GeekBrief TV Demos PogoPlug


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I was browsing some of my YouTube subscriptions and I stumbled on an episode of Geekbrief TV from July (#590) that I thought you folks might like (I know I did). Cali Lewis goes through the process of unboxing a PogoPlug and then configuring it in real-time. Cali also demos the remote media streaming functionality of the device, which you’ll see is pretty impressive. If you’re unfamiliar with PogoPlug, it’s essentially a $99 wall-wart sized NAS adapter for a USB drive that plugs directly to a power outlet and router. Once connected, PogoPlug acts as a file server (both on the network and remotely) and a streaming media server utilizing UPnP.




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  • RoohBear

    My dad and I ordered one. We both got ours pretty quick and setup was easy.

    I was able to get mine working right away, share a folder, and email an invite to my dad so he could read/write it. I've since emailed invites to 3 other people and they can read/write the folder too. What I like is that transfers seem to go at full speed and nothing is filtered, like the Western Digital MyBooks do. The WD MyBooks actually prevent people from sharing media files (VOBs, AVIs, MP3s, etc)

    I was able to read/write the HD on my Pogoplug over the network and transfers were so fast, that traffic was obviously going straight to the drive (not through the internet first).

    I did encounter some trouble when I replaced my HD with another one. If you don't eject an HD properly, you'll get an error message. Ejecting an NTFS-formatted drive without doing it properly seems ok but when I didn't eject a Journaled ext3 drive (formatted by my mac) properly, PogoPlug locked it and it became read-only. Their web site tried to show me a message on how to fix it, but the message on how to do it was blank.

    I tried hooking up two HDs to my PogoPlug with a USB hub but there's not enough power from the PogoPlug to power a hub and a portable, USB-powered hard drive. There's enough power without the hub, but not enough power with the hub.

    I really like how the PogoPlug software assigns a drive letter on Windows, or mounts a networked drive on the mac. Pressing F5 on Windows will refresh the files but it seems impossible to refresh on the mac. There's a “reload” command on Windows (not sure what it does), but not on the Mac. To refresh on the Mac, it seems like the best way is to bring up the Preferences dialog and close it.

  • RoohBear

    My dad and I ordered one. We both got ours pretty quick and setup was easy.

    I was able to get mine working right away, share a folder, and email an invite to my dad so he could read/write it. I've since emailed invites to 3 other people and they can read/write the folder too. What I like is that transfers seem to go at full speed and nothing is filtered, like the Western Digital MyBooks do. The WD MyBooks actually prevent people from sharing media files (VOBs, AVIs, MP3s, etc)

    I was able to read/write the HD on my Pogoplug over the network and transfers were so fast, that traffic was obviously going straight to the drive (not through the internet first).

    I did encounter some trouble when I replaced my HD with another one. If you don't eject an HD properly, you'll get an error message. Ejecting an NTFS-formatted drive without doing it properly seems ok but when I didn't eject a Journaled ext3 drive (formatted by my mac) properly, PogoPlug locked it and it became read-only. Their web site tried to show me a message on how to fix it, but the message on how to do it was blank.

    I tried hooking up two HDs to my PogoPlug with a USB hub but there's not enough power from the PogoPlug to power a hub and a portable, USB-powered hard drive. There's enough power without the hub, but not enough power with the hub.

    I really like how the PogoPlug software assigns a drive letter on Windows, or mounts a networked drive on the mac. Pressing F5 on Windows will refresh the files but it seems impossible to refresh on the mac. There's a “reload” command on Windows (not sure what it does), but not on the Mac. To refresh on the Mac, it seems like the best way is to bring up the Preferences dialog and close it.