing files and folders on a local network in an easy methodology than ever. These apps work well with Android tablets or smart phones.
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