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Seagate Central 3TB Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage - NAS
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- Consolidate your content on one easily accessible device
- Back up multiple PCs and Mac computers
- Enjoy a centralised media library on smart TVs, consoles & media players
- Access your content on the go with laptops and mobile devices
- Archive your Facebook photos and videos
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|Connectivity Technology||—||Ethernet LAN^USB port||ISCSI; Serial ATA||Wired & Wireless||ISCSI|
|Data Transfer Rate||125 MB per second||5,000 Mb per second||1,000 Mb per second||625 MB per second||1,000 Mb per second|
|Hard Disk Size||3,000 GB||4,000 GB||0 TB||2,000 GB||16,000 GB|
|Item Dimensions||14.5 x 4.2 x 21.6 cm||14 x 17.1 x 4.9 cm||22.9 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm||12.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm||10.16 x 22.86 x 17.78 cm|
|Network Interface||—||—||Ethernet 1000 Mb-s||1x USB 2.0 (Host port), 1x USB 3.0, 1 x SD card slot, Built-in 1x1 Wireless-AC||—|
|Size||3TB||4 TB||No drives||2 TB||Enclosure|
|Special Feature||—||Cable lock slot^External power adapter^LED indicators^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^RAID support^cooling:Passive||—||Built-in battery^Card reader integrated^Operating temperature range:0 - 35 °C^USB powered||Hot Swap Function|
|Style||3TB||1-Bay||Enclosure only||2 TB||Enclosure|
Seagate 3TB Central Wireless Hard Drive
Get It Together -- Organise and Back-up Your Content on One Device
You can't enjoy what you can't find when your digital life is spread across multiple computers, hard drives and flash drives. With Seagate Central shared storage, it's simple to back-up all your files, documents and media to one location on your network, and enjoy the convenience of a shared digital library that is compatible with both Macs and PCs. Access your music, films and documents from computers, game consoles, Smart TVs and other connected devices throughout the home.
If you own a Samsung Smart TV or Blu-ray Disc player with Smart Hub (2012 model or later), you can take advantage of the Seagate Media app to enjoy easy content browsing with your remote control.
Enjoy your content where you want, when you want to. After downloading the free Seagate Media app, you can view your content by type, size, even compatibility, regardless of whether it is a PDF, Word doc, music, photo or video file. The Seagate Media app offers a full-screen view that allows for quick and easy selection as well as a visually rich experience that is available for Android and Apple platforms, as well as Amazon Kindle.
You can even off-load or back-up your photos and personal videos from the Seagate Media app. Upload and download any of your files from most Web browsers-from anywhere-with the Central Remote Access Service.
Organise and Access Your Digital Life
Connect Seagate Central to your Wi-Fi router to organise and back-up all your content on one device that you can access from anywhere.
- Back-up multiple PCs and Mac computers
- Wirelessly stream your centralised media library to gaming consoles, media players and smart TVs
- Access content on the go with a Web browser or the free app for tablets and smartphones
- Enjoy a Samsung Smart TV app featuring enhanced media navigation
What You Get
- Seagate Central
- Ethernet cable
- Power supply
- Quick start guide
Get it Together
You can’t enjoy what you can’t find. But when you load your photos, movies, music and documents onto Central, all your files will be organised in one place where they’re easy to access.
Relax Knowing All Your Computers are Backed-up
With Central it’s simple to automatically back-up multiple PC and Mac computers. It comes with premium back-up software for PCs and works seamlessly with Time Machine back-up software for Mac.
Enjoy a Centralised Media Library
Once you set-up Central, you can wirelessly stream your movies, music and photos to any DLNA-certified device on your home network such as media players, game consoles and smart TVs.
Flexible, Free Personal Cloud App for Tablets and Smartphones
Whether you’re at home or on the road, you can create a personal cloud using the free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android, making it easy to browse and enjoy your content with an Internet-connected mobile device.
- Upload and back-up photos and video from tablets and smartphones anywhere you have a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection
Enhanced Media Experience for Samsung Smart TVs
With Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, you can enjoy the Seagate Central app, featuring visually-rich media icons and easy navigation.
Plays well with AirPlay
The Seagate Media app is Apple AirPlay friendly, offering iOS users maximum flexibility for enjoying their media.
- Mirror the movie streaming to your iPad on the big screen via Apple TV
- Use your iPhone to play songs from Central on AirPlay-enabled speakers
On-the-go Personal Cloud Access with Web Browsers
Easily access and upload content using virtually any computer or mobile device and a Web browser.
- Securely share large files with family and friends via private email invitation
- Upload and download content anywhere you have an Internet or 3G/4G connection
Save Your Social Life
There’s no need to risk losing any of your online pictures and videos. Central makes it simple for multiple users to back-up and archive their Facebook accounts.
Quick start guide
2-year limited warranty
Top customer reviews
It's a nice looking unobtrusive looking unit designed to sit flat on a shelf or desk without anything being stacked on top of it due to the way it's cooled - no fan so it is more or less silent. My Virgin Superhub 2 is in the living room of our Edwardian Terrace so I don't have the luxury of spare shelves or a desk to place the Seagate on. I actually stuck it on the floor under the unit we have our tele on. All I had to do was use one of the longer network cables that I...ahem...borrowed from work and hey presto! Within seconds my network had discovered the Seagate and within ten minutes or so I'd registered the device on my Wifi and I was ready to start copying data from my various hard drives, portable drives and memory sticks. The first thing I noticed was how slow the transfer rate was. Barely a MB over my wifi. My other PC fared slightly better and got up to 3MB a second. I tried what others had suggested and plugged the hard drive directly into the unit itself, but even this was pretty painful. In the end I just transferred data during the night for around three nights and eventually got a lot of my music and video on the seagate.
Now that my files are on there it's pretty good streaming to various devices - I used Plex and Serviio before but obviously had to have my PCs turned on. The seagate streams seemlessly to our tele and phones but fared less well with our PS3 and I kept getting a DLNA error for some reason. Something that never happened with the software solutions. The only thing that doesn't work is AllCast but I can live without that.
The Seagate mobile app I use on my S4 was pretty rubbish and I found it a pain to find the track/album I wanted to listen to due to the nightmare way it lists the files. Eventually I stumbled on a more familiar Folder view which helped considerably. Last night the app updated and now looks a lot slicker and it's easier to find my files remotely, but I'm struggling to find folder view again. I'm sure it's there somewhere. I like the way it backed up my S4 and my wife's S3 mini.
The remote access element while on an Internet PC is pretty good and I've transferred quite a few files using this method, although obviously the interface is a little clunky.
It's easy to set up different users and I have a "personal" folder on the unit where I'll keep all my documents though obviously I'm keeping a back-up of those and other important files such as our family photos. I haven't done this with my music files as a lot are in the cloud with Amazon and Google and if necessary I can always rip my vinyl and CDs again.
Overall I'm really happy with the unit. It has really made all my digital content available to me wherever I happen to be and for the first time in years I don't have a pocketful of memory sticks. No, it's not perfect - the transfer rates are woeful - but it streams effortlessly and my music/video is now available in seconds.
It can best be described as 'unobtrusive'. It's matt black, and designed to lay flat on a surface. It can't be stood on its end, but as it's all too easy for external drives to get knocked over in that orientation, and you have a good chance of losing data if you do so, that's no bad thing.
The case has a fine mesh covering, which is very effective at allowing heat to escape, but it is a bit of a dust-trap, so I think a regular vacuum clean will be in order. There's no integral cooling fan - cooling is via natural convection - this does make the unit practically silent in operation however, and less likely to fail from heat stress if the fan fails (which they often do). Note that you should not place other devices on top of the unit, or it will not be able to cool itself adequately, so if you're stacking equipment, the NAS will need to be top of the heap; perhaps a challenge if you're pairing it with something equally un-stackable like a D-Link Boxee media player.
The drive itself is a Seagate ST3000DM003 5900rpm with 4 platters and 8 heads. It has 64BM of cache, and a latency of 5.1ms. It's rated for 180MB/s peak sustained data, but in practice, this is limited by the network interface to substantially less.
Apart from the small LEDs on the network port, there is only one light on the unit, secreted beneath the mesh covering. This glows orange on boot, and then changes to steady green when it is ready for action. It has robust, grippy, rubber foot on each corner of its base which make it feel very stable and secure, and it's about the size of a typical external 3.5" USB hard drive unit. It has a fairly standard, black, external mains transformer which is reasonably compact.
Setup was a breeze. I plugged the NAS into my LAN via the patch cable provided, and it immediately showed up in my Windows 7 PC under 'Network' in Windows Explorer. I clicked on it and was able to browse to the setup file. Running this launches a web interface, where you are invited give the NAS a meaningful device name and login credentials. After that, you just type the device name into your browser and you are connected. Login using the credentials you created and you have access to the whole web management interface:
Manages user accounts on the NAS, allowing you to create them and optionally give them management access. Each is allocated their own password protected folder. The only issue I have is that you cannot restrict the amount of disk space each can consume, as you can with more advanced NAS devices. This may not be an issue for you however.
You can add a Facebook account which allows you to archive content you have uploaded there.
Remote Access and Seagate Media - gives you access to your files & media from anythere on the Interned via a web browser. You will need an app to do this. They are available for iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows Phone.
DLNA - (code provide by Twonky) will allow you to stream media to any supporting home devices (TVs etc.)
iTunes - gives you the ability to link iOS devices to content on the NAS over Wifi.
General - Allows you to rename the device and register with Seagate.
System - Gives you the ability to restart, stop, restore settings and erase all data on the device.
About - Displays info on the serial number and firmware version (which can be upgraded).
Date & Time - enable or disable NTP and set the preferred time zone.
LAN - choose DHCP or manually set up the settings in Static mode.
Disk Manager - shows the drive parameters and shows SMART information giving an idea of drive health.
USB Manager - allows you to connect and disconnect external USB devices (external drives) to the NAS. It is not immediately apparent what the purpose of doing this is, but after some digging I was able to establish that you can get free (unprotected) access to the external USB drive via a dedicated network folder allowing you to copy content from your own folder onto it for backups etc.
As you'll have guessed, this feature set is pretty basic, but that's to be expected on such a reasonably priced NAS device. If you want more features, you should probably be looking at something like a QNAP, but for the price Seagate is selling these units at, it's a real bargain, and I have to commend them. They're obviously trying to claw their way out of the commoditised hard drive market by adding additional value, and this is a great candidate.
Once you're set up and have your users and shares created, you can go to work backing up files and streaming media.
Transfer rates over Gigabit ethernet are approximately 50MB/s and around 7MB/s over Wifi. This is certainly fast enough for general media streaming right up to full HD Blu-Ray data rates. For backing up a single PC, you might prefer a directly connected USB 3.0 drive which will give faster data rates, but for general storage this is a great unit. If you want to run an external hard drive and you'd prefer to connect over Gigabit ethernet or Wifi rather than USB, this is a perfect tool for the job.
The DLNA streaming service works great, and was picked up by all my various DLNA compatible devices (Dune D1, QNAP NMP-1000, Sony TV, Asus O!Play). I've tested its ability to stream full HD to two devices simultaneously from MKV files over the LAN without stuttering, and there were no apparent issues.
NOTE: The DLNA service will only scan for media files in the Public folder. No files held in private folders will be available for DLNA streaming. Also, sometimes you may need to re-boot the device after enabling DLNA to get the service to start correctly.
I've read that the release of Twonky Server installed on the Seagate Central is version 7.
That release is supposed to be able to stream the following formats:
Music: MP3, WMA, WAV, 3GP, M4A, MP4, LPCM, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP2, AC3, MPA, MP1, AIF
Photo: JPEG, PNG, TIF, BMP
Video: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG2-TS, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, VOB, DivX, 3GP, VDR, ASF, MPE, DVR-MS, Xvid, MKV, M4V
I've personally had success streaming the following via DLNA:
FLAC (Encoded by Media Monkey)
MP3 (Encoded by Media Monkey)
MKV (Full HD, encoded by DVDFab)
MOV (Full HD, MPEG-4 Quicktime)
M2T (Full HD, MPEG-TS)
I had issues streaming MTS (AVC) files which are encoded with PCM audio - these are files taken from my XA20 camcorder. No audio is reproduced, though the video streams fine.
There are a few things which detract from its usefulness:
1. It's not possible to make a folder available as 'Read Only' which exposes any media you make available in the Public share liable to possible deletion.
2. When moving files from one share to another on the NAS, it copies the entire file over the network and back rather than just re-linking the file locally. It does seem a bit inefficient and time-consuming to do it this way, but it's not really a deal-killer.
3. There is no way to see in the web interface how much drive space is available, or to set up email alerts warning you if the drive is nearly full.
4. The external USB port is only USB 2.0 and not 3.0. Also, it's not possible to add this drive's capacity to the total storage of the unit, or use it as an automatic backup destination. The function of copying files to it is rather peculiar, as it involves you connecting the drive via USB, sharing it over the network and then copying files from the NAS's built in drive over the network onto the USB attached drive. Why they thought this was a good way to structure the process and not allow you to move files to the drive via USB is beyond my comprehension.
5. There is no web based file management interface.
6. It is not possible to allocate individual disk space 'quotas' to users, so anyone is free to write data to the drive until it is completely full.
7. For some reason, my Dune D1 media player has trouble connecting to the NAS through normal file & folder network browsing, and can only connect to it in DLNM mode. It can see the NAS on the network, but it cannot discover any folder shares. My other media players (QNAP NMP1000 and Asus O!Play) do not experience the same issue.
Given the low cost of the unit, it has to be added to your short-list for consideration, and if the feature set covers your needs, then I can recommend it.
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