Review: 2 USB devices offer easy remote access
The Pogoplug and I'm InTouch SecureKey let you access files remotely without negotiating complex remote-control software.Follow @infoworld
Both of these USB remote access systems make it a simple matter to access files remotely with very little effort. They both, however, left me wanting more. While I found them easier to use and more reliable than the remote access software I've tried, they both showed the rough edges of first-generation hardware. I wish I could have the ease of setup and use of the Pogoplug combined with the ability to control my entire PC from afar that SecureKey offers.
In addition, neither product can be called a speed demon; it can be slow going, with requests and files slowly traveling over the Internet to their destination and back. Still, it's better than calling home to get someone to e-mail a needed document to you.
Brian Nadel is a freelance writer based near New York and is the former editor in chief of Mobile Computing & Communications magazine.