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Help Raspberry pi (XBMC) + Pogoplug (NAS)

exodi4 27 43 April 12, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I did buy a couple of days ago a Raspberry Pi version B, for 45$ and a Pogoplug v2 E02G for 20$. Those will be here in about 5 days, so before everything is here i want to make sure i know everything i may need to do to run everything correctly.

My goal is set XBMC in the raspberry pi, and on the pogoplug use it as NAS to have it share the movies/music/photos with the raspberry pi and my other computers in my house.
so here is the following info i want to know:
1. which is better for XBMC raspbmc or Openelec?
2. i need to have the XBMC work with my TV HDMI CEC (LG lk330 32" simplink cec) port to pass tru the menus etc, will it work?
3. on the pogoplug i want to set archlinux, what should else i set there to:
a)share the hard drives attached the pogolug to any computer (win/linux) to access/edit/upload etc including to my android phone
b)use the pogoplug hard drives attached as streamers to the raspberry pi XBMC. i mostly have 720p videos
c) i want to stream as well the videos to my android phone as well.
d) my hard drive that is going to use to upload the media its empty right now so i can format to anything if needed.

Notes about the networking, both will be hook to the ethernet ports in the router (linksys WRT54GL).


I have not set any of this before, i don't really know how, if you guys can tell me what should i install, specificly in this case for the raspberry pi+pogoplus, will be great.

Thank you for your help.

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I did buy a couple of days ago a Raspberry Pi version B, for 45$ and a Pogoplug v2 E02G for 20$. Those will be here in about 5 days, so before everything is here i want to make sure i know everything i may need to do to run everything correctly.

My goal is set XBMC in the raspberry pi, and on the pogoplug use it as NAS to have it share the movies/music/photos with the raspberry pi and my other computers in my house.
so here is the following info i want to know:
1. which is better for XBMC raspbmc or Openelec?
2. i need to have the XBMC work with my TV HDMI CEC (LG lk330 32" simplink cec) port to pass tru the menus etc, will it work?
3. on the pogoplug i want to set archlinux, what should else i set there to:
a)share the hard drives attached the pogolug to any computer (win/linux) to access/edit/upload etc including to my android phone
b)use the pogoplug hard drives attached as streamers to the raspberry pi XBMC. i mostly have 720p videos
c) i want to stream as well the videos to my android phone as well.
d) my hard drive that is going to use to upload the media its empty right now so i can format to anything if needed.

Notes about the networking, both will be hook to the ethernet ports in the router (linksys WRT54GL).


I have not set any of this before, i don't really know how, if you guys can tell me what should i install, specificly in this case for the raspberry pi+pogoplus, will be great.

Thank you for your help.

I have a setup like yours, The first thing you need to figure out is how are you going to get the content from the pogoplug to the devices.

1) not sure i would check the PI forums, but since its on an SD card its worth making one of each and see what fits your needs.

2) I thought it was the other way (PI controls the TV) but I know I saw a news post on the pi forums about it.

3a) To access the drives you can use samba to easy, this way any device can access/edit files..

3b/c) Now to get it to stream to computers (including the PI), phones, blu ray players I recommend dlna, its easy and its supported by just about everything (its how I do it and stream 720p and even a 30 gig blu ray rip).

I do what you want to do so its %100 possible, I would focus on the pogoplug first and the PI 2nd. Once the pogoplug is working how you want it you should be able to stream to just about any device (as long as they support dlna).
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XBMC can read off samba directly, no need for DLNA unless the PI has issues playing the videos (but it can do most quite nicely) - not much difference between openelec and raspbmc for your intended purposes

ES file explorer (android) can read off of network samba drives nicely, and samba was pretty much designed to work with windows, so there shouldn't be any issues there

your TV just needs to support HDMI really, the pi will be doing the menu's/etc. and just sending the audio/video to the TV

XBMC also runs on phones, so you can do the same setup there, and for windows, they shouldn't have any issues playing video off of a samba share
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Excellent guys,

one more question, what is your experience using NTFS instead of EXT3/4? its true it will make things slow?

Im asking this considering i will be a in a slow network (100mb port)

Thank you
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EXT4 is slightly faster, (especially for large files, such as movies), but the 100mb/s port will definitely be the limiting factor - NTFS will make it easier for windows to read/write to the drive, so I suggest you stick with it - there isn't much reason to go with EXT4 in your case (im assuming this is for the pogoplug)
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My drive is NTFS and it does not seem to give me any issues.
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I Wifi stream from NTFS and I can do up to around 45mbit video with no issue, over that I get some stuttering.
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