Pogoplug - Pogoplug

By Edward Chester



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You can access your files either through the website or you can install some software that gives you a few more options. Going through the website you can only download individual files or folders, so you can't select multiple individual files or drag and drop them. However, some audio, image, and video files can be viewed through the web browser, preventing the need to download them if you just want to quickly show them to someone.

As to the software, Linux, Mac, and PC versions are all available and once installed it makes the Pogoplug and its various drives appear as one local hard drive on your computer. Each drive attached to the Pogoplug then appears as a sub-folder. You can now interact with it like it were any other drive, dragging and dropping files to it and managing it as you please.

The software also lets you access folders other Pogoplug users have shared with you, which depending on permissions they've set might mean you only have read and not write access. You can also tell the software to automatically copy/sync certain files and folders from your computer to your Pogoplug.

As well as desktop software, mobile applications are also available. There are apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Palm - all of which are free. We only looked at the iPhone version, but the functionality is similar across other platforms. Said functionality is the ability to browse your files and even playback some of them (if they're compatible), which is very useful for quickly showing your friends some photos or playing them your latest masterpiece. You can also partially manage your files by deleting them or creating new folders and, best of all, you can even take a photo and upload straight to your home storage.

Performance on the Pogoplug isn't exactly spectacular; we got around 7MB/sec using Gigabit Ethernet and a relatively fast 3.5inch hard drive in a USB caddy. Nonetheless, for a 350MB file, 51 seconds to transfer is acceptable for most usage - just don't expect to use a Pogoplug attached device to store all the raw HD footage your working on and not get driven to distraction.

So the Pogoplug certainly works as well as we'd hope and to get all that functionality for just £94.99 seems like a bargain. However, it's definitely worth bearing in mind whether you really need such a device. If you're a small business then you're probably going to find the Pogoplug a bit limiting. Meanwhile, if you're an individual you should think carefully about how often you really need to share your files and whether a straight web based file sharing service like Rapidshare or Dropbox would suffice. So, the sweet spot for this device, it would seem, is the self-employed – photographers, web developers, writers – that want to quickly share large volumes of work with minimum fuss.


The Pogoplug is a classic example of a device that does one thing and does it very well. If you want the quickest and easiest way of sharing multiple files without having to upload them to file sharing services: this is it.

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Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Features 7
  • Design 9


May 24, 2010, 2:58 pm

Nice article.

Whats the view on contrasting and comparing to a Airport Disk (USB disk plugged into a Airport Extreme / Time Capsule) for Mac users?

I'm keen to understand differences in ease of use / reliability / speed etc.


May 24, 2010, 4:16 pm

This looks interesting to me, having never bothered to take the dive into a NAS server set up yet. Been using Log Me In pro for a couple of years and I love it, but I don't like leaving the PC on for extended periods away, and it's expensive. Could you perhaps comment of the level of security provided by this product, is it just a case of a single password to access or are there multiple layers available?


May 24, 2010, 4:50 pm

Looks very much like a solution hunting for a problem to solve.

If you're that into your music you can't possibly be without anywhere in the world - you've got an mp3 player with all your music on ....

If you really really need those precious files anywhere in the world - you darn well take them with you, because even in this day and age you ( I ) can't rely on all the bits in the chain working 5 minutes before that presentation in boston ....

And if you really want access to files over the internet anywhere in the world - just upload them to google/dropbox or some such .... it's free

Paul 7

May 24, 2010, 4:59 pm

Don't Belkin make something similar that puts USB devices onto the network? And that works for printers too apparently. How do they compare?


May 24, 2010, 7:23 pm

@Dan: Essentially it's a very similar service but the Airport Extreme is more expensive and requires an annual fee.

@lifethroughalens: By default the Pogoplug uses just http for connections but you can set it to use https for secure connections. Otherwise, yes, it's just a single password.

@Castalan: In some ways, I agree - it's definitely a niche product. However, I think for certain situations it could be invaluable.

@Paul: There are various router devices that can share over a local network. The pogoplug is useful for the fact it shares over the Internet.


May 24, 2010, 11:31 pm

The Seagate FreeAgent DockStar is basically the same device, using the Pogoplug service and is currently available at "good online stores" for £50. I got one to have a play with a while ago and it is very good at what it does.


May 25, 2010, 2:44 pm

Fantastic - exactly what I've been looking for as an amateur photographer. I never seem to get round to transferring pics from my camera and then uploading or FTPing them to share with family/friends. With this I can just plug in the memory card and give them the URL!

Do you get your own unique URL or do you just get a unique account ID login on their website? I'd love to see them use unique URLs so I could buy a cheap, memorable domain and forward it to my account.

Does it power several 2.5" driver OK?


May 25, 2010, 2:49 pm

It's £90 for an interface and a server. That's niche.


May 31, 2010, 1:29 pm

Anyone? I've noticed staff don't follow up comments as much as they used to. I'm wondering if they've been told to spend less time on this under the new boss?

Andy Vandervell

May 31, 2010, 1:34 pm

@PoisonJam More than likely Ed just hasn't seen it. Unfortunately he's out in Taiwan atm, but I'll endeavor to remind him when he's back.


October 4, 2010, 12:31 am

This looks like you could add central storage to some home networked computers for about £150! PCWorld are offering Pogoplug for £50. Add two 1TB external usb drives, one backing up the other. Plus you can access those files on the move. I run two clubs and could access/update membership details on my Android device for example.

Paul Milton

November 5, 2010, 4:39 am

I bought one. Be warned there's no manual and next to no general description of what the concept is all about. It's slow and clunky as your commands seem to go round the world to get to your NAS. There is a new user interface to learn.

It may be good for some but I deeply regret shelling out for mine!

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