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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Create Your Own 'Dropbox' with Pogoplug

I first heard about the Pogoplug in an interview with @CaliLewis and was left scratching my head as to why it would be one of two items she could not live without. After poking around a bit, I found out why.

This product lets you create your own cloud.

Plug your hard drive or USB-drive into one of the four slots, plug the ethernet cable from your router into the Pogoplug and voila, your very own Dropbox. No fees - and as much storage as your hard drive can handle.

Throw in the free Pogoplug iPhone app and you can stream your entire music or video collection - not to mention accessing your documents - through your phone or desktop.

Too good to be true? We'll see.

In Canada, London Drugs was selling them for $49 this week.

(You guessed it, I have no affiliation with PogoPlug or London Drugs, and you're right, the pitchman in the video is cheesy.)


  1. What happens if the Pogoplug is behind the firewall?

  2. Do you have one of these, Ray? If so, what are your thoughts?

  3. Hey, Rick. From a bit of googling I've done, it seems that a home firewall may be Ok, but the info from your Pogoplug may not be able to get through some corporate firewalls. Is that what you were asking?

  4. Hey, Mike. I don't have one yet, but am looking to pick one up soon. In the meanwhile, here's an interesting post to check out from someone who bought one a few days ago. He includes a screencast.

  5. What about security issues? Any problems?

  6. I'm not an expert, Audrey. But in poking around I did turn up a variety of opinion on that issue. Since I don't own one yet, I can't speak from experience. It's probably best to pop "Pogoplug" and "security" into your browser and see what you turn up. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I just bought one of these a couple weeks ago and I am loving it!

    In the newest firmware release, there is an option to SSL-encrypt all communications and transfers between the pogoplug and your remote computer. Not the absolute highest level of security, but it's I find that perfectly fine for transferring music, movies, documents, etc

  8. Sorry for the lag in responding. Thank you so much for that update. I really was curious about security, but it seems pretty neatly wrapped up in your comment. Thanks for sharing!