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How to transfer files over wi-fi to a Blackberry Playbook

I have been playing around with a Blackberry Playbook (no pun intended) recently to see what is the best way to access network shares and transfer files.  Today I will show you how to mount your Playbook as a network share on a Windows 7 system and transfer files to it.  This works for Workgroups only as I have not yet tried connecting a Playbook to Active Directory.

On the Playbook

  1. On the home screen tap on Settings (this is the grey cog on the top right hand corner of the screen).
  2. We need to jot down the ip address of the Playbook so tap on About – Network.  You should see the IPv4, IPv6 and MAC Address.  Write down the IPv4 address as we will need this later.
  3. Now in Settings scroll down the menu on the left until you come to Storage and Sharing and tap on it.  Locate Network Identification and tap on Properties.  This is where you enter details for the network so choose a name for your Playbook, enter the name of your Workgroup and a User name to access the Playbook when it is mounted.  Once done tap Back.
  4. Back on the Storage and Sharing screen make sure that File Sharing, Wi-Fi Sharing and Password Protect options are all set to on.
  5. Tap on Change Password to set a password to access the files when the Playbook is mounted.

Your Playbook is now correctly configured.  Now onto Windows 7.

On Windows 7

  1. Go to Start – Run and in the Open box type file:// where is the address of the Playbook on the network.
  2. A box should appear asking for network credentials.  Enter the username and password you set up earlier on the Playbook.
  3. Once accepted you will see two shared folders on the screen – certs and media.  All of your files will be in media.  You can now happily transfer files back and forth between your PC and your Playbook.

Update 22/03/12

If you just want to get data off the Playbook an easier way is to download an app called Wifi File Explorer.  Once downloaded and installed you can access the data through a web page!!

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.

How to configure networking in Virtualbox

Following on from last time today we shall cover networking and in particular sharing folders.  Lets take networking first.

Virtualbox covers networking by using different network adapter settings for different circumstances.  These are NAT, Bridged Adapter, Internal Network and Host-Only Adapter.  All of these settings can be found under Settings – Network on the default Virtualbox page.

So what does each setting do? NAT allows your virtual network to use only one outgoing IP address which would be visible on the internet but multiple internal IP addresses.  You would use this, for example, in a home network where all the computers are connected to a switch and a single router.  NAT is the default setting.

Bridged Adapter allows your virtual machine to talk to any computer on your physical network just like if  you attached a new computer.   So for example if you had Windows Server 2008 R2 in a virtual machine you would use this setting to allow it to talk to all the computers on your network.

Internal Network allows all your virtual machines to talk to each other but not the outside network.  This is useful when you set up an network specifically for testing purposes.

Finally Host Only Adapter allows the host to communicate with a set of virtual machines.  This would be useful if you wanted to set up a network but did not have the physical hardware to do so.

So looking at the options above you would network up your virtual machines and share your folders exactly the same as if you had networked up two physical computers.  There is another way though.  If you just want the host computer to talk to one virtual machine at a time and are not interested in networking the virtual machines then use the Virtualbox shared folders setting.  For example you might have a Linux host with two virtual machines, Windows 7 and Windows XP.  You use the virtual machines to test software but don’t require them to communicate with each other, however you do need access to folders on the host system.  To set up shared folders go to Settings – Shared Folders and attach the folders you want to share.  It is that simple!!

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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