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1 Introduction

Windows File Sharing, aka Server Message Block (SMB), is the standard client-server protocol used by Windows to share resources over a network. SMB is available on all Windows computers and can be easily setup by the home user. SMB can also be accessed by other operating systems, which makes SMB the most commonly used network protocol to access content on a NAS or other remote hardware.

Note: SMB v1 is not supported in Kodi. SMB v2 or higher must be used.

This page will detail how to add a network source to Kodi using SMB. It assumes you have already correctly set up your SMB network. If you have not set up your SMB network, a Google search will return numerous online guides. The following links may help also.

2 Method

SMB (remote or network) server locations can be accessed with either of the following methods:

IP address
If using the IP Address method, ensure you reserve a DHCP address (static IP) for your NAS or other hardware. This ensures that your router will always allocate the same IP address to the server. If you choose not to do this, then you may find that the router has allocated a different address to your NAS and Kodi will no longer be able to access the media files.
To reserve a static IP address, log into your router and add the MAC address of the hardware to the Reservation list in your Router. If you do not know the MAC address, you should see it in the list of connected clients.
Device Name
If using Windows PC's you can use the Device Name of the PC.
The Device Name can be found in Settings > System > About on your Windows PC.

3 Adding Remote Sources

The images will guide you through the process of adding an SMB Source to Kodi.

Depending on which method you have chosen to use, choose either Step 4 or Step 5, not both

Note: SMB v2 and later does not support Browse. You must type the folder name in steps 4.2 or 5.2 below.

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