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Tired of lugging around external hard drives? Why not leave them at home? Thanks to the Pogoplug multimedia sharing device, you can.
In just 60 seconds, this funky pink peripheral connects your external hard drives to the Internet so you have full access to your content at home. Be it videos, photos, presentation files or your music library, you have to power to broadcast and share your digital life with ease from wherever life takes you.

Fancy streaming your videos and music directly to your iPhone, and other mobile devices? Access and download all of the content on your Pogoplug-connected hard drives from any popular web browser? The Pogoplug makes it child’s play.

Installation takes a minute - simply plug Pogoplug into your network router, attach an external hard drive, and activate online, and there’s no need to change your network configuration or firewall settings either. You can attach up to 4 external hard drives (or more with a USB hub) giving you almost unlimited storage growth and there are no monthly fees, ever.
System requirements:
Operating systems - MS Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4 and above (Intel and PowerPC), 32bit kernel only, Linux
Web browsers - Safari, Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Chrome
Network connection - Gigabit Ethernet
Drive formats - NTFS, FAT32, Mac OS Extended Journaled and non-Journaled (HFS+), EXT-2/EXT-
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#1
I posted this because I knew I would be told if its a good buy or not - or if in fact someone else makes something better cheaper....

Does seem to be the best price for this tho....

Why pink?!?!?
#3
It's a nifty little thing as you can stick Linux on it and use it for all sorts of stuff and it uses only about 5W of power.

As far as value for money, the Seagate Dockstar is basically identical except it only has 128MB of RAM, which is enough for this sort of thing. I got my Dockstar from an Amazon seller for £30.60 recently. Amazon were selling them directly for £25 but I don't know if anyone has actually received one yet. In fact, the price has just gone back to £25 on Amazon. Search Amazon for "seagate dockstar" and it should come up.

Personally I would get the Dockstar for £25 as it's a complete bargain.
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It's a nifty little thing as you can stick Linux on it and use it for all sorts of stuff and it uses only about 5W of power.

As far as value for money, the Seagate Dockstar is basically identical except it only has 128MB of RAM, which is enough for this sort of thing. I got my Dockstar from an Amazon seller for £30.60 recently. Amazon were selling them directly for £25 but I don't know if anyone has actually received one yet. In fact, the price has just gone back to £25 on Amazon. Search Amazon for "seagate dockstar" and it should come up.

Personally I would get the Dockstar for £25 as it's a complete bargain.

I got the Dockstar for £25.00 from Amazon :D Not used it yet

Edited By: Geemac on Oct 22, 2010 15:31: x
#5
I got my Dockstar from the Amazon seller in Germany and also the £25 one from Amazon. The one from Germany arrived long before the other and I've been playing with it this week. Installed Debian on a 1Gb USB stick (if you have experience of Ubuntu, it is similar) and started to work out what I wanted to do with it. Tried out kplaylist (needs php and Apache) to provide music from a 320Gb HDD to Winamp. Works fine. There are several user-friendly forums out there who will help with Linux on these devices.

Edit: Note that you must be prepared to use Linux at the command line - no graphical front-end for these (_;)

Edited By: idh2009 on Oct 22, 2010 18:36: additional comment
#6
I used to have an NSLU2 ("slug") - is this a similar idea? What things can you do with it once it has Linux installed? Can you access it via a webserver and a PC?

Thanks

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