Pogoplug and Raspberry Pi

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Pogoplug POGO-E02, my very cheap ($17) home file server. I installed Debian Linux and Samba on a flash drive, a 2TB hard disk derive is attached to it via USB so I can stream music and movies to any computers in my home network: HTPC, laptop, iPad and iPhone. With PHP, MySQL and Cherokee (a light-weight, very fast web server) it can do more than a file server but I will keep it as a file server exclusively considering its horsepower. And it only consumes about 3W power.

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This tiny computer, Raspberry Pi model B, performs surprisingly well on streaming and playing videos, even HD ones. I installed Raspbmc , a nice integration of Debian and XBMC (my favorite media center application!), then it becomes a little media player attached to a bedroom TV. An old Linksys router flashed with Tomato firmware working in bridge mode is used to provide network access. A pc-remote is used to remote control the XMBC as I always do with my HTPC.

 

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