Just to follow up, I've had my Pogoplug running reliably for a few days. I currently have it set up as a samba server booting off a 4gb usb flash drive and using a 500 gb 2.5" sata drive that used to be in my laptop as storage. It took trial and error, carefully re-reading instructions in arch wiki and this tutortial (http://blog.qnology.com/2013/03/tuto...rch-linux.html
) to get it to the point where oS is installed and I can reboot without bricking it. An important thing I learned was not to create any other directories at
. I tried mounting the sata drive at root
and that bricked it. Now it's mounted at /Media.
I have also learned that I should have gotten the Version 2 pink pogoplug model: POGO-E02. I believe they are both Marvel processors but V2 is 1.2 ghz proc with 256 mb ram and the one I got (V4) is 800 mhz proc and 128 gb of ram. But the V2 is also more money.
I am getting 2.0 MB/sec transfer speed but I seem to be able to stream hd mp4 videos with no problem. I don't have another NAS device so I can't judge transfer speed but I assume I could get much better that 2MB/sec with better hardware. I'm using my laptop connected wifi, Netgear 3400 N600 router, Pogoplug wired into the router. I think with a server with intel/amd and 4gb of ram or a off the shelf Synology/Qnap device I could get 9-10 MB/sec at least.
This was a good tinkering project but I don't expect this to be a reliable replacement for a NAS/server. I have rebooted a couple of times with both drives connected and it's booted back to the OS but I still feel like I could lose power and not be able to boot it back up. I will still buy or build a more serious NAS/server for the house for file serving and a few other services.