Saturday, November 15, 2014

Network Browser Setup Instructions


Network Browser from Ape Apps is quickly becoming the number one network management and media streaming app for Android, but many users are confused as to how to successfully set up a network connection between their computer and their Android device.  The following instructions show how to establish a network link using Network Browser for Android and the Windows 8.1 operating system.

  1. Install Network Browser - Obviously the first step is you need to download and install the free Network Browser app onto your device.  It is available for both Android and Kindle devices, and you can find download links for your platform at the official Network Browser website: http://www.ape-apps.com/apps/network_browser/
  2. Enable Sharing on your PC - If you already have a home network up and running then you can skip the next couple of steps.  On some Windows installations, network sharing is disabled by default for security purposes.  To enable it, do the following:
    • Open the Control Panel on your PC and click on Network and Internet.
    • From the Network and Internet screen. click on the Network and Sharing Center option.
    • On the Network and Sharing Center screen, you should see a Change advanced sharing settings option on the right hand side.  Click on it.
    • Scroll down to the Password protected sharing section, and put a check in the Turn on password protected sharing option.
  3. Share a folder - This step is simple.  Once sharing is enabled on your PC, right click on a folder you would like to share, and select Properties.  From the properties window, select the Sharing tab, and click on the Share button at the top:


    In the File Sharing window that opens up, select users that you would like to share the folder with (choose an account you have access to) and then click on the Share button on the bottom right corner.


  4. Note your IP address - In order to find your PC, you will need to know what your IP address is.  To do this, open the Command Prompt app on your computer (you can do this by pressing the windows+R keys, and then typing "cmd" in the run window).  From there, type ipconfig and press enter.  There will be several options that come up.  If you are on Wireless, you will want to find the section that is labeled Wireless LAN.  It might look something like this:


    The value you are interested in is the IPv4 Address.  It will probably be something like 192.168.x.x, unless you have a more customized setup, in which case you probably already know what your IP address is.


  5. Set up Network Browser - Open up the Network Browser app on your Android device and from the main screen choose New Connection.
  6. Fill out your network settings - The last step is to input your PC information into the app.  The Server Address will be where you type in the IP address you marked down earlier.  Server Nickname can be anything you want to help you identify the server.  Domain will be blank in most cases.  Username and  Password will be the Windows account settings for the user that you added to your shared folder back in step 3.



  7. Enjoy!  For the most part, that should be it.  Setup with vary by operating system and version, but it should be similar for most platforms.
Need additional help?  If you are having problems, feel free to post them here in the comments and I or someone else will respond with help.  Chances are, if you are having an issue, somebody else might be having the same one!

26 comments:

  1. Server number input is numbet keypad... no periods !!!

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    1. Use that keypad and press symbol to get fullstop!

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    1. It was not working because the username and password were wrong. These must be the login name and password for your computer.

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  3. Hos to access hidden shares?

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  4. NO FUNCIONA CON W10 O ANDROID 5.x, AL MOMENTO DE HACER CLIC EN EL SERVER VUELVE A "NEW CONNECTION" Y NADA, CREA UN NUEVO SERVER Y ASI HASTA EL FIN DEL UNIVERSO

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  6. I cannot play network video files using Kodi as the media player. Kodi starts up, but no file is loaded. The same vile will play to a different player, and to Kodi using a different network browser. Android 5.0.2, Kodi 15.2

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  7. Cant see wd network drive. Ip is correct windows sees it ok

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  8. Cant see wd network drive. Ip is correct windows sees it ok

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  9. How to use Network Browser other network

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  10. Followed all setup and configuration instructions to the letter and could list on my Android tablet various shared folders situated on the external hard drive attached to my laptop. However, no amount of prodding, tapping or long-pressing would coax any of them to open and show the files I know they contain. My laptop has Windows 10 installed. What am I doing wrong?

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  11. Since update, I have not been able to access the network. I followed all the instructions, entering the IP address, username, etc. it creates a shortcut on the apps home screen, but it will not connect.

    Worked perfectly fine before, what happened?!?

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  12. Same issue here, work fine before update. Same on multiple devices

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  13. All mp3 files from network drive show up as WMA. Will not play on android

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  14. All mp3 files from network drive show up as WMA. Will not play on android

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  15. Is it possible to access from lets say the mobiles internet? If you are on the run so to say :)

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  16. how can i disable photo backup automatic start?

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  17. Hi everyone, I've tried to setup a network by through ddns service, however doesn't work someone could help me on this? Thanks

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  18. Hi everyone, I've tried to setup a network by through ddns service, however doesn't work someone could help me on this? Thanks

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  19. Same problem as everyone else. Sets up connection fine but go to go into the folders and that's where the endless loop of problems start. Using this on a tablet and used to work but not anymore

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