05-21-2012 01:20 PM
Apologies if this is not a new idea.
Anyone who doesn't like installing desktop software and/or wants to copy files by drag and drop but finds connecting with wifi and USB annoying, try the following.
Go to Settings, Storage and Sharing. For USB Connections, set it to Connect to Mac (Not Auto Detect)
Switch on File Sharing and Wifi Sharing and set a wifi sharing password.
In the Network Identification - Properties button, get the Tablet Network Name. It will be something like
PLAYBOOK-XXXX, and the username will probably be playbook
In Finder, click Go then Connect to Server then enter smb://PLAYBOOK-XXXX/Media
use the name playbook and the password you just set, if and when asked.
That server address works for USB and for WIFI alike, so save it to the favorite servers list and use it for both, and it doesn't care what the IP address of the playbook is.
The trick definitely works for Linux too.
Anyone want to try and map a drive on Windows on \\PLAYBOOK-24B6\Media to test it? It may work if Windows is in the mood...
05-21-2012 02:18 PM
\\\192.168.1.16 works for me
05-21-2012 05:14 PM
I agree, but the knowledge base article also tells you to use the IP address which is router dependant and changes. The point of using the tablet network name is that you don't need to know the IP address. This is important if the playbook and other devices regularly disconnect and reconnect to the router in different sequence. For example I have three devices, so the playbook can be 192.168.1.100 or .101 or .102 depending on which I power up first
You can fix the IP address of playbook but you also have to fix the DNS servers, and again complex for non-tech users.
It gets more complex with USB as the IP address for USB starts 169. and is randomly generated and needs to be ascertained each time the network connection is made.
Using the above process for USB gives a reliable connection without using desktop software and therefore no danger of accidentally reinstalling the OS which has been reported many times on here.
I keep desktop software for de-bricking only, hopefully not a frequent procedure!
05-23-2012 05:59 AM
OK I tried it on a new Windoze 7 laptop and it does not work as it can't find any Blackberry drivers without the BB software. I expect it would work once the software is installed, but that defeats the point.
Funny how Mac OSX and Linux cxan manage this simple task.
Unix is king....
05-24-2012 04:21 AM - edited 05-24-2012 04:24 AM
I agree the most foolproof method would be to use the IP. Address.
Sorry I must disagree.
1. Anywhere that the IP address works, the Tablet Network Name (aka NETBIOS name) also works. That's why the network people invented it and it's why it's programmed into Playbook.
2. The IP address for WIFI can vary between several values according to the DHCP connection sequence, and the IP address for USB is randonly generated from many possible values. Fixing the IP address for Wifi requires more intervention and has to be done for each connection saved in the Playbook.
3. The Tablet Network Name on the other hand never changes.
QED the Tablet Network Name is the most foolproof .