Best APP to access PC files through my Ipad

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  1. bootgaz23

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    I would like to be able to view and copy files from my laptop and pc to my ipad. What is the best app to use on the ipad to allow access to my files over my home wifi network. My laptop is running windows 7 and my desktop is running xp. I also have some external hd's that are connected to my desktop that I would also like to access.
     
  2. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    GoodReader is the iPad's 'Swiss Army Knife' and its forte is file handling. It can upload files to your iPad over either WiFi or USB - there's no need for iTunes, for example. Once they're in GoodReader you can organise them into a folder structure and then open the files in whatever application supports them.

    It's consistently voted the top 'must have' app by Forum members; just read the reviews at the App Store. It's very reasonably priced, very well supported and the Developer is constantly adding new features.

    It also has a multitude of other features - excellent PDF reader with markup facility - ability to download files from the web (when Safari can't/won't do it), mp3 player, video player - the list goes on and on.

    But, to return to your original question, it's by far the easiest and fastest way to move a file from anywhere your PC can see onto the iPad. No software for the PC required to do this other than a browser. Very clever and very simplet to use.

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    Thanks for the reply, I tried goodreader but couldnt get it to connect to my laptop ip address. I have also tried filebrowser which I like but for some reason was not showing all the files on my latop even though I was sharing everything.
     
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    OK - I'm probably misunderstanding you - so please don't get cross.....

    If you go to the WiFi page in GoodReader it tells you the IP address of the iPad - something like http://192.168.1.108:xxxx.

    You need to go to your PC web browser and type that URL exactly into the address field. Your laptop should then 'surf' to the 'web address' above and GoodReader will send it a simple 'Browse' dialog box, from where you can browse to the file you want to transfer (or folder). Then click 'Submit' and away you go. GoodReader doesn't seem to display any progress bar - either at the PC or iPad end, so I normally watch the 'flickering' activity light on my ADSL router to confirm that 'something' is going on. When it's finished GoodReader 'sort of' displays a confirmation at the PC end - the file name appears above the Submit box with a hyperlink, but there's no indication at the iPad end.....

    Hope this helps..but get back to me if there's still a problem

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    In goodreader I chose the add server option and tried entered by laptop ip address. Is this wrong?, Do i need to install something on my pc to use good reader or just the app on my ipad. What I am after is an app that i open up and it shows me all my folders on my various pcs that I am sharing. I woudl then like to be able to copy them to my ipad.
     
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    No - that's for things like iDisk.

    At the bottom of the screen there's a little WiFi symbol, like the one that comes up at the top of the iPad screen when you're using WiFi.

    When you hit that button, it takes you through to a page that gives you that http://192.168.1.108:xxxx type address.

    Now go to your PC and enter that into the address field of your Internet browser and you're away. No special software needed on the PC

    Sorry - my instructions before weren't that clear...good luck and get back if there's still a problem.

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    Many thanks for your help with this. I assume then when I type the ip address into the browser on my pc I will then be able to view the files on my pc and transfer them to my ipad. Is there another method for app I can use which allows me to be away from pc (say out in the garden) but still acess my pc files through my wifi network.
     
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    You need a remote PC access program. Forum members seem to like Splashtop - there are several others too. If you need to retrieve files while you’re out of the house then I use GoToMyPC - the app is free but there’s a recurring service charge. I use it to access my PC in Scotland when I’m in the US - now *that’s* remote access!

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    Hi
    Thanks again, I have splashtop which works great but I dont think it allows me to transfer files from my pc to my ipad, unless I am mistaken
     

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