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Cre­ate your own, pri­vate cloud with this handy pe­riph­eral

Mac Format - - WELCOME - £79 Man­u­fac­turer Con­nected Data, Inc, file­trans­porter.com

Read our ver­dict on the lat­est hard­ware and soft­ware for Ap­ple de­vices, in­clud­ing games and iOS apps

Fea­tures Gigabit Eth­er­net con­nec­tion; USB 2.0 de­vice sup­port; Mac, iOS, An­droid and Win­dows sup­port

It’d be churl­ish to go through the mi­nor nig­gles with Trans­porter Sync, but we’re not here to be nice, we’re here to be hon­est. We didn’t like the UI graph­ics, and we’d pre­fer USB 3.0 sup­port. But apart from that, Trans­porter Sync turns out to be pretty much a no-brainer ad­di­tion on the kit-that-pays-for-it­self list.

The ap­pli­ance it­self is a small, black, con­i­cal frus­trum, with a wrap­around Cy­lonesque LED. You plug it in to an ex­ter­nal USB hard drive (which alas, gets re­for­mat­ted) and your ADSL router or Eth­er­net net­work, and then wait ten min­utes while it does its thing. Dur­ing this time, you can visit the web­site, cre­ate an ac­count, and down­load the ap­pro­pri­ate soft­ware to your weapon of choice (Mac, Win­dows, iOS or An­droid de­vice). Once the LED has set­tled to a steady blue line, you nip back to your ac­count and ‘claim’ the Trans­porter by giv­ing it a name and click­ing ‘Next’ a few times, and voilà! Your own per­sonal, and above all pri­vate ver­sion of Drop­box.

For Mac users, it’s al­most ex­actly the Drop­box ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s a Trans­porter folder into which you can shovel what­ever data you’d usu­ally keep on Drop­box – files, PDFs, 1Pass­word key­chains, pho­tos, and so on. With the cor­rect lo­gin and the soft­ware in­stalled on an­other Mac, your Trans­porter syncs your files in the back­ground. The files are stored on the trans­porter – not in the cloud – and en­crypted dur­ing trans­fer.

For iOS users it’s al­most the Drop­box ex­pe­ri­ence: Trans­porter lacks the deep in­te­gra­tion with third-party iOS de­vice apps that the Drop­box API of­fers. In­stead of be­ing able to open a text file in, say, By­word di­rectly from the Drop­box folder, you find the file in the Trans­port app, use ‘Open In…’ to open it in By­word, edit it, and then use ‘Share…’ and ‘Open In…’ to upload it us­ing the Trans­porter app. Slick­ness it isn’t, but it works.

So, ques­tion: if it’s pri­vate, why do you need an on­line ac­count? The Trans­porter ac­count han­dles the net­work shenani­gans the

same way as FaceTime does, and man­ages the shared folder func­tion with other Trans­port users.

There’s one fi­nal trick up its sleeve; any­thing stored in the Trans­porter Li­brary sub-folder is stored on the Trans­porter de­vice, but not on the client. That means larger files can re­main ac­ces­si­ble, with­out tak­ing up valu­able space up on your pre­cious iOS de­vices. Clever, huh? Richard Dyce

Look­ing for Drop­box-alike re­mote ac­cess, and off­site back­ups with­out pri­vacy is­sues? This is ideal.

Ex­pand­able above 2TB stor­age

Straight­for­ward to set up

Low cost, non-sub­scrip­tion

iOS fid­dlier than Drop­box

Not only does Trans­porter Sync of­fer a great al­ter­na­tive to Drop­box, it also looks like it’s fresh off the set of Bat­tlestar Galac­tica.

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