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Well, knowing just enough to make me dangero...I mean, still stupid in the streaming world, I waltzed into best buy ready to buy a WD Live Hub to serve up movies off an HDD AND (imperatively for me) stream them locally to iPhones and iPads with their app.


Within 5 minutes I discovered the Seagate Central, a product I had yet to learn of in my travels searching for an "ideal" (lol) streamer.


Pretty reasonably priced I thought for 3TBs of local storage ($179): http://m.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/network-storage/home/seagate-central/


In a nutshell this box basically makes your stored audio/video/photo files usable over your network...including apple devices via their app which has worked splendidly for me, thus far. Also through any web browser but the hiccup there seems to be a 2 gig file limitation.


I've only dragged and dropped about a dozen movies onto it thus far but the ps3 has been pretty good with them, playback-wise. My own personal goal is to discover what file type works best with the ps3 and iOS devices, but I may just grab a WDLive that I think should work much better, straightway.


I cannot wait until more inclined gentlemen get their hands on this so I can leech them for help!


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At last a user for the Seagate Central. I know theyve just been released but ive had mine for about a week (uk). Picked it up along with a Series 7 Samsung TV. Very impressed so far although having issues with Metadata using the Smart TV app & the Android/iPhone apps. I find it picks & chooses when it wants to show the info.


That said I think its a fantastic bit of kit and does what it says on the box.


THe apps need alot of work imo...but its all new so give it time. I guess
 

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^ Yes, thus far the apps for ios have been great...some files won't play back but that's not the Seagate's fault.


I'm still trying to figure out the best $100 streamer for me and my desire to consolidate a couple of these (Seagate 4TB HDDs) in a nice jukebox format.


Can anyone speak to a superior option that the PCH 210 for this?


thanks


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I'm using the Seagate Central strictly for local (read: offline_internet) backup and media streaming purposes. I've written down my experience in this document, and hope that it might be handy for some of you...

 

 

SeagateCentrallocalNAS 987k .pdf file 
 

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Would the Seagate Central offer any advantage over my current method which is:


1. All videos stored in external hard drive.


2. I have three media players two of which are too far from my wireless router to expect any kind of video performance. These are connected via powerlines to my network and both perform flawlessly. The third is close enough to the router to deliver wireless video.


3. The third media player has a hard drive and Samba capability allowing playing video on the two remote media players from its' hard drive over the network. The only downside here is copying videos to the hard drive over the network is a very slow process. I can of course connect it to my PC for quicker copying but that's not convenient.


I'm happy with what I have so the question is, is there anything to gain with the Seagate Central?
 

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Hi I have a Seagate Central 3tb hard drive which I use to watch movies and TV shows on and is mostly great.

But when I try to watch a mkv movie using the app on my smart tv which I have downloaded the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen do not appear thus stretching the picture.

My TV is a Samsung ue46f800 I don't know if I can change any settings on the app or the TV.

Thanks for any help
 

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Recently picked one of these up.. Does anyone know of a way to set user quotas on these?

Among other things, I am using it for Time Machine backup for two Macs. I believe Time Machine will just keep taking more space until it reaches 100% and starts deleting the oldest backups. That won't work well for a multi-purpose NAS. I would like to allocate 1TB for one Mac, 500GB for the other, and the remaining 2TB for media. Can that be done?
 

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I'm looking for a way to install Transmission on my seagate central. This is the only info I found about it, but this link doesn't work :(

Does anyone have more info?
I had it working perfectly for months, then an automatic firmware update happened and wiped the lot. I've been looking for the last 2 months to try and find where I got the transmission download from but seagate seem to have removed it.

I've tried a few different transmission builds over the last couple of months with no sucess, I think my next option will be to try and find the previous firmware. What firmware are you running?
 

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Do you guys know if you can watch stuff via USB from the Seagate on a PC or external media device. When I plug the Seagate into my PC for example via a USB device it doesnt show up as an external drive? Same happens when I plug it into my Android media box.
 

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I'm looking for a way to install Transmission on my seagate central. This is the only info I found about it, but this link doesn't work
Does anyone have more info?
I feel your pains. I briefly got some stuff to run, but nothing binary. Seagate has the device locked down at the kernel level and I'm currently sifting through the extracted firmware and am going to see if I can't patch it to remove the restrictions or at least add binutils so I can compile my own stuff on there.

I think it's either a flag when they compiled the kernel (IRQ/FRQ) or a flag in the u-boot script.

I cross-compiled busybox for the Armv6l arch but when running it the Central simply says "killed."

But if you can find something that runs on Python or something, not requiring C or compiling, then you can probably get it to work. I've gotten close with deluge until I was missing Python deps I couldn't get ahold of.

:/ I will get this though. Eventually.

...watch stuff via USB from the Seagate on a PC or external media device. When I plug the Seagate into my PC for example via a USB device it doesnt show up as an external drive? Same happens when I plug it into my Android media box.
Not exactly sure what you are asking, whether you are plugging the Seagate into a PC, or plugging a USB Hard Drive into the Seagate Central and it isn't showing up on a PC.

Basically, you can only access external drives connected TO the Seagate Central through SMB. See paul44's PDF file up there. I saw that process in there when I skimmed.

Seagate didn't configure the Twonky DLNA/uPNP server to add files from USB and I never could configure it to either (mainly for a lack of interest.)



PS I know this is a thread necro but still relevant information I felt like sharing. :p
 

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I just got the NAS of this thread. I got it for PC backups, not for home theater. But now I see it supports "DLNA", which I'd never heard of until yesterday.

So now I wonder if there's a cheap device that's got 1) an Ethernet jack to get data from the NAS, 2) output jack (HDMI or whatever), and 3) a remote control. And of course it would have a built-in DLNA client. I've seen other things that I think would work (game consoles and Blu-Ray players), but I didn't want the complexity of those, if I could help it. I'm thinking simple and cheap...this isn't for me, it's for a less technical local media watcher.

Is there a one trick pony that will pull via DLNA out of the NAS and display on my 'dumb' TV? If not, I can do what I've been doing...USB thumb drive sneaker-net.
 

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I just got the NAS of this thread. I got it for PC backups, not for home theater. But now I see it supports "DLNA", which I'd never heard of until yesterday.

So now I wonder if there's a cheap device that's got 1) an Ethernet jack to get data from the NAS, 2) output jack (HDMI or whatever), and 3) a remote control. And of course it would have a built-in DLNA client. I've seen other things that I think would work (game consoles and Blu-Ray players), but I didn't want the complexity of those, if I could help it. I'm thinking simple and cheap...this isn't for me, it's for a less technical local media watcher.

Is there a one trick pony that will pull via DLNA out of the NAS and display on my 'dumb' TV? If not, I can do what I've been doing...USB thumb drive sneaker-net.
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Seagate has an app for the roku that is free and works with the central. Just plug the central Ethernet cable into your router. Roku models can be wireless or wired or both, hdmi or the old rca cables for SD only though. Cost is $40 to $100


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Bump.

Anyone have a disk image for the Seagate Central? My hardware is OK but the drive crapped, and I have no way to recover it. It's out of warranty, given I pulled it apart some time ago to drop in a larger hard drive (and, stupidly, did not save that cloned disk image).

Been using this for a couple years as a NAS for me (on a PC) and my wife (on a Mac). I'm also using a WDLV Live to stream video files and ripped DVDs to the big screen TV. Works fine, except a couple points:

- You need to ensure you're on a 1gbit network. 100mbit doesn't always cut it, especially for Blu-Ray rips
- You need to keep it cool. Any heat build up and the throughput speed goes to total hell. I resolved that by putting it in a cooler space on my bookcase, and I've got it lifted off its feet on two 9V batteries laid on their end.

If I can't recover this, then I'm likely to head toward a higher-end solution, likely the Netgear ReadyNAS 102/104 or similar. Would much prefer a lesser-expensive solution, though.

Thanks!
 

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I use one of these to store my digital music files (FLAC) on. It's ethernet-connected to my router and I point both my Sonos system and my Logitech Media Server at it.

I can also access it from my Onkyo receiver, but I almost never do this, since the Sonos Connect is already attached to it
 
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