Wi-Fi File Sharing between Blackberry Playbook and Linux
The Blackberry Playbook has a feature that is called Wi-Fi sharing in which you can wirelessly trasnfer files between your computer and your Playbook without the need of hooking it up directly to a PC and transferring. While that is a great feature to have, and also less annoying that you need to find your cables to hook it up to your computer, it is not a difficult procedure to do, albeit if you were using Windows or Mac.
While the Playbook is based on QNX a form of Unix, it is somewhat mind boggling that RIM would not have made it easier for those who use Linux as their operating system of choice but don’t fear I have the answer here. Granted that it might be slightly different on your distribution, I am using Ubuntu 11.04 to provide guidance on how to make this work.
On the Playbook from the Home Screen:
- Make sure you’re connected to your wireless router
- Swipe from the top bezel down to bring up the options menu from the Main screen
- Go to Storage & Sharing option and make sure File Sharing and Wi-Fi Sharing is ON and set a password
- While in Storage & Sharing under the Network Identification hit Properties and note down the username that is listed (it will be used later)
- Go back to Wi-Fi and hit the signal button (bottom left) and then choose Internet Connection and note down your IP address (it will be used later)
From your Linux machine (Note: It might be a little bit different on the distribution you are using). I did this using the default Gnome desktop in Ubuntu as previously stated
- Select File > Open
- In the address box type in smb://<IP address of Playbook> example smb://192.168.0.100
- It will then open up a new window with two folders Certs and Media (Media contains everything on your playbook)
- Double click on it and it will pop up a message requesting your user name and password (See Playbook steps 3 and 4 above)
- Now you can transfer files from your Linux PC to your Playbook and vice versa
In steps 1 & 2 from your Linux machine, there are some distributions that have an address bar when you are navigating your system you can simply type the IP address of your playbook there as shown in step 2 and you will be good to go.
If you need any help with this, please feel free to leave a comment. These are the steps I’ve taken to be able to wirelessly transfer files between system.
Purchase: Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)