After some confusing starts, a software update makes the neat Transporter into a true alternative to cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. Previously, the Transporter was a hard drive which could stay in sync with another Transporter kept anywhere, letting you have a safe and up-to-date offsite back up at all times.
Now, finally, the software has adde in features that turn this connected storage into a proper cloud service. A cloud service that’s hosted by you, and not by the NSA.
Here’s a list:
- Auto upload of your iOS Camera roll.
- Sync Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music and any other folders between devices.
- Selective Sync – don’t sync that giant movies folder to your little 128GB MacBook Air.
- Online storage – use the Transporter as a kind of NAS drive, only it’s accessible from everywhere, not just when you’re on your home network.
If you add these features to the neat sync that Transporter already does, you can see that it’s pretty easy to roll your own Dropbox. And if you have a few of these dotted around the world then you have great backup, too. The best part? You pay once to buy the hardware instead of monthly to rent drive space.
The downside? If you’re used to using apps with Dropbox built-in, then you might want to keep Dropbox’s free tier around just for that.
Prices start at $99.