BitTorrent Sync Now Works With Network Storage

BitTorrent Sync is basically explicitly designed for people who need to move huge amounts of data back and forth between different devices. Now the service is getting support for the network attached storage these types are likely to use.

Cloud-based syncing services like Dropbox, MediaFire, and Google Drive are incredibly useful for most most people but if you've got a huge amount of data or need to sync massive files it's not a terribly efficient way to move stuff between devices. BitTorrent Sync basically streamlines this by using the BitTorrent protocol to bypass the cloud altogether. A common use might be a video editor that needs to move large files between home and work computers.

Until today, though, you've only been able to use the BitTorrent Sync App with mobile devices and your computer. Now, you'll be able to use it with NAS as well, which makes a lot of sense because if you've got so much data that the cloud is inconvenient, you're likely to need some networked storage for backup. At launch, NetGear will be the first partner, with support starting immediately, but BitTorrent told us that they'll have more partners soon.

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I've been using this to sync between my desktop and my HTPC and it works well enough for my music and movies.

I tried out the Android app and found there is no way of removing a file from your phone/tablet without also removing it from your PC, so using it to transfer comics to my tablet would just eat up my limited storage way too quickly. Guess I'll stick with Dropbox for that purpose.