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The Tiny Hackable Linux Pogoplug Pro - page 2

Installation and Setup

  • February 3, 2011
  • By Paul Ferrill

There's an active Pogoplug hacking community looking to expand the capabilities of this device. All Pogoplug devices come with an SSH server installed but disabled. To enable SSH, go to the Security Settings tab from your My.Pogoplug.com Settings page. Once that's done, you'll be able to SSH into your Pogoplug from within your local network. If you're feeling adventurous, you can hop over to the PlugApps site and start hacking away. They have a web page dedicated to the Pogoplug with a list of tweaks including installing Plugbox Linux to turn the device into a full-fledged Linux box. Be warned that you won't be able to access the My.Pogoplug.com services if you do this.

For a less intrusive mod, you can install chroot on the device, making it possible to load other applications. These instructions show you how to do it without killing the Pogoplug services should you desire to keep those in place. The list of applications available from PlugApps includes things like Cherokee, Firefly Media Server, Flexget, MiniDLNA, Samba, and Time Machine. Other applications are being added all the time. If you're a developer, you'll want to check out the developer forum to get help on porting your application to Plugbox Linux.

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Bottom Line

The Pogoplug Pro is a cost-effective way to provide universal access to your files. With the addition of WiFi you can place the device virtually anywhere. Be aware that some users have experienced frustration with getting the device working in their environment. Most of the issues reported in the forums and on Amazon seem to be related to either wireless access point issues or with attached media. The first time you attach a USB drive to the Pogoplug it attempts to index all files on the device. If you have lots of files on the device, this could take a while. We didn't see any of those problems and had everything up and running in short order.


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