Connecting to the Internal Disk
This page describes the ways you can connect to the internal disk of your NMT from another system such as a PC.
Before you can connect to the internal disk, you need to do the following:
- Install the internal disk into the NMT
- Install the NMT Apps
- Installing the NMT apps is most easily achieved by running the NMT Setup Wizard from Setup > Maintenance.
- Start the relevant NMT app (if not already started)
- Once you install the apps, a new menu option in Setup appears, NMT applications, where you can start the relevant app.
- Determine the host name or IP address of the NMT
- The default hostname is pch-a100 (Popcorn Hour A-100), pch-a110 (Popcorn Hour A-110), pch-c200 (Popcorn Hour C-200) or HDEYESHOT (EGreat M34A). Confirm that this hostname is valid on your network by opening a command prompt and entering the following command ping pch-a100 (or ping pch-a110/ping pch-c200). If you see responses to the ping as follows then you can note the IP address:
C:\>ping pch-a110 Pinging pch-a110 [192.168.1.94] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 192.168.1.94: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.94: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.94: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64 Reply from 192.168.1.94: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64 Ping statistics for 192.168.1.94: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 1ms, Maximum = 1ms, Average = 1ms
In this example, the IP address is 192.168.1.94. If you cannot determine the hostname or IP address, go to Setup > Network on the NMT and read the IP address there.
Tip: If you are using the defaults, then the IP address assigned is an automatic (dynamic) one. Since the address therefore might change in the future (especially if you turn the NMT off for an extended period), you should refer to the NMT by its host name (eg pch-a110) rather than the IP address. However, if you have configured a fixed (static) address, then you can use either.
For a complete list of connectivity options, please about it on the Connectivity page.
Connect Windows to a NMT SMB share
SMB is one of the most common ways to share files. To use this, the NMT SMB Server App must be turned ON via the Setup>NMT Applications page.
- The share name is share (for example \\pch-a110\share or \\192.168.1.94\share)
- The user name is nmt
- The default password is 1234
Before you begin, you will need to know either the IP address or hostname of the NMT you want to connect to. See the Prerequisites section above for instructions.
Step by step for Windows:
- Open My Computer
- Click Tools > Map Network Drive
- Select a drive letter (only available ones are displayed)
- Type in the share in the form \\pch-a110\share or \\192.168.1.94\share, typing in your host name or IP address you determined from the Prerequisites section above.
- Click Connect using a different user name in the above window. You will see the following.
- Enter nmt for the user name and 1234 as the password (Note: the password can be changed via the Samba settings in Setup > NMT Applications > Samba, you will need to stop/start the service to activate the changes)
- Click OK then Finish to complete the setup
The network share should now be created and the new drive letter should appear in My Computer (press F5 to refresh the view if necessary). You should now be able to access NMT internal drive using the drive letter you specified.
For additional Windows Networking tips see this forum thread
Connect using FTP
The FTP service allows for simple and convenient file transfer to/from your NMT using the File Transfer Protocol. To use this, the FTP application must be enabled on the NMT via the Setup pages.
- Host: Hostname or IP of your NMT (for example pch-a110 or 192.168.1.94)
- Port: 21
- Username: ftpuser (nmt for A-200/C-200/A-300/C-300/A-400 owners)
- Password: 1234
Here is a User Guide for FileZilla
The NFS server allows connections to the Internal Disk using the NFS (network file sharing) protocol.
To connect to the NMT's internal disk from a Linux/Unix machine do the following (or something approaching depending on your distribution, check mount and nfs manual for better understanding) :
Howto for Ubuntu :
- Create a directory to mount the pch (e.g. /media/pch)
sudo mkdir /media/mnt
- mount the NMT's disk on the mountpoint (It is necessary to specify nfs version because the nfs client will default on v4 on most Linux version and the PCH use version 3 of the NFS server)
sudo mount -t nfs -o vers=3,rw <ip.address.of.NMT>:/share /media/pch
- If you wish to mount the share at startup, you can edit your fstab file (/etc/fstab on most Linux versions) and add the following line :
<ip.address.of.NMT>:/share /media/pch nfs auto,rw,vers=3 0 0
NOTE: '<ip.address.of.NMT>:/share' is literal, so don't replace "share" with anything else. It's correct this way.
This section needs updating; Windows and Mac
This service can be used to enable simple streaming between NMT's on the same network. Once the service is enabled, it will appear as an icon in the media source list on the other NMT.
The UPnP service enables basic UPnP playback and remote control of the NMT, for instance via the iPhone app PlugPlayer.
A note on USB drives
Any drive that Windows is capable of sharing on the network can be read by a NMT including attached USB drives (or sticks). You have to join the Windows workgroup to see USB attached HDD's shared on your PC, an NMT apps installation is required usually through the use of an internal HDD or alternative.
However on the 100 Series NMT's (PCH A-100, PCH A110, M34a, HDX1000, etc. Sigma 8635 chip), the NMT attached drives must be formatted with Ext2 / Ext3 or FAT16 / FAT32 in order to be able to Write, change or execute files. NTFS and HFS formatted drives are read-only. Note that FAT16 and FAT32 has a file size limitation at 4 GB, which may pose a problem for large media files such as DVD ISO with minimal compression. The 200 Series NMT's (PCH A-200, PCH C-200 8643 chip) has NTFS write and therefore has no NTFS restriction.