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Pogoplug Classic Media Sharing Device (P21 Black or B01 Pink) EXPIRED

DJ3xclusive 71,448 December 28, 2012 at 08:01 AM in Computers (5) More eBay Deals
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Promoted 12-28-2012 at 04:48 PM View Original Post
Adorama via eBay has Pogoplug Classic Media Sharing Device (P21 Black or B01 Pink) for $17 with free shipping. Thanks DJ3xclusive

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Edited December 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM by widgit

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#166
Well folks, it took me a few hours to install ArchLinux and Samba on this little cutie and now it is my NAS server w/3.5TB of storage.
Not bad at all for $16.99 and few hours of entertaining myself w/new toy, I must say Smilie
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OK - couple of n00b questions:

1. I plan on using this to share audio and video (avi / mp4) at home. Want to be able to run from this on XBOX as well as in iTunes on Macbook Pro and iPads. Is that possible? I'm thinking NO since I want to be able to share iTunes library on a single drive so it can be accessed from all macs (update as well) so drive would need to be a file format that macs an read and write to, but exFAT is not supported.
2. Any better way of sharing all media on one external drive, and share among all Windows / Apple / XBox devices?
3. Do I "have" to install ArchLinux?

Thanks in advance.
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#168
To all these NAS experts above, why should we go for this instead of a just plug-n-play device like this [amazon.com] for just $15?
I mean this Pogoplug device indeed needs some Unix/hacking stuff correct? Whereas this one mentioned here doesn't seem to need any hacking.

Also,
any idea if this one [amazon.com] and this one [amazon.com] also serve the same purpose i.e. make USB device a NAS one?
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Quote from akhawaja View Post :
OK - couple of n00b questions:

1. I plan on using this to share audio and video (avi / mp4) at home. Want to be able to run from this on XBOX as well as in iTunes on Macbook Pro and iPads. Is that possible? I'm thinking NO since I want to be able to share iTunes library on a single drive so it can be accessed from all macs (update as well) so drive would need to be a file format that macs an read and write to, but exFAT is not supported.
2. Any better way of sharing all media on one external drive, and share among all Windows / Apple / XBox devices?
3. Do I "have" to install ArchLinux?

Thanks in advance.
1. if the devices on your list can access (browse, read, and write) a windows share folder, you can make pogoplug+arch linux to share files to all those devices since windows share and samba share use the same network protocol (SMB [wikipedia.org]). exFAT is not the issue here since to the clients, the shared files are treated as network filesystem (SMB/CIFS) instead of local filesystem (ext2/3/4, ntfs, exFAT) so the OS vs. filesystem compatibility is not the issue here (as long as they can access the shared files, there is no filesystem problem except the character coding system).

2. Put all media files under a folder on one external drive and share that folder.

3. You don't have to install archlinux but IMO the pogoplug with its stock firmware priced for $18 isn't such a good deal.
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Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
To all these NAS experts above, why should we go for this instead of a just plug-n-play device like this [amazon.com] for just $15?
I mean this Pogoplug device indeed needs some Unix/hacking stuff correct? Whereas this one mentioned here doesn't seem to need any hacking.
I think this is your answer... (in bold)

Features faster-than-wireless speeds and easy connectivity. The Plugable USB 2.0 to 10/100 Network Adapter adds a Fast Ethernet (RJ45) capable port to any supported system. It uses the ASIX AX88772 chipset for widest possible compatibility. Note the adapter is not for network enabling USB devices, rather it's the other way around - it's a USB device that adds a fast wired network interface to supported computers, consoles, and mobile devices running network-capable operating systems. The unit features a compact external design. Two LEDs montior power and link activity. Powered by USB (no external power adapter needed).
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Quote from Bagira View Post :
Well folks, it took me a few hours to install ArchLinux and Samba on this little cutie and now it is my NAS server w/3.5TB of storage.
Not bad at all for $16.99 and few hours of entertaining myself w/new toy, I must say Smilie
Can you please provide a link on how to install both Arch Linux and Samba? Many thanks.
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Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
To all these NAS experts above, why should we go for this instead of a just plug-n-play device like this [amazon.com] for just $15?
I mean this Pogoplug device indeed needs some Unix/hacking stuff correct? Whereas this one mentioned here doesn't seem to need any hacking.

Also,
any idea if this one [amazon.com] and this one [amazon.com] also serve the same purpose i.e. make USB device a NAS one?
The reason why pogoplug can be such a great device is it's open for people to install a fully functional linux (arch linux) on it and make it into a head-less (no video output) linux server with ethernet and 3x USB ports connection that allows you to connect to any USB devices (printers, scanners, webcam, wifi-USB adapter, etc). You can also install pretty much any services you can think of: DNS, DHCP, NTP, FTP, HTTP, Rsync, NFS, several different databases, e-mail server, and more. It also has almost-complete developer platform (I use "almost" here because there are hardware spec. limitation and also the ARM architecture) including PHP, Perl, Ruby, C/C++, etc.

On the other hand, the adapter in the link above is a USB-to-Ethernet adapter which adds a network interface to a computer through a USB port. I doubt you can use it for a device like a USB external hard drive because those USB enclosures are the peripheral USB devices, not the USB host.

In other words, pogoplug+arch linux is general-purpose computer without video output or graphical interface and you can do a lot with it for free. The USB-to-Ethernet adapter is not remotely comparable because it only has one function. You can actually get it for $3 [ebay.com] if you want it to work under windows and linux.

I've posted something similar before and here it is.
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#173
Quote from Bagira View Post :
Well folks, it took me a few hours to install ArchLinux and Samba on this little cutie and now it is my NAS server w/3.5TB of storage.
Not bad at all for $16.99 and few hours of entertaining myself w/new toy, I must say Smilie
Cool...!!!
So which articles have you followed?
So now you can access your USB hard drives (which are connected to this pogoplug unit) over home LAN using ip address (e.g. \\192.168.x.x) correct?
Also, do you think there is any way to play your movies from these HDDs directly to Roku (using some Roku app)?
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Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
Cool...!!!
So which articles have you followed?
So now you can access your USB hard drives (which are connected to this pogoplug unit) over home LAN using ip address (e.g. \\192.168.x.x) correct?
Also, do you think there is any way to play your movies from these HDDs directly to Roku (using some Roku app)?
In order of questions asked:

- http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index....ge_Devices

- yes, or just using Windows Explorer Smilie Device shows up on my network


- thru Plex channel, yes.
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Can you please provide a link on how to install both Arch Linux and Samba? Many thanks.
ArchLinux install:

http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms...2-pinkgray

Samba install:

http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba

USB devices article:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index....ge_Devices

Enjoy, camrades!
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Quote from Bagira View Post :
ArchLinux install:

http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms...2-pinkgray

Samba install:

http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba

USB devices article:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index....ge_Devices

Enjoy, camrades!
Damn...Smilie
I am a s/w developer and even I am confused with this first article (ArchLinux install) as I never worked on Linux...lol
So from a normal Windows PC, how do I SSH into this device?
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Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
Damn...Smilie
I am a s/w developer and even I am confused with this first article (ArchLinux install) as I never worked on Linux...lol
So from a normal Windows PC, how do I SSH into this device?
Ever heard of putty? http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk...nload.html
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#178
Quote from Bagira View Post :
Ever heard of putty? http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk...nload.html
Well, to be honest, never...!!!
But there is always the first time...Smilie

thanks man...Smilie
Already repped so can't rep you again Smilie
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Quote from pankajdarure View Post :
Well, to be honest, never...!!!
But there is always the first time...Smilie

thanks man...Smilie
Already repped so can't rep you again Smilie
Works like a charm..

Good luck man Smilie It is always an adventure to hack a device to your liking..Smilie
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#180
Quote from Bagira View Post :
Works like a charm..

Good luck man Smilie It is always an adventure to hack a device to your liking..Smilie
Thanks Smilie.

So half of the battle seems to be complete...Wink
The ArcLinux is installation done and in the new SSH window the prompt is now Pogoplug:~s Smilie

So for that Samba installation I use the same (putty) technique correct ?,
Also, which config file should I use? The one mentioned on this page?
http://archlinuxarm.org/support/g...ions/samba

My requirement is only for sharing my standard/USB HDDs on local/home LAN for media sharing and nothing else. So do I need to edit the sample config file they have provided?
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