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I've been looking at the PogoPlug and debating on getting one.

So what is a PogoPlug? Well it basically lets you turn a external hard drive into cloud computing. You hook it up to your router via ethernet cord plug in a external hard drive and then register it (free). Once you do that you will be able to access your external anywhere. Say your at a friends house and want a video well you log into your pogo and download it on your friends computer. I am forever at work and wishing I had this or that program with me, well if I had a PogoPlug I could.

I could go on and explain it more but here is a video on it. Now mind you the video is the first generation PogoPlug. The new one works the same but will let you plug in up to 4 externals where as the first generation will only allow one external.

Right now Newegg has them for $127.99. When you go to PogoPlug's website they have a great video that really shows it and how it works CLICKY

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.

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.

Specs

  • Power requirements: 100-240V, 50/60HZ

  • Drive connection: USB 2.0

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

  • Network connection: Gigabit Ethernet

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

  • Web browsers: Safari, Firefox 3, IE 7, IE 8, Chrome

So has anyone ever tired one or owned one? If so any clue on how they are with a VPN?

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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device

I'd personally not waste my money on a PogoPlug. I've been able to do this for years now already, and anyone can pretty easily. Most Windows versions already have IIS web server built in, or can easily be installed, and then it's pretty simple to setup file downloads via the web, with or without password protected logins. And you just share the folders that you want to be able to download stuff from. Here's an example on how to do that: Clicky

That's not as "pretty" or elegant as PogoPlug, but it does the same thing, minus the RSS feeds that most people probably won't use, but as always, there are software authors out there who make up for it with freeware. It's pretty easy to install PHP or ASP.NET on your IIS server, which opens your computer's abilities up to all kinds of cool, pretty stuff. There are tons of free PHP scripts out there to share your files over the web with password protection, like:

CloudOsys

cloudosys how to share your files over th enet

Or PHPFileNavigator, which is Open Source, meaning free, and PHP developers all over the world contribute to identifying and stomping out bugs, making it better and more secure all the time. Here's a page of screenshots of it, and here's a demo of it in action so you can try it out for yourself before installing it.

There are of course, also ways to do it with Linux servers too, and other Windows programs specifically desigend for this exact type of thing, both pay programs and free ones, like iRemotePC.

sharing files over the web

iRemotePC is just one of countless programs like this. A quick Google search for IIS or PHP File Sharing will start ya off on finding the right one for you. PogoPlug is made for people who don't really want to take a few minutes getting thier hands dirty by installing and configuring their own computer with all of the free stuff already out there, and truth be told, it's not really very hard at all. PogoPlug is basically just a site who hosts software like PHPFileNavigator (and sells people a gadget) instead of people Hosting it themselves, and then it just points to your computer for the files. With something like the above options, you'd just be cutting out the middleman and doing it yourself.


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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device

Hummm now I have to look more into those. Currently when I need to access I use pcanywhere. I just thought this would be eaiser to share with others too (like my mom). Easier for them to access because lets face it mom can basically open email but she drives me crazy for movies and such. She loves her DVD player I got her. Laughing

OK I'll also admit that being cute and pink and techno also is a huge plus for me - I know so girly. Tongue

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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device
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OK I'll also admit that being cute and pink and techno also is a huge plus for me - I know so girly. Tongue

Laughing I know, companies make riches off of that exact concept. Easy and cutsey. Big Grin

That's why I need to come up with something that already exists, and paint it pink. Then I'll be cruising off the coast of Aruba in my yacht soon enough. Tongue

Yup, I've used PC Anywhere in the past too. Something like any one of those I mentioned, do the same thing though. If she has to enter a login and password at "Pogoworld" Wink she'll just have to do the same thing on say PhpFileNavigator. From there on out it's pretty much the same thing. Point and clicky.

Cool thing about open source projects like that is, if you notice something you'd like added, like a feature, and just email them about it, usually they implement it, and depending on how active the community is around it, it can happen pretty fast.


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Laughing I know, companies make riches off of that exact concept. Easy and cutsey. Big Grin

Yeah that is so me - sold. I admit I'm a total sucker for cute things geeky - which would explain why I have the collection of emtec flash drives like these...

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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device

when you click the iRemotePC link it says threat found "Informer uses evil ways to instal spyware on your PC "

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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device

a free way of doing this is use teamviewer

you can run from portable devices also

Note make sure you save a password on your computer and only use it for yourself give to nobody

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Re: pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device

I could be wrong, but it looks very similar to Microsoft's Team Foundation System. I bet it's based off of that. It's good stuff, the only thing is it requires people to use a separate program on their computer to access it, rather than just go to a web page and enter a login and password. Normally that's not a problem unless it's for people like Smartmom mentioned, parents, grandparents, lazy people, and the technically challenged. Smile


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Re: Pogoplug Multimedia File Sharing Device

So I ended up getting the PogoPlug. I checked out the other suggestions but since I was dealing with mom and dad using it I needed the easiest streamline possible way.

So here it is:

If you look at a seagate external its about 3/4 the height of it but about 1.5 times thicker. (Ignore the wires on the side I have to bundle them up so right now they are messy).

But here is what is sweet and why I fell in love with it. If I go to "my Computer" it looks like its a external plugged in:

That PogoPlug is not connected to my computer at all, its connected to my router and my computer is wireless. Its very sweet! I can download and upload from any computer onto it, really simple to use.

Plus it has the option that I can give someone a password that will only let them in to see what I want them to see if they wanted to download something I had or view something I had. You can't get easier then this.

Oh they have mobile apps so like my one kiddo can live stream videos I have on it to his ipod touch. Big Grin

Now I can hook up to 4 externals on it (more if I get a hub). It shows as one hard drive in the pic above but once you open it up you will see the different drives - I currently have 2 hooked up.

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Re: Pogoplug Multimedia File Sharing Device

Thats still awesome but teamviewer can still do this for people that want a solution to do the same that can't afford the PogoPlug ! Also teamview can do presentations and more !

Check out Geekdrop thread I did on teamviewer Clicky

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Re: Pogoplug Multimedia File Sharing Device

Yeah the pogoplay isn't cheap but it was what I wanted so I payed but yes your right there are other ways that are free out there just not as streamlined as this. I guess its the cost vs what you want and what you can afford.

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