Seagate Technology, one of the world's leading vendors of storage solutions, has just announced a new device that will provide consumers with a way to connect their external storage drive to the home network, enabling easy sharing of stored digital files. The new FreeAgent DockStar solution is designed to work with the company's own FreeAgent Go external drives, via a USB connection. The solution comes with a number of features that can effectively transform a simple portable external hard drive into a network attached storage device, or NAS.
“The digital content and Web 2.0 era have fundamentally changed the way we live our lives. The majority of today's consumers are actively personalizing their digital experiences, sampling and downloading niche content and video with increasing frequency," said Terry Cunningham, senior vice president, Seagate Branded Solutions. “The FreeAgent DockStar delivers more than just a networking solution – it creates a personalized, shared experience that is controlled by the individual.”
According to Seagate, the new DockStar network adapter will enable users to access and share their digital content across the network, with the possibility of creating their own personal storage 'clouds'. The device can be connected to a router, via an Ethernet cable, and allow users to access the content from an external hard drive, including Seagate's own FreeAgent Go drives. In addition, the device also sports three USB 2.0 ports, which can be used to connect other external storage solutions, while a Pogoplug service is also available to enable an easy way to share files across the Internet.
The FreeAgent DockStar network adapter is already available through the company's website, as well as other online retailers, for an MSRP of US$99.99. The solution is accompanied by a one-year subscription to the Pogoplug service, which costs US$29.99, after the free one-year subscription.