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Seagate FreeAgent DockStar Network Adapter STDSA10G-RK (White)
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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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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.
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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.
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* 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).
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>
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
* 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.com upgrade.cloudengines.com schema.cloudengines.com
* Since it supports SMB (samba), sharing files as WFS (Windows File Sharing) is very easy. Dockstar might need restart when configuration changes are done using pogoplug, so just keep that in mind.
The samba configuration is stored in /tmp directory as follows,
-bash-3.2# ls -al /tmp
drwxrwxrwt 4 root root 200 Jan 1 00:01 .
drwxr-xr-x 14 root root 0 Jan 1 1970 ..
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 100 Jan 1 00:00 .cemnt
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 448 Jan 1 00:00 hbplug.log
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 21 Jan 1 00:00 resolv.conf
-rw------- 1 root root 24576 Jan 1 00:00 secrets.tdb
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 320 Jan 1 00:00 smb.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 151 Jan 1 00:00 smb.conf.xce_efeDGBvRB3d6nwwMERA4TEf
-rw------- 1 root root 0 Jan 1 00:00 smbpasswd
For each partition, unique id is assigned e.g. efeDGBvRB3d6nwwMERA4TEf. And it creates file named, /tbp/smb.conf.xce_<unique_id> e.g. smb.conf.xce_efeDGBvRB3d6nwwMERA4TEf. All these files are then included in main "smb.conf"
It also create file named ".ceid" in each partition
You can create advance permissions using configuration file, refer to [...]
* Supports various file systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT, EXT2 etc
* Extensible, add more services/utilities like sftpd for file transfers over WAN/internet
On another note: The vendor, Seagate, not only no longer supports this item (they told me they are no longer associated with Pogoplug), it had 2 other strikes against it 1) the items warranty apparently expired in 2009 2) this item according to its' serial number was a freebie given out by Seagate to some of it's vendors.
1. Find the .ceid file on your hard drive after you plug it into the adapter
2. Open the .ceid file with notepad or any text editor
3. Paste the following lines into the .ceid file after the first line:
4. Save and close the file (make sure all file types is selected)
5. You can now map your network drive from file explorer. The file location is (the M's are the last 6 numbers of the MAC address on the label on the device): \\radsMMMMMM\whateverNameYouWantToCallYourHardDrive_
I also use the Pogoplug app on my smartphone (Android). It does have a nice interface to it, but it seems to have trouble uploading files, which is why I'm docking it a star on my review. Also, if it doesn't work when you get it, make sure your hard drive is actually good (don't just use an old throwaway drive like I did). That will cause it to not work right and may trick you into thinking it's the device.
Took about a half-hour to go through Jeff Doozan's fabulous procedure for jailbreaking it and running vanilla Linux on it, at which point it's just another computer, albeit small and silent. I liked it so much that I bought a second one to save in the garage in the 'cabinet of misfit toys' just in case someday this one breaks somehow. Finding a matching usb2 disk enclosure is a little hard due to the connector being in the center of the short side, but I eventually found a $ 3.00 cheapie metal one from China on eBay.
Actually not a bad little computer. Blows my RaspPi model-B cards away in looks, performance, and stability. Just plain works.
Sorry to gloat, but I bought my two Dockstars for $19 and $12 respectively new way-back-when, and they seem extremely pricey today at $69 but I'd still recommend them at that price. Just plain works.
So, now after spending 2-3 days figuring out everything, my dockstar is running Debian from a 4GB USB drive. I have attached two external USB driv who are shared in SAMBA, that is you can see and write on them from Windows machines in my network. The server is very happy to serve my tinyproxy, cherokee, mysql/php5 along with samba service 24/7 with just 8W! Wow!.