Seagate Central - How to increase file transfer speed

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. See Document ID: 005384 - How to check for Seagate Central firmware updates and update firmware.

  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 Services tab. You must have administration privileges to turn services on and off.
    Tip: Launch the Seagate Central Assistant by typing your host name into the address bar of a web browser. See Document ID: 005247 for instructions on finding the host name.
  3. Copy your files to Seagate Central.
  4. When the copy is complete, disconnect your computer from the router and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Turn the services back on.


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.
  • Router placement. Make sure that no major obstacles are affecting the signal to and from your router. For example, if your Seagate Central is on the first floor and your router is on the second floor, Seagate Central might not be receiving a strong signal.
  • Old Wi-Fi technology. Make sure that you are using up-to-date hardware.


Check the LAN connection speed

To determine the connection speed, your Seagate Central must be using firmware version 2013.0618.0237-F or later.
See Seagate Central - How to check for firmware updates and update firmware.


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.


     

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:
    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.




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