Pogoplug Series 4

The Pogoplug Series 4 is the latest generation of hardware from Pogoplug, representing a return to the Marvell Kirkwood platform. This device is based on the 88F6192 SoC, which is a slightly under-powered relative to the 88F6281 found in the other supported ARMv5 devices.

Under the removable top cover, there is a SATA port (3 Gbps) and a USB 2.0 port, as well as an SDHC slot along the side of the device. On the back of the unit, there is a single gigabit ethernet port as well as an event driven eject button (/dev/input/event0). New to plug hardware are two USB 3.0 ports on the back provided by a controller connected to the internal PCIe bus. Red and green LEDs are individually controllable in the front.

Booting into Arch Linux ARM is only supported from storage devices using either the SATA or USB 2.0 port on the top of the device. There is no U-Boot support for either SD or USB 3.0 booting.

Marvell Kirkwood 800MHz
Full SD
  • 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.
  • Only the top ports (USB 2.0 and SATA) can be used for the root filesystem.
  1. With the device on and online, register and enable SSH through my.pogoplug.com.
  2. Power down the original, unmodified Pogoplug Series 4.
  3. With only the drive you intend to install Arch Linux ARM to plugged in (all data will be erased), switch on the power.
  4. Log in to the Pogoplug Series 4 over SSH.
  5. Stop the Pogoplug software so it doesn't interfere with the install process:
    killall hbwd
  6. Start fdisk to partition the USB2 or SATA drive:
    /sbin/fdisk /dev/sda
  7. 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.
  8. Create the ext3 filesystem:
    cd /tmp
    wget http://os.archlinuxarm.org/os/pogoplug/mke2fs
    chmod +x mke2fs
    ./mke2fs -j /dev/sda1
    mkdir alarm
    mount /dev/sda1 alarm
  9. Download and install Arch Linux ARM:
    wget http://os.archlinuxarm.org/os/pogoplug/bsdtar
    chmod +x bsdtar
    wget http://os.archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz
    ./bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz -C alarm
  10. Unmount the drive:
    umount alarm
  11. Download the U-Boot installer and run it:
    cd /tmp
    wget http://os.archlinuxarm.org/os/ppv4/ppv4-install.sh
    chmod +x ppv4-install.sh
  12. After the installer tells you its done, and if there were no errors, reboot:
  13. Double-check your router's DHCP tables to see if a different IP was leased, and you can now SSH in.
    • Login as the default user alarm with the password alarm.
    • The default root password is root.
  14. Initialize the pacman keyring and populate the Arch Linux ARM package signing keys:
    pacman-key --init
    pacman-key --populate archlinuxarm

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