I purchased a Pogo Plug Mobile (Model POGO-V4-A1-01) for $10 off ebay a few weeks ago.
This version of the PogoPlug comes with the following:
- 88F6192 Kirkwood ARMv5 NAS system-on-chip running at 800 MHz
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 2.0 USB Port
- SD Card Slot
I knew it could be used for a file server but did not have much use for it at the time so put it on the shelf. A few weeks later my elementary school age daughter needed to print from her Chromebook from home. Chromebooks are becoming very popular at schools. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and able to be tightly administered by the school. Unfortunately it is very difficult to print from one at home. Since it doesn’t run from windows, you must have a printer that is “Cloudprint” enabled to work with google chrome or keep another computer running with Chrome. Since I had an old Samsung 4521f printer and didn’t want to keep my computer running all day, I decided to get my Pogoplug off the shelf and do some hacking.
- Plug an ethernet cable into your PogoPlug, pop an empty 2GB or more SD Card into the SD Card slot, and plug your PogoPlug into the wall.
- Using your browser, navigate to your ip address for your router (usually 192.168.0.1 or something similar, see your router manual), login to your admin interface, and look at the connected devices and determine what ip address your PogoPlug is using.
- Enable SSH.
- Using Putty, connect to your Pogoplug.
- Follow these instructions from Qui’s blog post “Hacking the Pogoplug v4 (Series 4 and Mobile) with Linux (Debian or Arch)” but only to “Debian/ALARM Installation on SD Card (or USB Hard/Flash Drive)” – DO NOT do that step.
- Ok, now that you are done with Qui’s instructions, install Debian on the SD Card:
123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748495051525354555657585960616263#stop my.pogoplug.com service (just in case)killall hbwd#make device node for mmc/sd card#skip command for usb installmknod /tmp/mmcblk0 b 179 0#Partition your SD Card/sbin/fdisk /tmp/mmcblk0# Type in the following commands to erase# and re-partition SD Card/USB Flash/Hard Drive#(WARNING - FLASH/HARD DRIVE WILL BE COMPLETELY WIPED):#p # list current partitionso # to delete all partitionsn # new partitionp # primary partition1 (one) # first partition<enter> # default start block<enter> # default end block (to use the whole drive)w # write new partition to disk#make device node for partitionmknod /tmp/mmcblk0p1 b 179 1#download format utilitycd /tmpwget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/pogoplug/mke2fschmod +x mke2fs#format newly created partition#ext3 with "rootfs" as label/tmp/mke2fs -L rootfs -j /tmp/mmcblk0p1#create mount pointmkdir /tmp/mnt#mount SD Cardmount /tmp/mmcblk0p1 /tmp/mnt#download Debian rootfs and md5cd /tmp/mntwget http://mirror.jblee.kr/Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2wget http://download.qnology.com/pogoplug/v4/Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.md5#check md5 (output should match)md5sum Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2cat Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.md5#extract and deletetar -xjf Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2rm Debian-3.14.0-kirkwood-tld-1-rootfs-bodhi.tar.bz2#Sync and reboot, cross your fingerssynccd ..umount /tmp/mnt/sbin/reboot
If you have problems, see Qui’s post for troubleshooting
- Setup Debian
123#Initial updateapt-get updateapt-get upgrade
- Install Printer services:
12345678apt-get install cupsapt-get cups-driver-gutenprintapt-get install ghostscriptapt-get install python-cupsapt-get install avahi-utilsapt-get install foomatic-filtersapt-get install foomatic-dbapt-get install printer-driver-all
- Backup CUPS configuration and install new cupsd.conf.
12345678#Backup original cupsd.confcd /etc/cupsmv cupsd.conf cupsd.conf.org#download Qui's cupsd.confwget --no-check-certificate http://dl.dropbox.com/u/42238/pogoplug/cupsd.conf/etc/init.d/cups restart
- Make sure your Printer is connected to the USB port of your PogoPlug. If you have a network printer, you can leave it networked but find out what the IP addreess of the printer is.
- Navigate to the ipaddress of your PogoPlug, using port 631. Example: http://192.168.031:631
You should see the CUPS web interface. Go to Home->Add Printers and Classes->Add Printer. Follow the wizard.
CUPS printer system works with many but not all printers. A printer connected directly through the USB port is easiest for you to setup, but you can also setup a network printer using an IP address. You will need to know how to connect and what IP protocol to use. For troubleshooting see CUPS help (links are ont he CUPS admin interface web page).
- Add Print Driver:
This is what I did to print to my Samsung 4521f printer on my home network which was plugged into a Belkin router running Toastman’s mod of tomatoUSB:
- Add Printer->Other Network Printers->LPD/LPR Host or Printer ->
- Entering into connection: socket://192.168.0.33:9100 (ip address that belkin router that the printer connects to).
- I used the Samsung ml-4500 gdi driver. (I downloaded a gdi from http://www.openprinting.org/driver/gdi/). The driver that was listed in the CUPS in interface did not work.
- For security purposes, setup a separate Google gmail account to use that will be the owner of the printers.
- Install Cloudprint for Debian
To enable SSH, create an account at the PogoPlug website. Activate your pogoplug, then go to Settings in the Web interface, select Security Settings, and then select the checkbox for Enable SSH for this Pogoplog-enabled device. A dialog box will open and ask you to assign a password for the root use.
Screenshot is at: Pogoplug help.
Login with root/ceadmin.
Also, make sure you install netconsole. He says it is optional but if you have problems you will need it to diagnose them. Also, install “asuc” on your windows computer that is accessing the pogoplug, asuc: A Simple Udp Console. This will let you see what’s going on inside your PogoPlug or at least initial boot without having to SSH in.
You should be good to go. The trickiest part may be the print drivers.