Pogoplug NAS Device Review - HotHardware

Pogoplug NAS Device Review

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The Pogoplug measures 4x2.5x2-inches and comes in a mostly plain-white chassis. The top of the unit includes two LED status lights. One shows the device's status and the other indicates if there is a message waiting (such as a new firmware update being available). Our unit came with a glued-on logo badge on its top, but earlier models lacked this design. Our unit also included a removable sticker with instructions on how to activate the device, by visiting a specific Website and entering a lengthy identifier code. Lucky for us, however, due to a recent firmware update, activating the Pogolug was a much easier process--the Pogoplug can now be auto-identified during activation (although, if for some reason the Pogoplug is not automatically identified, you will then need to type in the 26-character code).


In the time that we used the Pogoplug, we encountered no less than two different firmware updates, which offered additional features and better performance. This should act as a testament to the Pogoplug's continued development and refinements. In fact, CloudEngines proudly claims:

"Pogoplug is getting even better all the time. Our system is expandable over the Web. Soon, your Pogoplug can connect directly to popular sites such as backup, file synchronization, photo printing and more."


While the Pogoplug can plug directly into an AC outlet, this is not your only option. The AC plug slides out and you can instead use the bundled AC cord. The only ports on the device are a single USB 2.0 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port--both sitting next each other on the bottom of the unit. The Pogoplug is a sealed device and is not meant to be user serviceable.

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The Pogoplug makes a great web server too:  www.AzaleaRSS.com/Pogoplug

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Kudos to the first product made from the Sheevaplug to come to market.

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If I wasn't able to mount pogoplug as a virtual drive in linux, I'd throw it in the trash! The first android pogoplug app hardly worked, but at least I could view .avi files. The new app has a pop up that says"must have video player that supports .avi files",although with the original app I used the default video player on my elocity a7 and it played these files just fine. Further more when I try to use the original pogoplug android app the startup screen informs me that there is a new app on the market and I am unable to access any thing at all within the old app. All in all I'm glad that I found a super cheap deal on the pogoplug for $39.99, because I'd want to kick my self if I had spent any more money on it. The old pogoplug android app was like to garbage waiting on the curb for monday trash pickup and for the new app is as to the likes of the land fill. I wouldn't recommend this to any one to use as a personal cloud solution for use on an android device. I can't speak for how it works on the apple devices. I realy think the way this pogoplug app for android was developed is a complete disregard for pogoplug customers. I recommend don't waist your money on this pogoplug pro device, you get what you pay for and I only spent $39.99. :(

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