Cloudster is an 1 TB hard drive (NAS) that automatically connects to the cloud to back up its entire contents keeping your files safe.
WHAT IS CLOUDSTER?
Cloudster is an 1 TB* network accessed storage (NAS) device that automatically connects to the cloud to back up its entire contents. Cloudster lets you securely sync, share and backup all your data from all your devices and access that data anytime, anywhere on the web.
Simply plug the Cloudster into your home router and start dumping your important files onto it using Windows Explorer, Apple Finder, or another SMB/CIFS compliant software. Your files are accessible from all the devices on your home network and online via a web browser interface, anytime, anywhere. Your files are 100% safe and secure in the cloud, where they are encrypted and redundantly stored.
Hard drives fail. 1 in 20 computers suffer data loss. Users now have massive photo, music and video libraries that can include irreplaceable memories.
Big name competitors offer only 50 to 125 GB even for paid accounts, which may not be enough to back up larger collections. Competitors with paid unlimited accounts restrict the number of computers that may access the account or files types or place other limits on what “unlimited” really is.
Cloudster offers 1 TB* of storage, no device limits, no file type limits and web access at a reasonable price (even more reasonable for the first 50 Kickstarter users!). There is no special software to set up and understand. It just works.
- 1 TB* storage
- Everything on the Cloudster is synced to the cloud automatically
- Files are available on your local network and can be synced over all your devices
- Access your files securely on the web
- Any file types can be backed up
- No limit and no extra charge on the number of computers or devices that can used or be backed up
IS CLOUDSTER HARD TO SET UP?
Of course not! Our entire philosophy is to make things as simple as possible. Connect the device to your home router using the supplied ethernet cable. Point your web browser to the device and pick your user name and password. Then using your device’s file browser start copying files to it!
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WITH CLOUDSTER?
- Sync: Share files between all your computers. Files saved on your Cloudster can be synced between all PCs and can be accessed from anywhere online.
- Share: Users can share files with anyone with a URL, you can choose to share that file publicly with or privately.
- Collaborate: On your personal Cloudster website, you can create a shared folder that multiple family members can access, like a virtual thumb drive for the whole family, all online.
HOW DO I KNOW IT WILL ACTUALLY WORK
We’ve constructed a working prototype that has been safely backing up our data for months. We now want to share this solution with others who will benefit from low cost, high volume data back up and syncing.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
How are we offering so much space and flexibility when big name competitors don’t? We’ve partnered with an established cloud storage provider willing to offer large storage quotas in bulk to our users. In addition, for this Kickstarter project, we are using off the shelf NAS hardware from a reputable, high volume vendor. Cloudster’s firmware will be open source and based on GNU/Linux.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR BACKING?
- Finalize our software including the firmware and web-based user interface
- Purchase equipment to flash the Cloudster firmware onto each NAS
- Pay set up fees for the cloud storage center
- Minimum order quantities for the Cloudster hardware
* actual drive space is approximately 920 GB due to formatting and system software
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Yes, all shipping costs are included - US and International.
The current pricing is $24/mo or $180/yr.
- Cloudser 1 TB NAS
- Power supply (100-240VAC)
- Ethernet cord
- Quick start guide
Yes. Cloudster traffic to the cloud is encrypted. Your data in the cloud is encrypted. The web portal is SSL encrypted.
No. Cloudster runs a Samba server using the SMB/CIFS protocol to allow other devices to connect to it. Windows Explorer and Mac OS File Finder are SMB/CIFS compliant.
Absolutely not. No one or nothing is reading your files for any reason. No targeted marketing. No "optimization".
Cloudster runs a Samba server using the SMB/CIFS protocol to allow other devices to connect to it. Some Andriod devices, like the Motorola DriodPro, come with compatible file browsers. A number of third party iOS apps and Android apps support SMB/CIFS browsing and file transfer, like FileBrowser, NetPortal, ES File Explorer and Astro.
No. At this time Cloudster must be connected through a router or switch using its RJ-45 ethernet connector.
Typically yes. Just set the backup location to be a directory on Cloudster. For very old software you may need to map Cloudster as a drive first. Cloudster supports Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Ethernet: 10/100/1000 Mbps on RJ-45
Drive Interface: SATA 3 Gb/s
File Sharing Protocol: CIFS/SMB
Voltage: 100-240VAC 50/60 Hz on NEMA 1-15 (North American standard connector)
During our testing Cloudster 'filled the pipe' on a Fios home account, one of the fastest consumer grade internet connections. This means that cloud transfers will be limited by your internet connection not Cloudster.
For uses inside your home we're confident that Cloudster will be one of the fastest home NAS solutions available and sufficiently fast for your needs whether its streaming video to your XBox or copying files from your computer.
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