View Full Version : Accessing network files and PM
10-18-2003, 02:33 PM
I'm considering a UX50 purchase, and I was wondering if you can play media files off a network drive, using wireless. Also, are there any clients for MSN messenger for the unit?
10-18-2003, 02:51 PM
Yes, you can access network shared directories over WiFi using SMBmate
No, I do not believe that that will enable you to play media files stored in those shared netword directories, and
Yes, there is a freeware MSN client
10-18-2003, 02:56 PM
Most of what I want to do is access my media drive on the desktop. I'd like to be able to stream music or playlists from my handheld.
10-18-2003, 03:50 PM
Yes, for the moment you can't stream media files directly to the UX. While Sony provides a nice little utility to make the memory stick look like a drive to the PC, what you need for your purposes is the reverse, where the server would look like a memory stick to the UX applications.
However, I believe someone mentioned in another thread that the folks who make SBMate(c0mm0n, was that you maybe??) may be working on something that functions just that way, so stay tuned.
10-18-2003, 04:06 PM
Here's the thread I mentioned.
10-18-2003, 09:01 PM
Wow. That is so frustrating that Sony seems to limit the functionalilty of its products. I started looking at the higher end CLIEs because I saw they could accept Compact Flash. But then I read that's only for Sony adapters and nothing else period. I may have to go PocketPC 2003, anyone know if they can play from a network drive?
10-18-2003, 09:18 PM
Yes, pocketPCs can play multimedia (audio and video) from network drives. I have a Toshiba e740 and can connect to my file server via wireless (802.11b) and either watch a movie or listen to a song directly from the network drive. Works like a champ!
10-18-2003, 09:51 PM
PPC can also stream live radio over wifi with, IIRC, GSPlayer. Very cool app. Unfortunately the form factor and battery life of PPC's just dont cut it for me...
10-18-2003, 10:02 PM
I'm now looking at the HP 4150. Is it the same unit as the 4155 or am I crazy?
Thank you guys for your help, I really like Sony, and I liked my Palm V, but like I've read on other threads, it looks like PPC is more bang for the buck.
I'm also interested in watching movies/ tv shows on my handheld. I did like the Sony PVR for Memory Stick. I wonder how difficult it would be to take a generic tuner card and save to a SD card?
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