Summary: This is a horrible piece of kit. Uploading media files to it via Ethernet is very slow but trying to remotely access even the smallest files via a web browser is painfully slow and almost useless. I purchased the kit for remote access to my important data while traveling around the world but for me, the Seagate device does not deliver. I could not in all honesty recommend this device to anyone.
Summary: Once we learned that we didn't have to use the Seagate Central software that came with the unit (try Aomei Backupper), it seemed to work fine. The only problem was that it only lasted about a year. Could have been just a bad hard drive, but this is type of thing whereby you don't need it until you absolutely need it! I just didn't fill me with confidence that if my PC hard drive were to go bad, that I could count on the Seagate being there to take over.
Summary: I have gone through 2 of these drives now. They are junk! They burn out after about 6 months. I bought my first at BB and that one died. I called Seagate support and they sent me another one in the mail (after paying for the new one and then they reimburse you after you return the original). Well, fast forward about 6 months and now the second one is dead. It just has an orange light with a beeping noise after turning off the power for 15 seconds and plugging it back in.
Summary: The concept of this product is good so I decided to purchase one despite many negative reviews. I am a tech person in Silicon Valley working in the network storage industry, so I figure I could overcome the problems. Well I was wrong. The software is so unstable that it is impossible to set up user access accounts and reliably open up the folders. It isn't fun even if you treat it as a tech toy and babysit it, let alone using it for work or entertainment purposes.
Summary: We bought this to use to back up our files from our laptops to another source. We were using a "plug in" external hard drive and it worked fine but was a bit of a pain to find a handy spot for it and then have to plug it in each time. It made us "put off" doing what needed to be done in a timely fashion. With this wireless storage device, we simply sit at our computers and send the files via the wireless router right to the back-up drive. So far, we're loving it.
Summary: I had originally purchased a Seagate 2 TB USB expansion drive to use as a shared drive to backup 2 computers. The drive worked fine on the computer it was plugged into but seemed inordinately slow on the remote computer. I use a commercial backup and restore program on both computers. I schedule one computer to backup at 3:00 AM on Tuesday and the other computer to backup at 3:00 AM on Thursday.
Excerpt: Four weeks now and so far so good. Fairly easy to set up. My LAN connected computers recognized it fairly easily, though I had some problems with my laptop on WLAN -- but I have such weird security enabled routers, getting the access rules right was the likely culprit. Anyway, super quiet and a good price. I also like the remote access from the seagate web site.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy To Set Up, Easy to use, High Capacity, Portable, Quiet
I would like to give this item 5 Stars but can't...Here's why..
J. Cook, Amazon
10 May 2014
Summary: The device works perfectly on my network, but not as a standalone backup that can be directly connected to a computer for backup purposes. Not everyone has an internal network that is fast enough for backing up using this device. I do, but I know for a fact that I am an exception to the rules.
Insecure, uses *much* more space than required: 266MB locally used 1.7GB of space on the device.
Chris Sams, Amazon
13 April 2014
Summary: It officially supports only mac and windows. Ironically, it's running a modified version of Busy Box Linux with ssh enabled on the default port, and you can log in as root without a password. Anybody on your network with even the slightest know-how can own this thing if you don't know how to log in and secure it. Despite running linux, it has no NFS support, which makes CIFS or sshfs the only mount options for linux users.
Summary: mine died within 6 months. I had to do the research myself and take it apart, recover the data myself. If you send it back for warranty repair, all youd data will lose. Support from seagate is extremely limited.