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Make Your Own Personal Cloud With Pogoplug

While I had sworn off spending willy-nilly on new gizmos in 2009, it looks like the $99-dollar Pogoplug is going to test my self-control. Why? It turns any USB-enabled drive into a personal storage locker accessible over the Internet. The little device hooks up to a local storage device via USB and can be connected to a broadband connection via a router. Simply go to a special web site to set up the device and boom! You’ve got access to all the contents of your local drive, right off the Internet. You can even get to them via an iPhone, though the preview functionality isn’t great.

You can easily share files, including photos, with friends and family off the local drive itself. The concept behind Pogoplug is quite similar to that of Fabrik, a storage company that worked with disk drive makers like Maxtor by embedding its software on the drives and allowing people to share those drives online. But Pogoplug is much simpler, and it will work on pretty much any USB drive without the need for special software.

Kevin Tofel, co-editor of our sister site jkOnTheRun, took it for a spin and was blown away by its Apple-like ease of set-up and use. So far I have used Buffalo’s LinkStation as a network-attached storage device with web access. With it, I can turn my G Technology’s G-Mini Drive into a web drive.

24 Responses to “Make Your Own Personal Cloud With Pogoplug”

  1. Interesting device. Advertised to be your own personal cloud, which it isn’t really, but will allow you to share data over internet, which I am very interested in. But one of the things I wonder about with this is security. Basically your operating a server open to the network. I know almost nothing about servers, but isn’t there inherently a risk of a fixed device like this being hacked since it won’t be necessarily routinely updated, and will be managed by a server idiot (me).

  2. Apple-like doesn’t only apply to the ease-of-setup and use … it also applies to the industrial and package design. It really is a wonderful gizmo which has really made our uploading and sharing of our constant supply of photos and videos a cinch!

  3. Someguy

    All access routes through their web site at some level. Which means that someone is paying the bandwidth bill. I’ve seen no mention of a monthly or annual fee to keep the lights on, so are we being sold that the $99 hardware cost has this fee built in, and that it will support access to these resources in perpetuity? Or, is this somehow ad supported, or are they selling my info, etc?

  4. Can you upload to your storage device from another computer? Say I’m working on something at work and I want to back it up at home, can I head to the web interface and upload it back to the storage device I keep at home? If so, i’m pretty much sold on the spot.

  5. I have ordered the SheevaPlug similar to the PogoPlug (it uses the same SOC from Marvell). My intent of course is to tinker with it. There was an article on WSJ on how Marvell is trying to open a new front for itself, here is the link to that article: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB123535737573645547-lMyQjAxMDI5MzI1MzMyNTM3Wj.html

    Of course so far you had devices like the LinkSys NSLU2 that were hacked to run plenty of Open Source stacks such as OpenWRT to make them like file servers hooked up to USB storage devices.

  6. Nice device. I’m gonna get one. And it looks like the word “cloud” is already being hyped out with misuse :-)
    Any component stuck to an ethernet cable and accessible from IP does not become a ‘cloud device’ (heck if that were the case, cloud computing is as old as when WAN came in)

    Some of the key components of cloud, in addition to being ‘remote’ are ‘scalable’, ‘distributed’ and in my book ‘multi-tenant’