January 26th, 2010
I’ve been a enthusiastic DropBox user for some time and have been getting comfortable with the convenience of having important files accessible via a special drive in “the cloud”. In a previous post, I described how to use DropBox for photo delivery.
After seeing Leo Laporte’s coverage of some of the new products this year at CES that included a discussion of the newest version of Pogoplug, I decided I had to have one. The prospect of multiple terabytes of storage accessible by any computer on my network, the ability to access those the same files while traveling and the ability to share folders with anyone by sending them an e-mail with a link, all for a one time price of $129 was just to good to pass up. This device raises cloud file storage to a whole new level.
I just finished installing my Pogoplug and it is remarkably simple to install and the features are awesome! Pogoplug gives you pretty much the same functionality as a huge DropBox account for a one-time cost. Here are the significant features:
- Within your home you can access up to three USB-2 drives (plugged directly into the pogoplug) from any of your computers (Mac, Windows or Linux) on your network at LAN speed.
- Anywhere in the world where you have Internet access you can access those same drives sitting back at home with your laptop just as they were connected as a drive. This obviously works best if you have fast Internet access in your home.
- You can designate folders on your computers to be automatically be backed up to a folder on a disk connected to your pogoplug. This backup only occurs when you have LAN access, kind of like your own Carbonite service in your home. Note that this doesn’t replace cloud backup services because if your house burns down your pogoplug drives will burn with it. You still need off-site-backup.
- You can share just folders or whole disks with your clients, friends or family and either have the sharing automatically expire in two weeks or if you want make the sharing permanent and have the sharing be read/write.
What this means for real estate photographers is you can get Hi-res or full size images to your clients easily and painlessly without burning CDs.
To me, this is the greatest piece of gear I’ve seen for $129. It is simple, well designed and just works!