Pros Easy to set up cloud
Cons May have lost the use and data stored in my Maxtor one touch hard drive
Summary Beware-- I set up my cloud and was pretty excited about it. 5 days later, though, I tried to access one of the hard drives I had connected to it, but I was told it was unreadable. I disengaged my hard drive from the pogoplug and put it right into my computer, but it told me it needed to reformat it. I tried 2 other computers and the same thing happened. I have been using this hard drive for the last 4 years without a problem, now, I fear I have lost 4 years of documents. I emailed pogoplug and am waiting to hear back from them.I got support help New Year's Eve night. Everything has been sorted out. I would upgrade my previous rating to a 4-4.5 stars- assuming I don't lose my hard drive memory in the future.
Updated on Jan 1, 2012
Pros Features such as 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SD Slot 1 USB 2.0 slot SATA connection. easy to set up the cloud and share photos (when it works).
Cons Speed is extremely slow over a hardwired connection.
Summary I have all my music (200GB worth), some photos and some videos on a Seagate GoFlex 1.5TB drive connected to one of the USB 3.0 ports. It is extremely slow to access my music, photos & videos from my PC and my house is hardwired. I'm not running it on a wifi connection. I just tried to ad some more music to it via the pogoplug software but the music never showed up on it. it's been 3 days and I still can't find the new music I added.
I don't get it. I was so excited about getting this for Christmas and it can't perform as it should. At one point it wasn't showing any data on the drive. I had to connect it to my PC and run a test on it. I saved all my data but no one can tell me why that happened. This is a brand new 1.5TB drive.
This has been more of a pain than pleasure to deal with. I cannot and will not recommend this product. Tech support is useless.
"Holy slow data!"on by bhs506
Pros Better profile than the previous models. Easy to setup (MAYBE). Versatility-Compatible with drives formatted any way as opposed to most other routers that allow for attached drives.
Cons EXTREMELY slow over wifi. My drive seems to keep dropping from the software, not seen by my medial player, and requires that it be manually unplugged/plugged back in.
Summary Overall, not as good as all the hype, but gets the job done. I realize that my data speeds are limited by my own wifi network, which has major interference issues, but still frustrating.
Pros Cheap Price
Cons Works ok for temporary files, otherwise it may erase your drives
Summary I had the older version of the Pogoplug, when it was more of a standing design. I liked it, but it wasn't very fast and had some problems. I got rid of it and just hooked my drives straight into my computer. Then, years have passed and I was looking into NAS solutions. Even the cheap NAS boxes cost $300, so I wanted to see if Pogoplug fixed everything with their new design. I was on sale for $40, so I though "why not." It is easy to setup and get up and running. I had one 3TB drive and one 2TB drive connected to it via the USB 3.0 ports. I started transferring stuff on it and it worked fine, even over wifi. Then I noticed (after a couple weeks of use, that under the media tab in setting in the Pogoplug dashboard, it was trying to process my media files and make thumbnails, which just spins your dives and keeps them on for hours at a time, without giving them a break. I tried to disable these, but one was left generating and wouldn't stop. I looked for solutions to this online and everyone just said that the only way to stop it was to restart the Pogoplug. I looked at the proper way to restart it and followed the directions: eject the drives via the dashboard, unplug the drives physically, unplug the Pogoplug power, etc. I started back up the Pogoplug and did the documented setup procedure (like it said in the manual). Then when I plugged in my hard drives to the pogoplug and tried to open them on my computer, THE POGOPLUG HAD FORMATTED AND ERASED MY HARD DRIVES! I though it might just be a network error, so I unplugged the drives from the pogoplug immediately and plugged them into my computer, and sure enough, it wasn't a network error. The pogoplug had erased everything. Luckily, most of the things I was putting on the pogoplugs was still in the trash on my computer, so I was able to get most of it back.
So, WORD OF WARNING, the pogoplug is ok for temporary files that you don't care if they got erased. I will now be looking for a proper NAS box. It is a lot more expensive, but well worth the peace of mind.
Pros - Version 4 software seems to be much better than previous versions.
- Pogoplug did offer to refund my money within 30 days of my purchase.
- SD card slot is a "bonus" (I haven't tried it yet)
- USB 3 ports can't hurt (but do they matter?)
Cons - if Patience if NOT your Virtue, stay away from this product.
- while optimizing video, the unit is pretty well useless. There is a huge delay accessing files.
- If you have ripped DVDs on your ext h/drive(s), the PP will never finish optimizing
Summary Originally, I had 2 x 2TB external hard drives attached to my "pink" Pogoplug. As these were newer hard drives, they were "green" therefore went into sleep mode quickly. Getting them to "wake up" created a frustrating delay.
I'm not sure how well PP software supports 4TBs of hard drive space/files (mostly pictures).
I have been happier with 1 x 2TB external hard drive & a USB flash drive which PP software seems to more easily support.
I doubt that the 2 x USB 3 ports matter. The CPU inside the Pogoplug probably can't fill a USB 3 pipeline, even if accessed via 1GB Ether.
I don't appreciate being charged to stream video outside my home network. I feel that should be included with the hardware purchase.
We solely access our Pogoplug via wireless laptops (1 x Win7, 1 x Mac). We are having trouble with the Backup routine on our Mac (Lion).
If anyone wants to buy my PINK v.2 Pogoplug, contact "pinkPOGOplug4sale@inboxalias.com"
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