I want to use a NEW RPi 3b+ to play music files hosted on another RPi and Windows a PC. The RPi with media files runs a SAMBA server with a 4TB HDD with all music and other files on it. The RPi also acts as a NAS drive.

The NEW RPi will also cycle through web pages (using Chromium with a plugin) from 3 webservers on my LAN (Also RPi's - monitoring Solar production and power usage etc)

Now the question: On the NEW PRi, Besides VLC Media Player, and speakers, what software do I need to install and configure to be able to connect and read any SAMBA server AND any Windows shared folders?

Thanks for the help


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If you want provide files to clients then you want Windows as SMB SERVER:

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If you want your RPi to access to an SMB server, then you want RPi as SMB CLIENT (testparm, smbclient, nmblookup ... and other binary are provided when you install samba package):

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Adapt according to your needs ...

If you want to use a name in place of an IP address for the network access, you must configure a domain name server.

  • Ephemeral, Thanks a lot. Got it working now. Mounting works fine in fstab. raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/40974/… How can I automate : sudo mount -a. I tried adding in fstab, but mapping does does happen Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 17:14
  • @user4742250? You're welcome. You want to auto-mount at RPi and network connectivity starts-up ?
    – Ephemeral
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 19:42
  • For some or other reason the RPi hangs after a day or two continues music play. I have managed to schedule a reboot in cron to happen at midnight. Directly after that I have also added a task to map the drive. I am unable to create a cron task to start playing the shortcut that is on my desktop. How do I do that? Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 9:06

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