Manufacturer: Cloud Engines Part number: PogoPlugPro
- Bottom Line:
- The Pogoplug Pro adds Wi-Fi and costs $30 less than its predecessor, and remains a unique and easy-to-set-up device for sharing files online. However, many of its higher-end features (printing, media streaming) remain buggy and unreliable.
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 12/21/2010
The good: Affordable bring-your-own storage network file server; connect to home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; tons of features, ranging from media streaming to cloud printing; can be accessed online from a wide range of smartphones and devices, including the iOS and Android models.
The bad: Awkward and unintuitive media browsing experience; unreliable and choppy playback and file format compatibility makes audio and especially video streaming unreliable; unattractive design; many of the advanced features like cloud printing and media streaming don't work reliably.
The bottom line: The Pogoplug Pro adds Wi-Fi and costs $30 less than its predecessor, and remains a unique and easy-to-set-up device for sharing files online. However, many of its higher-end features (printing, media streaming) remain buggy and unreliable.
It's the most affordable cloud money can buy
by jjcustompc on December 22, 2010
Pros: Price, ease of use, functionality
Cons: Video playback, large folders take a bit long to load in the web GUI
Summary: I've had my Pogoplug for almost a year now and I love it. I am able to share all my photos with my family down in Florida and in ...
Summary: I've had my Pogoplug for almost a year now and I love it. I am able to share all my photos with my family down in Florida and in the Caribbean. What I really like is that they don't have to have an account in order to view the files (unless I require them to in the web GUI). All mom has to do is click the link she gets in an email...easy enough. Considering the price, it really is the most affordable solution for having your own "cloud". Unless you want to build your own FTP server...this is really the best deal you can find. I'm turned off by the idea of paying a recurring fee for an online service like MOZY. The only recurring payment I have every month is my electric bill; but considering the thing sips electricity compared to the other equipment I have running, it's totally fine. The only downside to the device in my experience is the fact that if you have a large folder (perhaps one that stores all your music), seeing the contents of that folder is a bit of a burden. Also, if you're looking for a way to watch videos on the go, you may want to wait a little while. The whole transcoding thing is a bit frustrating at the moment, but it's nothing the developers can't fix in a firmware update (which I'm sure they will sometime in 2011).
This product really has nowhere to go but up at this point. It does what I need it to do...everything else is a bonus as far as I'm concerned. I love my Pogoplug!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Convenient way to access your files. Slow though.
by MichaelGurfey on December 28, 2010
Pros: Allows secured access to files from anywhere in the world. Since you can attach up to 4 external mass-storage devices, you have possible storage for huge amounts of data.
Cons: Setting up was frustrating to the point I almost returned the device for my money back. Instructions on their web site are patchy, and only my instincts as a career IT person got me able to set it up as I wanted. Expect slow access to your files.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Threw the $80 PogoPlug Pro in the trash after 3 months
by JoshTexas on May 6, 2011
Pros: While the device promised to share many USB attached drives, support ext3 Linux file systems and stream live video, I had fairly high expectations to go greener and not share all the drives off a PC/Server. The "PROs" are the promises only though.
Cons: I am not some end-user, and researched functionality carefully before I purchased the device. There was very little documentation, and, even though officially supported, to make it run for Linux clients, I had to go search on 3rd party support forums to f
Summary: In essence: PogoPlug Pro does not reliably work as advertised, and is incredibly slow; my product eventually failed permanently. "Cloud Computing" as an ill-delivered marketing promise, with inacceptable support and ...
Summary: In essence: PogoPlug Pro does not reliably work as advertised, and is incredibly slow; my product eventually failed permanently. "Cloud Computing" as an ill-delivered marketing promise, with inacceptable support and documentation. I did not really care about the online sharing option (limited through slow upload speeds anyway), I just wanted to share a multitude of local USB drives (about 15 drives between 1 and 3 TB each) via GigaBit on my home local network, to watch video AVI/MPG files (~500 MB to ~1.5 GB each) on a Linux-based PC with the VLC player. It took me 2 days to get the drives working (all ext3 journaling FS's) on the Pogo device, and another day to get the PogoPlug Linux software to work on the Linux PC; plus it cost me several days to troubleshoot and fix the device when it failed twice. I was told to send it in with the receipt for a replacement, when it finally ocmpletely failed, but given the history and lack of performance, I literally put it in the trash, and connected the USB drives directly to my Linux-based TV PC. $80 and a lot of my time wasted, IMHO.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
It doesn't w
by RonPaul---2012 on April 7, 2013
Pros: Makes a goog paperweight
Cons: DOES NOT WORK!
Cannot use the advertised feature of mirror since it is "processing" media for the next 6 months, even though that's supposedly disabled.
Summary: Dirt slow, cannot even stream movies on my HOME LAN network, forget using a WAN, just the LAN speeds suck. Don't think you can share a drive with this ...
Summary: Dirt slow, cannot even stream movies on my HOME LAN network, forget using a WAN, just the LAN speeds suck. Don't think you can share a drive with this between multiple computers, slows to a crawl just by access from one computer. Crashes finder in MAC, just horrid.
Wasted time and money, worthless support, by a real NAS like synology or a competitor, don't be cheap like me and trust pogoplug to do what they say.
Do not wate the money
by jronus on January 24, 2013
Pros: somewhat "ok" - when it works - "clunky" at best
Cons: Generic error messages for auto backup.
Upon any type of power failure good luck getting it to come back online.
Support is useless - read the forums if you don't believe me.
Summary: This may be the cheapest backup that money can buy but it is also the most unreliable backup service that money can buy - at least this is the case ...
Summary: This may be the cheapest backup that money can buy but it is also the most unreliable backup service that money can buy - at least this is the case with the pogoplug 4. Support is useless. It seems that anytime there is a power failure you must take it upon yourself to scan the drive for errors and dismount properly. Even when doing this the drive still will not come up saying "no drive attached". When and if it comes back it seems to be strictly by dumb luck. If you do purchase this good luck, I hope that your experience is better than mine and many many others on the forums.
Not the first waste of $50.00 I ever made!
by jristow on January 24, 2012
Pros: No PROS ... totally unintuitive ... totally misleading ... One is led to believe that unlimited file storage is available -- NOT TRUE ... 5 Gig and then it's "off the the cash register". Moreover "streaming" requires an upgrade to "Pro" ...
Cons: All of the above ... I'm struggling to see what I can use this "thing" for other than a door-stop. I thought I'd, at least, be able to "see" all three drives attached ... so far, can't find them.
Summary: In summary, there's a lesson to be learned -- READ THE PRODUCT REVIEWS FIRST. Had I done so I would NEVER have purchased this joke. The "concept" is good ... ...
Summary: In summary, there's a lesson to be learned -- READ THE PRODUCT REVIEWS FIRST. Had I done so I would NEVER have purchased this joke. The "concept" is good ... their delivery is non-existent -- save your money.
Not worth it.
by funkglomeration on July 26, 2011
Pros: If you're savy with linux, you can mount it as a virtual drive.
Cons: Too bad if you want rouse it to stream to android devices.
Summary: 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 ...
Summary: 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. :(
Pogo Plug rocks
by jhmorri2 on June 28, 2011
Pros: After the update that went live a few weeks back, pogoplug has doubled their speeds and the GUI is much nicer. All I want now is better video playback from 3g/4g networks. Could pogoplug optimize the playback to what ever device you are trying to play it
Cons: its not cheaper.....I have no cons besides better video playback.
Summary: I love the backup feature and the ability to make pogoplug part of any computer and access it as a drive. Having it on my android makes it nice to ...
Summary: I love the backup feature and the ability to make pogoplug part of any computer and access it as a drive. Having it on my android makes it nice to run and stream music from my home. I do not store anything on my Asus 1215n laptop or my Asus transformer tablet, or my rooted Droid X. I love the pogo plug.
Easy!! Works as stated.
by drhightower on May 30, 2011
Pros: Ease of use.
Cons: Pink is not my favorite.
Does what it says it does, but not quickly
by Kitty_Kats on April 18, 2011
Pros: Does exactly what it says it does.
Cons: Could be much faster, especially when used wirelessly!
Summary: Pogoplug has since discontinued this model (according to their website), which does not surprise me all that much. Considering the only difference between the Pogoplug and the Pogoplug Pro is ...
Summary: Pogoplug has since discontinued this model (according to their website), which does not surprise me all that much. Considering the only difference between the Pogoplug and the Pogoplug Pro is the built in wireless functionality on the Pro, which renders accessing files of any kind a tedious process at best when connected wirelessly, I am guessing only a small number of people continue to have their Pro wirelessly connected to their network.
Great product, but only if used on a wired network.
- Manufacturer: Cloud Engines
- Part number: PogoPlugPro
- Description: Pogoplug Pro is a device that lets you connect any external hard drive and then access and share content through the Internet. It's time to start leaving your external hard drives at home. In just 60 seconds, Pogoplug Pro connects your external hard drives to the Internet so you have full access to your home content wherever you go. Make your videos, photos, presentation files, or even your entire music library accessible online, without uploading. Pogoplug Pro gives you the power to broadcast and share your digital life with ease from wherever life takes you.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Device server
- Form Factor External
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Remote Management Protocol HTTPS
- Features File sharing,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Compatible Slots None
- Cables Included 1 x Network cable
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7,
Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty