Pogoplug: A Simple Way to Access Your Files Anywhere

Need an easy way to get at your files while on the road? Or share your photos and media with others? Plug any standard USB drive (an external hard drive or USB memory stick) into a $99 Pogoplug, and its contents instantly become accessible over the Internet. It’s a bit like having your own personal cloud storage without having to upload your files onto someone else’s servers. Your files become accessible via the secure my.pogoplug.com site, with any browser. You can even access them using an iPhone (s aapl).

Our friend Kevin Tofel over at jkOnTheRun was very impresed in his detailed hands-on review. I really like the dead simple set up: just connect the Pogoplug to an outlet and your router (with the included cable, unfortunately it doesn’t support Wi-Fi), create an account on the Pogoplug web site, and then plug in your USB storage device (you can even plug in more than one using a USB hub). To share a file, just enable sharing in the web interface and enter the email addresses of the people you want to be able to access it. They’ll be sent a link to the file — no registration required.

Of course, if you’re tech savvy you can set up your own server, or use a host, but this seems like a foolproof and reasonably cheap way to access your files while away from home.

What do you use for remote file access?