Summary: Bought this 18 months ago. Drive is now completely dead. No network access, no PC access. No help from Seagate support ... actually not even sympathy now that I think about it. Nearly 2TB of work files, media, family photos and family videos have been lost. Damage is incalculable. Invest the money in a cloud storage solution and let somebody else handle your valuable data. Learn from my misfortune.
Summary: For the price slightly more than a 4 TB hard drive I have a device that I can access from any computer in the house, my phone, my tablet or any computer in the world as far as that goes. I read somewhere that it is better to set a static IP for the Seagate Central, which I did. I set it to a high number so as not to interfere with other computers on my network.
Summary: I have purchased the Seagate Central NAS drive (3TB) and for no reason after almost a year, it stopped working. Simply there was no electric power connecting to the NAS box. I contacted their customer service since the device was still under warranty. The good news were they were willing to replace the product. The silly and lame news were that they push their data recovery service when the product is still under warranty.
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: 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: 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: I got this because I have some data on my computer that I wanted to access both from home and remotely, and didn't want to use the public ("we own your data") services. A personal cloud -- the idea sounds so great. However, as I was trying to set it up for multiple users to access it from multiple accounts, the accounts would not work, the drive would map as a network drive, but then it did not behave like a mapped drive, I could log into it remotely (through their...