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Old September 18th 17, 04:16 PM posted to
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Default Connecting a Kindle Fire

Big Al wrote:
On 09/18/2017 01:13 AM, Paul wrote:
Ken Springer wrote:
Does anyone know how to connect a Kindle Fire to Windows 8 using the
network and not a direct connection"

The Wifi recipe here, I think it assumes you have a Wifi router
and are not attempting an Adhoc connection. Adhoc is Wifi point to
point, whereas infrastructure assumes a router.

Some of the Kindles use Android as their OS, and may share
features with it.


The OP didn't say these exact words but using a cable to connect (at
least on my old paper white) makes it look like an external HD on
Windows 8.

I'm reading between the lines, but I think the OP might have wanted to
know (or I would be interested in hearing) how you connect to the device
via the network. Can you use a browser to see 192.168.1.x, ftp to it,
telnet to it, or browse via explorer?

My answer was for Wifi, such as it was.

The USB method might be easier. But you know
how computers are.

Modern computers tend not to support ftp and telnet out of the box.
They would likely want SSL (secure socket layer) or similar.
Modern Kindles are actually Android, and the "Linux way" is
not to offer unsecure, plaintext password, applications of that
nature. Only my MacOSX machine had "pushbutton ease" for those
options. One click, and away it went. Both ftpd and telnetd
were available, and used my account and password for authentication.
That to me, was the single biggest "convenience" feature on
the machine (if used wisely - switch off when not in use!).

And at least a couple web pages, recommended a specific file
browser for the purpose of working with Kindle, one with a "small fee",
which I considered to be a pretty iffy suggestion. Because then
it makes the web page seem like a shoddy advertisement, rather
than a help page. I would have preferred a technical description
of what protocols the damn thing supports, so not only
would you have a "payware" solution, you could also
"hand-hew" your own solution. That's what I consider
to be "help".

The USB side might need MTP, and on Win8, you should have
working MTP right out of the box. No screwing around like
in WinXP. Then it's a matter of what file systems are
exposed via "raw" MTP. There are even cases where
proprietary MTP packages are used, but I was never
able to get to the bottom of what was so special about
them. The idea of MTP, is once a vanilla driver is in
place, "it should just work". It should be as easy to
use, as getting pictures off your digital camera.