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Globalscale DreamPlug 036000291452 GHz Class Linux Server


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  • Dual Gb Ethernet Dual USB 2.0 & 802.11b/g WiFi+BT2.1
  • 5V3A DC power supply supports most demanding applications
  • Application developer friendly
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0053GBB5Y
  • Item model number: 036000291452
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,655 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2011

Product Description

CPU:Marvell Sheeva core @1.2GHz speed. Kernel: Linux 2.6.3X.2GB Flash memory, 2XUSB 2.0, 1XeSATA 2.0 port-3Gbps SATAII,1XSD socket for user expansion/application.16-bit ADC/DAC,Digital out:S/PDIF with fiber optics interface. Analog out:Stero headphone out. Mic in.WiFi: 802.22b/g. Bluetooth:BT2.1+EDR. Low profile design, High efficiency detachable AC-DA PSU gives max flexibility. 5V3A DC power supply supports most demanding applications.

Customer Reviews

If you can tweak Linux, it makes a great platform for fun projects.
BD
After scrapping away the glue and padding I was finally able pry open the case replace the SD card, but without a JTAG I can't debug the problems.
fmartinez
All that said, it is what it is, and as such, it's pretty cool (well, runs warm, but you know what I mean).
Unimon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Unimon on July 5, 2012
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It's disturbing to read the other reviews. Not a single one indicates the reviewer is aware of what this device is intended for.

The original (if not present) intent of the device is as an "evaluation" unit for developers. Certainly in the case of the earlier "Sheeva Plug" and "Guru Plug" models, the hope was that engineers and designers would play with these, come up with cool ideas for applications, buy a few hundred or thousand units, configure them as a turnkey system, and sell them retail.

Clearly, they're not "packaged" for end users or even hobbyists, hence the criticisms you read here.

This third generation of product seems to indicate, however, that despite the intent of Globalscale, many of these units are indeed being purchased by hobbyists, experimenters, and even end-users. While I applaud this as indicating that there is indeed hope for the human race (in rare examples of the species, anyway), just don't expect a computer that's packaged and finished for the average computer user. You'll definitely need some good knowledge of Debian Linux, configuring systems, and systems administration. To integrate it into a finished project will require some engineering skills. The way the unit comes loaded is with example (i.e. unfinished) applications meant to give you some ideas of what is possible. The condition of the system as it arrives is insecure, and must be worked on before the unit is ready to be safely deployed in the field.

All that said, it is what it is, and as such, it's pretty cool (well, runs warm, but you know what I mean).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tianzhen Lin on February 20, 2012
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I was trying to create a video/picture streaming server, and came across this product. For a moment I was worried if the computer would have enough horse power to do on-the-fly video transcode so the video may be consumed for different devices such as iPhone, WD TV, or big screen TV. In the end, I found it not only handled the streaming and transcode without a sweat, I was able to watch three different streams simultaneously. I am no Linux guru, but I was able to put together a media server with this amazing product. I have detailed the steps at [...]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BD on December 17, 2011
This is a third generation of plug computers by Globalscale. They have fixed the important issue of overheating in the older smaller plugs and in the new format have two variants. The DreamPlug and the newer D2 Plug. Out of the box this is a useful little Linux server. It'll make your music accesible anywhere, it'll make your files accessible anywhere, without the need to pay extra bucks and/or loss of privacy associated with in the cloud storage. If you can tweak Linux, it makes a great platform for fun projects. Build your own crawl service, build your own file sharing site, or start building the alternative to today's monitored Internet by adding to the existing Freedombox community. There's plenty this box can do.

There's a couple of things I'd wish would be better, I'd like the choice of customizing the internal SD card at purchase time - say instead of the 2 Gb, please install the machine with a 16 Gb one. Perhaps configuration of the initial install could also be done at purchase time (Apache, etc.). It all can be done easily later on, but it would be one step less for the buyer. Also their web site should list more of the forums which provide resources and help for the DreamPLugs. I have found many through Google, but they should all be listed by the company.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sequel7 on October 6, 2011
This device is pretty solid, I have a couple of them now. Everything works as it should. My only problem with it is that it's a little complicated to get the OS running like a normal server should.

The DreamPlug as of this writing comes with a really old install of Debian, so you have to fix the apt sources to the latest version and do a ton of updates. Also, although I understand why, it's a little annoying to have to play with the scripts to get it to stop acting as an access point.

Good instructions for it can be found here, fwiw - [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daren Beattie on July 15, 2013
I got one of these to stream a webcam from a remote location, and it's quite well suited to the task. It sits out of the way, makes no sound whatsoever, uses almost no electricity, and rarely needs any attention.

Pros:
The first thing that struck me after opening the box was how well-designed the case is. The power section has interchangeable connectors to either plug directly into the wall or to run a power cord (included) if you need to set the box some distance from an outlet. It can also slide entirely off from the rest of the computer, revealing coaxial power connectors on both sections that can be connected with another (included) cable; in this configuration, the power section can again plug directly into the wall (making it a wall wart separate from the computer) or use the power cord (making it an in-line power brick, like you'd see with a laptop).

The next thing I really liked was that it came pre-installed with Debian, including all the packages needed to take full advantage of the hardware, and nothing extra. I've been using Debian for some time, so working with the DreamPlug felt familiar. The installed version of Debian was one release old when I received it, but that's not surprising, considering I got the DreamPlug just two weeks after the Wheezy release.

Lastly, it's impressive just how many different things you're able to do with the included hardware. My webcam scenario is a very modest use of the device's capabilities. The default install includes a web server whose landing page describes a bunch of interesting uses for the DreamPlug.

Cons:
Updating to the latest Debian release proved to be over my head.
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