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    SMB Both Ways Wiiexplorer

    I have found old tutorials and information here and on the web that hints at the ability to share files pc to wii via SMB.
    I am familiar with SMB (I use it for a HTPC application) but for the life of me I cannot understand how to set up the shares on the Wii side. Are there any instructions?
    I have a new 1T WD HDD that I would like to share wbfs files to a folder on the wii (USB HDD)as well as allow a mapped SMB folder for my household to upload media to (Pics\music\Video etc) in a single place.
    I spent most of today trying to figure out the best way (or only way) to do this short of getting another HDD (smaller one and swapping it out on the wii.)
    Seems like the potential is there but I can't find it. Any help is appreciated.

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    I've never tried it, but I'll take a peek at it to see what I can see. I've always just assumed that the Wii would connect to an existing SMB share elsewhere, I didn't think that the Wii would be the sharer in this case. I'll take a look and report back (may take a day or two, I have class tonight).

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    Quote Originally Posted by llaffer View Post
    I've never tried it, but I'll take a peek at it to see what I can see. I've always just assumed that the Wii would connect to an existing SMB share elsewhere, I didn't think that the Wii would be the sharer in this case. I'll take a look and report back (may take a day or two, I have class tonight).
    COOL! Thanks- this could be slick...FTP is waaaayyy...too slooowww....

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    My guess is this -- even if it is possible, it would only (theoretically) work when the application providing the service was actually running on the Wii. I can't imagine that the architecture for the Wii would allow for background SMB while playing Skyward Sword.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluPhant View Post
    My guess is this -- even if it is possible, it would only (theoretically) work when the application providing the service was actually running on the Wii. I can't imagine that the architecture for the Wii would allow for background SMB while playing Skyward Sword.....

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    Thats what I am thinking (that it wouldnt work while playing a game) and would probably require it to be (wiixplorer ON) - but i can hope haha. I read somewhere that it was 2.5X faster than FTP though...

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    SMB has more overhead than FTP in a more pure environment. But the FTP server on the Wii is pretty slow. It will be interesting to see speed comparisons between the two.

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    I couldn't find a way for WiiXplorer to become a SMB share, only to connect to one of the shares on my network. I was able to get that to work. Once connected, when you click on the upper-left corner that normally has "sd", "usb1", "nand1" as options, a new "smb1" is now an option for you to look through that tree.

    So I took one of the directories with a "wbfs" file in it and copied it to a directory that has a share, deleted the game from the hard drive, went to the "smb1" share, found the directory and pressed "+" and chose copy, then I went to "usb1", whent into "wbfs", then find the whitespace at the bottom, "+"'ed it and chose "paste". It started a copy process from the smb share to the hard drive.

    It started out about 600KB/sec and slowly ramped up until it was about 860KB/sec. My 1.24GB file is now 0.52GB complete and has about 14 min left on it. It's about the same speed that it would have taken using WiiXplorer as an FTP server and I use my windows machine as an FTP client to send the file over. Though, FTP takes a lot longer for it to stabilize a speed, smb was stable pretty quickly, then started ramping up as he transfer went on.
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    The only way the Wii can act as an SMB server is with Linux installed.

    As for transfer speeds, I never understood why I get SLOWER speeds with the Ethernet adapter than with wireless . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by llaffer View Post
    SMB has more overhead than FTP in a more pure environment. But the FTP server on the Wii is pretty slow. It will be interesting to see speed comparisons between the two.

    EDIT:

    I couldn't find a way for WiiXplorer to become a SMB share, only to connect to one of the shares on my network. I was able to get that to work. Once connected, when you click on the upper-left corner that normally has "sd", "usb1", "nand1" as options, a new "smb1" is now an option for you to look through that tree.

    So I took one of the directories with a "wbfs" file in it and copied it to a directory that has a share, deleted the game from the hard drive, went to the "smb1" share, found the directory and pressed "+" and chose copy, then I went to "usb1", whent into "wbfs", then find the whitespace at the bottom, "+"'ed it and chose "paste". It started a copy process from the smb share to the hard drive.

    It started out about 600KB/sec and slowly ramped up until it was about 860KB/sec. My 1.24GB file is now 0.52GB complete and has about 14 min left on it. It's about the same speed that it would have taken using WiiXplorer as an FTP server and I use my windows machine as an FTP client to send the file over. Though, FTP takes a lot longer for it to stabilize a speed, smb was stable pretty quickly, then started ramping up as he transfer went on.
    Interesting but bummer...
    My FTP is really canky. I can only do one game at a time and it locks up and needs shotoff and rstarted. It also won't rename files most of the time or delte them on the HDD.
    I guess I am gonna swap out my 1T for the house to use and buy a 250G for the wii only...

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