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Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts

Posted by Tushar 
Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts
January 25, 2024 10:11AM
I was cleaning up my shelf this afternoon and found the Pogoplug v4 I purchased years ago. After these many years of collecting dust, I wonder what can be done with this little device with very low hardware specifications. I already have a Synology 2-bay NAS serving my home network. Is anyone else using it for any other purpose? Even pi-hole won't work on it, I guess?
Re: Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts
January 25, 2024 01:05PM
I have 6 total, at least 1 of each type, though 2 of the 6 are broken and used for future parts. I do use the 4 that work. I use an E02 as my main DNS server running Pi-hole and Unbound. I use the other 3, a Mobile, a Pro and a V4, as Time Machine Backups and also just for fun and to keep my Linux/Debian skills sharp. I've had most of them for at least 12 years and I absolutely love those little boxes!
Re: Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts
January 25, 2024 09:03PM
Tushar Wrote:
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> using it for any other purpose? Even pi-hole won't
> work on it, I guess?

You should be able to run pi-hole on it -- you need to create a swapfile or swap partition.

I used to run pi-hole on a dockstar, I guess CPU 1.2GHz / 800MHz is the main difference.
Re: Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts
January 27, 2024 11:18PM
They make great remote log servers, too. My E02 runs rsyslog to collect the output from my various internet-of-things devices (mostly lighting controllers running Tasmota). A daily run of a Logwatch script emails me info on whether they're operating as expected or having issues.
Re: Does the Pogoplug v4 serve any purpose anymore? Share your thoughts
February 19, 2024 11:36PM
Pi-hole most certainly does still work on the Pogoplug v4, honestly I'm convinced it would work on any computing device made after 1980. A great use case I've found for it and other kirkwood boxes is that of an Airplay receiver. Basically just compile shairport-sync from source and hookup a cheap plug and play usb to analog speaker DAC from eBay. I think I paid $2.50 for the one i'm using currently. Lets me stream music from my phone over the network. I've paired it with an old apple tv 3rd gen (non 4k or TV-OS) and use it (the pogoplug) as speakers for the TV. Lets me watch TV in silence while everyone else is sleeping. Lots of life still left in these old boxes.
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