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Pogoplug Media Sharing Device - Remote Access to Your Media - Black

3.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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  • 60-second installation. Simply plug Pogoplug into your network router, attach an external hard drive, and activate online
  • No need to change your network configuration or firewall settings
  • Attach up to 4 external hard drives (or more with a USB hub) giving you almost unlimited storage growth
  • No monthly fees, ever
  • Access and download all of the content on your Pogoplug-connected hard drives from any popular web browser
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Product Description

The Pogoplug POGO-P01 Multimedia Sharing Device is a compact device that allows you to access your photos, movies, and music via the Internet. The magenta and silver box plugs into your Internet router via the included Ethernet cable. Simply plug a hard drive or flash drive into any of its four USB 2.0 ports and you'll gain access to all stored files from anywhere you can access the Internet.The Pogoplug can be configured in a matter of minutes. The web-based setup program detects the device on your network, and allows you to create a username and password so that you can securely access your files from any web browser, anywhere. Mobile access is also available via the iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm, and Blackberry.Photos, videos, and music can be viewed with ease - the Pogoplug will automatically find them on connected hard drives. You can also browse the drives manually, allowing you to download any stored file, regardless of its type. There are no hidden fees with the Pogoplug for remote access - the account is completely free, ensuring that your only cost for the device is the cost of the device itself.Optional software is available for your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer. It provides desktop access to drives connected to the Pogoplug, and can also copy files to files stored on your Pogoplug drive automatically. Simply configure "watched" folders - any files added to those folders will automatically be copied to a connected drive on the Pogoplu

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.4 x 7.3 x 4 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Pogoplug
ASIN B005DB6NG6
Origin Made in USA or Imported
Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,910 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Date first available at Amazon.com July 19, 2011

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This product is simply unreliable. At least 50% of the time, my drives were not available online (through the PogoPlug portal) and I had to return home and reset the drives and the unit. It simply cannot be relied upon to have your files there when you need them. Don't waste your money. (I'm not mentioning how slow it was WHEN it worked and the fact that some drives do no support the use of pogoplug- which I found out later AFTER my purchase of the unit).
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Installing the Pogoplug is a breeze. The Windows driver works quite well, mapping a virtual drive to the Plug. The web UI is so simple to use. What I find rather disappointing is that:

1. It's terribly slow. Best used for viewing photos. Forget about watching videos or even streaming music.
2. No improved performance in LAN: as slow as access from the Net. The Plug is not recognisable as a SAMBA device within the local network, meaning you can't use it as a home archive.
3. Barebones support on Android: it just feels rough.

Overall comments: though the price is good and the cloud service it claims generally works, it's more of a toy than to be taken seriously.
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The concept of this thing is great: create your own "personal cloud" and access your data and entertainment anywhere. For me, this was a total failure. After wrestling with it for two days, I couldn't get it to stream a single file, except for a few photos in my iPhone's camera roll. What's the point of that? It took hours to index my 250GB of music, and then wouldn't play any. It needs to transcode most movie files, but it's impossibly slow. The 224MB file I used as a test would have taken a projected 10 hours to transcode, but I cancelled after an hour. Fans of this thing transcode on their computers and then set up a folder of duplicate, converted videos on the hard drive, but I think that's stupid. There is an app for iPhone called Air Video that works perfectly and instantly to stream over WiFi, (which is great but local), but does demonstrate that conversion needn't take hours. A lot of people love pogoplug; maybe you'll be lucky and be one of them. I sure am not.
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I bought and installed the Pogoplug on my LAN for the purpose of sharing photos over the Internet.

Right out of the box I had misgivings. There is no documentation or technical specifications. That immediately raised serious questions in my mind about it being vulnerable to hacking or opening access to my computer and personal information. You have to attach it to your modem/router and allow it to go out on the Internet without knowing what it is doing. I decided to take it on faith that the company was legitimate and not going to install a backdoor into my system.

I attached a Seagate USB external hard drive as my main memory device. I have also used USB memory sticks for temporary storage. All are USB 2.0.

Initially I had issues with people accessing my files. The Web access used by outsiders does not show any indication of activity. If you have a couple of hundred photos like me, it can take a couple of minutes for anything to appear. I have also had people report 404 and other errors fairly frequently. My workaround was to create more folders to compartmentalize everything. They load quickly enough for people to see something happening and know that they are connected.

Once you get inside the folders, people see a filmstrip and a large image like they would see in Windows. It is a serviceable but not glamorous interface. It is also not customizable.

Once I established that people could access my photos over the Internet, the next step was to fill up the hard drive. To do so, my plan was to push the files over my 10/100 MBps LAN. The Pogoplug shows up as a drive, so all I have to do is drag-and-drop. The problem is that it is incredibly slow. I normally get about 30 kBps. That is dial-up modem slow.
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Bought mine a little over a year ago. Works great! Literally it takes less then a minute to get it up and running. Plug it in, Create a username and password, and login at the site. That's about it.

Interface is simple to use and automatically gets updated when there are updates.

Only issue I have had with it was when I upgraded installed 64bit OS on my desktop and the bin file they had for mounting the drive wasn't available for 64bit (at lest not at that time). The web interface still worked and I could still ssh into the box.

A few months ago I decided I wanted to power from the Pogo, so I replaced the default Pogo OS with Arch Linux. The default setup is great for most people, but if you are a bit more advanced there is a large community of people developing for devices like this and it's pretty easy to get Arch or Debian ARM running on it.

For the average person or the advanced user this is a great product. I paid about $75 when I bought mine, so the current price at the time of writing this is great at about half that.
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This black version is too slow to be useful.

In addition, it 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.
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