BitTorrent Sync Announces Support for Network Attached Storage (NAS)

BitTorrent Sync on NAS ensures your data is available all the time, on all your devices.

BitTorrent Sync was built to move fast. To offer unlimited access. To do the heavy lifting without the heavy price tag, all while being more private and secure than the public cloud. Now with NAS integration, both products can do more.


I love NAS devices, as long as they’re simple, automated, responsive and require little to no maintenance. At my previous company, I worked with a great team of people and built a NAS device that met all these attributes; its value came from its ability to store and serve up lots of data on a local network, while providing a safeguard for disk drive failure. But, what NAS does not naturally provide is a means to easily move data to another device, inside or outside the environment that it lives in. The alternative is to put your data in the cloud, but then you sacrifice capacity, performance and affordability. Most of all, you sacrifice the privacy of your data.

BitTorrent Sync already offers the safest and most efficient way to sync data between devices. We’re now introducing our support of network-attached storage (NAS) devices to offer BitTorrent-built Sync apps in vendor storefronts; creating a simple path to access and transfer your data from the NAS to a desktop, mobile or other NAS device, whenever and wherever you need it (and we mean all of your data, not some of it: without limits or storage fees). It eliminates the cumbersome process of having to open ports on your router, setting up a VPN, choosing security settings and creating user names/passwords.

NetGear is our first partner to launch a native BitTorrent Sync app, which can be accessed from the ReadyNAS Add Ons page today. Any of NetGear’s home and business products running OS6 will support BitTorrent Sync, including the home network series ReadyNAS 102 and ReadyNAS 104; the business desktop series ReadyNAS 312, ReadyNAS 314, ReadyNAS 316, ReadyNAS 516, and ReadyNAS 716X; as well as the SMB and enterprise-class friendly Business Rackmount Storage series  ReadyNAS 2120, ReadyNAS 3220, and ReadyNAS 4220.

BitTorrent Sync lets you sync and share an unlimited number of files and folders across all of your trusted devices. No file, photo, PDF is too big or small, Sync can handle any size and there are no limits. Best of all, Sync works across multiple devices.

– Matt Pahnke, NetGear

With NAS integration, we’re able to retain the same level of device-to-device security, file transfer speeds and cost savings that BitTorrent can deliver, while allowing you to tap into the large capacity of your NAS device. If you’re someone with lots of personal data, a NAS will help protect and serve up that data – and Sync will allow you to access it anytime, anywhere.

We remove the risks and loss-of-control that comes with cloud-based solutions. Because most of all, Sync was built on the idea that your data belongs to you – and not the cloud.

With BitTorrent Sync integration, NAS devices become inherently more useful. We’ve recently talked about how Columbia biophysicist Michelle Gill uses BitTorrent Sync to keep her data up to date across multiple locations, including her Mac, a web server, and a NAS.

We’ve seen how BitTorrent Sync increases productivity on machine-to-machine workflow, such as when Ken Erwin reduced web deployment times at Angie’s List from hours to seconds.

And Theron Conrey showed us how BitTorrent Sync is used as Geo-Replication for storage, stating, “I like the flexibility of Sync and the encrypted transmission offering. This is more important today than ever, and if you’re moving customer data between sites you want to know it’s taken care of in flight. Sync offers a file system / storage system independent replication offering allowing for not only like array replication, but also replication to different array types.”

News on additional NAS partners will be announced soon.

Happy Syncing, and we invite you to talk with us in the forums if you have any questions or comments.

Erik Pounds
Written by: Erik Pounds

Erik Pounds is Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. Erik joined BitTorrent, Inc. from Greylock Partners, prior to which he spent 3 years with Drobo. Erik graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco where for four years he was a member of their Division I Golf Team.

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  • Natan Gesher

    Is Drobo next?

  • Jeremy Quinn

    “NetGear is our first partner to launch a native BitTorrent Sync app”

    what about FreeNAS?

  • Nick Fitzhugh

    I’m a filmmaker and use and like BitTorrent Sync but the one feature that other file sharing services have that it seems would never be possible with BitTorrent Sync is the ability to send a single download link to someone. Is that correct? They would have to install Sync on their computer and then I’d have to send a secret and they’d have to input it, etc.

    If sending a single download link is impossible it would still be GREAT to somehow streamline that process so that it’s MUCH easier for people (who for the most party are not particularly techie) to do those things or perhaps to eliminate some of those steps somehow.

    Are either of these things possible?

    • Christian

      For the moment, Sync needs to be installed. The product is still in Beta and not feature complete. Please keep the feedback coming as it is a huge help to our dev team and we’ll keep everyone updated here on the blog. I’ll also check to see if there are some current best practices that could help with what you’re trying to do. Lastly, please check the forums, there are some great discussions and it’s a great way to give feedback:

      Thanks Nick.

      • Joe Ford

        I agree with the need for dl links for individual files &/or folders. I currently use sync for everything except distribution of files to my students. I still have to move files to Dropbox in order to make them accessible to students. It would also be great to have a way for students to drop files into a shared space.

        • Morten Blaabjerg

          I also envision Bittorrent Sync as a tool for this purpose. The Synology NAS’es that we use do allow the generation of links to individual files which can then be used in the curriculum software as a link attached to the lesson, where it is relevant. But one has to go through the trouble opening the Synology Assistant and/or openeing the NAS via the web interface, navigate to find the right file, create the link, copy the link and only by then can the link be shared. This is a rather cumbersome work procedure for something that tedious.

          I much prefer organizing og browsing files and folders via Bittorrent Sync shared folders (Synced with the NAS’es, some folders always kept in sync, other folders kept in sync as the need arises, but all files allways accessible from the NAS’es).

          Would be brilliant if one could simply rightclick on a file in a BTSync shared folder and share the NAS generated link or something along those lines. The files are already accessible on the NAS unit, so syncing them to a web server is unneccessary. All that is needed is the functionality that makes BTSync take advantage of the capabilities of the NAS units.

    • Magnus Akselvoll

      To download one file without installing software, you would need a web server. This would not work easily with BTSync, as it is a distributed network of nodes connecting behind firewalls, with dynamic IPs, etc.

      The way to make this work would be to have some central server that temporarily read-only synced your data and offered it as a HTTP download link. That is probably quite feasible to do with the current API. However, there are certain costs to that (bandwidth and CPU) and I fail to see a strong business model. Also, there is the security consideration of giving some web server access to your data.

      I love the decentralized architecture of BTSync the way it is, and do not think that BitTorrent inc. should be the ones implementing this.

  • Ryan Dejaegher

    You guys are going to crush services like Dropbox with this. I’ve just purchased a WD Mycloud, I know it’s possible to install the arm version of sync but would it be possible to get a native app for this?