Wi-Fi drive Seagate Wireless Plus: transformation into a full-fledged NAS




Wi-Fi drive Seagate Wireless Plus: transformation into a full-fledged NAS
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Seagate is loves to please us with interesting innovations, sometimes quite unexpected. Their portable drive with Wi-Fi Seagate GoFlex Satellite was an interesting product, who won some popularity among the mobile users. Not surprisingly, the company decided to release the update, providing a model Seagate Wireless Plus. Since AppleInsider has published a review of W + , dwell on its appearance and functions we will not. The main purpose of this article – to tell you how to hack and get the maximum benefit.

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In the beginning a few words about what it looks like W + and why you need it. Taking a normal hard disk Backup Plus , a Seagate added to his battery for battery life and Wi-Fi access point. The use of quite simple: write to the disk you want us to media content, good capacity, amounting to an updated model of a terabyte, it allows, followed by the need to connect to a Wi-Fi-network drive from the tablet / smartphone, and with the help of special software to watch videos, listen to music and so on.

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By default, the native program requires the video to be in a format that is understandable by the device to bypass this restriction for iPad is possible, using a third-party player . Still very angry that the possibilities Wireless Plus are reduced to consume content with it, though in fact it is more than a full-fledged NAS. Can this be fixed?

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The same question was put in front of him and a group of developers (or hackers) from the team Hack Seagate Satellite , and after a while they gave the answer in the form of hacking the firmware Seagate Satellite, extends its capabilities to unprecedented heights. After the release of Wireless Plus the possibility of modifying was provided for him.

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What gives this firmware?

The disc may be connected to the existing Wi-Fi-network and its capabilities without the need for mandatory connection to the network drive. In fact, Wireless Plus converted to analog NASa. In the presence of “friends” network drive can connect to them automatically.
Full and very advanced web-based interface that allows you to do with the disc, everything from tuning and finishing viewing its contents without specific software. It is possible to view the data on the network, CPU and memory, and a built-in multimedia player with support for playlists. There is a slide-show function for images saved on the disk. Maintained even covers for music, images are generated for a preview video, images, and office formats.
There are versions of the web-interface optimized for tablets and smartphones (primarily from Apple). Optionally, you can protect web-based password.
Ability to hide SSID – enhances network security.
Integrated Server Eye-Fi. Valuable for photographers using cards Eye-Fi. As soon as the shooting finished footage downloaded on Wireless Plus, virtually turning the card into the terabyte. By the way, supports the viewing RAW-files of popular cameras.
FTP-server. Allows you to easily upload any content to disk, using the FTP-client, even mobile. In addition, some current digital cameras are able to upload photos via FTP, which is also the way the owners have such smart devices.
Option to disable UPnP and DLNA services, which positively affects the performance of the disk.
Built SMB and WebDAV services which facilitate access to information on the disk. It is possible to distinguish between “guest” and “full” access levels.
Opportunity to share the disk partitions and format them to HFS (except for the boot partition) for use with OS X.
Full support for Bonjour, which will especially please the users of devices from Apple.
The integration of Dropbox, where you can come up with millions of applications, such as the same Loading photos from Eye-Fi.
Server iTunes, which will play music stored on the drive from any computer that is running iTunes. Of course, this music should be in the format “tuna” understands.
And lots of other small and not very opportunities and the “chips”. In fact, after hacking the firmware, you have at your disposal a complete device with Linux on board.

Interested? Then here’s installation instructions. Cautioned that whatever you do with the drive, you do at your own risk. Chance to get a place of Wireless Plus brick, a small, but there is. Way, as the board: in front of burglary, make sure your disk is charged.

The first thing you need to do – is to strangle a toad and get a hacked firmware. As awful as for some it may sound, but the alternative firmware – paid, and sells for $ 35, which will have to list the developers at PayPal. In my opinion the price is quite fair, given the quality of their work and the level of support that developers provide. Moreover, if you buy the firmware – do not allow it to spread unchecked, the developers did not build it any elements of protection, so the “loss” of the firmware will lead to the fact that they will lose money on the continuation of the project, and the next version with a portion of the cool new features will will not work.

The next step – make sure that you have installed on the Wireless Plus native firmware version (you can see in the program for iOS), it is not the latest firmware version, so if you have upgraded to a newer version 2.1.h, you have to make downgrade, detailed instructions available at the site HSS , however, it will require care.

After you make sure that you have the correct version of the firmware, you can begin to fashion. Download the disk image with the mod, install it, copy the two files (run.sh and seagate_mod.tar.gz) from it to the root of the disk drive disable, enable Wi-Fi.

Connect to a network drive and run the terminal. Now we have to go to the drive over the network. For this input terminals:


As login indicate root, password – goflex.

If the drive is not available at the above ip-address, chances are you have another version of the firmware and install the mod you can not, you need to install exactly

Go to the folder with the files fashion:

cd /static/Data/1

Start the upgrade process:


In the course of a few times you’ll be asked if you are sure that you want to do, we have to agree. The installation process takes around 10 minutes, most of which simply unpacks the archive with the firmware, disconnect from the network or close the terminal is not worth it.

After installing the drive will reboot and you will have access to a completely different Wireless Plus. The default network name plus, 1234567890 password to access the web-interface, use the address http://plus.local

This is how, for 20 minutes and $ 35, you can turn an ordinary gadget in a very unusual one.
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