iOS does not give you any built in feature to access your shared network folders on iPhone or iPad. This leaves us craving for options to connect to our PC over LAN and access our files.
One great app for this purpose is available from Skyjos called ‘FileExplorer‘, it uses SMB/CIFS protocol and accesses shared network folders stored on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and NAS devices.
Apart from accessing local storage and network locations, it can also connect to cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or Box.com. This makes FileExplorer a one stop solution for your storage management.
FileExplorer is created by Steven Zhang who has created other network based apps also. But FileExplorer is one of the most powerful network based Apps available in the market. It allows to open all types of image and Video files directly from the network folders.
When tested by playing 720p HD videos over the LAN, it worked smoothly without any hiccup. Even subtitles were supported. Its video player supported MOV, MP4, M4V, MPV, AVI, XVID, MKV, RMVB, WMV and FLV formats.
Apart from this, File Explorer also has got Music Player (supports MP3, AAC and WAV), PDF Reader, Doc Reader (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and FTP Server.
Overall FileExplorer is a very powerful and useful App and must have if you frequently access shared network folders or cloud storage. This can be one stop solution for all your file related needs on iPhone or iPad. Full featured version of FileExplorer is available for only $2.99 in Apple Store .