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Pogoplug PRO (with WiFi-n) - £49.99 @ Firebox

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Upgraded from the original Pogoplug, it dismisses the Penelope Pitstop pink styling in preference of Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk black. Not only have the aesthetics got serious, it’s also been tweaked under the bonnet with wireless connectivity. Simply plug into the mains in any room and wirelessly it connects to your wifi router making life simpler and let’s face it less cables for the cat/dog/hamster to gnaw at.

1. Plug your Pogoplug Pro into a wall socket or power strip
2. Connect wirelessly your Pogoplug to your router
3. Connect any external hard drive or memory stick to the USB port in your Pogoplug Pro
4. From your computer, go to my.pogoplug.com and type in your unique Pogoplug registration code
5. That's it! Your drive is now online and ready to use

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    koalauk
    brilly
    koalauk
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?
    brilly

    and if you are saying its a repost then its well over the 4 weeks allowed.
    if you mean something else some additional text would be nice.
    rehydrated
    Looks good. Some were slagging it a bit on the other link, but I think it would work as a media content to phone device for keeping songs and movies in the one drive at home, and being able to log in and play from it on your phone.
    ewwaxo
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?


    yes
    wdh
    wdh2 years, 11 months ago #8Show comment tools Reply
    ewwaxo
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?


    yes


    Isn't it ONLY a NAS server (needing usb disk/s) until you pay the subscription for remote access?

    Does it need you to have a static IP address from your ISP?

    Edited By: wdh on Aug 11, 2011 14:39
    frownbreaker
    Also 10% quidco.

    What is the cheapest place for the 256meg model (pink!)
    ewwaxo
    wdh
    ewwaxo
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?


    yes


    Isn't it ONLY a NAS server (needing usb disk/s) until you pay the subscription for remote access?

    Does it need you to have a static IP address from your ISP?


    NAS is a local thing.
    wdh
    wdh2 years, 11 months ago #11Show comment tools Reply
    ewwaxo
    wdh
    ewwaxo
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?
    yes


    Isn't it ONLY a NAS server (needing usb disk/s) until you pay the subscription for remote access?

    Does it need you to have a static IP address from your ISP?


    NAS is a local thing.


    But isn't this package ONLY a "local thing" until you purchase other non-included stuff?

    From the comments on the linked 'deal' page
    It's a good idea and works well around the home using wi-fi. But what is not made clear is that to access your data from home when you are out and about, you need to purchase Pogoplug Software at a further price of $24. Just bear that extra cost in mind.
    arduino
    wdh
    ewwaxo
    princesspeanut
    Could you use this as a NAS?


    yes


    Isn't it ONLY a NAS server (needing usb disk/s) until you pay the subscription for remote access?

    Does it need you to have a static IP address from your ISP?


    Use a dynamic DNS service (free)
    Install your own OS on the device, run whatever you want (SSH, webserver, torrent apps, NAS shares etc)


    Edited By: arduino on Aug 11, 2011 15:22
    frownbreaker
    wdh
    ewwaxo
    wdh
    ewwaxo
    [quote=princesspeanut] Could you use this as a NAS?
    yes
    Isn't it ONLY a NAS server (needing usb disk/s) until you pay the subscription for remote access? Does it need you to have a static IP address from your ISP?
    NAS is a local thing.
    But isn't this package ONLY a "local thing" until you purchase other non-included stuff?

    I think the pogoplug can offer the files you host on it free via your broadband router.

    There is software to make loading files simpler
    http://www.pogoplug.com/products-pogoplug-free-software.html

    and there is premium software (see the button on the link above) which is $29 from the description it seems to add the option to stream movies etc. I've Google music so I have this covered.

    "We offer two versions of Pogoplug Software. The free version lets you stream photos and access all the files stored on your computer. Then Pogoplug Premium lets you stream music and movies. There is a one-time $29 fee for the premium software, with no subscriptions or additional costs. And you can install the premium version on as many computers as you want.
    Upgrade to premium on all your computers for just $29."



    The comments above on installing MiniDNLA and Squeezebox are ways of getting streaming using free software (Open source and Freeware) though this requires some technical knowledge. http://hyperlogos.org/blog/drink/MiniDLNA-Debian-50-Lenny

    Oh it does static and dynamic IP addressing as the requests are via their central Pogoplug server DNS that bounces to your device, if you IP change the plug calls this home (to Pogoplug) so requests will be directed to your new IP.

    Oh Pogoplug have launched a software only offering that turns a PC / MAC etc into a Pogo appliance http://blog.pogoplug.com/software-only-517/

    Edited By: frownbreaker on Aug 11, 2011 15:38
    wdh
    wdh2 years, 11 months ago #14Show comment tools Reply
    frownbreaker
    ...

    "We offer two versions of Pogoplug Software. The free version lets you stream photos and access all the files stored on your computer. Then Pogoplug Premium lets you stream music and movies. There is a one-time $29 fee for the premium software, with no subscriptions or additional costs. And you can install the premium version on as many computers as you want.
    Upgrade to premium on all your computers for just $29."



    ...
    Oh it does static and dynamic IP addressing as the requests are via their central Pogoplug server DNS that bounces to your device, if you IP change the plug calls this home (to Pogoplug) so requests will be directed to your new IP.

    Oh Pogoplug have launched a software only offering that turns a PC / MAC etc into a Pogo appliance http://blog.pogoplug.com/software-only-517/


    Thanks for answering the two points I raised.


    The (free) software enabling 'simple' off-site file-sharing from (Intel) Mac or Win PC seems like a rather better deal!
    frownbreaker
    wdh
    The (free) software enabling 'simple' off-site file-sharing from (Intel) Mac or Win PC seems like a rather better deal!


    Good point the option of no Pogoplug hardware and remembering to leave your MAC PC on running the Pogoplug software is an option that will appeal to many folk, glad it works for you.. saves £49! BTW if you do not want to leave your PC on you can of course enable Wake on LAN and allow magic packets through your router. I have done this and can turn on my PC using my Phone or from a PC / MAC remotely. I use Wake on Lan on Andriod this does the stock wake your PC from anywhere and that has the option to wake your PC as your phone gets into Wifi range.

    For me I like the idea of keeping things I want to share on a small dedicated box separate from my other data. Also the small Pogo-plug hardware plugs a small USB powered HD or 32gig SD card in a £1 USB SD Card Reader is a low power option as modern desktop PCs can consume a lot of power and leaving laptops running 24x7 is not the best idea IMHO.

    This is a site where a pogoplug user has recorded their experience of DNLA and Squeeze Server installation, using free open source software to allow Video and Audio streaming. http://rustybytes.com/

    If you do not want to change the software installed on a hardware based Pogo plug it is possible to configure the device to boot from a USB drive / HD. This way all if the device fails you can unplug it an return under warrantee. It is also an option if you are worried about bricking the plug. Your option of just installing the free software on a PC / MAC has neither of these risks.

    Its good that the Pogo-Plug team have so many options on offer!

    For those interested Pogo plug and the Dockstar http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/products/network_storage/freeagent_dockstar/ are based on the Shivaplug.
    The latter comes as a development kit with opportunity to become a product or whatever you want it to be but it is not a finished product as such. The Pogoplug and Dockstar are products built from the Shivaplug that have applications that provides file sharing over the internet with a simple set-up.

    The Shivaplug has a debug board that is not installed in the Pogoplug. That debug board gives developers / programmers access to a serial console interface, an SD slot and a jtag interface.

    The Pogoplug and Dockstar are plug-in and go for filesharing. You don't have to do anything other than plug it in. Both based on linux but you don't need to know anything about linux. Like the PS3 / PSP / SkyHD

    The Shivaplug comes with a console only version of the latest linux Ubuntu. If you want to get your hands dirty with linux then the Shivaplug might be an option. Details here http://www.highseclabs.com/shiva_plug_sp1100.html

    Of course you can do a lot with a stock Pogo plug if you want OpenPogo is an option check which version you have here: http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/armv5/pogoplug-v2-pinkgray
    http://www.pogoplugged.com/article/11798/How-To-Install-OpenPogo-On-Your-Pogoplug-Harness-The-Power-of-Linux-Apps/

    Edited By: frownbreaker on Aug 11, 2011 22:06

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