How to Map you PlayBook Over WI-FI.
Just a few days ago I wrangled myself a BlackBerry Playbook. A bit late, but that’s not the point of this article. Since I’ve gotten it I’ve done my best to explore many of the features (and lack thereof) that it has. I could spend literally hours raving about what I love (and ranting about what I hate) but this write up is far more limited in purpose than that. I want to talk about a very nifty little feature the Playbook has, and give directions for even the most un-tech-savvy reader to be able to use it (provided you have Windows 7 – I’m not sure what people with different OSes will be able to do). Once I figure out how to do this in linux I may do an additional write up, although most linux users probably won’t need much help.
The very cool feature the Playbook has (as you might have gathered from the title of this article) is built in wireless access to your files over your WiFi network. I wish my BlackBerry had this feature, but that’s neither here nor there. Heck, as far as I can tell my Android device and iTouch don’t do this either.
Many people already know about WiFi access; I’m taking this a step farther. This will show you how to create a shortcut to your Playbook files in your Computer folder, complete with a pretty little bar showing you how much space you have left.
Ok, here we go! [insert adventure music here]
Step 1: Make sure your Playbook is connected to Wifi.
Step 2: On your Playbook, go to Storage and Sharing and enable File Sharing and Wifi Sharing. You can enable a password if you want. I didn’t bother.
Step 3: On your Playbook, go to about and select the network tab. Take note of your IP address (IPv4). It’ll be something like 22.214.171.124. Sorry that I redacted my IP address, I’m sure you understand
Step 4: On your computer, click on the top bar and type your Playbook’s IP address. Notice that there is a \\ before the IP address; you MUST include this.
That’s as far as most instructions will go. From here you can browse the file on your Playbook (media folder). Taking the next steps will make you a nifty shortcut in your Computer folder with the sexy fill bar. Basically, easy access; you don’t ever have to remember your IP address or type it in the navigation bar again.
Step 5: Right click on the media folder and select “Map Network drive…”
Step 6: Assign a Drive Letter (whatever you want, it doesn’t matter. I used P for Playbook). Click Finish.
Step 7: Have a glass of lemonade, and reflect on how cool it is that you can access your Playbook over WiFi quickly and easily by just clicking on the icon in your Computer directory.
You can browse the files on your Playbook now by clicking the Network Location. You can easily copy files to and from it whenever you want. Easy huh? You can also change the drive name by right-clicking it and selecting “Rename.”
Enjoy your Playbooks everyone, I hope this feature makes life easier and more fun for everyone.
Thanks to: http://opensourcebb.com/
Last edited by UnknownError507; 10-17-11 at 10:24 PM.
By my knowledge you don't have a user name just a password and that it, if you refer to your network Id/username it is you IP address. when you will be promoted to insert your password over the network it will be "playbook" if you refer to that User name.
Im sorry if it was posted before, but can you please provide a link ??...cause i was hitting that search button there and nothing came UP with something like this.
Please provide a link to the same Thread i posted and i will request the Admin/Moderator of this forum to remove this POST!
The only link i found over the Cb Blog was with Mac/Apple Connection, not PC
Here is the link:
Last edited by UnknownError507; 10-17-11 at 11:50 PM.
- CrackBerry Abuser
10-18-11, 12:29 AM #10
- 208 Posts
I just did this on an XP laptop. Go to my computer and insert the IP address in the computer bar at the top. I run a password protection on my wifi transfer so I was prompted with a username and password option. I entered my name in the user name for ID purposes only and then the password for the PB and I have a file manager. I don't have the PB virtual desktop shown above. Not sure I should.
- CrackBerry Addict
10-18-11, 01:55 AM #11
- 799 Posts
- PM me
//[PLAYBOOK IP]/media /mnt/playbook cifs password=[YOUR PASSWORD],uid=[YOUR USERNAME],lfs 0 0
- 10-18-11, 04:07 AM #13
That's nice job, pictures always talk much than words, in particular for the ones who does not speak Shakespeare language (the 60% market "rest of the world" !).
So thank you very much for the time it certainly took.
May I suggest that you put a link to this thread into the sticky "PB tips & tricks" ?
- CrackBerry User
10-18-11, 06:55 AM #16
- 35 Posts
Good step by step guide, easy to follow. I had a bit of a tough time figuring this out when I first got my Playbook and ended up creating a network shortcut to the Playbook IP address. This is even better, I can't believe I didn't think of doing this...
- 10-18-11, 07:21 AM #17
so what happens when the IP address you used in setting up the netowrk link changes because another terminal that got to the network before you takes it and ur PB is now assigned another IP address?
- CrackBerry User
10-18-11, 03:19 PM #20
- 28 Posts
Another similar method would be to follow steps 1,2 & 3, then go to your computer desktop and right -click. Then choose new shortcut. type in the IPv4 address of your playbook (example \\126.96.36.199). Then click on the "next" button. Assign a name (like playbook) and you will have a desktop shortcut to your playbook files.
- 10-18-11, 03:26 PM #21
Pfff i was looking for this on the forum and i dint find it .
Good find Detective(no doubt your Username is Detective M Downs)
So Mod/Admin if you think my post it was helpful enough, keep it on the forum if not please delete or close the thread.
Thank you and i hope ill come with more great info/trick for new comers to this amazing Forum.
If you have dynamic IP address you have to assign every time your PB too the according WORKGROUP IP what you'll find under setting.
If your IP is static you dont have to worry about any settings just connect your PB as regular you did and you dont have to follow the steps again.
Last edited by UnknownError507; 10-18-11 at 05:26 PM.
Hey there, sorry that's just a Photoshop but if you would like to have a desktop on to your PB you can use an app Called Citrix you can dowload from app world for free!
PS: the version on there is not the latest one it will be available tomorrow, the real version was shown at the #DEVCON11 it was just pushed to app word and awaits for approve.
Last edited by UnknownError507; 10-18-11 at 05:52 PM.