"Plug computing seems to be a popular theme at the moment and
for good reasons. The devices themselves are relatively cheap, and
they provide a basic capability that everyone needs: access to
files from multiple devices. Not only that, they now have the
ability to stream your media to virtually anywhere and any device
including your Android, Apple or Blackberry phones. That's not bad
for a device that will set you back less than a hundred bucks.
"Seagate's first offering with a Pogoplug inside was the
FreeAgent DockStar. It provides a dock for a single FreeAgent Go
hard drive along with three additional USB drives. You can pick one
of these up right now from Amazon for $22 plus shipping. It's also
a prime candidate for some Pogoplug hacking, so if that's what
you're looking for, look no more. The key to making these devices
work for you is to take a little time to understand the web
management interface and what the different options are for.
"New and Improved
"It's pretty much an unwritten law in the world of electronics
that every good product gets updated and the bad ones just go away.
That must mean the Pogoplug-powered storage device is a good idea
because Seagate has a new and improved version in the GoFlex Net.
While the FreeAgent DockStar connected to the single hard disk
using USB 2.0, the GoFlex Net has two drive slots and uses
super-fast SATA. The downside is a single USB 2.0 connector, but
you can always connect that to a USB hub. Ethernet speed is the
same as before at 1 GB."