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Old 03-26-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Pogoplug?


Thinking of picking one up to for cloud storage project because they are less then $20 on ebay.

Curious if anyone has set up one with linux and possibly owncloud? Seems like Arch is the only option for this. Been looking for a reason to force myself to learn Arch so this would be an excuse.

I am mainly confused because there are several different versions/generations of hardware and I want to make sure I get the right one
 
Old 03-26-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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I do not have one, but looked into them a couple of years ago.

This article and other reports of extreme heat generation turned me off to them.

They have probably fixed this problem by now, but but worth checking the version before buying.
 
Old 03-26-2014, 08:03 PM   #3
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Arch Linux has dropped support for initscripts. This leaves the Oxnas based devices in a state of limbo, as the current kernel on the Oxnas does not support systemd. In order to use some packages that used to have initscripts (Samba, transmission, etc) YOU will need to provide a startup script to put into /etc/rc.d/ You can find these in the changelogs to the packages upstream. They also are not guaranteed to work.

If you have not purchased a device yet, we recommend you look into other options as this device is no longer being supported by Arch Linux ARM.
http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/ar...ug-v3oxnas-eol

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I went one step further and tested with a Samsung 830 SSD. Again, my suspicions were correct, the SATA channel is probably running at SATA I speeds.
http://fortysomethinggeek.blogspot.c...ux-review.html
 
Old 03-26-2014, 08:08 PM   #4
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Well, I went ahead and purchased one. Version 4 which is supported for Arch

http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/ar...oplug-series-4

$18 shipped so I won't lose any sleep if I can't get it to work
 
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Well, I went ahead and purchased one. Version 4 which is supported for Arch

http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/ar...oplug-series-4

$18 shipped so I won't lose any sleep if I can't get it to work
Damn

Oh well. Have fun.
 
Old 03-26-2014, 08:15 PM   #6
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Damn

Oh well. Have fun.
I saw that. It's not the same exact thing. That one is a Pogoplug mobile model POGO-V4-A1-01, the one I got is model POGO-V4-A3-01

Not sure exactly what the difference is but there seem to be several variations. I wanted to make sure I got one of the 2 that are officially supported on the Arch page for the best chance at sucess
 
Old 03-26-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
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Not sure exactly what the difference is
You bought the better model. From what I can see. Yours starts off with more usb ports and is a later model which is always good. Probably why I missed that. Good catch.
 
Old 04-02-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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Just to update for anyone that may be interested in a pogoplug. Received mine yesterday. Installed alarm using the simple documentation on the Arch Arm page:
http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/ar...oplug-series-4

I struggled for a few hours and reinstalled about 4 times. Kept having a problem where it would not load the OS after rebooting. After trial and error it seemed to be the flash drive I was using. I was using an 8GB USB flash drive and after a few failures I tried a 4GB drive and it worked like a charm. Not sure if it to was the size or just the particular drive that it didn't like but it all works now. Next step is trying to install some services. NFS, samba and/or Owncloud
 
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:45 PM   #9
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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
Code:
/
. I tried mounting the sata drive at root
Code:
/
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.

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