The options located here can be used to change the lookup method for the browse list, to make Smb4K send authentication information when querying the workgroup master browsers, to modify the behavior when previewing or looking up remote shares, and to enable periodic scanning as well as the Wake-On-LAN features. If you want to adjust the behavior of Samba programs, see the Samba section.

The "Network" configuration tab

General Settings

Browse List

Scan the network neighborhood for available workgroups and domains

Smb4K will search for all available master browsers on the network by using nmblookup(1). This is the default method and it is very reliable in finding all workgroups and domains of your network neighborhood. However, it suffers a few shortcomings like poor unicode support (e.g. umlauts might be replaced by dots).

Default: selected

Query the current workgroup master browser

The current master browser of your workgroup or domain is looked up and queried for the browse list. If some of the workgroup names of your network neighborhood contain umlauts or other special characters, you might want to try this method, since unicode is supported. However, sometimes outdated workgroup master browsers might be returned.

Default: not selected

Query this custom master browser

The master browser entered in the text box will be queried to retrieve the browse list. It can be specified by using either its NetBIOS name or its IP address. This option might be of use if you have an uncommonly configured network neighborhood.

Default: not selected


The Scan these broadcast areas method was removed prior to the release of Smb4K 2.0.0, because it was buggy.


The master browsers require authentication to return the browse list

If the workgroup master browsers require authentication to return the browse list, you need to check this button. This may be the case for example with some NAS devices. This setting is rarely needed and might even cause a master browser to return an empty browse list.

Default: not selected


Lookup method for IP addresses

Define the method that is to be used to detect the IP addresses of the hosts. By default, nmblookup(1) is used.

The following options are available:

Use nmblookup command

Use the nmblookup(1) command.

Use net command

Use the net(8) command.

Default: Use nmblookup command

Detect printer shares

Printer shares are detected.

Default: selected

Detect hidden shares

Hidden shares are detected. Hidden shares are ending with a $ sign, e.g. Musik$ or IPC$.

Default: selected

Preview hidden files and directories

Show all files and directories including the hidden ones when opening a share's contents in the preview dialog.

Default: not selected

Advanced Settings

Periodic Scanning

Scan the network neighborhood periodically

If you want to enable periodic scanning of the network neighborhood, you need to check this button. With this method, all available network items are looked up, i.e. workgroups and domains, servers and shares.

Default: not selected

Interval between scans

If periodic scanning is enabled, this is the time in minutes that elapses until a new scan is triggered.

Default: 5 min


To be able to use the Wake-On-LAN capability of Smb4K, you have to enable the setting in this section. The hosts that should to be woken up have to be defined through the custom options dialog.

Enable Wake-On-LAN features

Enable Wake-on-LAN (WOL) features. Wake-On-LAN is an ethernet computer networking standard that allows a computer to be turned on or woken up by a network message. Smb4K uses a magic package send via a UDP socket to wake up remote servers. If you want to take advantage of the Wake-On-LAN feature, you need to enable this option.

Default: not selected

Waiting time

This is the waiting time in seconds between the sending of the magic Wake-On-LAN packages and the scanning of the network neighborhood or the mounting of a share.

Default: 5 s