iPad Pro Downloading files to a NAS server? How to?

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  1. tekboi macrumors 6502a

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    So, Santa blessed me with an iPad Pro and I'm loving it so far. The last iPad I had was a second Gen, and this is LEAPS and BOUNDS beyond that thing. I particularly love what apple is doing with the iOS11 features that are geared towards making this thing more productive.

    Anyways, to the meat of this topic, I'm looking for a way to download files to a local network drive I have at home. PDF's, Video Clips, etc. I've tried a few browsers that offer the ability to download. But they seem to only save files only within that specific app. And even though iOS has come along way, I don't see a way for me to access the internal file directory to pull them from.

    I would like to think there is some big glaring tool that I'm overlooking???
     
  2. 370zulu macrumors regular

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    What kind of NAS do you have? Do you want to use the NAS for backup location for the files on your iPad or cloud storage or maybe both?

    I have a WD NAS and use mine for backups and use iCloud for cloud storage from my IPP.
     
  3. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd try out Documents by Readdle. It's a free file manager app that should be able to do what you need.
     
  4. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    I use FileBrowser with my NAS and 10.5 iPP (and with other SMB connections on my network). Works great and seems to have faster connection times than Documents.
     
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    Yeah, I have a bunch of Synology NAS and stream data (photos,videos,pdf,music) off them with FileExplorer app, Use nPlayer app to stream off any video file from it. There’s also File Browser app which is very similar. Those 3 apps are essential to have for NAS and iPad.

    VLC player is also very good to stream video from an SMB share.
     
  6. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    I recently gave FileExplorer a try - it's a nice app. It and FileBrowser are very similar in look and function.
     
  7. UL2RA Suspended

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    Yep ... Synology NAS here as well. Works great on almost everything.
     
  8. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Synology NAS is the only NAS-way to go!

    One of my best ICT purchase(s) ever! - besides my Apple cMP's of course...

    Cheers on the new iPad!
     
  9. tekboi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have a WD NAS as well, and i’m Just using it to save documents and media that I find when i’m Browsing the web on my iPad so that all the devices in my home have access to it.

    I purchased FileBrowser, and even though it works great. I need to be able to download from website links and I don’t see a web browser, nor the ability to do it with that app.

    So for now, i’m Using the ‘Documents 6’ app and just downloading from the built in browser that comes with it. And then just uploading files downloaded to my iPad up to the the NAS sever manually. Kind of a messy process, but it’s the best I can find for now since Documents 6 won’t let me download straight to the NAS.
     
  10. DNichter macrumors G3

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    I use a QNAP NAS and it has an app dedicated to managing the NAS, which includes a "download station". I use this to download torrents directly to the NAS and I can also drop links into it and it will download the file directly to the NAS as well. I am not sure if WD has an equivalent or not.
     
  11. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's a small workaround that may work.... Try setting up a local folder in Documents that syncs with your NAS. I don't have a NAS, so I'm not 100% sure that you can do this, but I know you can sync a local folder with any cloud server, so I'm guessing you can also do this with NAS. Then go into Documents settings and set that folder as your download folder. Then all files you download should go into that folder and automatically sync up to your NAS.
     
  12. tekboi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That’s a great idea. And it works. But the only hiccup there is that i’m limited to the storage size of my iPad using this method. Which is 256GB. My NAS has a 4TB storage capacity.

    But for now, this is a great workaround. Thanks!
     
  13. HugoZHackenbush1 macrumors newbie

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    I have a WD nas server and use it with both my iPad and iPhone. Works smoothly even when I’m not home. WD has an app that turns your server into its own cloud, so I have no problems creating a Numbers spreadsheet on my iPad and saving it directly to the server.
     

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