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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
* 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.Read more ›
I will start by saying this device is very well designed hardware/software/networking wise, almost nothing to configure. I had fun playing with it. However there is one HUGE HUGE flaw with this device, it transmits files without any encryption which I think should make it worthless to anyone who cares about the privacy of their data (in today's word this should be everyone). It's not that hard to encrypt data so I don't understand why they are transmitting files in the clear. I became suspicious when they barely mentioned anything about security in the documentation/FAQ, funny because you know everyone is wondering how safe this thing is when they are buying it, apparently they didn't mention much about security because it's not safe at all.
I was shocked to see no one else mentioning this anywhere on the web. I welcome people verifying this, I want to get the word out.
Here's the deal...
Accessing your drive through the pogoplug website:
When you go to the pogoplug website to access your hard drive, you'll notice a link below the log in panel that says "click here for secure sign-in". First off why isn't this the default? The file transfer process works like this: when you access a file through the pogoplug website it goes from your DockStar drive, to their web server, to your web browser. The connection between your web browser and their web server is secure (even downloading files) assuming you do the "secure sign-in" with SSL encryption. However, the connection between the DockStar and their web-server is not secure so files are transmitted in the clear without any encryption.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this device, it allows you to use it as a USB hub for Hard drives as well as connect it to your network for remote access for files, music and movies locally and remotely... Read morePublished 18 months ago by WillBWoods
Had this product for several years now and it continues to provide access to several users on our homePublished 19 months ago by Scott Lindsay
I've had one of these in service now for 'five' years with the matching Seagate 340GB drive and it is the best little quiet low-power server computer that I can imagine. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Vince Skahan
I now have my own cloud and network storage. When you sign in to your pogoplug account (it's free), you can see your hard drive from anywhere. Read morePublished 19 months ago by compgeek
This unit was the Raspberry Pi before the Raspberry Pi was born. I built my first embedded NES emulation station out of a DockStar and a DisplayLink USB-to-VGA adapter. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Brainard
The Product DOES NOT do as it is advertised. If you are looking for something to share your USB external drives on your home wifi - this isn't what you need. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Thomas Zucker-scharff
I have a couple of Seagate FreeAgent form factor HDDs and decided to buy it. Read some reviews about dead units but took my chance. My unit one was dead too. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Texan_2011
Defective on arrival, seller was unable to do anything to resolve issues, I ended up throwing it away... total loss on my part.Published on August 4, 2014 by Alex Jones