Connecting a tablet to my home network

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Tue Dec 2 15:12:07 UTC 2014

On 12/01/2014 10:41 PM, Jason Sauders wrote:
> I have yet to have success with android devices connecting to my Ubuntu
> machine (which is... weird). Likewise, I'm a network centric kind of guy
> and rarely have cables on me to connect anyway, as they tend to stay at
> their respective charging station (my nightstand).
> Instead I use a combination (depending on what I'm doing) of samba and air
> droid (on play store). You can rig up your main system with samba, or use a
> dedicated file server. From there es file explorer, as somebody mentioned,
> will allow you to connect, browse, copy, etc. It's a great app and worked
> very well for me having already had a basic samba setup. Samba isn't that
> difficult to set up though. If I recall the sharing functionality under
> properties within Nautilus might get you there, but I haven't tried that
> personally to be positive. Air droid is different yet similar, if that
> makes sense, giving you a web based frontend to your device. Like the samba
> setup you can browse files etc etc. Both are great utilities. I use them
> both frequently.
> Hope this helps. Have a good night!
> -J

Jason, Robert & Nathan thanks for the the advice.

I started looking into networking it because connecting with a usb cable 
worked so poorly.  I was able to transfer files from Ubuntu to the 
tablet, but I could not see any files on the tablet. From the tablet I 
couldn't see anything on Ubuntu.

All the solutions I found by googling seemed overly complex and many 
people said they did not work for them.  That's why I was hoping 
networking it would work out of the box.

I will take a look at the apps you suggest, though I tend to distrust 
them and the wide range of permissions they always request.

Thanks,  Jim

> Sent from my Android
> On Dec 1, 2014 11:09 PM, "Nathan Dorfman" <na at> wrote:
>> On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>>> If I open Nautilus on my desktop or laptop and double click on Network I
>> can
>>> see entries for them in Nautilus and they can share files, etc.  The
>> tablet
>>> does not show up in Nautilus when I do this and I have not been able to
>> find
>>> any way on the tablet to interact with the other machines on the network.
>> Assuming those are SMB shares like Robert said, you should be able to
>> access those from your tablet using any one of a number of apps, like
>> ES File Explorer.
>> You can also run an ssh/sftp server on your Ubuntu machine and use
>> apps like ConnectBot or AndFTP to access it.
>> The tablet won't appear in Nautilus because it's not a SMB server. You
>> could probably set it up to be one by installing some app, but I
>> wouldn't recommend it. If you really want to access it from Nautilus,
>> you could try something like SSHDroid, which is an ssh server for
>> Android. Once it's running, you should be able to open it in Nautilus
>> by pressing Ctrl+L and entering something like
>> sftp://<username>@<tablet_ip>. (The app will have more detailed
>> instructions.)
>> -nd.
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