- Brand Name: Pogoplug
- Model Number: POGO-P21
New-Media sharing device black - POGOP21
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- This Item Includes: Pogoplug POGO-P21 Media Sharing Device - Power Cable - Ethernet Cable - Quick Start Guide - Pogoplug Warranty
- Connects your external hard drive to the Internet: For access to content from virtually any computer with Internet access
- Share files with family and friends: By inviting them through an automated e-mail link
- Stream videos, music and photos: To your compatible mobile phone, including Apple iPhone
- Single-click publishing: To select social networking Web sites, including Facebook and Twitter
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Top Customer Reviews
After a few months I decided to install Arch Linux on it so that I could ssh tunnel and do some other advanced things with it.
I just bought a second one for a friend.
Easy to use.
It really is great for anyone.
Simple for the average person, but easily customizable to give the advanced user more power and option.
It's not the fastest thing in the world. But I didn't expect it to be. When using the default software, it wants to convert videos for better streaming. This can take a while. But, other then the converting of the videos it works great and an advanced user can make that more efficient with a few scripts. It's as fast as I would expect from the specs.
The box is labeled P21, but the actual device says E02. This is IDENTICAL to the pink V2, except in black. I was expecting a V3 ARMv6-based device. Keep that in mind if putting linux on it and follow the directions for the V2 PINK pogoplug!
If you're not planning on hacking it or putting linux on it, carry on! It'll work just the same so don't worry. It is a great little device. I took away 1 star because of the mislabeled model number.
Anyone comes to my house (with permission ofcourse ;-)) can play, see, and listen any of my media files through their android phones, tablets, laptops.
I noticed that some people were having issues with pogoplug and WD live player combination. They get disconnected or lose pogoplug during media play. This can be very frustrating indeed. I recommend converting pogoplug to squeeze plug (squeeze box) server. Search the internet about slimdevices, squeeze plug (squeeze box). There are lots of article about that. I do not use pogoplug service at all. I installed Debian with samba server (for windows share) and squeeze plug, logitech (squeeze box) server on pogoplug. It works like dream. You can install lots of different apps/os on it. Remember that you have a pc with armv5tel cpu inside pogoplug.
This thing works pretty well for what I wanted:
-Automatically backs up all new files and changes to existing files in all monitored folders on all PCs on my home network
-Makes those files accessible for download through the internet through any web browser on any PC or tablet (of course the PC/tablet has to have a reader/player that can read that file to be useful to me)
-Makes those files accessible for download (or to delete or upload) through any PC that downloads and runs the desktop software. The desktop software makes the USB drive accessible through Windows Explorer so you can drag and drop files to or from that USB drive
-Streams the video files to my DLNA client software players on my Roku box and on my Kindle Fire HD - no problems as long as files do not need transcoding (if I have any non MP4 files, I convert them upfront using Handbrake or whatever and it works great)
What This Does Not Do Well:
-The initial load of the backup files from the PCs to the PogoPlug/USB drive is TOO SLOW. So, do an initial backup from each PC, physically connecting the USB drive to that PC. Then attach the USB drive to the PogoPlug for indexing and subsequent automatic backup. And still I had to wait days for the full indexing/backup process and during that time I had to work hard to resist the temptation to just add/replace more files to the drive manually or through the network (this seems to screw it up for a while).
-Instructions and/or Support. Forget About It. Instructions Are For People Who Need Them (that seems to be their attitude). But all you have to do is: 1) Go to my.pogoplug.com - 2) Ignore the pitch for the cloud stuff.Read more ›
1. I purchased a P02 model and returned it because it wasn't the model I requested (internal circuitry was different and older). This model was supposed to be faster, and it too had conflicting model and circuit information. I ordered and the packing stated P21, but it turned out to be a P02.
2. Every time I moved or powered down the device (single 500G drive attached), it proceeded to re-index files all over again resulting in the device being unavailable for 20 minutes to an hour.
3. Often the device would need to be rebooted (and has to be done so in a specific order), I found myself sending emails to tech support.
4. I had to defragment and fix bad sectors twice on the hard drive attached. Then deleted all of the index files. What a pain. It took 6 hours the last time to get the device available to view files. So, I retired the device to the local recycler.
5. Tech support was very supportive until I requested a refund (of my whole $40). They told me it had to be purchased directly from them to warrant an adjustment.
6. The drive is currently in use as an external drive on a Cirago NUS2000 that has had no issues some time now.
7. You can share files on the Pogoplug via email and other secure links, but the process is so slow thru their cloud that nobody I sent them to could open them up. A single 12 megapixel photo was unable to be viewed.
8. ALL traffic and security verifications go thru their cloud. The device might as well be housed at their facility.
9 It uses a web interface exclusively, and the interface truly is disgusting. Try to remove a folder - impossible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
this device is worthless. they have locked the abilty to ssh into the device and taken away the ability to activate it from their website. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An absolute piece of s***. Do not buy. The device is plugged into my router, and I have a ext HD connected to it and nothing... I cant return it or get any support for it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tee Q.
Great product, amazing price, just works. Interface can be improved but does what I need it to doPublished 3 months ago by NTG
i thought that you could use it as cloud but you have to register and pay a fee it says free thats not true and its complicated to use i still haven't been able to use it cause it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DUNKEN
I ordered this product December 15, 2014 and assumed that it was the POGO-P22. I decided to install arch linux and plex server on it and to my surprise I discovered that it was E02... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carlton
I really liked this article and how fast their response after making payment. I await your offers for future purchases
Works really well for what I am using it for and good pricePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not what I expected but fun for the money. I was looking for a cheap local way to share files, this however shares them over the internet (not locally). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul