Posted by CANbike on Tue, 7 Jan 2014

Blackberry Playbook Wi-Fi File Share via Samba

The following are instructions for transferring files between a Blackberry Playbook and a Linux system via Samba/CIFS.

Blackberry Playbook

  • Connect the tablet to a wireless home network
  • Go to Settings->About->Network and note the IPv4 address
    Blackberry Playbook Wi-Fi File Share via Samba-01
  • Go to Settings->Storage & Sharing
  • Enable File Sharing and Wi-Fi Sharing
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  • Tap on Network Identification->Properties
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  • Note the Username
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Linux System

To access the Playbook file share, use Samba/CIFS to create a mount point to the locally created directory playbook.

  • Create a directory (e.g. playbook)
  • Use the command
mount -t cifs //192.168.1.103/media playbook -o username=myusername

where

t                     - specifies the file system type
//192.168.1.103/media - is the device (note the "media" extension)
playbook              - is the mount point
-o                    - specifies the option flag (in this case a Playbook network username is required)
  • Enter the Playbook network username password

The device is now mounted at the directory playbook for file sharing.

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When finished transferring files to the Blackberry Playbook, use the command unmount to disconnect the device.


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