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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2009, 09:46:03 am »
each plasma having a usb hub i can also attach a bluetooth dongles in each for follow me correct.... 
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follow me works with MDs.

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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2009, 10:10:40 am »
Don't get confused between the basic LMCE Follow Me function which allows you to get media (plus lighting, climate, etc) to follow you from MD to MD based on you telling it manually through the MD where you are, and the Fiire remote enhancement of that Follow Me functionality.

On the Fiire remote they have a Follow Me button that automatically assesses the strength of each wireless dongle and determines which is the closest, then re-associates with that dongle and issues the commands to tell LMCE which MD you have moved to. So Follow Me using the dedicated button on the Fiire remote is extremely automatic. But it uses the underlying Follow Me functionality of LMCE. So you can still get media etc to follow you just a bit more manually. You can get it to work with other Bluetooth remotes, but they don't have the dedicated button nor the range-finding so its more manual, and less accurate on determining which is the closest MD

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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2009, 03:15:33 pm »
Well i was interested in using a MD usb to cat 6e to usb to usb hub to bluetooth dodgle and usb to serial rs232 to plasma.... Plan on using a bluetooth remote cell phones... So does the fire remote work out of the box for followme?
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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2009, 04:05:06 pm »
The fiire remote and dongle together work out of the box for follow me.

But Eric, your setup is quite, hmm... interesting. You are wasting lots of money for little or no gain with all your "convert-2-CAT6-2-whatever" thingies.

Good luck. And as I originally said, sometimes a 1000USD up front is better than wasting 20x 60USD over a period of 2 weeks.

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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2009, 04:53:35 pm »
posde read up im taking Andrews advice which does pro installs .... (2) 6e for hdmi and (1)5e or 6e for usb hub to hide behind tv... this allows equipment to be installed via distanced from plasma ..... if not there will be way more wires....


im gonna post pictures for you all of the media closet and and all Plasma locations so u can get a visual... and as many have said having extra cables is better than not enough with that said pics to come..
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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2009, 06:26:52 pm »
posde read up im taking Andrews advice which does pro installs .... (2) 6e for hdmi and (1)5e or 6e for usb hub to hide behind tv... this allows equipment to be installed via distanced from plasma ..... if not there will be way more wires....

im gonna post pictures for you all of the media closet and and all Plasma locations so u can get a visual... and as many have said having extra cables is better than not enough with that said pics to come..

Hi again,

I would really suggest just thinking for a moment about what your embarking on here...LinuxMCE is a big complex system that needs a lot of time to understand and get to grips with. You aspirations for your new home are all achievable and technically feasible and i am sure given time you, like many others here in the forum, will acquire all the skills and knowledge needed to put the system together for yourself. But if I were you I would think very carefully about getting Tschak909 involved to at least help you plan out your system and so you dont make mistakes and bad choices early on.

The worst thing you can do is just to go out and buy a pile of hardware and then try to make it do what you want... you'll get frustrated and disenchanted with the whole process. I would suggest that spending a little of your budget now with Tschak909 (who really know this system inside out... and is reasonably close to you unlike me who is 4000 miles away ;-) ) is really a very sound investment in getting your install right and at the same time learning about the system from a supremely expert person.

Alternatively just build a small understandable system now and learn by experimenting with that first (you can still install all the cabling and other 'infrastructure' into your new home now so your ready to do the full system later). You could still get Tschak909 involved to help you learn whats needed on this system too... that would make sense.

My suggestions for how you should architect your system are 100% sound... we install systems in this way all the time. However I am not 'close by' and if you hit problems I cant be of very much help...Tschak909 can. So again my advice is that if you want to go ahead and dive strait in and integrate LinuxMCE into your new home then I would get Tschak909 involved to make sure you get it right.

Of course I am happy to continue to help you via the forum (I am here everyday anyway ;-) ).

All the best

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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2009, 10:30:14 pm »
Exactly.... I have been talking with tkmedia and I have no problem problem  hiring someone to help with configurations or problems that might arise if I cant figure them out on my own.....   i have overkill for the amount of cables from each plasma too .... but asked many have said better to have extra than not enough...
Here is a photo of all the cables for all the plasmas and network and security feeds there are data conduits all though out the house so after close up cables run can still be made to all areas


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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2009, 10:32:32 pm »
Another close up of media closet rack
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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2009, 10:34:48 pm »
here is a shot of the bundle of wires from each plasma to media closet 6 bundles like this one total to Media Rack/closet'



Also made a quick walk though video i'll post later tonight can give more of a visual followed some runs and show little more detail...

Thanks All for help
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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2009, 11:50:11 pm »
Exactly.... I have been talking with tkmedia and I have no problem problem  hiring someone to help with configurations or problems that might arise if I cant figure them out on my own.....   i have overkill for the amount of cables from each plasma too .... but asked many have said better to have extra than not enough...
Here is a photo of all the cables for all the plasmas and network and security feeds there are data conduits all though out the house so after close up cables run can still be made to all areas


Thanks

Hi,

Good to hear that you've made contact with Tkmedia thats great. Looks like the cabling is well in hand!

All the best

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Re: Hardware recommendations
« Reply #40 on: February 04, 2009, 06:16:15 am »
I still agree a interview up front with Thom is still your best bet before you start spending a ton of money buying /doing things incorrectly.




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