Seagate FreeAgent Theater+HD review

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+HD Networked Media Player
The Seagate Freeagent Theater+HD is one of a long line of Realtek chip based networked media players (also known as digital media adaptors, media receivers, media streamers, and probably others). These players allow you to watch any movies you have on your computer or USB hard drive on your TV.

While all the Realtek based players are priced and perform quite similarly, this one has a unique feature. It lets you dock a FreeAgent Go drive, and play any media you have on that. However, unlike the more expensive Popcorn Hour or the Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite, these do not have the typical Living Room Equipment design.

Setting up the FreeAgent Theater+ is quite easy. You simply connect this player to your TV using an HDMI cable if you have a recent HDTV, or using component cables if you have one of the early HDTVs or a Standard Definition TV, it also has a composite connection (the AV out) if your TV does not have any of the other connections. One niggle here is that they do not provide an HDMI cable, but they do provide the other two including a Scart adapter for the AV/Composite connection.

If your movies are on a USB Hard Drive or Flash/Thumb Drive you can connect that to either the front or back USB port. As previously mentioned, you can dock a FreeAgent Go hard drive to the dock.
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Upgrading the hard drive in the Buffalo Linkstation LS-GL (LS-Pro) NAS

If you have one of the older Buffalo Linkstation Pro NAS drives (pictured below) and it is running out of space, you can simply upgrade the drive. It really isn’t that difficult if you are used to upgrading bits in your computer. Might be a little daunting if you have never opened your computer though. 🙂

Photo of the Buffalo Linkstation LS-500GL-1 NAS

Picture of the back of the Buffalo Linkstation LS-500GL-1 NAS

I just upgraded the drive in my LS-500GL, replacing it with a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive, which didn’t take very long at all (except for copying all the data across). What’s more … it is much quieter than the old 500GB Samsung drive that was in the Linkstation, which is a bonus!

What you need to do is to

  1. Backup the data from the Linkstation,
  2. Remove the drive,
  3. Clone the first two primary partitions from your old drive to your new one,
  4. Create an extended partition, with a swap partition, and a data partition in the new drive,
  5. Place the new drive in the Linkstation.

… and that’s it!

So, lets proceed …
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Netgear EVA 9000 Media Streamer

Netgear is due to release a new model in their Digital Entertainment Elite Media Streamer range of products.

Netgear is due to release a new model in their Digital Entertainment Elite Media Streamer series of products. For the uninitiated, these let you to watch movies from your computer and from the web on your TV through a wired or wireless network.

Netgear EVA 9000
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Pinging Windows/SMB computers using their Netbios name

You can easily set up a linux computer to contact/ping windows computers using their netbios name (computer name set up in windows). This will show you how.

In a small windows network you can contact (i.e. ping etc.) one windows computer from another using their name even if there isn’t a DNS server in the network. However, from a computer running linux, you would need to know the ip address of the computer you want to contact. The “computer name” the windows computers use in this instance are their netbios names which other computers discover using WINS resolution. Linux computers are usually not set up to use this.

The most common solution is to just add just add the PCs to your hosts file. But that would become tiresome if you have more than a couple of computers, and would not work at all if your computers use dynamic IPs.
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