NetPortal - Access files on remote computers
By Stratospherix Ltd
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IMPORTANT NEWS - PLEASE READ
Our iPad app, FileBrowser, offers more features than NetPortal and is now a Universal app. It will therefore run on both the iPad and iPhone. FileBrowser requires a minimum version of iOS 5.1, but we will continue to provide NetPortal for iPhone users who are still using iOS 3.
NetPortal is like having Windows Explorer or Mac Finder on your iPhone to access and copy files on remote computers including Windows, Mac, and Network (NAS) drives.
No additional software is necessary on the remote computer.
Most other file sharing apps require you to copy files to your iPhone whilst in the office, or at home, and then let you take those files with you. NetPortal can do that, but also allows you to connect remotely (via a VPN or router port-forwarding) and access the files directly, wherever you are.
■ Stream video and audio files from computers or NAS drives on your home network.
■ Instant access. No need to copy the files to your iPhone.
■ All key document formats including PDF, iWork, RTF, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
■ All key image file formats including JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF, TGA.
■ All the audio/video formats that the iPhone can handle (MP3, MP4, MOV, M4V, AIFF etc).
■ All plain-text documents such as source code, scripts, configuration files, even if the file extension is missing or unrecognized.
■ HTML and webarchive files.
■ Store files on your iPhone, even if they can't be viewed on the iPhone.
■ Create and arrange local folders as you wish.
REMOTE FILE MANAGEMENT
■ Create/Rename/Delete remote files and folders.
■ Copy files from your iPhone back to any remote computer.
■ Email documents as attachments using the iPhone's built in mail app.
■ Automatically uses WiFi or any of the phone data networks (3G, Edge and GPRS).
■ Seamless integration with the iPhone's built in VPN.
■ Connects using the CIFS/SMB protocol.
■ Automatically reconnects and restores state if the network connection is lost.
■ Continues downloads from where they left off if interrupted.
■ Bookmark folders or locations within files. Go back to these with just 2 taps.
■ Hyperlinks in documents are enabled and launch into Safari / email.
■ Developed by professional software engineers, each with at least 15 years experience.
■ Engineered from scratch specifically for the iPhone. This is not a Samba port.
■ Secure - connects to servers with the highest level of NTLM authentication (level 5).
■ Reliable, fast, high-quality software.
■ Excellent product support.
Example uses for work
■ Read documents whilst travelling without needing your laptop.
■ Access latest memos, meeting minutes directly from your file servers.
■ Connect to your workstation to retrieve that file you forgot to bring with you.
Example uses at home
■ Viewing photos on a network drive.
■ Copy and play music from a network drive.
■ Read novels on your iPhone. Bookmarking makes this really easy.
■ Copy movies to your iPhone for those long car journeys.
■ Try FileBrowserLite for free, which does everything FileBrowser and NetPortal do, but with a few restrictions.
To connect to your file shares, you must either be directly connected to the LAN (Local area Network) via WiFi, or if you wish to access your files from the Internet (via WiFi hotspot, 3G, Edge or GPRS), you must have one of the following connections configured.
■ A Virtual Private Network (VPN) to the remote LAN.
■ Port-forwarding of Internet SMB traffic to your computer.
To connect to a Mac you may need to enable the SMB protocol, and will need OS X 10.5 or later. Our QuickStart guide on our web site has step by step instructions for this.
What's New in Version 2.6
■ Added support for OS X Lion.
■ Fixed Shares sometimes not enumerating.
■ Fixed crash when authenticating to a really long FQDN.
No Bulk Uploading and Upload requires filename entered...
This is a great app for accessing your files. However, I am giving this app 3 stars because of its inability to upload more than 1 file at a time and the file being upload requires a filename to be entered manually by the user. My plans for this app were to access my NAS drives via my Time Capsule drive to access files as well as upload photos and videos I take to keep them secure, however uploading seems to be a tedious process. I have submitted a ticket to the Net Portal company and depending on their answer I will update my review as well as change my rating if I am simply misunderstanding how the process works...
Best file access
I have tried several apps that claimed to do the same things. Netportal actually delivers on all they claim. Some minor tweaks would make it even better , other reviewers covered these. Try the lite version first to try it, I did. Full let's you stream music and video. Without using any other programs you can wirelessly transfer files to and from your pc. You can link multiple pc say home , work and family member. It is running smoothly on my iPhone 3G not GS. This was worth every penny.
Not what I expected
I had SMB / NAS utility that has been flakey since upgrading to IOS6 so I went looking for a replacement. Downloaded the NetBrowser free app and looked promising, but don't be fooled, the paid version is light on features and DOES NOT STREAM files, it caches them. If you are looking to play or view video or mp3 files do not expect anything other the single file at a time core IOS player features. Take note of the Description section in the App Store (I didn't) it tells you to buy the vendors' new app FileBrowser which is the same price and has features that you would expect in this app. FileBrowser works on both iPad & iPhone, I feel deceived. NetBrowser should be removed or not marketed in the AppStore. Will not pay them again for an app that NetBrowser should be.
- Category: Business
- Updated: Aug 02, 2011
- Version: 2.6
- Size: 5.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Stratospherix
- © 2011 Stratospherix Ltd
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.