Run Out Of USB Sockets (LAN Sharing Info Incl)?
If you find you have run out of USB sockets, and want to transfer files to your DroidBOX® device, these are some solutions:
- Use a USB hub. If you're using an external hard drive that does NOT have its own power supply, and the hard drive isn't accessible, try using a mains-powered USB hub. This solution is simplest, but if you don't have a hub, read on.
- If you have a microSD card but only an SD card reader for your PC, check the box the card originally came in - a lot of suppliers throw in a free SD>Micro SD adapter. If they did, you can use the adapter to put the card in your laptop and copy files to, then remove the adapter and insert it in our device.
- Similarly - you can purchase small USB adapters that have an unshielded UUSB plug, and a slot to put the microSD card in. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Usb-Adapter-For-Micro-Card/dp/B001U7R1CM is one example, though have a look around for faster delivery. Some of them don't last long if you keep them in a pocket, but at this price, I'm not too concerned with buying a couple at a time.
- USB memory card reader - I realize it is unlikely you've not thought of this, but just in case you have one in a drawer and forgot about it...
- The cheapest solution (free!). ES File Explorer (or any explorer you prefer, as long as it can access network shares) - if it isn't already on your device, either search for it on the device in Google's Play Store app, or if you've signed into that at least once, you can just visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop on your PC, and make sure you sign into the same Google account as is used on your Dad's DroidBOX® device.
Once installed, attach the USB external drive to your PC and share the folder with the Android APKs in, over the network. If you need a hand with that, let me know which OS you have on your PC.
Now open ES File Explorer on the stick, get rid of the first-run instructions, and select Network>LAN or directly scroll right to the LAN tab. Select New, and then enter in the details for your PC - IP address, user name and pwd, and click OK. You'll now be able to access any network shares on that PC from your DroidBOX® device. You can also stream movies this way if you prefer to use MX Player instead of XBMC. If you get any warnings when installing APKs manually (instead of using the Play Store), head to Android's settings, Security, then tick the Unknown Sources option.
If you encounter any problems, please let us know.