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LAN File Explorer Lets You Access & Stream Network Files to Your PlayBook

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I have been playing with a few apps that allow you to access and stream files on my networked PCs and Macs to my PlayBook. Until now I have been using Subsonic but now there is another contender called Lan File Explorer by Liang Gao. You simply install the free FileHub app on your PC or Mac as a file/media server and then lets you browse those drives from your PlayBook along with streaming video, music, and pictures to your PlayBook.

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Features include the ability to:

  • Browse folders/files;
  • Instantly watch movies/videos(streaming). It has a build-in video player and can play in fullscreen mode;
  • Instantly listen music(streaming);
  • View photos. It has Build-in picture viewer and allow swipe to switch photos;
  • Read various types of text files including source code, scripts, etc.;
  • Able to Download any types of files to your BlackBerry PlayBook.

Check out LAN File Explorer in App World for $0.99

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11 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Great to see all these solutions coming out for this but am I alone in thinking that this is something else that a tablet should just do?

    I am well aware that tablet computing is different from laptop/desktop/netbook computing however being able to access/share files over an internal network or even stream them over an internal network is – in my opinion – something every tablet should just do.

    • Yeah its a sad state but no tablet does. RIM is one of the first to allow Wi-Fi access to the device filesystem over Wi-Fi natively. I am just hoping they offer the reverse soon. On Android there are a few apps that do this in a clunky way but not ideal

      • You are NOT correct when you say: “Yeah its a sad state but no tablet does. RIM is one of the first to allow Wi-Fi access to the device filesystem over Wi-Fi natively. ”
        Archos Android Internet tablets and Wifi media players all do this natively and have done so for years before any other tablet. They allow streaming, copying/moving/deleting of files remotely. Even the much earlier non-Andorid Archos 605 Wifi tablet introduced in 2007 does this out of the box. Some of the earlier Archos tablets may have done this too as streaming and playing of media is what Archos does best.

  2. Does the video player play movies files?

  3. This app sucks!
    I have installed it. It is not working the way you promised.
    Video is not streaming. I tried both .mkv and .avi.
    .mp4 is working with frequent stucks.
    Files could not be explored when a mp3 files is played.
    Constant connection drops.
    Do they even care about the user?
    Don’t they care to test the app before submitting?

    Such a waste of money. And the App World guys delete the review I posted about the app. Great!

  4. Hmm I have not put it through the ringer but the few TV episodes I ran through with it and pictures worked. It took a bit to queue up but did not really see any issues after. Maybe try again? Have you used Subsonic before?

  5. PS how fast of a computer do you have the file server installed on? Relatively recent one?

    • I’m using a one year old machine with Windows 7, i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, etc.. I hope that should be more than enough to run the server.
      I have installed the latest File Hub server client.

  6. Works with pogoplug drives, which is great.

    Would be better if you could upload files too.

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