Android TV box - cannot connect to it via wifi from phone or laptop

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I have just bought an Android Smart TV Box (to replace my AC Ryan media box which gave up the ghost a few days ago) and it mostly works fine - it is connected to my tv via hdmi and the box is hard wired to my router - so it is the standard connection setup. I have two usb hard drives connected to it.
I obviously want to drag and drop media files from my phone (android) or my laptop (Windows7) to the connected hard drives
I use ES Explorer app on my phone and Windows explorer but using either version I cannot see the Android box wirelessly - if i do a scan using es explorer it finds the laptop straight away and i can drag and drop but it just will not find the android box at all. However if i go onto the Android box and into the es explorer app and do a scan it picks up the laptop and i can drag and drop a file onto the laptop. So the wireless is sort of working as opposed to not at all. But just seems odd that i cant see it at all - i cant even ping it from the laptop. I have been through all the settings but no luck. If anyone has any ideas how to fix this it would be much appreciated

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hope this is the right place to post - if not please move it to the relevant place

I have just bought an Android Smart TV Box (to replace my AC Ryan media box which gave up the ghost a few days ago) and it mostly works fine - it is connected to my tv via hdmi and the box is hard wired to my router - so it is the standard connection setup. I have two usb hard drives connected to it.
I obviously want to drag and drop media files from my phone (android) or my laptop (Windows7) to the connected hard drives
I use ES Explorer app on my phone and Windows explorer but using either version I cannot see the Android box wirelessly - if i do a scan using es explorer it finds the laptop straight away and i can drag and drop but it just will not find the android box at all. However if i go onto the Android box and into the es explorer app and do a scan it picks up the laptop and i can drag and drop a file onto the laptop. So the wireless is sort of working as opposed to not at all. But just seems odd that i cant see it at all - i cant even ping it from the laptop. I have been through all the settings but no luck. If anyone has any ideas how to fix this it would be much appreciated

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Hello! Try this. Download Wifi File Transfer on your Android Box:

1. Once Downloaded, open the app.

2. It will display a start button. Click it, and it will display an address (Example: 10.0.0.7:1234)

3. Visit this address on your computer and you should see the contents of the android box.

wifi1.png

You can then upload stuff to your android box.
 

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thanks very much. that works..but I'm surprised I can't just use something like Es explorer to copy files back and forth from one Android device to another using drag and drop-as I did from my phone to my AC Ryan media box that I had before. this seems to be a very clumsy way to transfer files..plus I can't see the hard drives attached to the Android box, so I have to copy to the internal memory first, then move to the external drive?

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thanks very much. that works..but I'm surprised I can't just use something like Es explorer to copy files back and forth from one Android device to another using drag and drop-as I did from my phone to my AC Ryan media box that I had before. this seems to be a very clumsy way to transfer files..plus I can't see the hard drives attached to the Android box, so I have to copy to the internal memory first, then move to the external drive?

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You can do this with ES File Explorer, but I don't think you can upload, you can only see files. I think it's the net manager option. I think you might have to move files onto the box and then the hard drive. Does your box have root access?

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I have looked at the net manager option but that gives me nothing, just shows my wireless connection details. the box isn't rooted but I can look to do that. I don't know how but I'm sure I can find the instructions on here. if I do root it, will that give me the option to drag and drop files to it ?
the current way of copying to the box and then to the hard drives would be okay, but the onboard storage is only 1GB so any films I have over that size I wouldn't be able to transfer

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I have looked at the net manager option but that gives me nothing, just shows my wireless connection details. the box isn't rooted but I can look to do that. I don't know how but I'm sure I can find the instructions on here. if I do root it, will that give me the option to drag and drop files to it ?
the current way of copying to the box and then to the hard drives would be okay, but the onboard storage is only 1GB so any films I have over that size I wouldn't be able to transfer

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I'm going to experiment with my phone for a bit. I'll get back to you in a bit and tell you if I find anything.

In the mean time, I think you would have to connect the hard drives directly to the PC and transfer the files there.

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hi, I don't know if you had any luck but I haven't. seems that you can't see the external drives remotely

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hi, I don't know if you had any luck but I haven't. seems that you can't see the external drives remotely

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I'm experimenting with different things still. I'm going to connect a USB stick to my phone to mimic an external hard drive. I'll try to see if I can read it.

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Old thread, but for anyone else looking this up, I believe the issue is that the wifi on Android boxes is very weak, due to them using a cheap receiver to keep costs down. This is also why Miracast/Mirroring wont work too.
 

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