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Pogoplug gains USB 3.0, SATA ports

Dec 14, 2011 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Pogoplug announced a new version of its Linux-based file-sharing and backup device. The Pogoplug Series 4 adds more local storage options, including two USB 3.0 ports and a SATA port compatible with Universal Storage Module-compliant devices such as SeaGate GoFlex hard disk drives.

Cloud storage may be getting to more "present" than "future" these days, but most users still seem to like the hands-on security and independence of local storage. Although Pogoplug (formerly Cloud Engines) has recently been pushing its Pogoplug Cloud service on its Linux-based Pogoplug network attached storage (NAS) and media streaming devices, the company has added more local storage connections in the latest Pogoplug Series 4, which is dubbed a "cloud expansion" device.

Pogoplug Series 4

The Pogoplug 4 adopts the same streamlined design introduced in the $79.95 Pogoplug Mobile announced in September. Whereas that device featured only a USB 2.0 port and SD card slot, however, the Pogoplug 4 provides further options.

There are now two USB 3.0 ports at the ready, as well as a SATA port that supports external, 2.5-inch Seagate GoFlex drives. The port also supports other devices that support the Universal Storage Module (USM) standard. As before, a gigabit Ethernet port is supplied, and users also get 5GB of online Pogoplug Cloud storage optimized for streaming access by mobile phones and tablets.

No internal details were supplied, but it appears that like the Pogoplug Pro, now available as the $49.95 Pogoplug Classic, the device continues to use Marvell's Linux-based Plug Computer innards, featuring an ARMv7-based Marvell processor.

Software features of the Pogoplug 4 appear to be the same as with the Pogoplug Mobile. Users can upload photos and videos from a mobile phone to the Pogoplug Cloud with no sync required, as well as stream HD videos, photos, and music from the Pogoplug Cloud to a mobile phone via freely downloadable Android and iOS apps, says Pogoplug.

Users can also share media via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ via the cloud, says the company. Other features are said to include shared folders for collaboration. (For more details, see our earlier Pogplug Mobile coverage.)

Stated Daniel Putterman, CEO and co-founder of Pogoplug, "Pogoplug Series 4 gives users a great way to add unlimited storage capacity with the latest off-the-shelf USB 3.0 and SATA-based disk drives."


The Pogoplug Series 4 is available now for $99.95 at select retailers, with 5GB of free cloud storage, says Pogoplug. More information may be found at the Pogoplug website.

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