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Pogoplug POGOE02 Diskless System Network Storage

  • Diskless System
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 4 x USB2.0
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Now you can quickly and easily add gigabytes of storage space onto your network with the Network Storage from Pogoplug POGOE02.This tiny network appliance connects USB 2.0 hard drives directly to your Ethernet network.

You can connect up to four stand-alone USB disk drives and access them from anywhere on your network. You can even plug a USB flash disk into the Network Storage, for a convenient way of accessing your portable data files. The Network Storage can also be set up so that your storage devices are accessible from the Internet -- files can be easily downloaded via your web browser.

  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The Pogoplug POGOE02 features four USB 2.0 interface for fast data transfer speeds and plug-and-play connectivity.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Pogoplug POGOE02 features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections, so you can easily access shared content on your network or stream content from the Internet.
  • newegg iPhone Support With Pogoplug POGOE02, all your personal media content can now be remotely accessed from outside your home, easily and securely via a web browser on the iPhone.

Learn more about the Cloud Engines, Inc. POGOE02

General

Brand
Pogoplug
Model
POGOE02

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
4 x USB2.0

Configuration

Operating System
MS Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OSX 10.5 and above (Intel and PowerPC) 32bit kernel only, Linux

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System

Power

Power
100-240V, 50/60Hz

Features

Features
Easy to Install
All the files from your external hard drive can be viewed or downloaded through your Web browser, with no need to download or install extra software.

Full Web Access
Installing your Pogoplug is as simple as connecting two cables, then visiting our website. No need to call your office networking guy, we'll do all the work for you!

iPhone Support
Access all your media from an iPhone, and even send new pictures from your iPhone straight to your home, with a single click.

Works Just Like Your Hard Drive
Your Pogoplug is accessible through Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. It's just like using a drive that is directly connected to your computer.

Safe, Simple Sharing
Easily share your home videos and photos with friends and family. No uploading required!

Add-ons
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.

Drive Formats: NTFS, FAT32, Max OS Extended Journaled and non-Journaled (HFS+), EXT-2/EXT-3

Web browsers: Safari, FireFox 3, IE 7, IE 8, Chrome

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Cloud Engines, Inc. POGOE02

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  • jeff b.
  • 2/5/2011 11:21:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPogoplug

Pros: Easy to set up. Simple to use. Gigabit ethernet. Print server. Simple user interface. Great support/forums.
Works well with Windows 7 64bit and Ubuntu 32bit.
CHEAP PRICE , depending where you buy it from.

Cons: Color (lol) , lack of documentation , and transcoding
BUT SEE OTHER THOUGHTS

Other Thoughts: I love this.
I use it for movies , music , photos.
Works great. You need high speed internet and a gigabit network for it to really shine. I use all CAT6 cable in my network , but CAT5e will be good too.
Lack of documentation made up for by excellent website,forums,support.
Transcoding is slow but I downloaded Pogoplug Drive 2.5.5 and this makes pogoplug look like an attached external hard drive on my LAN. That way I can access my MOVIES instantly. I've messed around with it at work too (on an island) viewing photos , listening to music. Worked great. But MOVIES would take awhile to view remotely. Once everything is transcoded it's fine though.
All-in-All I'm very happy with this.

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  • Dean W.
  • 9/13/2010 9:47:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little home network NAS

Pros: cheap, easy to use, works right out of the box, syncing drives, 4 ports for usb drives, accepts thumb drives, network print server, stream videos and music to your ps3 or xbox360, works with iphone and able to print from iphone, amazing tech support.

Cons: slow for a NAS.

Other Thoughts: i use this as my media share drive on my network at home. i have all my videos, music, pictures on this thing. all the computers in my house along with my wife's and my iphone, and our ps3 connect to this. i have a second one at my parents house, and all our media is backed up to a second drive on the pogoplug, and then it syncs to my parents house as an offsite storage. works great! i had a few small issues with it running very slowly, but found out that if a drive is almost full, it will slow way down and cause it to crash, fixed the issue and works find now!

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  • Curtis S.
  • 8/22/2010 12:05:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsHere is the Problem

Pros: It provides your own virtual disk in the sky that you can access anywhere you have internet access.

If you limit your use of its features to what you can accomplish using Windows explorer it is a very nice product.

I have tried some NAS from one of the worlds largest supplier of internet hardware. Pogoplug is like theirs, only it works and it works over the internet to boot.

Cons: Here is source of the problem people are complaining about.

The user interface was designed by someone from the Planet Xenon. If you weren't born there, forget about using any of its features that require you to use their user interface.

That (a) it runs on Linux, coupled with (b) the nature of the problems people have been complaining about should have been the tip off.

This deficiency is unlikely to be corrected in the near future. My guess is that the person who designed the user interface is a founder or the founder of the company.

He is unlikely to be removed from his responsibilities or his responsibilities removed from him. He is unlikely to take direction from a lowly user interface designer who couldn't code his way out of a paper bag, is he?

SOO.... disregard the additional alleged functionality purportedly supplied by their user interface... and you have a fairly nice product. Attempt to access the additional functionality supplied by their user interface...

Other Thoughts: .... and you will end up being aggravated and displeased.

I am probably going to keep the product.

Still, it could be so much more if they kicked the original designer upstairs or made him report to someone who would redesign the user interface for the rest of us.

The geek who designed the internal plumbing and presumably also designed the user interface from Xenon, couldn't have been the person who designed the pink plastic externals. So maybe there is hope.

Hey PogoPlug:

Why don't you try some user focus groups... then do what they tell you to do, even if you think it is stupid.

You have potentially a great product if you adapt to user needs instead of expecting them to adapt to you.

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  • Peter H.
  • 7/9/2010 1:46:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsPogoPlug: Useful, but not perfect.

Pros: I bought my PogoPlug to serve a 1-TB NAS drive for file synchronization supporting four household computers and make our files available via Internet when away from home via their https-secured website. It supports multiple users with individual passwords, user/file/directory access control, and has software that can synchronize it and your computer's drives. It has a low energy draw . . . under five watts plus the external USB drive's power draw.

Setup was simple, the provided access software works from our home and on the road, works on Windows, Mac, and Linux (mostly), and is intuitive and easy to use. Their online/email support is decent and PogoPlug has an online user community that's useful for both computing newbies and old hands. If you're into tweaking there are forums devoted to taking advantage of the PogoPlug's Linux ShivaPlug heritage; you can tweak it to turn it into a web server or customize it to serve as an ultra-low power Linux microserver.

Cons: Within the scope of what I bought it for, the PogoPlug works, but it is not a mature, flawless solution, nor is it a fast NAS.

It has software bugs/problems, doesn't support the operating system's networking access tools, and (like all USB-based NAS solutions I've looked at) is painfully slow. I can put up with most of these problems, but there is one, near-fatal flaw you should know about.

Under Windows (not Mac/Linux), their software assigns drive letters serially starting with drive P:, with the rest of your user-accessible files assigned to drive Q:. Unfortunately these drive assignments are not fixed; when Windows drops into standby/hibernate and wakes, the drive letters advance to R:/S:, then T:/U:, and so on. This turns accessing your PogoPlug files into a guessing game, makes it difficult to use backup and other software, and if you drop in and out of standby/hibernation often you run out of drive letters. Until this problem is fixed I can not recommend the PogoPlug.

Other Thoughts: I don't fully trust PogoPlug's secure website access to my files. It's a solution I don't control and I'm uncomfortable putting unencrypted financial and other highly personal data on the Web-accessible PogoPlug.

We get around this limitation (and concerns that our computers might be lost or stolen) by keeping our sensitive data in encrypted directories. We do this using TrueCrypt, a free, open source encryption package for Windows, Mac, and Linux. TrueCrypt creates virtual, encrypted hard drives with their data stored in files in our "documents" folders. We keep our data extra safe by copying these encrypted files to our PogoPlug, not our unencrypted "clear text."

Also, just ignore the color. I find it highly amusing that gamers think it's really cool to have neon lighting and a transparent computer case for their high-power gaming system, yet complain that a little pink plastic instantly turns the PogoPlug into a useless toy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2010 7:06:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot magic but works

Pros: Easy to setup - easy to access manuals, word docs, music and other 'knowledge assets' from any of my many computers at 3 different locations.

Support for Windows, MAC and Linux was a required plus for me.

Cons: The 'mount as drive' seems very flaky under Windows XP, Vista and Win7 - file explorers or applications attempting to open files often crash ... HOWEVER, this is likely due to virus scanners which try to aggressively pre-scan file data, etc.

Performance between PC & PogoPlug on the same Ethernet is disappointing. Perhaps putting an end-device USB port on the PogoPlug to allow a single PC more direct access to the attached drives would help.

Some poor decisions in the software design - for example if you ask PogoPlug to 'active copy' your 'My Music' directory, then one would ASSUME it creates a 'My Music' directory on your drive ... nope, (at least under Win7) it tosses ALL of your music into the root directory of your drive. Ouch.

Other Thoughts: It does what I need and I'd still buy it. Attached, I have an old 320GB drive with external power.

Assume your data is read-almost-only, write-rarely and you'll find this device useful. Don't assume it is just a fancier magic USB drive.

Load/manage your files by moving your USB drive to your PC directly. Trying to copy-to or delete large collections of files via PogoPlug generally failed for me (again - probably due to virus software, but that is reality).

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  • David A.
  • 3/26/2010 10:46:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy Setup, Good Performance, Lacking Options

Pros: Very easy setup. Plugged it into a switch that is connected to my router and it instantly figured itself out. iPhone/iPod app works fairly well, though video formats must be formatted for them either via full transcode by the Pogoplug otherwise you only get a 10 second preview. Sharing with friends is as simple as setting their email address to a folder.

Cons: No logs of who accesses the device or when. No way to regulate the amount of bandwidth it uses from the device. I would love to regulate the maximum upload speed or even a scheduler so it doesn't drown out everything else on the network. Transcoding does take a while. 2TB of files took about a week to do the 10 second video previews and file type sorting but it gave me no problems. Full transcodes can take more than a day!

Other Thoughts: I was able to prioritize the Pogoplug via QOS on my router with the MAC address printed on the device. This helped a bit.

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  • William P.
  • 3/21/2010 8:46:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuy It!

Pros: It is totally amazing! You will not be disappointed! You can add four hard drives to this!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Get one for yourself and another for a friend.

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  • Richard P.
  • 3/8/2010 9:10:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFun toy, emphasis on toy.

Pros: Drop dead simple to set up. A great way to share media with your friends and family. iPhone app is awesome. (Awesome for my wife, what about Windows Mobile?!?)

Cons: It's a toy. If you keep this in mind you're going to be fine. I had plans to hook up a backup of my work drive with about 1 tb of data and tens of thousands of files. After four straight days, the drive was still unavailable because the device was still indexing. Who knows how long it would have taken to use the data.

Other Thoughts: Probably my fault for thinking I could do what I was planning to do with such and inexpensive device. And the bright pink should have tipped me off.

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  • David H.
  • 2/25/2010 11:08:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPogoplug - It's easy!

Pros: Setup - Super easy to set up and access. Plug it in to power and your router. Plug in a USB storage device. Set up an account online. That's it. You're accessing your files from any internet connection.

Sharing - I can share files between multiple computers at home, without having to run another server, or leaving all my computers are on (windows 7 file sharing...) - you just have to make sure that the files are on a USB drive connected to the Pogoplug.

Online Sharing - Incredibly easy to set up online sharing. Click on the folder, then invite people to share it with (Pogoplug will send them an email) or enable public sharing, which will create an url you can send to people.

Usefulness - It does exactly what I need - gives me access to files from anywhere - home, office, school, iphone.

Value - There is no subscription fee, ever. Compared with the time it has saved me, and the features available "out of the box," it's a great value.

Cons: Access Speed - Not incredibly fast, but I'm not sure if that is because of the drives that are connected to it, or the device itself. I'm going to be getting a fast 16GB thumb drive for my frequently accessed files. (Upload speeds from my computer to an old WD USB drive of 13GB of files is running at about 2.5MB/s)

Other Thoughts: It is pink, but not bright pink. More of a mute dark pink.

The best part about this drive is that it can be plugged in, left on, and stuffed behind a desk, in a closet, or somewhere else it won't be seen or in the way.

I know it isn't the most feature-rich NAS device, but it makes having a home NAS incredibly easy and relatively inexpensive.

Now I won't have to worry about leaving my thumbdrive (along with my house keys) plugged into computers at work and school.

Privacy/Security - I'm not sure how secure the Pogoplug is, but as I'm not doing anything illegal or top-secret with it, I'm not really worried.

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  • William M.
  • 2/17/2010 1:49:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsFYI

Pros: Seems like a simple solution.

Cons: This is from their website: The data may have to go through their server.

"Security
At Pogoplug, we use best practices from the industry to ensure the security of our users’ data. None of your personal data is stored in our servers other than your email address. All of the data on your drives attached to your Pogoplug remain only on your Pogoplug in your house. While it is being accessed, the data may be forwarded through our servers, but no copies are retained during this process. Removing any or all of the content from access is as simple as unplugging the Pogoplug, the drive, or deleting the file off the drive."

Pogoplug offers fully encrypted access to your files through the HTTPS protocol. This protocol is the same encryption security that your online banking system uses to protect your account access.

Other Thoughts: I don't own this but was thinking of getting it till what I found on the web site. Read cons.

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