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 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!
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.
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 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.
"It doesn't w"on by RonPaul---2012
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 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.
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 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.