BTW, thanks for mentioning about the Transporter product. I’m curious about it. Hadn’t heard of it before but when I checked out their website earlier, after reading your post, it sounded intriguing (and promising). But to be honest despite watching videos for both their Transporter Sync and Transporter products I’m still very puzzled as to how it works…they dumbed down everything so much, which for a techie like me, oddly left me clueless as to how it’s working. I couldn’t really understand from the video for sync device, if the sync connects to a computer at home or to an external drive at home…it was a bit puzzling for me
They don’t make it obvious, do they?
From what I understand, they come in 2 flavours. The Transporter (the tall one) has either a built-in, supplied hard drive, or you can add your own to an empty enclosure. The Transporter Sync (the small one which I got) has no drive, or even space for one - you add your own external USB hard drive.
Beyond that, I understand they both behave the same way. At least now they do. Until fairly recently, I believe the Sync didn’t have some features of the original Transporter.
Once you’ve set it up (in my case, that involved plugging it in, plugging my USB drive in and letting it get on with the formatting), you install an application on your Mac, Windows, iOS devices etc.
You get two folders on Mac and Windows. In one of them goes all the files you want to sync across all Mac and Windows machines (haven’t checked for Linux). These files are sync’d across all devices connected to your account and also the driver plugged in to the Sync. So this bit behaves much like Dropbox.
The other folder contains files that only exist on the Sync drive. Handy for big video files etc.
The iOS apps can see and download files in either of these folders.
The iOS apps leave something to be desired - very minimal (can’t create a folder, for example) but they are working on it. More importantly, they’ve just released an API into the wild, so good things could follow. Having said that, I can sit in a cafe and access files that only exist on my Sync device back home no problem, so it gets the job done.
Interestingly, I got one fo these to replace my premium Dropbox account. The choice was paying $100 a year for 100Gb, or the same amount of money for as much space as I have on a drive forever.
It’s replaceed Dropbox admirably, but has also pretty much replaced the WDMyCloud, too.
Hope this helps.