by Gary Woods
If you and your crew spend a significant amount of time on the road and you need to share files share files from a local USB hard drive via the Web without having to go to all the trouble of setting up Network Attached Storage every time you land someplace then Pogoplug is your ticket to happiness.
The Pogoplug from Cloud Engines plugs directly into a power socket and connects to your modem or router via Ethernet. It has a single USB port for attaching the drive whose content you want to share.
After plugging in and attaching the Pogoplug you then navigate to the Pogoplug site (http://pogoplug.com/) to activate the connection which is done by clicking "My Pogoplug," and entering the activation code located at the bottom of the box and then click on next.
Once you've got the piece of equipment activated you can then log onto Pogoplug.com to access al the files on the drive you attached. The best part is that you can even upload files remotely, which makes it great for backing up pictures or documents when you're on the road. The Pogoplug site even has a media player so you can access your media without having to save it to your PC.
Your files can also be shared with others who have a Pogoplug account by assigning them individual user names and passwords. This little jewel has a retail price of $99 so get out there and start showing your sharing nature.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc