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Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter STDSA10G-RK (White)

by Seagate

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  • File sharing at its simplest with a clean, web-based interface.
  • Access files from any networked PC or Mac® computer in your home.
  • After service activation, access and share files with friends, over the internet no special software required.
  • Enables friends to upload content as well, creating a comprehensive share space.
  • Appears as a local drive whether in the home or accessed through the internet, for simple drag-and-drop access.
  • Includes Pogoplug Internet file sharing service - no subscription or additional fees required.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Seagate
  • Model: STDSA10G-RK
  • Warranty: 1 Year Warranty

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 1.5 x 3.4 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002MRRU6G
  • Item model number: STDSA10G-RK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,629 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 15, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter allows you to share your digital life with anyone, anywhere. Dock a FreeAgent Go drive or connect a USB storage device to the FreeAgent DockStar network adapter and your content will be accessible by any networked computer in your home. Following service activation, access content on your FreeAgent DockStar network adapter remotely through a clean web-based interface and invite friends to view your files or upload theirs. Simply type in their email addresses and they will receive an email linked to the folders you chose to share with them through your FreeAgent DockStar network adapter. Integrate with your favorite social media sites and keep your friends in the loop with easy-to-publish RSS feeds.

Dockstar, the easy way to access and share your favorite digital content at the speed of light.
Connect to your home network with docstar and easily access any room in the house. Access your files anywhere, anytime.  Allows you and your friends to share information easily.
Dockstar product shot - front. Highlights
  • File sharing at its simplest with a clean, modern web-based interface.
  • Access files from any networked PC or Mac in your home.
  • Activate service and access and share files with friends, over the internet — no special software required.
  • Enables friends to upload content as well, creating a comprehensive share space.
  • Appears as a local drive whether in the home or accessed through the internet, for simple drag-and-drop access.
  • Dock a FreeAgent Go™ drive or connect up to three USB storage devices.
  • Send pictures straight from your iPhone® to the FreeAgent DockStar network adapter.
  • Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
Dockstar product shot - base.
Dock Specs Dimensions: 3.39 in L x 3.35 in W x 1.50 in D (86.00 L x 85.00 W x 38.21 D mm)
Weight: 1.11 lbs (0.50 kg)
Box Specs Dimensions: 7.00 in L x 5.25 in W x 2.25 in H (177.80 L x 133.35 W x 57.15 H mm)
Weight: 1.08 lbs. (0.49 kg)
Inside the Box DockStar
Power Adapter
Ethernet Cable
1-Year Warranty

Product Description

The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter allows you to share your digital life with anyone, anywhere. Centralize your files to a single location and access them with any networked computer in your home. Create a shared space for your friends to download content you designate and to upload their own content.The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter is a compact dock which allows FreeAgent Go portable drives and most USB storage devices to be shared on your local network or accessed remotely via the internet, after service activation. The FreeAgent Go drive simply slides into the FreeAgent DockStar network adapter, making it easy to remove when you want to take the drive with you while on-the-go. All other USB storage devices plug into one of the two rear-mounted or one side-mounted USB ports. The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter simultaneously supports up to four storage devices, so you will never have to worry about running out of storage space. Simply plug in two cables (Ethernet and power) and visit the web activation page to activate and automatically configure the network adapter. Once activated, you can access all your files with a clean, web-based interface. The same interface is used to view files from any networked computer in your home and outside of the home when accessing files remotely. The user interface displays all the files on all of the drives you have connected to the FreeAgent DockStar network adapter, along with all of the files shared with you by other FreeAgent DockStar network adapter owners.You can easily navigate the user interface with thumbnail or list views, search by file name or filter by media type. The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter also appears like a local drive on your computer, so that you can easily navigate and drag-and-drop files just like a folder on your desktop.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

At this point, I'm not willing to bet that I'll ever get this thing to work.
Sam Sattler
I had some trouble at first with my Windows 7 PC recognizing the DockStar, but then figured out that there were some settings wrong in the PogoPlug software.
G. Lock
It is really as simple as "plug in play" and enjoy quick and easy access to your files on the Seagate drive.
J. Hansen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

143 of 143 people found the following review helpful By FloridaMatt on May 6, 2010
You can use this as a home network server for windows without signing up with pogoplug or installing any software.

Plug your USB drive into your computer, format it (preferably with NTFS) and create a file on it named .ceid

Using notepad, or your favorite text editor, put these lines in the file (replacing yoursharename with a name of your own choosing). Note the mode=rw allows reading and writing.

servicename=yoursharename
xcode.metadata=never
xcode.thumbnail=never
xcode.stream=never
cifs.mode=rw

Plug the usb drive into the Dockstar, and you're all set. The drive will be available as
\\fadsMMMMMM\yoursharename (where MMMMMM are the last 6 letters and numbers of the Dockstar's mac address, which is on the label on the bottom).

Note you can plug up to 3 regular usb drives and one Seagate Go drive into this. You do not need a go drive.

For maximum security, I recommend using your internet router's firewall to block all internet access from whatever ip address gets assigned to the dockstar.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By R. Scott on December 3, 2009
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I bought the Dockstar and a GO drive for use with my home network. I liked the idea of using it as a portable USB drive when away from home, and also sharing it with the computers on my home network without needing a host computer always on. The ability to access it over the internet was not important to me.

Like many of the other reviewers, I was surprised that there was virtually no documentation. It was very easy to setup and it worked right out of the box. However, I was surprised that I had to go to the Pogoplug website to activate and configure it. Like others, I am concerned about how secure this arrangement is. Even though I don't intend to access my drive from the internet, it seems that the only way to configure it is to do it from this website. I would feel better if there was a way to configure it without accessing it from the internet. Also, a note of caution: make sure you type https when typing in the web address. If you don't, you'll be typing in your password over a non-secured connection! I can't believe their web site allows this.

The Pogoplug service is free for the first year, but there is a charge after that. However, it appears that you can still configure the Dockstar from the website even if you don't pay for the Pogoplug service. Here's how to use the device on your private network without using the Pogoplug service and software:

1. Register the Dockstar with the strongest password you can come up with. Remember that during the first year, your files are accessible on the internet if someone can crack your password.

2. Log into the Pogoplug site and click on Settings in the upper right corner. Then click on the WFS (Windows File Sharing) link on the left side.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Constructive Review on July 9, 2010
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First I was also not happy with it as it needs pogoplug service. But after finding more & knowing how it works, I am very happy with it.

* You can use it as NAS without installing any software on computers in home network or using pogoplug. Dockstar get netbios name as FADS<Last six digits of MAC address>. But instead of this, assign static IP using router & use that IP as thats much easier.

1. Before connecting any usb drive to dockstar, create file named ".ceid" in root directory of each partition with following entries. You need to create this file on unix as files created on windows have ^M as end-of-line character which may cause issue (not sure about that).
servicename=yoursharename
xcode.metadata=never
xcode.thumbnail=never
xcode.stream=never
cifs.mode=rw

2. connect usb drive to docstar

3. mount any drive/partion as local disk using on home computer using
net use x: \\\<your share name>

e.g.
C:\Users\home>net use r: \\192.168.0.99\desk1
The command completed successfully.

Or in windows explorer, simply type following in address bar to see all available shares
\\192.168.0.99

* It can be used without pogoplug service as described above. So people having concerns about sharing content over internet can simply disable pogoplug by any of following method
1. Assign static IP to docstar and Add following rule in home router to block traffic to internet
Action Name Source Destination Protocol
Deny docstar LAN, WAN,* *,*
2. Login using ssh & create /etc/hosts file with following entry,
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost pogoplug pogoplug.com my.pogoplug.com [...] service.pogoplug.com upgrade.pogoplug.com service.cloudengines.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James M. Carter on June 23, 2010
Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter STDSA10G-RK (White)

One of the negatives reviewers have pointed out is that the PogoPlug service is only free the first year. This is no longer the case, it is now free for life. I can't really review this device yet, I am waiting for mine to arrive! For the people who sent it back only because of the service fee...you might want to reconsider.
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92 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Mister B on September 27, 2009
We bought this device because we had some USB drives we wanted to share on our home network (but had no interest in being able to access these drive outside or home).

The DockStar setup was easy enough, and in minutes we were accessing our drives. But when we started considering the ramifications of depending on the PogoPlug software for drive access, we were concerned, so we consulted Seagate's tech support website.

#1. There is nothing about the DockStar on their support website, beyond a couple of well-hidden FAQs (I only found them through a helpful user on the community forum).

[...]

#2. You CAN access the device even if your internet connection (to the world) is fubarred. You have to use the 'web interface' (rather than the pogoplug software) to do this ( this is stated in one of the FAQs). Unfortunately, I can't find any instructions on how to actually access the web interface. Downside: you lose drive letter access to the connected USB drives (see my next point).

#3. Pogoplug software is free for the 1st year. After that it's $[...] a year. If you don't subscribe, you can't access the attached USB drives as drive letters -- only the web interface is available (and don't forget - the instructions for doing this have proved elusive, for me at least). That means you can't use the device for anything requires a drive letter/directory setting (e.g. iTunes).

#4. When the pogoplug software is working, performance is flaky depending on what you're doing with the files on the drive. For example, previewing photos or working with documents, on the pogoplug drives seems to work OK.
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