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Enable content sharing on your O2 Wireless Box IV / Wireless Box 5


First you need to connect your USB storage device to the O2 Wireless Box IV / Wireless Box 5. You can connect USB hard disks or USB memory sticks. Its USB ports on the front and side allow you to share files with everyone connected on your home network.

 

Now plug your USB memory stick or external hard disk in one of the USB sockets of your O2 Wireless Box.

 

 

Sharing folders and files with other computers:

1. Browse to the O2 Wireless Box Interface (type 192.168.1.254 or o2wirelessbox.lan into a web browser).

2. Click on ‘Toolbox’ on the left hand menu.

3. Click ‘Content Sharing’.

4. In the top right hand corner of the window, click ‘Configure’.

5. Under Network File Server (Windows Networking), click ‘Server Enabled.’

6. It may also be a good idea to fill in the following fields:

 

a: Server Name: you can put a friendly name here so you can access the page by typing \\yourfriendlyname e.g if you call it Bob you would type \\Bob to access the page. If you don't enter a friendly name you can access the page with \\O2 or by using the IP address 192.168.1.253 in.

 

b: Windows Explorer or your browser

 

c: Server Description: Here you can add a short description for what kind of data you store on the USB storage device but you don't need to Workgroup: Ideally, the same workgroup name as the PCs in the home network is used here. The default workgroup name is Workgroup so if you don't know what this is or have never changed it this is probably correct.

 

7. Click Apply

 

If you selected the Managed Partition option as described in the following description for sharing files via the built in FTP server, 2 sets of folders on your USB storage device will have been created, Media and Shared. Content stored on your USB storage device may only be visible on your computer if stored in these folders if you have done this.

 

Sharing files via the in-built media server:

 

1. Browse to the O2 Wireless Box Interface (type 192.168.1.254 or o2wirelessbox.lan into a browser).

2. Click on Toolbox on the left hand menu.

3. Click Content Sharing.

4. In the top right hand corner of the window, click Configure

5. Under UPnP AV Media Server, click Server Enabled

6. It may also be a good idea to fill in the following fields:

 

a: Server Name: you can put a friendly name here so you can access the page by typing \\yourfriendlyname e.g if you call it Bob you would type \\Bob to access the page. If you don't enter a friendly name you can access the page with \\O2 or by using the IP address 192.168.1.253 in Windows Explorer or your browser

 

b: Server Description: Here you can add a short description for what kind of data you store on the USB storage device but you don't need to

 

c: Workgroup: Ideally, the same workgroup name as the PCs in the home network is used here. The default workgroup name is Workgroup so if you don't know what this is or have never changed it this is probably correct.

 

7. Click Apply

 

 

If you are having trouble viewing your media via the in built media server you may have to select Managed Partition in the configuration menu and make sure your videos, music and pictures are stored in the Movies, Music and Pictures folders that are then created on your USB storage device.

 

 

Sharing files via the in built in FTP server:

 

13. Browse to the O2 Wireless Box Interface (type 192.168.1.254 or o2wirelessbox.lan into a browser).

14. Click on ‘Toolbox’ on the left hand menu.

15. Click ‘Content Sharing’.

16. In the top right hand corner of the window, click ‘Configure’.

17. Under FTP Server, click ‘Server Enabled’ 18. In List of connected disks select Managed partition. This will create 2 sets of folders on your USB storage device, Media and Shared.

19. Click ‘Apply’

20. Under FTP Server the Server Address will now be populated and will follow this format ftp://Administrator@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx. This can be used to access your content when out and about via a web browser or your favourite FTP client.

 

 

Only content stored in the Shared folder created on your USB storage device when you selected Managed Partition can be accessed via FTP.

 

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