OpenPogo, An Alternative To Pogoplug Software


Many of us heard the news of Marvell’s SheevaPlug plug-in PC being released alongside its consumer solution counterparts. One of the prominent products based on the SheevaPlug hardware is the Pogoplug. The Pogoplug is essentially a no-configuration media server that allows you to plug in a hard drive and network cable to make data readily available anywhere you have Internet access. It’s a great idea, but the underlying software is closed source, limiting the demographic of the device to consumers who are happy with an out-of-the-box solution. Enter OpenPogo, a solution for people who want a bit more control over their device. OpenPogo gives users more say over what their Pogoplug does; from running a torrent client to a web server to a Ruby on Rails server. The possibilities for the device are limitless, and OpenPogo makes turning our ideas into reality it just that much easier.

21 thoughts on “OpenPogo, An Alternative To Pogoplug Software

  1. Or you could just buy the Sheevaplug and do it yourself…
    I run Freenet (well, FCON) on mine. Works great. Though I need to find a hard drive to attach to it – it keeps filling up all the available flash and then spilling over to the RAM and then killing the program. I could just tell it to not use that much disk space, but I’m not yet in the situation where I really need to use it instead of my laptop, and I’m hoping I find a drive for it before that happens.

  2. How is this different from the Sheevaplug Dev Kit?

    It’s been around for the entire time the pogoplug has been around, has everything the pogoplug has, and costs the same. The only drawback is some problems with the initial hardware (check out for an overview), though this may just be people who don’t know what they’re doing monkeying with the system.

    Finally, the cost (as of writing this) is 99 USD (plus shipping).

  3. Am i the only one that thinks both the name and the packagin kinda make it look like a sex toy?


    I wonder what the future holds for these kind of devices, will we have one everywhere in the future?

  4. @Anonymous Z:

    Care to elaborate on the “some problems with the initial hardware”. It’s neither clear which platform has the aforementioned problems, nor was the link you provided very specific. I’m interested.


  5. Hello!
    The described gizmo follows the NSLU2 in its talents. I suggest you examine the lists for that fellow to see why there are still scads of problems with people who haven’t a clew as to what they are doing wrong.

  6. Why didn’t anyone tell me we got featured on Hack a Day? Haha, anyone here actually have a Pogoplug and tried it? It also runs on the Sheevaplug (but it includes apt-get, so it’s redundant, but some users asked for it and it is essentially the same hardware).

    Also, to the above questions about Pogoplug vs. Sheevaplug Dev Kit:

    Sheeva has 512MB RAM, Pogo has 256MB. Sheeva has SD slot and mini-usb serial connector, Pogo does not.

  7. PogoPlug vs SheevaPlug

    SheevaPlug has access to JTAG, which means that you can ALWAYS recover from a bricked plug. So, you can play with UBOOT, Boot from USB, Boot from Flash, Boot from SD card, Build an application system on UBOOT itself without Linux etc..

    PogoPlug does not have JTAG access; so, you should leave the UBOOT alone and focus on application development Initially it is WEB interface, however as PogoPlug expands, you can add other applications as well (eg: webcam).

    This does not cover all the differences, but I wanted to point out JTAG, which is a critical component if your interest is Embedded programming.

  8. Hi,

    Has anyone gotten the pogo plug constantly boot into Linux debian(Lenny) and have it send SMS messages via a USB gsm modem?

    Currently booting fine, not constant tho! But can’t Recognise the gsm modem.

    Any suggestions?


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