Seagate Central - How to increase file transfer speed

Tips and advice for optimizing the performance of Seagate Central.

After you set up Seagate Central, you can wirelessly access your movies, music, photos, and documents from anywhere in your home.

Seagate Central file transfer speeds depend on the ability of your home Wi-Fi network. To increase the file transfer speed—for example, when loading content onto Seagate Central—you can temporarily change your Seagate Central setup and turn off some services.

Modifying your setup to load content

If you have a lot of content on your computer that you want to load onto Seagate Central, try the following to increase the file transfer speed.

Tip: Make sure that you have the most recent firmware on your Seagate Central. To verify firmware, please refer to the bottom of this article.
  1. Connect your computer and Seagate Central directly to the router using a Gigabit Ethernet cable. Seagate suggests you use CAT-5E or CAT-6 cabling to achieve optimal transfer speeds.
  2. Turn off Seagate Central services, such as DLNA, Seagate Media Server, and iTunes in the Seagate Central Assistant webpage.  You can turn services on and off from the tab. You must have administration privileges to turn services on and off.
  3. Copy your files to Seagate Central.

Things that can affect your file transfer speed

If you are experiencing slow file transfer speeds, check the following items that might be affecting your Wi-Fi network.

  • Channels: The channel your router uses to communicate with your devices might be experiencing interference by neighbors who are using the same channel. Free tools that can help you determine which channels have the least interference are available on the Internet.
  • Consider also a dual-band router.
  • Computer placement: Make sure that no major obstacles are affecting the signal to and from your router. For example, if your Computer is on the first floor and your router is on the second floor, your computer might not be receiving a strong signal.
  • Old Wi-Fi technology: Make sure that you are using up-to-date hardware.
  • Avoid long Ethernet Cables.  Depending on how you have your network setup, your computer and routers might be in separate rooms.  Avoid having long cables, either from your computer to your router, or from your Seagate Central to your router. Some transfer speed may be lost when using longer cables.

Check the LAN connection speed

Checking the connection type

  1. From the Finder or Windows/File Explorer.
    1. Double-click the Seagate Central folder.
    2. Double-click the Public folder.
    3. Double-click Manage Seagate Central.
  2. Hover your mouse over the IP address icon.

  3. Your connection speed is shown after the IP address. For example: T1000

Checking the connection speed

Using Windows 8/7/Vista:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Under View your active networks, select Local Area Connection.
  4. The Speed: item displays the speed of your wired network.

    Connection Type Network Connection Speed
    Gigabit Ethernet 1000000000 (1.0 Gbps)
    T100 100000000 (100 Mbps)
    Wi-Fi < 100000000
Mac OS – Check Link Speed
  1. Select the Spotlight icon.
  2. In the search area, type the following:
    1. network util

  3. Select Network Utility
  4. Select the Info tab.
  5. Check the link speed.
Mac OS – Check Wi-Fi Speed
  1. Press the option key and then select the Airport/WiFi icon.
  2. Review the Transmit Rate. You are looking for a number greater than 100. Use this number with the RSSI number to determine your network transfer speed.
  3. Review the RSSI number. The range is from 0 – 100, with 0 being the desired RSSI number. You might move your computer closer to your router to improve your RSSI number.
How to verify and apply firmware on the Seagate Central

To verify what version of firmware is on your Seagate Central, open the Public folder and click on the “Manage the Seagate Central” link inside. Once you’ve logged in, click on the “Settings” tab, and on the left-hand side, click on “Advanced” and then “Firmware Update”. Click on “Check for update” on the right-hand side and apply any updates you may find.




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