Duple Documentation and Tutorials

Duple offers two modes of configuration depending on your needs: Automatic and Advanced. The Automatic Mode (by default) configures everything for you, so you don't have to do anything. If you want to have more control over the configuration, you can use the Advanced Mode.

Summary

How Does It Work?
Router Compatibility
Create a New Private Cloud
Connect to an Existing Private Cloud
Synchronization
Status
Duple Folder
Multiple Private Clouds
Collaborative Folder

How Does It Work?

Duple is a new kind of app that simplifies the concept of a private cloud. No more servers or complicated installation. One app, one USB storage plugged to your internet router, and you're good to go!

You can use any standard USB storage (any usb key or usb hard drive).

The entirety of your private cloud is contained inside the USB storage plugged to your internet router. You can't read the data inside the USB storage without using Duple.

The USB storage stays plugged to your internet router, the Duple app accesses it securely over your wifi network or internet (when you are outside your home).

On your devices (where Duple is installed), you get a folder called Duple (inside your "User" folder). This folder contains the readable data, it's where you work with your private cloud: add, modify and remove your files there.

Your data is always at least in two places at the same time: inside the Duple Folder (present on every desktop device where Duple is installed) and in your USB storage plugged to your internet router.

If you're a more advanced user and you don't want to use your router as cloud storage, check out the Advanced Mode which lets you store your private cloud anywhere else.

Router Compatibility

Duple is compatible with any internet router that has an USB port and file storage capability.

However the Automatic Mode that configures the app and the router for you in one click is not compatible with everything. You can check if your router is compatible with the Automatic Mode here. If it isn't, you'll have to configure it manually. If you need help with this, you can always follow our tutorials on how to configure the app and your router manually. Alternatively, you can book a quick meeting with Greg: he’ll help you configure your router in order to get your private cloud. As simple as that.

Duple is also compatible with anything that has file storage capability (USB hard drive, NAS, S3 Storage, cloud file storage...) using the Advanced Mode.

When you start Duple for the first time or use the Add Cloud menu, Duple will check your router compatibility (this may take a few seconds). If your internet router is not compatible with the Automatic Mode, you will be asked to use the Advanced Mode:

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Create a New Private Cloud

When you start Duple for the first time or use the Add Cloud menu (right click on the Duple logo near the clock) you will be presented with the setup assistant:

assistant

First plug your USB storage in the USB port of your internet router.

To create a new private cloud, select create. The app will ask you for your internet router's password to configure it for you, so you don't have to do anything. If entering this information is something you don't want to do, you can always choose to configure everything manually. You will then be redirected to our documentation on how to configure your router manually.

The router's password is never stored, sent or saved anywhere. The app uses it locally to configure your router once, and then forgets it.

assistant info

If you choose automatic, you will be asked for the password. You can find it on your router's sticker next to the wifi password or in its documentation. If no username is provided, use "admin".

router password

That's it! You've created your private cloud! You can start adding files by moving them into the Duple folder (which has just been created inside your "User" folder). It contains the entirety of your private cloud.

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Connect to an Existing Private Cloud

To connect to a private cloud, use the connect option of the setup assistant. You can access it via the Add Cloud menu (right click on the Duple logo near the clock) or when you start Duple for the first time:

assistant

The app will ask you for your internet router's password to configure everything for you, so you don't have to do anything. If you don't want to enter this information, you can always choose to configure everything manually. You will then be redirected to our documentation on how to configure your router manually.

assistant info

If you choose automatic, you will be asked for the password. You can find it on your router's sticker next to the wifi password or in its documentation. If no username is provided, use "admin".

router password

Duple will now show you all the available private clouds on your router. Select the one you want to connect to.

router list

That's it! You're now connected to your private cloud! You can access your files in the Duple folder (which has just been created inside your "User" folder).

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Synchronization

Duple synchronizes the data inside your Duple Folder across all devices and with the repository folder. This happens whenever:

  • Duple starts
  • a modification is detected inside the Duple folder
  • Every hour

If you still want to force a synchronization, you can use the synchronize menu (right click on the Duple logo near the clock).

The synchronization is always multi-directional. In case of conflict no data is overwritten or deleted, instead the conflicted file is renamed with a warning such as File (User's conflicted copy 2019-06-12). You will then have to decide which version to keep.

The technology has been designed to preserve the storage's lifespan. It will only query the storage when necessary, allowing it to fall into sleep mode as much as possible. Querying regularly your storage prevents it from going into sleep mode, and it also reduces its lifespan.

A P2P feature is on its way to help protecting the storage's lifespan even more.

Status

You can check the synchronization status by looking at the Duple logo next to the clock:

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Duple Folder

By default, when you create your first cloud the Duple Folder will be placed inside your "User" folder. It will be called 'Duple'. It's where you work with your private cloud: add, modify and remove your files there.

If you add more than one cloud, you will be asked to choose where to place the other Duple Folder(s):

folder

Select a location that suits you best and continue with the process.

Multiple Private Clouds

You can create and connect to as many private clouds as you want. Just use the Add Cloud menu (right click on the Duple logo near the clock) and follow the instructions of Create a New Private Cloud or Connect to an Existing Private Cloud.

Collaborative Folder

A collaborative folder is a space where you can share your files with other people. We don't officially have sharing features, however the technology behind Duple is ready for it. We want to wait in order to get the user experience right.

Fortunately, you can already have collaborative folders by creating another private cloud and sharing the access to it with other people.