13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
I had been looking for a NAS solution for the home for a long time. I had three external USB drives that were shared off a main computer but whenever someone shut the box down the hard drives left too. Every review of the NAS Dongles talked about configuration issues and slow speeds and having to buy 3 dongles did not seem like fun either.
I took a chance on the Pogoplug and boy was I pleased. First, the manual fits on one page. Plug into the wall. Plug into the router. Go to [...] and activate. Upload files and start sharing. I have never plugged in a piece of internet enabled hardware and gotten it configured the first time until now. Even when using a notoriously closed ISP the hardware works perfectly. Now, when I get a request for a photo for a newsletter, I connect to my pogoplug and send it on. I had a large directory of Church pictures that our webmaster wanted to browse for the Church website. Just shared the directory and he did it himself. No getting a flash drive or burning a CD.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
I've been using my Pogoplug for 6+ months now and I LOVE it.
I am using it on a 300mbps wireless-N network.
I am getting 25-30 MBps (yes..MEGABYTES)in data transfer across my gigabit LAN.
Here are some tips for faster data transfer.
If you have windows 7 , vista , or XP:
1: Disable autotuning: open CMD and type netsh interface set global autotuning=disabled.
2: Remove Remote Differential Compression: open control panel , go to programs and features , click "turn windows features on or off" , DE-SELECT remote differential compression.
3: Remove IPv6 from network properties: open control panel , network and internet , network and sharing center , change adapter settings , right click your adapter , choose properties , DE-SELECT IPv6.
4: Clear DNS cache: open CMD , type ipconfig/flushdns.
****access your Pogoplug from the web , download and install "Install Pogoplug On Your Computer" .
POW! , you should be good to go.
This works wonderfully on my LAN for MOVIES!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
This is a known issue at Pogoplug. There is a forum post going back months. Some comments about the regular pogoplug using an old Kernal which does not support drives over 3TB. It's possible the pro version works (based on a post on the forum). Do not buy this if you want to put a 3TB drive on it. I have a HITACHI X-Series 3TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive 0S03092 and it is not recognized on any USB port. This was the reason I bought the pogoplug and it does not suit my purpose.
A known secret which Pogoplug does not share.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
I just got this a week ago, so I haven't tinkered with it too much yet, but the setup was fairly painless. I plugged it into my router and plugged an external drive into the pogoplug. The light turned green and I went to the website; it brought up all of the files. I've had some trouble using it through the website. I can browse files, but it hasn't let me download anything yet. That could be an issue with my router, though. Like I said, I haven't tinkered with it too much to figure out where the problem is, but I'm thinking it might be a firewall issue.
There's even an app for Android and iOS operating systems, so I can access the files on the go. It's great because it lets me access my music on my phone from anywhere. In theory, it should let me access videos remotely, too, but I've been having problems with that. I can access them over my home network just fine, though, using the included software.
The software allows the pogoplug device to appear as a local hard drive on your computer (Windows or OSX). The device itself says it is capable of streaming pics, movies, and video to PS3, XBox360 and FreeAgent Theater+, though I've only tested the PS3 streaming. Again, it works great for music, but I couldn't get the video working.
From what I've seen, if you access the files remotely, you have to keep your ISP upload speed in mind. You can only download the files as fast as your home connection can upload them, so it will seem a bit slow, but it should be better than not accessing the files at all.
If I can figure out what's causing the video streaming and website issues, this will become an amazing device. Otherwise, it still works great as network attached storage.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2011
The concept is great but not quite flexible or powerful as I expected. The company discontinued the OpenPogo system which could add features (apps) to your PogoPlug without messing up the original installation. Without OpenPogo it is just a simple NAS. By default to mount your Pogo you have to log into the company's website which brings concerns of privacy issues and limitations such as not being able to log into your __local__ shared HD without an internet connection.
If you are into hacking you are in far better situation since you can customize and then take the full power out of this such device. Beware that hacking can brick your PogoPlug and although the company members usually help customers to fix such mistakes it may not be easy. In general it is a good product.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
Bought the original Pogoplug and attached a Drobo for storage redundancy. - Very happy with the setup and performance.
The original died and I replaced it with a Pogoplug video. (which was recalled because they might burst into flames...) replaced with a PogoPlug Biz. Both the video and Biz versions 'forget' that there is a HD attached if they go ~ 2 - 4 days without being accessed. I have checked the Drobo for errors, rebooted the system as Pogo recommends until I'm blue in the face. No joy.
If you are thinking of using a redundant storage solution like Drobe with PogoPlug...DON'T
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
I purchased the PonoPlug and converted it into a network music player using the instructions on the Vortexbox dot org user forum. Search for "Squeezebox replacement." [...]
It works perfectly and has replaced a Squeezebox in my music system. A highly recommended solution!
This is old model and expensive. consider latest model.
I have purchased wvery generation of pogoplugs religiously and kept right n the upgrade path every year. It is not needed, but it is too good a service for me!
I like having private clouds.. Pogoplug is a simple technology for accessing all your music/files/data on the go while traveling. I have been using them over past couple of years. I like the fact that I can just connect my hard disk to the pogo, connect pogo to the Internet, and everything is accessible frm anywhere in the world. Have a really strong random 20 character password!
The apps are great for iphone and android. If you want to see screenshots of Android, just leave a comment and I will leave lot of screenshots from my Android phablets and tablet.
You can browse files, index and look at Music through a itunes like music interface. You can also set it so that all photos you take are uploaded automatically to your home. Forget about dropox/box, you can keep two pogos and hard disks at your place, your mom's place and you have multi site redundancy. You can have up to 2 TB offline access. Imagine paying for this through AWS or Google. This is all free. Pogo also offers a cloud service, I have not used that service yet.
They have some competition from people like Tonidoplug. The simplistic configuration and easy accessibility of pogo made me adopt towards this service. I feel they are much under appreciated. I used this in lieu of Google Drive when I want to share large music files/podcasts. Gmail for example, does not let you share attachments over 25 MB. pogo is a big help in these circumstances, just share a short URL and disable after you are done sharing.
If you ave questions, just leave a comment. will reply within a day!
on May 6, 2013
I use the Pogoplug plus an old USB external hard drive I had laying around as my own homebrew "cloud" server. If you enjoy playing around with Linux, and want a reliable, low-power home server, it's hard to argue with the thirty buck purchase price for this great little device.
I installed Arch Linux,which has excellent support and documentation. You need to be sure to get the right Pogoplug to get full Arch support--this older gray POGO-E02G or pink POGO-EO2.
I've had fun setting up Linux on it and getting all kinds of services running on it, including full LAMP (except with MariaDB instead of MySQL, and NGINX instead of Apache), plus the iptables firewall, the No-IP DDNS client so I can reach the server from anywhere, plus a zillion other Linux packages just for monkeying around, including a Plex server and DLNA server. There are a handful of programs under Arch that haven't been ported to ARM yet, and are still x86 only, but all of the ones I have wanted to play with have been ported.
Performance is roughly around that of an Atom netbook, but more than good enough for a server that isn't doing realtime transcoding. The plastic enclosure feels slightly warm at all times, even under full load.
The major downsides versus a Raspberry Pi are that the Pogoplug doesn't include any sort of video output, so it's going to be a headless server, and that it doesn't have any cool I/O lines for measurement or control. The upsides include the lower overall price, the built-in power supply and case, and the relatively easy setup--it already has Linux installed on its internal flash drive (for it's intended use with the pay-for Pogoplug service), so you just need to hook it up to your Wifi router, power, and USB hard drive, then follow the instructions on the Arch Linux ARM website to connect to it via SSH, format the external drive, and install Arch.
I'm very impressed with the Pogoplug overall, and will likely get a second one, so that I can have one that is my stable cloud server and that I keep my fingers off of, and the second one for messing around on.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
I bought this guy to replace my aging file & print server that used like 500w of power. The Pogoplug uses something like 5w. So now I don't have to feel like I'm throwing money away by keeping it on all the time. I installed a version of Arch Linux specifically compiled for the ARM chip. I bought a memory stick to serve as the "hard drive" so that there wouldn't be any moving parts or power usage except when it's working. I've been using Linux since 2003 so I have quite a bit of experience, but it only took me a couple hours to get it setup. I've had it for a few months now and it works perfectly. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a really cheap file & print server that doesn't use too much electricity.