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  • 15. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    wsuranga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Richard,


    I am using Avatron's Air Sharing app to transfer my files between the iPad and the network storage.


    I pretty much followed Dave's simple instructions above to setup a Server on the Air Display app. Here's what I did.


    In my case, I have Western Digital Network Drive connected to my home WiFi network. This serves some shared folders with dedicated logins.


    1) On Air Sharing app select the Plus icon from the top left. This will let you add a Server/Share.

    2) From the list, select FPT (assuming you have an FTP server running on your network drive?) or SSH/SFTP if you have ssh access to the network drive. Of course this depends on how you are sharing the content on your network drive.

    3) fill in the Description, URL (the ip address of your Network Drive). You can leave the user name and password blank so that the app will prompt you for the login details when you try to connect.

    4) save the details and select the newly created Server/Share from the Server list which will prompt you for the login details and connect if all is good


    Hope this helps.


    Good luck



  • 16. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    Richardcn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI Suranga


    That's great, thanks for all the info. Now all I need to do is find out if my drive has FTP support which is all new to me (but I'm learning). I have the Orange Brightbox router and a standard Seagate 250Mb USB drive attached so I'm thinking that they may be found wanting!. However, I can view and transfer files both ways using the laptop (Vista) to access the drive so it seemed logical (in my ignorance) that I should be able to do the same on iPad (once I had achieved a download from the drive to the iPad). Why are these things never easy?  




  • 17. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    wsuranga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Richard,


    Not too familiar with the Orange Brightbox, but I've taken a quick look in here.



    I can only guess this is using SMB for sharing files on the USB drive. I would try Enabling the autoshare and setup a username and password. Then on the Air Sharing app try adding it as a ssh/sftp using the same login details.


    Good luck



  • 18. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    Iankipub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cannot understand why the iPad does not have an integral file browser - eg equivalent of windows file manager or equivalents on Linus.  If there is one it is not at all obvious

  • 19. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    Richardcn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI Suranga


    Well I finally managed to get it sorted but what a ridiculously complex workflow I have ended up with. Being new to the iPad I was enjoying the faffing around because I was learning so much as I went along and I was determined to achieve my aim by whatever means. But now that I have done what I set out to do I am able to stand back and wonder what the heck is going on. The iPad is most definitely a technological step forward for me, it's so quick and easy to use but achieving my desired aim with my photos is a joke. However, as it's all new to me I'm willing to accept that I may have gone about this all the wrong way so I'd love for somebody to show me a better route if there is one. Here is my current workflow:

    Download Photos from SD card (using CCK) into iPad Photos App

    Use the same App to delete the rubbish

    Import Images into Photogene for editing and publishing

    Save to Camera Roll via Photogene

    Import in Sortshots for tagging and rating

    Save again to Camera Roll

    Export to Network Drive using FileBrowser

    Delete all unwanted copies of the image in Photos



    All of the time I saved in not booting up the steam powered laptop is now lost. I'd have done all of those steps in one piece of software (plus a file manager). Of course I cannot get away from the fact that I can do all of this out in the field, in fact anywhere on the planet but does anyone out there have a quicker and easier method?




  • 20. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    Suriname Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Has anyone used the Buffalo Drive web acces with there ipad.  I am trying to achive two things


    1) access files on the Buffalo drive from the Ipad, which I can likely do via the web access function provide by buffalo and presumably use Air Share to access the Buffalo directly at home via WIFI




    2) second is to backup the Ipad onto the Buffalo drive (application and all).  Not sure what to use to do this or if it is possible.


    I am assuming that I can just leave the Buffalo on its own (not connect to a running PC) since the Buffalo has an ethernet port and is assined a local IP address, as is my PC when connected to the router/ADSL


    Any comments on this ladies and gents, as to if this is the way to go or someone has done similiar.

  • 21. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    lenzilk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Richard,


    I just came across your post while looking for something else and thought I might add my 2 cents.  I do quite a bit of photography and have have 3 options that I use.  I found two apps that I use on the iPad and computer save me a lot of time.


    Option 1:Simply use iCloud's Photostream to transfer the photos automatically to any Mac, PC or iPhone.  Works great for simply transferring all photos. You can then just drag and drop your photos to any storage device from there.


    Option 2: There is an app called Photosync that you can download onto your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC.  This app allows you to transfer photos and videos wirelessly to any of the devices that has the app installed.  You can transfer any of the photos, specific photo albums or events you created on the iPad....  I use this app a lot to transfer photos and videos to and from my iPad or iPhone.  It saves the files into a Photosync folder on a mac or PC when transferred and you simply have to drag or backup the photos to any storage device from there.


    Option 3:  Only for Lightroom - I am a big fan of Adobe Lightroom for many reasons.  I have been using Lightroom for a while and earlier this year found a great app that helps me achieve all the proofing, tagging, flagging, keywords,.... that I want to do while on the road with the photos that I take.  I can create separate collections, etc. and then transfer all this data into Lightroom from my iPad.  The app is called Photosmith and it is the best.  There is a plug-in for Lightroom that can be installed to accept connections from the iPad.  All keywords, flags, etc. are transferred right into Lightroom when a sync occurs


    I hope some of this may help you find a better way.




  • 22. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    adsltd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I have also been looking at this and thought I would share my solution in case it is of any interest...


    - I use the camera connection kit to import my photos from the camera

    - I then flick through the "last import" folder to get rid of any rubbish shots

    - When I want to backup to remote drive I use "FTP On The Go Pro" to upload latest images.


    I have an Iomega home media drive which has an FTP server feature and this seems to work well. The FTP app is not cheap but is very good and makes light work of selecting and copying all the necessary files.


    Hope this helps.

  • 24. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    Guntis Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    And I'd recommend Documents app for that matter. It can keep all your documents and photos, it can sync even separate folders with the Dropbox and/or your local FTP or WebDAV server/drive. Excellent app, give it a try.

  • 26. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    yakapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I spent a good amount of time the past few days trying to find a way to get my wife's ipad to view 30gigs of photos on a hard drive connected to an AirPort Extreme.  I was very irritated by the fact that the AirPort Extreme wont even accept a ntfs drive.  But that's somewhat unrelated. 


    I used an ios app called "program files". Once you get it set up, it will let you view photos as thumbnails and in full resolution. 



    I'm probably going to purchase a legit NAS drive, as the AirPort Extreme disk is not as fast as I would like.  Ill probably try the app you suggested after I purchase a nas. 

  • 27. Re: Accessing network drive with an iPad
    yakapo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Correction it's called "fileexplorer" not program files. 

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