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Reviewing the PogoPlug

Now we’ll take a look at the PogoPlug, which also sells for $99. Like the TonidoPlug, the PogoPlug is loaded with similar software and services, called PogoPlug desktop edition. The PogoPlug looks more like a router, and sits on a desk instead of sitting flush on a power outlet.  It has a 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 128 MB of flash storage.

The PogoPlug has one Gigabit Ethernet port for plugging it into your router for local network and Internet access, but it also has Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n) if you want to place it away from the router. It sports four USB 2.0 ports for plugging in external hard drives or flash drives, and can be expanded with even more ports with a separate USB hub.

Like the TonidoPlug, the PogoPlug features can be accessed via Windows, Mac and Linux, and/or via Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. They also offer apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Palm platforms.

You’ll find the following main features of the PogoPlug:

·         Files: Browse, preview, download, share, or manipulate files and folders on the drives connected to PogoPlug.

·         Media: Browse and preview media files sorted by photos, movies, and music, and create and save slideshows.

·         Sharing: Displays the files and printers you’re sharing, and those shared to you by other PogoPlug users.

·         Printers: Lists the printers you’re sharing and their settings.

·         Backup: Configure the Active Copy feature that automatically syncs files from one folder to another on the same or different drive connected to the PogoPlug. To sync from your PCs to PogoPlug you must install and configure the Pogo Drive software on your PCs.

Like the TonidoPlug, setup was simple and we didn’t run into any issues. The PogoPlug features are very useful yet simple to use, and we were very impressed with the baked-in sharing features. In addition to creating public links that anyone can access, you can post content directly various social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

Our only gripe about the PogoPlug is that you can’t initiate a connection to it when your Internet connection is down. You can only access your drives if you were connected to the PogoPlug prior to losing the internet connection.