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Seagate Central 4 TB Shared Storage Ethernet External Hard Drive (STCG4000100)


Seagate Central 4 TB Shared Storage Ethernet External Hard Drive (STCG4000100)


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, movies and docs 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. After downloading the free Seagate Media app, you can view your content by type, size, even compatibility, regardless if it is a PDF, Word doc, music, photo or movie 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 offload 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. System Requirements: Router with an available Ethernet port (Wi-Fi router required for wireless file access and backup), Internet connection for activation and Internet file sharing, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3.x, Chrome 4.x, Safari 3, or later Web browser, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later operating system. Remote Access App Requirements Android Smartphone and Tablet (Android 2.2, Adobe AIR) Apps Available: Seagate Media, iTunes App Store, Android Market, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Samsung Smart Hub. Inside the Box: Seagate Central shared storage, Quick start guide, Ethernet cable, 2-year limited warranty, Power supply.

  • Shared storage compatible with both Macs and PCs
  • Seagate Media Application allows you to view your content the way you want, by type, size, compatibility, regardless of file type
  • Offload or back up your photos and personal videos from the Seagate Media app
  • Combine content from all your digital devices to one central location
  • Impressive 4 TB storage capacity

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Question by Jim Bob: I have a macbook and want to play movies on my tv from it How?
I have a new macbook and would like to be able to download various types of movies and tv shows and watch them on my tv. I don’t want apple tv because I herd it is limited in what it can play. Also I am wanting a wireless connection but a hardwire way of doing it too will get best answer.

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Answer by komeeks18
I know with some newer laptops (PC) you can use a HDMI cord to connect the laptop & the tv. The tv must have a HDMI space to be able to do this. Most new tvs do. At least, most LCD tvs do. Anyway, I’m not exactly sure if the macbook has a port for an HDMI cord though. It just depends on your computer & tv.

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What customers say about Seagate Central 4 TB Shared Storage Ethernet External Hard Drive (STCG4000100)?

  1. 84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome for the price, April 27, 2013
    By 
    Eric W

    This review is from: Seagate Central 4 TB Shared Storage Ethernet External Hard Drive (STCG4000100) (Personal Computers)

    I’m a serious enthusiast and Unix/Linux systems guy. However, I also understand the need for easy, out of the box solutions.

    This device? It rocks for me and for my proverbial mother. Actually, my mother doesn’t yet own one, but she should! It is easy to use and configure, although the manual is quite lacking. You’ll want to use a wired connection if you want performance, but enthusiasts might still find the performance lacking compared to a PC or high-end NAS solution. However, for the price, this thing delivers for novices and entusiasts alike.

    ————————
    Blow-by-blow review below:
    ————————

    Before I get to all the great things about it, lets set expectations:
    * This device is priced only a few dollars more than a bare drive.
    * Performance is about 22 MB/s (160mbps) for Windows and Apple file sharing.
    This is faster than your WiFi, however. Use a wired connection.
    * Performance jumps to 45 MB/s for insecure FTP!
    * Included instructions are lacking. The device is EASY to setup, but you need to find the instructions online.

    The good things (non-technical goodness):
    * Easy to setup (although the manual is lacking)
    * Easy to use.
    * DLNA, iTunes server, etc… all disabled by default, and easy enough to enable if you want them.
    * Facebook media backup feature
    * Print-server included (although not advertised!)

    So the great, geeky things?
    * Based on Seagate’s more expensive BlackArmour NAS product.
    * Runs Linux with SSH enabled by default
    * Uses LVM storage by default (snapshots!!!)
    * Ethernet supports jumbo frames (ssh then ‘ifconfig eth0 mtu 9000’)
    * The Linux OS includes a bunch of things in the kernel that might be useful:
    – EXT4 (also ext2, ext3)
    – XFS
    – FUSE (NTFS driver included)
    – WebDAV mount utilities
    – Potential iSCSI support (supported in kernel – utilities missing)
    – Potential NFS support – utilities missing, some scripts remain. Could be made to work.
    * Two core CPU – although only one is enabled in software.

    The board that drives this thing is a Cavium Networks CNS3420, an ARMv11 platform
    (see […])

    Bad things?
    – The second CPU core is disabled! (but might be made to work)
    – iSCSI and NFS won’t work out of the box (but might be made to work)
    – Jumbo frames don’t seem to improve performance much (but some tweaking might help…)
    – Enabling SSL for FTP drops the speed to 1.5MB/s.

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  2. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Horrible transfer speeds and even worse tech support, May 17, 2013
    By 

    Like so many others, I am having an issue with the file transfer speeds being extremely slow. After testing all my equipment and finding it all working perfectly, I created a tech support ticket. This is what I wrote:

    Problem: Seeing maximum 5.5MB/s file transfer speeds BOTH on wired(Gigabit 1000mb/s) and wireless(1300mb/s AC) network. All ethernet cables used are Cat 6 cables.

    Equipment:
    Router Netgear 6300 1750mb/s AC
    Wireless card: PCE-AC66 Wireless Adapter PCI Express Up to 1750Mb/s
    Network Storage: Seagate Central 3TB S/N NA6S0KWR
    Network cables: Belkin 6′ Cat 6

    Computer: Hand built
    Processor: six core Intel Core i7-3930K OC to 5.0Ghz
    Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Video cards: x2 EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5
    OS: Windows 7

    So now that there should be no question as to what equipment I have, lets see if we can work this out. This network storage device only attains a maximum of ~5.5MB/s on both gigabit connection and AC wireless connection. This is confirmed on my desktop and my laptop. The firmware of all my hardware including the router and the Seagate Central are all up to date. Tests on the connection between my PC and router all come back normal. I need to know what to do to be able to see file transfer speeds that fully utilize either my wired gigabit connection or my wireless AC connection. File streaming from the Seagate Central to my TV works perfectly. I just don’t feel like waiting a week(non-stop file transfer) for 2 TB of movies and TV shows to transfer over to the network drive.

    5.5MB/s is HORRIBLE file transfer speeds, especially considering the level of equipment I have this drive connected to. Even bargain PCs without gigabit ethernet and normal N300 routers should still see transfer speeds greater than 5MB/s, so equipment really is a non issue here. Please let me know if there is something that can be done that I have not thought of, as all my testing shows my equipment to be working perfectly.
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    THIS is the generic response I received from Seagate Tech Support:

    Thank you for contacting Seagate Support.

    We can understand your needing some help with the Seagate Central and it slow transfer speeds.

    Unfortunately, it is impossible to describe what real-world, sustained performance will be on any NAS product due to the large number of variables involved such as the grade of cabling and brand / level of hardware on the network. If you find that the performance provided by the Seagate Central is less than anticipated, please try the following suggestions:
    Connect your media device or computer via cable rather than wirelessly to your router, because the router is the pass-through for all content that is served by the Seagate Central.
    The performance will be dictated by the slowest device or cabling on your network. For best performance:
    Use CAT-5E or CAT-6 cabling
    Use a true Gigabit Router. Wireless connections are typically slower than wired connections, and some wired connections only offer 10/100 Mbps speed, not the preferred 1000 Mbps.
    Update your router and the Seagate Central to the latest firmware. See Document ID: 005384 for instructions on updating the Seagate Central firmware.
    If any other device is streaming from or transferring data to the Seagate Central, this will use up available bandwidth. Try to eliminate all other traffic to and from the device.

    For additional assistance, feel free to contact us at: www.seagate.com/about/contact-us/technical-support/

    Regards,

    Ian
    Seagate Support
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    Explain to me HOW I failed to provide enough information for them to come up with a solution? This guy didn’t even know what kind or router and other equipment I was using, even though I had everything listed! Did he not see that I already tried all the things he suggested in his response? I even uploaded screen shots of the file transfer taking place, so he can see the path and the transfer speeds! Did he even read my case?! Does this guy know ANYTHING about networking OR his company’s product? This response honestly looks like a premade “it’s the end of the day and I just want to go home” cut/paste kind of a response.

    The Good:
    Once you actually manage to get your content on the drive (which you are more likely to get married, have kids and send them off to college before that happens), it is amazing. If you have a smart TV or a smart Blu-ray player, the app available to install on your…

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  3. stem
    The manufacturer commented on this review(What’s this?)
    Posted on

    May 22, 2013 12:41:56 PM PDT

    Dear Casper2433,

    This reply is from Seagate Support. We noticed your review and wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Central Shared Storage Network drive. We would like to talk with you, by phone preferably, to determine the root cause and available resolution to the performance behavior mentioned in your review. We have created a case based on your Amazon name that shows your review and our response. If from the US or Canada our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

    http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

    Best Regards,
    Seagate Support

     
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  5. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Premature Release, June 18, 2013
    By 
    NoNonsense (Miami) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Seagate Central 4 TB Shared Storage Ethernet External Hard Drive (STCG4000100) (Personal Computers)

    Although I firmly believe that there is no better recommendation than Amazon reviews consensus, I decided to ignore it this time and buy this product. I did it because I have had many great Seagate products and because with new technologies the problem may be on the customer’s lack of basic expertise or patience.

    Well, my apologizes to those who tried to prevent my purchase with their good advice. You were right.

    The good about the product is that it does deliver solid streams of video or audio content wirelessly to multiple devices. However, it takes forever to write or upload your stuff into Seagate Central. It’s incredibly slow to receive your input. AND, even worse, it’s unreliable. Not usually, but every now and then, it does a “disappearing act” from your list of drives. Which is incredibly scary…

    For all the good it does, I, and obviously many others, don’t have any use for a device that is slow AND unreliable. I hope Seagate keeps working on the concept. I would concentrate on expanding the storage capacity of Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Mobile Device Storage with Built-In Wi-Fi Streaming as a perfect solution. Until then, I would advise people to wait..

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  6. stem
    The manufacturer commented on this review(What’s this?)
    Posted on
    Jun 19, 2013 12:25:16 PM PDT

    Dear NoNonsense,

    We wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Seagate Central Shared Storage Network drive.

    You will experience slower performance if you are transferring files to the device over a wireless connection. Please try transferring files to the drive from a computer that is wired to your network as this should result in better performance.

    It may also help to update the firmware on this drive to the latest available. To check for the latest firmware update, try the following link listed below:

    http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005384en

    If the suggestions above do not help, we would like to talk with you, by phone preferably, to determine the root cause and available resolution to the problem. We have created a case based on your Amazon name that shows your review and our response. If from the US or Canada our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283.

    Best Regards,
    Seagate Support

     
  7.  
  8. Hey man…As I see it, you have two options if you’re computer is brand new, both of which are relatively inexpensive:
    1) Purchase the moshi Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H1824ZM/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MTgwOTAzMjI), plug it into your Mini DisplayPort, plug an HDMI cable into the other end and into your TV, and that’s it! (If you’re computer isn’t a MacBook Pro 13/15/17-in. mid-2010 release or iMac 21.5/27-in. early-2010 release then this won’t handle HDMI audio; I’d recommend the XtremeMac XtremeHD Toslink Audio Cable together with the HDMI video for a full solution (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TL955LL/A?n=audio_cable&fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MTA4NDk5MjQ&s=topSellers)).
    -OR-
    2) Buy an Apple TV and I guarantee you won’t be sorry! I run an Apple TV-based home theater setup service, so I’d urge you to consider it despite the factory limitations. Yes, the factory 1st-gen Apple TV is limited, but we can customize it to your specifications, effectively removing all those limitations very cheaply, including upgrading storage to up to a 4TB network drive (wireless), adding support for more file types, integrating it with your Mac. Of course, given we’re the only US-based shop specializing in this, you’re more or less out of luck for now if you’re not in Boston, but please recommend us to anybody you know in Boston needing such a service!
    Thanks!
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    Founder and CEO miSolutions Boston
    www.createdfor.me
    (855) 625-4864


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