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Sync, store and share data with Transporter Sync

Keith Shaw | June 18, 2014
Personal cloud storage without the fees or storage limits

Some caveats: The hardest part is getting out of the mindset of using a centralized storage device, especially if you're accustomed to network-attached storage (NAS) drives. With the Transporter, files that sit in the Transporter folder live on your own computer, but they're also synchronized/copied to the Transporter device itself (which comes in handy if you shut down one computer). However, on a second system, removing the file from the Transporter folder then also de-synchronizes it from the system, which means that the original file also disappears (at least they did in my tests). The software lets you move files into a centralized-like "Transporter Library" that acts more like a NAS, but this then removes the file from the original computer. If you're looking to save space on your computer's drive by moving files off one system to the Transporter Sync, then the Transporter Library is the issue. Using the software and figuring out how to use, share and backup files is a bit more complicated than simpler drag-and-drop, copy/move-type devices. Again, it's more like Dropbox in terms of the synchronization process - when you move a file out of your Dropbox folder, for example, it disappears online as well).

Things can get even more confusing if you add as second (or third, or fourth) Transporter Sync device to the network. For this review, I set up one device on my work network, and one at home, and the two Sync devices could synchronize with each other, as well as any clients containing the Transporter software on it. But I couldn't tell you whether the movie file I uploaded now sits on one, two, three or four different devices (it could be on two computers and two storage drives, I think). But at least it's somewhere, right?

I also had a small issue where the automatic upload from my phone to the Transporter didn't activate when I was well within my network, but after I checked my settings on the app (to see whether the automatic feature was selected), the app kicked itself into gear and started uploading.

Grade: 4 stars (out of five)


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