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diarmuidw
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« on: October 05, 2009, 03:56:29 AM »

Hi Guys,

Seagate have a very nice product based on the plug.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/freeagent/freeagent_dockstar

Acts as a docking station and also has 3 usb ports as well as ethernet.

Any ideas whether it could be updated with ubuntu. Comes with the PogoPlug software.

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boerner
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009, 09:11:58 AM »

Smallnetbuilder.com has the first review I have seen with the device open:

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30936/75/

There seems to be a 10 pin header on the board, but there seems to be no label other than J1. Perhaps a JTAG or USB port? maybe USB-TTL?



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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 11:47:14 PM »

This topic seems to be dead, but for future visitors:

There's a serial port within those 10 pins.
Debian can be easily installed on the thing.

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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 02:20:02 AM »

There's a serial port within those 10 pins.

Pinout is available at
http://www.yourwarrantyisvoid.com/2010/07/21/seagate-dockstar-add-an-accessible-serial-port/

OR here

http://plugapps.com/images/6/6a/DockStar_JTAG.png
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 11:30:19 AM »

I was looking at the Sheevaplug and the Guruplugs, I didn't like the one USB on the Sheeva and the loud overheating expensive Guru. So I ordered the Dockstar, I paid $28 shipped, vs $99+tax+shipping on the Sheeva and an even higher figure on the Guru.

Also, I have a USB 500GB harddrive, I really was nervous powering it off the Sheevaplug and I was thinking of making the plug a router so adding a Ethernet USB, and when I added the USB powered hub, it was getting expensive. With the Dockstar, the PSU is external and the 3 USB are powered, so that's saving me some costs.

I have Sheevaplug, with the stock optimized Ubuntu, in the context I was using it, 128MB is enough, it was running 80MB utilized with the apps I use. I have actually been trying to reduce FLASH wear by using memory more, and placed the proxy server cache in memory with a 300MB limit, as I could not get all the memory used. My advice is not get too hung up about 128MB if you're not running too many apps.

Linux is so memory-efficient, I reckon Kingston much have done the Venture Capital for Microsoft, all the memory been bought for Redmond's bloated code.

I'm a little nervous doing the physical serial thing with the Dockstar, I've not touched terminals and electronics for years. I liked the Sheevaplug approach. My Dockstar is going to file-server, I might offer it to some UK folks as a proxy server so they can Hulu, and it will be doing torrents so I can shutdown the PCs and save on overnight electricity. It should pay for itself in a few months of reduced utility bills.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2010, 01:58:37 PM »

I've wondered how difficult it would be to wire the micro USB port on the dockstar so that it would work with my sheevaplug devkit cable.

Anyway, netconsole was sufficient for me to get my dockstars set up the way I wanted.
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