Cloud Engines' Pogoplug offers simple wireless file sharing
- Extremely simple setup, supports online file access and sharing
- Pink accents may be a deterrent
CloudEngines's Pogoplug is a convenient gadget that lets you access your files from anywhere and share them with anyone.
Price$ 199.00 (AUD)
Cloud Engines' stylish Pogoplug makes it easy to access and share files from home across the Internet, using your own local drives and Internet connection via the company's Website portal. Simply log on to your account, and any storage attached to the Pogoplug unit's USB ports will be accessible from a Web browser.
The original Pogoplug looked like an AC adapter and you could plug it into a wall socket. The new version sits vertically on your desktop, is larger, and has four USB 2.0 ports (versus the old unit's single port). The device has an Ethernet port, too, so you can connect it to your router and from there to the Internet.
Pogoplug's setup is ridiculously simple: Plug the unit into the wall and into the router, go online to Pogoplug.com, create an account (or sign in to your existing one), and select Activate New Device. Unlike in the past, you don't even have to enter the serial number, though the company warns that some users may still have to. You can attach or detach drives at any time; as you'd expect, only storage drives currently attached to the network will be available online.
Pogoplug is more socially oriented than some of its competitors, such as the Ctera Networks CloudPlug. Pogoplug lets you share files more easily; and by signing up for an account, anyone can view shared files beyond the two-week limit that otherwise prevails when you invite someone to share. Pogoplug's online portal supports copying, deleting, downloading, and uploading files. It even has an online viewer so you can peruse images, word processing documents, spreadsheets, and the like without having to fire up a local application.
My only complaint about the Pogoplug is that it's pink. I'm sorry, but that's just not a colour I'm looking to coordinate my office décor around. Consumers who suffer from a similar bias might consider the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net: It incorporates Pogoplug's technology and portal, and it's soberly, unobtrusively black; however, with that product you get only one USB port, plus two slots to use with GoFlex portable drives.
Colour prejudice aside, Pogoplug provides a cheaper and easier route to accessing your home files on the road than CloudPlug, albeit sans the eSATA connection and the local access and administration that CloudPlug offers. It's a nifty, convenient USB storage sharing device that will serve most users--at least those into pink--better than the more complicated CloudPlug.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- New, colourful LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C was designed by Neil Poulton
- Western Digital begins production of the world's tallest 3D NAND 'skyscraper'
- WD will make a record-breaking 14TB hard drive available next year
- Start hoarding SSDs: Prices are expected to spike as supply gets tight
- Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- Behind the scenes with Team Walkinshaw at V8 Supercars Melbourne 2017
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTKey Account ManagerVIC
- FTSAP Logistics ConsultantNSW
- FTPerformance Tester and Automation Tester (Brisbane-based)ACT
- FTSenior Automation Test AnalystNSW
- CCSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTMS Dynamics DevelopersNSW
- CCService Desk AnalystNSW
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystSA
- CCSystem TesterQLD
- CCNetwork EngineersACT
- CCBusiness Analyst- Data GovernanceNSW
- TPGIS Officer | Map InfoQLD
- FTFull Stack DeveloperWA
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- TPTeam Leader Project And Quality AssuranceVIC
- FTLinux System AdminstratorQLD
- FTSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- FTDocumentation AnalystNSW
- FTData Centre Technical SpecialistACT
- FTCyber Security - Technical SpecialistACT
- FTICT Security AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Technology SpecialistVIC
- FTDatabase Modelling SpecialistACT