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Is my Pogoplug now just a pretty brick?

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Old Apr 26, 19, 11:32 am
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Is my Pogoplug now just a pretty brick?

I had my Pogoplug in storage for about 15 months, only to discover that the company has gone belly up.

Is it now just a brick? Or is there any easy way to continue to use it as a local NAS device?

If not, any recommendations for a cheap NAS device that allows me to attach USB drives (I don't necessarily need for the NAS to have its own internal drive)
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Old Apr 26, 19, 1:12 pm
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I knew the writing was on the wall about 3 years ago when the upload performance deteriorated because everything was being run thru the Japanese servers, and an E-mail trying to get it fixed went unanswered.

FWIW, I have Plex (and OwnCloud) running at home now, and haven't looked back.
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Old May 2, 19, 7:47 am
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Ugh... this is the biggest reason I do not buy, nor invest in, products that are dependent on someone else's infrastructure. My understanding is that the Pogoplug was supposed to work stand-alone, but most people had issues making that work (and it sounded like firmware updates removed that option anyway). This isn't the first thing I saw that I thought was really neat, only to see users left high and dry when the company went belly up.

There's some stuff online about flashing Linux onto it and using it as a small linux server for media or whatever, I may try to pick one up on the cheap to play with now.
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Old May 4, 19, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Jeff View Post
There's some stuff online about flashing Linux onto it and using it as a small linux server for media or whatever, I may try to pick one up on the cheap to play with now.
I've been using a Pogoplug as a VPN gateway for years. I have two of them, both of which were purchased to be used as small Linux boxes (ie, I never actually used them as a Pogoplug). One cost $4.99 about 4.5 years ago, and the second ended up being free about 3 years ago (cost $5.99, but was refunded by the seller after a shipping issue).

They aren't the fastest thing out there, but for the price they do a great job.

$ uname -a
Linux debian 3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1 #1 PREEMPT Tue Apr 1 22:54:58 PDT 2014 armv5tel GNU/Linux

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
model name : Feroceon 88FR131 rev 1 (v5l)
Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp
CPU implementer : 0x56
CPU architecture: 5TE
CPU variant : 0x2
CPU part : 0x131
CPU revision : 1

Hardware : Pogoplug V4
Revision : 0000
Serial : 0000000000000000
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Old May 6, 19, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
I had my Pogoplug in storage for about 15 months, only to discover that the company has gone belly up.

Is it now just a brick? Or is there any easy way to continue to use it as a local NAS device?

If not, any recommendations for a cheap NAS device that allows me to attach USB drives (I don't necessarily need for the NAS to have its own internal drive)
This brings back memories!

I have one that I installed either Debian or ArchLinuxARM on to use with a USB drive as my first NAS and another that I put OpenWRT on and used with a USB WiFi stick as my first travel router

Surprisingly, there are instructions still available online to do the mods.
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Old May 6, 19, 7:43 pm
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This just reminded me that I have a Pogoplug in a box somewhere, and it has probably been there for a decade because it was so junky..........
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Old May 13, 19, 11:48 am
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To answer the OP: yes, your PogoPlug is a pretty brick.

Also, I'm also quite happy with OwnCloud + Drobo.
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