A simple but powerful appliance that takes the hassle out of file sharing, and the new business-oriented features make it even more appealing.
Easy setup; supports multiple users; view-only option for files.
Expensive; remote performance governed by local internet bandwidth; only one level of user.
File sharing appliance, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port, 4 x USB 2.0 ports
Billed as a 'personal cloud storage' device, the original Pogoplug file server appliance has now gained a business-oriented sibling called the Pogoplug Biz.
This adds multi-user management and a customisable interface, but underneath it still uses the same compact Linux-powered file server. It also incorporates other improvements made to the Pogoplug family since its launch, such as web printing support.
The shocking pink case has been changed for a more sober white and black colour scheme, but the unit is otherwise identical to the standard Pogoplug, with a built-in power supply, Gigabit Ethernet port and four USB 2.0 ports, one of which is front-mounted.
One of the features that will attract business users is multi-user management. Simply add the email address of someone you want to add as a user, select the folders or drives they need to access, and an email invitation is sent.
The user then just has to create a password to gain access via the web interface. There's only one user level, with full file access rights, but only the admin user can change video transcoding options and interface settings.
Little setup is needed; simply plug the device into the web, create an account at the My Pogoplug web site, then click the Activate button.
Any attached storage devices are immediately visible, and there's a desktop utility that maps the drives locally in Windows Explorer. Apple iPhone and Google Android apps are also available for viewing and uploading content on the move.