Boxee

Add FTP source support back to the GUI

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  • Type: Improvement
  • Status: Open
  • Priority: Major Major
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Fix Version/s: Deferred
  • Component/s: Media Library
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  • Boxee Build Number:
    1.0.2.16619
  • Operating System:
    ALL
  • Number of attachments:
    0
  • Description:
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    I was very sad to see that Boxee no longer supports adding FTP sources in the GUI. It seems odd that it was removed (possibly a bug) as it is still capable of supporting FTP by adding the source manually to the sources.xml file. This is no big deal on any PC be it win/lin/mac but is a massive pain on the BoxeeBox as I need to revert to the original firmware, telnet into the box and add the source, loosing all other previous changes in the act.

    Additionally after adding the FTP source it encounters the same issue some where seeing with SMB sources, in that it attempts to scan for a moment or two and then shows the source as disconnected. The source is NOT disconnected as it can be accessed through files instantly and all media plays as expected. So I can basically add the source, but I can not scrape the source into my library.
    There are some pretty nice advantages to using FTP over SMB which I will not get into here. I know that Boxee is intended more for online media then local, but I do not understand the logic in removing components that are already available in the source code Boxee is based on, XBMC.

    So to wrap this up I would like to see the ability to add FTP sources in the "add source" section and not manually. Also just as important is the ability for these sources to be scraped into the library.
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    I was very sad to see that Boxee no longer supports adding FTP sources in the GUI. It seems odd that it was removed (possibly a bug) as it is still capable of supporting FTP by adding the source manually to the sources.xml file. This is no big deal on any PC be it win/lin/mac but is a massive pain on the BoxeeBox as I need to revert to the original firmware, telnet into the box and add the source, loosing all other previous changes in the act. Additionally after adding the FTP source it encounters the same issue some where seeing with SMB sources, in that it attempts to scan for a moment or two and then shows the source as disconnected. The source is NOT disconnected as it can be accessed through files instantly and all media plays as expected. So I can basically add the source, but I can not scrape the source into my library. There are some pretty nice advantages to using FTP over SMB which I will not get into here. I know that Boxee is intended more for online media then local, but I do not understand the logic in removing components that are already available in the source code Boxee is based on, XBMC. So to wrap this up I would like to see the ability to add FTP sources in the "add source" section and not manually. Also just as important is the ability for these sources to be scraped into the library.

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The Richmonds added a comment - 07/Jan/11 4:41 PM
FTP makes a lot of sense for remote share access. Even if you have say a wireless link to a friend FTP would work a lot better than SMB.
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The Richmonds added a comment - 07/Jan/11 4:41 PM FTP makes a lot of sense for remote share access. Even if you have say a wireless link to a friend FTP would work a lot better than SMB.
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markus hübner added a comment - 07/Jan/11 5:50 PM
Many need / expect it! Especially as like me the NAS between my apartments have FTP.
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markus hübner added a comment - 07/Jan/11 5:50 PM Many need / expect it! Especially as like me the NAS between my apartments have FTP.
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Tyson Edwards added a comment - 07/Jan/11 5:58 PM
Yes, alternatives to SMB would be greatly appreciated. The fact that we don't currently have the capabilities of using services such as FTP and NFS on devices such as the Boxee Box is laughable at best.

In any case, lacking this functionality is a significant omission that does not exist in competitors devices.
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Tyson Edwards added a comment - 07/Jan/11 5:58 PM Yes, alternatives to SMB would be greatly appreciated. The fact that we don't currently have the capabilities of using services such as FTP and NFS on devices such as the Boxee Box is laughable at best. In any case, lacking this functionality is a significant omission that does not exist in competitors devices.
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Jesse Snow added a comment - 08/Jan/11 2:10 PM
As i use a large NAS to store all of my media I would welcome FTP support on the BB. I use it now from my NAS to transfer files. I have a MAC and use AFP & FTP but am forced to use SMB (slow) for the BB. Using FTP on the BB would speed up transfer of data a lot.
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Jesse Snow added a comment - 08/Jan/11 2:10 PM As i use a large NAS to store all of my media I would welcome FTP support on the BB. I use it now from my NAS to transfer files. I have a MAC and use AFP & FTP but am forced to use SMB (slow) for the BB. Using FTP on the BB would speed up transfer of data a lot.
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Dustin Brand added a comment - 08/Jan/11 2:19 PM
I second the comments above. FTP is far superior to SMB for speed.
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Dustin Brand added a comment - 08/Jan/11 2:19 PM I second the comments above. FTP is far superior to SMB for speed.
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rafael added a comment - 09/Jan/11 3:56 AM
This issue is awaiting review from Boxee Product Management.
If you are keen to have this feature implemented, please Comment and Vote for it.
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rafael added a comment - 09/Jan/11 3:56 AM This issue is awaiting review from Boxee Product Management. If you are keen to have this feature implemented, please Comment and Vote for it.
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Prospero added a comment - 11/Jan/11 1:11 AM
I don't see it as a crucial feature like some do, but it sure would be nice to have an alternative to UPnP and SMB as well as having a protocol designed for streaming personal content over WAN.
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Prospero added a comment - 11/Jan/11 1:11 AM I don't see it as a crucial feature like some do, but it sure would be nice to have an alternative to UPnP and SMB as well as having a protocol designed for streaming personal content over WAN.
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The Richmonds added a comment - 16/Jan/11 4:03 PM
BOXEE-7864 was closed as a duplicate of this issue though the request in that issue was actually quite different to this one.

I'd like to ensure that the functionality from that request is not lost.

BOXEE-7855 pertains to supporting an FTP client on the Boxee for adding FTP sources.
BOXEE-7864 pertains to supporting an FTP server on the Boxee Box for access to locally attached storage.

With the closing of BOXEE-7864 the scope of BOXEE-7855 should now be increased to include the addition of an FTP server to the Boxee Box for access to locally attached media via FTP.
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The Richmonds added a comment - 16/Jan/11 4:03 PM BOXEE-7864 was closed as a duplicate of this issue though the request in that issue was actually quite different to this one. I'd like to ensure that the functionality from that request is not lost. BOXEE-7855 pertains to supporting an FTP client on the Boxee for adding FTP sources. BOXEE-7864 pertains to supporting an FTP server on the Boxee Box for access to locally attached storage. With the closing of BOXEE-7864 the scope of BOXEE-7855 should now be increased to include the addition of an FTP server to the Boxee Box for access to locally attached media via FTP.
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markus hübner added a comment - 19/Jan/11 8:43 PM
Are the votes from Bugs market As dublicates added to this one?
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markus hübner added a comment - 19/Jan/11 8:43 PM Are the votes from Bugs market As dublicates added to this one?
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Rasmus Henriksen added a comment - 21/Feb/11 7:39 PM
would certainly be nice to have ftp support enabled.
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Rasmus Henriksen added a comment - 21/Feb/11 7:39 PM would certainly be nice to have ftp support enabled.
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Randy Smyth added a comment - 31/Mar/11 11:51 PM
cannot believe a device based on HD streaming does not allow faster than smb protocals, especially when it was already in
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Randy Smyth added a comment - 31/Mar/11 11:51 PM cannot believe a device based on HD streaming does not allow faster than smb protocals, especially when it was already in

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  • Created:
    07/Jan/11 3:09 PM
    Updated:
    31/Mar/11 11:51 PM