The standard Cloud Engines Pogoplug device is a great way to share files on your
USB drives across the Internet. Since it supports only a single user, however,
it's really suitable only for personal use. Enter Pogoplug Biz: This
network-attached storage device gives multiple users direct access, adds a host
of management features and facilitates off-site backup, too.
The standard Cloud Engines Pogoplug device
is a great way to share files on your USB drives across the Internet. Since it
supports only a single user, however, it's really suitable only for personal use.
Enter Pogoplug Biz: This network-attached storage device gives multiple users
direct access, adds a host of management features and facilitates off-site
Befitting its more serious role, Pogoplug Biz ditches the single user Pogoplug's
bright pink exterior in favour of white. A smidgen of pink remains on the front
"active" light, but hey, that's the company's thing. Otherwise, the two units
are physically identical, with four USB 2.0 ports for attaching drives and
printers (the latter is a new feature), a gigabit ethernet port and a power jack.
You can add a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n adapter to access your network and the Internet
The Biz shares the plain Pogoplug's simple setup. Plug the unit into AC power
and then into the router. Afterward, go online to Pogoplug.com, create an
account or sign in to your existing one, and step through the online wizard that
automatically detects the unit. You don't even need to enter the serial number
in most cases, though according to the company some users may still have to (why
You can attach or detach drives at any time, but only what's attached will be
available online. You may access files on the USB drives attached to the
Pogoplug from a PC anywhere on the Internet via a web browser. You may also
access files across the local network from your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop
with the installation of the Pogoplug Drive client. Apps are available for
accessing your data from an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Palm device, too.
The Biz version does have differences that set it apart from its pink,
consumer-oriented sibling. It supports multiple users, each of whom can have
their own dedicated storage folders. It also supports printing from anywhere to
any printer attached to the Biz. The main account holder can allow viewing but
prohibit downloading, as well as customise the online workspace with the company
You can also upload a file by attaching it to an email addressed to email@example.com.
Following the logic of the interface, this approach should work for all users.
However, I was unable to upload files with anything other than the master/owner
account. CloudEngines has acknowledged this bug, and is working on a fix.
Another new and very welcome feature is Active Copy, which mirrors selected
folders or files to other Pogoplugs (Biz or normal) registered to your account,
wherever they might be. This function allows you to take advantage of the
Pogoplug Biz for backing up to another drive that's off-site, an intriguing
alternative to using expensive online backup services. Active Copy will also
automatically back up folders from local PCs to the Biz using the Pogoplug Drive
client. Note: In my test, Active Copy copied files but didn't automatically
recreate the folder I mirrored when I selected the root folder as a destination.
Make sure to create a destination folder when you set it up.
Pogoplug Biz's online file and configuration interface is intuitive, though the
company could do a slightly better job of putting the help material out front on
the website. The process is simple, but not so simple that a decent user guide
wouldn't ease the learning curve. If you're familiar with filesharing and
storage services, though, you'll do fine.