Installing Central is quite easy; one can just plug it into their router and be on their way. It can immediately be used to store files, stream video/music to DLNA playback devices, and set up automatic backups for computers using the Seagate Dashboard application for Windows or Time Machine for Mac OS X. Users can also take advantage of the USB port on Central in order to plug in additional storage, this also make transferring files from an external drive to/from Central much easier.
In order to fully take advantage of Central, one must create a user. This will allow them to do Facebook automatic backups, store/share private data (requiring a password to access), and to remotely access data. Creating a user is quite simple, just fill out the forms and the process is complete.
Accessing data remotely is also simple. The user can login using a mobile application, or onto the web application at https://remoteaccess.tappin.com/login and have access to all their files. Users can also share individual files or folders with family or friends by clicking share on the menu for that file and entering their email address, thereby sending them a direct link to that file/folder.
One downside of the current system is that remote access can only have 5 authenticated users with logins unless they pay for more “seats”. Also, power users might be put off by the fact that there is no built in FTP or SFTP access. However, Central runs on a Linux base and one could easily set it up for FTP if they chose to by accessing Central remotely using the shell.
According to one savvy reviewer on Amazon, users can expect speeds of 45 MB/s over FTP and 1.5 MB/s for SSL enabled FTP (likely referring to sequential read speeds).
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