Pogoplug v2 (Pink/Gray)

The Pogoplug v2 is the second device from CloudEngines to feature Pogoplug software. It excelled where the original Pogoplug was lacking by including 4 USB ports and a more noticeable hardware profile.

The gray Pogoplug was introduced at a later time to better fit in with users' existing components, which were not as pink as the original Pogoplug v2.

Recently, Cloud Engines has began shipping new Pink Pogoplugs with model numbers POGO-B01/02/03/04/P21 - these are completely different devices and you should NOT follow the guide on the installation tab above. Look in the "ARMv6" section for these models, or click here.

Supported Model Numbers:

  • VERIFY YOUR MODEL NUMBER! These instructions only apply to models POGO-E02 and POGO-E02G.
  • These instructions will void your warranty. While every precaution is taken to ensure nothing bad happens, all actions are at your own risk.
  • my.pogoplug.com, the mobile applications, and the desktop Pogoplug connector will no longer work.

  1. With the device on and online, attempt to SSH to the IP the device received through DHCP. If you are unable to SSH, register and enable SSH through my.pogoplug.com. The default login (unless changed through my.pogoplug.com) is root/ceadmin.

  2. Stop the Pogoplug software, so it doesn't interfere with the install process:killall hbwd

    You only need to kill the Pogoplug service the first time you SSH in. Running the installer in the following steps disables it completely.

  3. While connected via SSH to your plug, copy, paste, and run the following commands to download a bootloader that can boot from USB drives:
    cd /tmp wget http://jeff.doozan.com/debian/uboot/install_uboot_mtd0.sh chmod +x install_uboot_mtd0.sh ./install_uboot_mtd0.sh

    After the new bootloader is installed, you will need to use fdisk to partition a storage device. Plug in a 1GB or bigger USB drive. REMOVE ALL OTHER DRIVES. Move everything you need off of the Arch Linux ARM drive and back it up. Everything on the USB drive with be deleted and replaced with Arch Linux ARM.

  4. Set the U-Boot variable to tell the kernel to use ext3:
    /usr/sbin/fw_setenv usb_rootfstype ext3

  5. Start fdisk on the USB drive:
    /sbin/fdisk /dev/sda

  6. At the fdisk prompt, delete old partitions and create a new one:
    1. Type o. This will clear out any partitions on the drive.
    2. Type p to list partitions. There should be no partitions left.
    3. Now type n, then p for primary, 1 for the first partition on the drive, and then press ENTER, accepting default values.
    4. Exit by typing w.

  7. Now create the ext3 filesystem:
    wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/pogoplug/mke2fs chmod 755 mke2fs ./mke2fs -j /dev/sda1 mkdir usb mount /dev/sda1 usb

  8. Download and install Arch Linux ARM:
    cd usb wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-armv5te-latest.tar.gz tar -xzvf ArchLinuxARM-armv5te-*.tar.gz # This will take a long time rm ArchLinuxARM-armv5te-*.tar.gz sync # Takes a while when using a flash drive

  9. Clean up and reboot. Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
    cd .. umount usb /sbin/reboot

  10. The SSH key of your device will be different, so you need to tell Mac OS X or Linux to remove it from ~/.ssh/known_hosts before using SSH again:
    ssh-keygen -R # Use your device's IP

  11. Log back in after your Pogoplug reboots using username root and password root.

Installation FAQ

  • I ran through the installer, have everything where it should be on the USB drive, but it's still not working.
    Try booting again. This often does the trick. If that does not help, try using a different USB drive. Flash drives have proven to not work well with running a full operating system, a USB hard drive is the best option.
  • fw_printenv/fw_setenv is no longer working.
    Run the install_uboot_mtd0.sh script from within Arch Linux ARM. It will install the applications for you.




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