January 12, 2009 The Pogoplug is a diskless file server that plugs into your wall, and connects to your home network and to any external hard drive of your choice. OK, this sounds similar to dozens of existing home servers already on the market, but Pogoplug's secret sauce is a proprietary tunneling mechanism that let you access files on the device both at home and on the road, via your PC, Mac, or even iPhone.
The mechanism that's used is similar to a Slingbox. During setup your Pogoplug is registered with their web service, and remote PC's check in via this web service to get access to your Pogoplug at home. There's also web access to your data via the Pogoplug website.
The device retails for USD$79, but the company said that the price will go up to USD$99 after their introductory period. So you'll need to hurry if you want to pick one up at the lower price.
We'll be taking a closer look at the Pogoplug in the coming weeks, so stayed tuned for a full review. In the meantime check out our video interview from CES 2009 below.
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