Seagate Central Shared Storage 4TB
One Place to Store Them All
Over the last few years, digital content has evolved greatly that it isn’t just about the space or capacity to store it anymore; it’s also about being able to access it from anywhere at anytime. Thankfully, the cloud has made it all happen, providing consumers a private databank they can access anytime. But there are those who want to keep their data locally, yet still have the option of tapping into it on the go. That’s where the Seagate Central comes in, offering the best of local storage with the accessibility of the cloud.
A consumer-friendly network attached storage, the Central is built with one core goal in mind and that’s to provide users with a place to centralize all their content over a private network. Available in capacities of 2-, 3- and 4TB, it comes as a complete solution with no need for assembly. Shaped like a conventional external hard disk, the flat, horizontal box looks inconspicuous, although it isn’t advisable to stack anything on it as there is a mesh grille running across the top for ventilation.
For connectivity, the Central relies on a single Ethernet port on the rear, sandwiched between a USB 2.0 port and a jack for the power adapter. There is no power button and the only indicator is a single green LED located on the top corner that lights up when the system is online. Setting up this NAS is effortless, as users just need to connect the device to a network cable before plugging it into a power source.
Once the Central has been connected, it will show up on the public network. Double-clicking the device reroutes you to its settings page in a web browser, where you can then set up a Seagate Global Access, which allows you to access the storage device from wherever you are in the world. Once set up, you can access the simple but effective web interface to add users, manage service permissions or even archive Facebook photos.
In terms of performance, we tested the Central by transferring our 1GB test file over the network to the NAS, timing it to see how long it would take to complete the transfer. Clocking in at 3 minutes and 52 seconds, the result produced from the completion of the 1GB transfer shows that this NAS is a little slow but steady, proving to be a reasonable solution.
Despite the fact that it’s a single-volume drive, which might be worrisome when data protection comes to mind, the Seagate Central proves to be a reliable piece of hardware packed with tons of features and functions. Natively, it works with Apple Time Machine, although it can also do backups for Windows with the downloadable Seagate Dashboard software. With support for DLNA and iTunes, this storage solution also makes media sharing a breeze, while other apps like Seagate Media and Remote Access allow users to tap into the cloud for their own private library; wherever they are at anytime.
There is only a single USB port, which is located on the rear of the device