Transporter is an online, but off-cloud storage solution for privately sharing, accessing and protecting all of your valuable files. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 11, 2013.
About this project
Our Kickstarter campaign may have ended, but there's no need to panic. Head over to our online store and you can pre-order your very own Transporter.
The Power of Sharing
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networks allow us to constantly engage with friends, family, and co-workers. Sharing the occasional photo, home movie, or document is simple enough, but trying to share and collaborate on entire collections of files can be a frustrating and costly experience.
The Cloud is Not for All Data
We All Hate Recurring Fees
Tired of fees? So are we. When you store files in the cloud, not only do you have to worry about who has access, but you also have to pay monthly or annual fees to store more than a few files. It just seems silly to pay hundreds of dollars every year to share something you already own.
Transporter: All the sharing. None of the fuss.
We designed Transporter with our social lifestyles in mind. It lets you share, collaborate and back up files with other users located anywhere in the world. As a device you own and control, Transporter stores your data only on your local network and the local networks of other users whom you specifically authorize. In other words, it is completely private, unlike the cloud. And best of all, using Transporter is as easy as sending an invite to the people you want to share, they accept, and that’s it. It couldn’t be any simpler.
Unlimited Sharing. With online and cloud storage providers, the more you store, the more you pay, and most have restrictions on the size and type of files you can store. With Transporter, you pay one time and can share thousands of files of any size or type with anyone.
Always Protected. Getting copies of files offsite continues to be a challenge for consumers and small businesses alike. Using external drives requires you to copy to the drive and then physically take it offsite. Online and cloud services can easily take months to copy or restore files. With Transporter, a full copy of shared files is kept on each Transporter and changes to any files are automatically reflected on other Transporter devices.
Anywhere Access. We've all been in situations where we needed to access a file remotely. All files stored on Transporter are available anywhere in the world from any computer or mobile device that has access to the Internet. You can also set up your Transporter to keep a copy of specific files on your computer so they're available even when you're offline.
100% Private. Because Transporter is a device you own and control, all your data is stored directly on the Transporter and is only shared with people you specify. Shared data is transferred directly between Transporter devices and computers of people you authorize and is never stored online. Transfers between Transporter devices are always encrypted during transit.
No Fees. Ever. With Transporter, you know exactly what it costs right up front so you'll never be surprised with monthly fees.
Dead Simple. Best of all, using Transporter is as easy as sending an invite to the people you want to share. It couldn't be any simpler.
What People are Saying
"Your Own Private Off-Cloud Storage for Sharing Files" - Mashable
"the hardware is ready for prime time" - Engadget
"meet the coolest new storage device" - AskMen
"if the Engineers and Operations executives in charge of this...are any indication, we’re about to get a product that works fabulously" - Slashgear
"Transporter allows you to ditch the cloud for complete privacy" Digital Trends
"similar to Dropbox in functionality and convenience, but your data is *only* stored privately" - PC Perspective
"Unlike so many Kickstarter projects, this one is a lot further along than a pretty CAD drawing. These guys have already built this device and are in production verification. I know, because I have one of the testing units and can tell you it works." - David Sparks, co-host of Mac Power Users
"let me assure you that Transporter is very real. This is no vaporware 'we’d like to make this' Kickstarter campaign. I have two of these things in my hands, and they store and move data." - Stephen Foskett, storage industry expert
How it Works
If you know how to use a computer or an online storage service, you are ready to use a Transporter. Simply connect it to a switch or wireless router and plug in the power. Once the status lights turn blue, your Transporter is installed and ready for use.
Creating a free online account allows you to manage your Transporter, create shared folders, and send invites from anywhere in the world to any friend, family member, or co-worker, even if they don't own a Transporter.
Any files that are added to the folder will automatically appear on the Transporter devices and/or computers of people you have invited. If anyone makes changes to a file, those changes are quickly copied to all shared devices, making it an ideal solution for collaboration.
You can add or remove people from a folder and delete a folder at any time. If you decide to remove people or delete a folder, you choose whether or not they can keep a copy of the files. In other words, you are in complete control of your data. Feels good, doesn't it?
See one of the Transporter team members take a quick drive through the management software.
Update - 12/13
Based on all of your amazing feedback, we have added a few features to the initial release:
- Single Transporter Sharing - Another feature that we are going to get into the initial release is the ability to share files on your Transporter with anyone - whether they have a Transporter or not. We still feel strongly that the "secret sauce" that makes our product unique is when you share files between two or more Transporter devices, but it was clear that many of you wanted to share files with anyone.
- Encrypted Folders - It's clear our secure solution is something a lot of you have been looking for, and it was also clear that having a way to encrypt files on the drive was important. In the production release, when you create a new top-level folder, you'll be able to choose between "collaborative" folder and "backup" folder types. If you choose "collaborative", the files are not encrypted on other devices, but if you choose "backup", then the files are hidden and encrypted on shared devices.
Join the Social Storage Revolution
There are over 100 functional Transporter prototypes in existence today. We're using them to share files between friends and co-workers, but we want to make Transporter devices available to everyone.
We need your help to move from prototype to production. By making a pledge today, you'll help get us closer to our goal so we can place first production orders and make Transporter a reality.
Risks and challenges
There are significant design and manufacturing risks associated with any complex electronic hardware product. The team responsible for Transporter has decades of experience in overcoming these challenges and successfully bringing products to market. Many of the Engineering and Operations executives are the same people responsible for designing and manufacturing products for Drobo, Handspring, Sling Media, Snap Appliance, and TiVo.
Here is the current status of the project from a design and manufacturing perspective:
MECHANICAL: All mechanical components (industrial design, PCB, plastic covers, tooling) for the product are complete – completed September 2012.
ELECTRICAL: All electrical components for the product have been finalized and the product is Bill of Material (BOM) complete – completed September 2012.
SOFTWARE: All software is functional (as shown in the demo video above) and is currently in beta test. As you would expect with a beta-level product, we are finding and fixing issues as we move closer to production release.
SUPPLY CHAIN: All partners in the Supply Chain have been identified and work is progressing to complete agreements and begin implementation. This includes Tier 1 component suppliers (complete), Contract Manufacturing (complete), Freight Forwarding (complete), Logistics (complete), Support (in process), Systems Integration (in process), Reverse Logistics (in process) and eCommerce (in process).
DESIGN VERIFICATION TEST (DVT): 165 prototype units designed to prove out the Hardware design were completed in September 2012.
BETA TEST: An extensive beta test program with internal and external beta testers has been in process since October 2012.
PRODUCTION VERIFICATION TEST (PVT): A small volume production run designed to prove out manufacturing processes and validate preparations for large volume / mass production is scheduled to begin in December 2012.
MASS PRODUCTION: Date TBD. If we are fortunate enough to have a successful Kickstarter campaign, mass production will begin shortly after the campaign has ended, but will only begin after all issues related to PVT have been incorporated into the overall Factory Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document. The SOP is a series of processes, broken into functional areas, that detail the procedure to be followed for each aspect of the manufacturing, assembly, pack-out and shipment of the product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are limiting the Kickstarter campaign to the U.S. as a point of focus. It is very difficult to launch a complex product internationally, and we want to be laser focused on a successful delivery of Kickstarter units.
If you want to get notified when we start international shipments, please fill out the form on the "Contact Us" page of our website (http://www.filetransporter.com/contact-us/).
Watch as Transporter team member Emma nails it in 19 seconds flat.
You need to have a broadband Internet connection.
Next, you need a router with an available Ethernet port (RJ45), and that router must be properly connected to the Internet. Most Wi-Fi access points already have a router built in, so if you have Wi-Fi you probably already have what you need. Almost any router made in the last 3 years should work. The router needs to have DHCP turned on, as well as either UPnP or NAT-PMP. Many routers will be set up that way by default.
Transporter can connect to your network over Ethernet or Wi-Fi (optional Wi-Fi adapter required), but initial setup requires a wired connection. Transporter works with all common Wi-Fi networks (802.11b/g/n at 2.4 or 5 GHz) and a number of common security protocols, including Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), WEP 64/128bit, WPA /WAP2, and WPA-PSK /WPA2-PSK.
First, connect the Transporter to your router via wired Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T, RJ45) and plug in the provided power supply. If you purchased your Transporter without a hard drive, you must insert that first by following steps in the included Quick Start Guide.
The Transporter will start up and automatically check for any required software updates. The initial updating process may take a few minutes, indicated by a flashing light. Once it is finished, the indicator light will be solid blue.
From a web browser, visit the Transporter management web site.
There you will create a username for yourself, claim your Transporter, and name it. Later, this is where you will set up shared folders and make any custom settings. Before you leave, download the Transporter software to your computer, and install it.
That's it. You can start sharing files.
If you want to use the optional Wi-Fi adapter, you can now follow the Wireless Setup steps in the Quick Start Guide.
Not necessarily. Advanced users on the same local network as the Transporter can set up access via SMB/CIFS.
The Transporter is a Serial ATA (SATA II) device, so Transporter works with most recently manufactured 2.5" SATA hard drives, commonly known as mobile, laptop, or notebook drives.
SATA II, SATA-300, SATA 3Gb/s (Rev 2.0 SATA)
SATA III, SATA-600, SATA 6Gb/s (Rev 3.0 SATA, backwards compatible)
Minimum disk capacity: 160GB
Drive thickness: 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm, and 15mm
This makes Transporter one of the few consumer electronic devices that can physically accommodate 2TB 2.5" mobile hard drives.
Since the Transporter is a network-based storage solution, network throughput is the limiting factor in file transfer performance. Adding an SSD or HHD would not provide any real benefit. At the time of product launch, the Transporter device will not offer the instruction sets required to work with SSDs or HHDs.
It will vary based on the drive, but here are two common post-formatting examples:
2TB hard drive: approximately 1.78TB
1TB hard drive: approximately 913GB
Today the only real way to ensure complete privacy and security of your data is to use a disk physically connected to your computer, known as a "local disk" or "direct attached storage" (DAS). When you email pictures or videos, or place them in the cloud, someone other than yourself may potentially access them.
Our super-smart team of Engineers has developed the world's first private global file sharing solution, and it's all implemented using hard disks that you can control. It sounds simple, but many companies have tried and failed to do this in the past. The data that you place on your Transporter or share with others is 100 percent private between yourself and those with whom you share the data. No one else can see the data - not even us! The Transporter service just facilitates the sharing relationships; the actual file transfers occur as peer-to-peer transactions between Transporter devices.
Our web management interface makes it easy to set up, invite, and share with others. There are no restrictions on the file types. The Transporter then automatically shares your data with the participants you invite.
For the first time ever, you can sleep safe and sound in the knowledge that your data is secure, protected, and completely private!
For launch, we've implemented transport layer connections using industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for communication among Transporter devices.
Transporter devices will ship with a workgroup sharing solution in which all invitees get read-write access to the files in each shared folder.
Transporter devices implement a global file system, so we do file system synchronization.
Yes, you can set upload and/or download speed limits.
Mac and Windows clients are planned for launch, and we have a prototype iOS app in active development.
What advantages does Transporter offer over personal cloud devices like Pogoplug and cloud-enabled NAS devices like Synology?
Transporter has three (3) main advantages when compared to personal cloud and cloud-enabled NAS devices:
1. Transporter is completely private; the others are not. Anytime you have file access via a browser, there are either files or information about those files (metadata) stored on the company's servers. Transporter only stores device and top-level folder info online. All file transactions are peer-to-peer via the desktop and mobile apps.
2. Transporter devices automatically communicate and share between each other. Most personal clouds and cloud-enabled NAS servers are standalone devices.This is a fundamental and very powerful difference. If you want to backup the data on your personal cloud, you either have to use their public cloud or piece together your own solution. If you don't, and a drive fails, your data is gone. With Transporter, any data you share with another Transporter is automatically and continually synced between devices, so it is automatically protected offsite.
3. Transporter is dead simple. WIth Transporter, there are no network ports to configure and no confusing software to use. Once configured, you access files via Finder or Explorer just like Dropbox. It really is easy enought for your parents to use.
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Want a Transporter, but can't afford one right now? For a small pledge, you can reserve your username. Not only do you get to feel good for helping us out, but you can make sure no one else gets that special online avatar.Estimated delivery:
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EARLY ADOPTER SPECIAL. One Transporter (no drive) for a sweet price as our way to say "thanks" for helping get things going. Uses any capacity mobile hard drive. Add $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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One Transporter (no drive). It's cool, will completely change the way you manage your files, and you know you want one. Uses any capacity mobile hard drive. Add $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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One Transporter (1TB drive). Share, access, and protect up to a full terabyte of data. That's enough space for 1000 HD movies, 200,000 songs, or 500,000 photos. Completely private. No subscription fees, ever. Add $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Two Transporters (no drives). If one is cool, two will be amazing. Use one at home and one at the office. Perfect for offsite protection of all your data. Use any capacity mobile hard drives. Add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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One Transporter (2TB drive). Access, share, and protect up to two terabytes of data. That's enough space for 2,000 HD movies, 400,000 songs, or 1,000,000 photos. Completely private. No subscription fees, ever. Add $10 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Developer special. Connect your app to Transporter for no-fee online storage. Kit includes one Transporter (1TB drive), access to the API, and a secret email hotline to help get you going. Your Transporter will ship in January and the API will be available in March.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Two (2) Transporters each with a 1TB drive. Use one at home and one at the office, or keep one for yourself and share the other with a family member or friend. Add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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The ultimate two pack! Two (2) Transporters each with a 2TB drive. Use one at home and one at the office, or keep one for yourself and share the other with a family member or friend. Add $20 for shipping.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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