Summary: My Bad, I read the reviews and thought that the people didn't know what they were talking about. I have been using Seagate drives for years. Well this is where Seagate dropped the ball. NO software comes with the drive it is all done on line so and it is full of more bugs than a bee hive. I was told to upgrade the firmware and that was my mistake because I followed everything to the letter and when I was done it told me Congratulations.
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: I've had this for a year now. It was mediocre when I got it, and the performance has only grown worse. I know transferring files via wireless will be slower, but 512/kbs slow? Seriously this is the speed I've been getting for months now, I barely use this POS at this point. I just put whatever I want to watch on a USB or a slim, USB-powered external and plug directly into my top box.
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 can't begin to describe the disappointment I've experienced with this product. Here's a quick summary of some of the issues I've had: - Connectivity issues: I'd say about 30% of the time, this device does not appear in my Network Devices list. Restarting the device sometimes corrects this. Even worse, it randomly disconnects while I'm transferring files!
Summary: I just happened across the Seagate Central listing, while looking for another piece of hardware that would serve our needs in backing up our mac's and iPhones. The reason I'm doing this, is because I officially threw in the towel on the Seagate Central I purchased exactly one year ago tomorrow. I should've known better as my experience with Seagate products hasn't been the best but at the time it sounded perfect.
Summary: A few years ago storage hardware was expensive, but no more. The pricing has shifted to the device controlling software and native support for web, media and FTP (to name a few). I have been running this for almost 5 months to stream movies. The drive is cheap storage, and the software reflects that price. I use this on a 1GHz wired network and use a Win7 PC to administer the device. If you are a novice and want basic storage, this device will work OK.
Lots of Hype, terrible function, unable to get support.
25 November 2014
Summary: I initially bought this and the plan was to use it simply as a NAS storage device for photos and family videos so that my family can access them from where they live. For the first 12 months the device worked okay, although the upload and access speeds reminded me of playing video games on my Commodore 64 in 1989. We then changed apartments and that is when disaster happened. The darn thing did not want to work.
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.