Oct 11

Logitech recently announced that as part of their product line change to introduce their new Ultimate Ears radio, the company will be ending support for the Squeezebox line of products. It’s not yet clear what this really means for existing Squeezebox users. Its likely that the mysqueezebox.com website will continue to function for some time and there will probably be some more software updates for a while. But ultimately Logitech will one day cease all support. For the near future however, our Squeezebox devices should continue to function perfectly well. Its even possible that devices will continue to function even if Logitech shuts down the mysqueezebox.com website. Only time will tell at the moment. You can read more about this here. You can also read more on the Logitech support forums here.

Jun 02

I’ve been using my Pogoplug for about 4 months now and I haven’t had any problems with it. I’ve done a few software updates on it including the Debian operating system and the Squeezeplug server software. I’m also now running a DLNA server on it! I’m using an application called MiniDLNA server. It was originally written for the Netgear ReadyNAS line of home servers but has been adapted for use on other equipment including ARM based devices such as the Pogoplug and Dockstar etc. I’m using MiniDLNA to serve movies, music and pictures to my LG BD650 blu-ray player which is DLNA enabled. I haven’t seen any performance issues with the Pogoplug yet and both Squeezeserver and MiniDLNA use very little resources (memory and processor usage)  so this looks like another great use for a great little device.

Feb 19

My previous post described the basic steps to install and configure Squeezebox Server on a Pogoplug. You now have a Debian operating system running on your Pogoplug. Here’s a few more things that are worthwhile doing.

Change Your Login Password.

  • Open a Putty session, login and enter the following command:

passwd

  • Enter a new password.

Change the time zone.

  • By default your system is configured to use UTC (also known as GMT) as its time zone. Enter the following command:

setup

  • Select the “Misc” option, then “Timezone”. Follow the prompts to select your time zone.

Install Network Time Protocol to automatically update your system time.

  • Enter the following command:

apt-get install ntp

Respond to the prompts when required. This will install the software and set the correct time. Your device will lose the correct time whenever it is powered off because there is no hardware clock but NTP will set it for you when you reboot.

Install SAMBA.

SAMBA allows your windows PC to access the Pogoplug as if it were a Windows fileserver. Your Pogoplug will then appear in your PC’s workgroup computers listing and you can transfer files back and forth. This is useful for copying additional music files to the external hard drive or even for using your Pogoplug for backups.

  • Enter the following command

setup

From the menu select “Misc” and then select the application you wish to install, which is SAMBA in this case.

Note that I think that SAMBA was already configured on my install. You can check this by entering the following command:

smbd –V

If SAMBA is installed you will see the version displayed. You may need to change the workgroup name before you will see your Pogoplug on your windows workgroup. You can do this by editing the SAMBA configuration file:

cd /etc/samba

nano smb.conf

Nano is a basic easy to use file editor. Use your cursor keys to move around in the file. Change the workgroup name to match your windows workgroup name. You can determine your windows workgroup name by right clicking on “My Computer”, selecting “properties” and then the “Computer Name” tab.

To save the file enter:

ctrl-o

and to exit enter:

ctrl-x

Now restart SAMBA:

/etc/init.d/samba restart

After a moment SAMBA will be restarted and you will be able to see and browse your Pogoplug from your windows PC by opening “My Computer”, selecting “My Network Places” and then “View Workgroup Computers”. Your Pogoplug will be listed as “Squeezeplug”. You can then double click on this and browse your Pogoplug’s file structure. By default there are two file shares setup: the music folder and the root file system.

Feb 16

These steps are based upon the work of Thomas Ruhl and Jeff Doozan. They deserve the credit for this work. I have only simplified the installation steps from those put together by Thomas on the Squeezeplug wiki site http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.php/SqueezePlug.

*** If you are using a Pogoplug be aware that some models of Pogoplug WILL NOT WORK with this! ***

I am using a Pogoplug Pink model POGO-E02. You can find the model number on the base of the Pogoplug. Some newer models including some of the “Pink” models may not work and you risk bricking your device.

Step 1. Things you will need:

Hardware

  • A USB Flash drive for the operating system. I used a 4Gb Sandisk Cruzer drive.
  • An external USB hard drive for storing your music files. As big as you need! Continue reading »
Jan 30

I got a Pogoplug for Christmas. Its a nice little plug computer that connects to your local network and allows you to use it as a basic network storage device. You can load files on it such as music, photos or any sort of file really and access them from anywhere via a web page and share the files with others using email links. The real advantage of using a computer like the Pogoplug is that it has very low power consumption so you can happily leave it on all the time. Continue reading »

Jan 26

Initializing