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*****NEW** Dianemo Configuration Services - see below***....***Now shipping - Dianemo now supported on Ubuntu 12.04LTS!! :-) with Free iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad Orbiter App available now from the iTunes Store... v1.5 just released - search for 'Dianemo'***....***Dianemo S -  software only install product for only £249.95... now supports Ubuntu 11.10 & 12.04LTS ***....***New Dianemo UI skin....***HDMI CEC Control now supported....***UPnP now available...stream to many UPnP devices including TV's...***....***Now integrates with iTunes/iTunes Match/iTunes in the Cloud***

As most of you will know CHT Ltd has been shipping a Home Automation system called Dianemo that is based on LinuxMCE since May 2008. We market Dianemo  into the custom installer market worldwide. But now with the release of Dianemo S with many enhancements and improvements we have the perfect system for forum member who just want a working system without all the fuss & low WAF!. Dianemo uses CHT's repositories (not the repositories used by LinuxMCE) and we release updates numerous times per month and now we also closely track Ubuntu releases so that you can always build your Dianemo system with the latest software technologies from Canonical. Dianemo Updates contain either multiple feature enhancements or bug fixes or a mix of the two and are automatically available to Dianemo installations worldwide (we provide an updater script that automatically detects & installs updates for you). Over the last 12 months we have delivered 200 Updates to our customers - Dianemo is in active development. Even better - after you purchase a Dianemo license all future updates are free of charge.

A Dianemo S License only has one restriction - your license is only valid for a single NerveCentre at any given time (you are free to move the license to another piece of hardware at any time though - please contact us before you do so though). There are no other restrictions - you can have as many devices attached to your Dianemo S Nervecentre (NC) as you like and as many Media Managers (MM's), squeezeboes, Squeezeslaves, Nas's etc as you need. Once you have purchased a license from us ALL support (via the LinuxMCE forum) & updates are free - just run our updater script to get the latest updates automatically installed. Whenever Canonical release an updated version of Ubuntu we typically release support for that new OS version inside 4-6 weeks (sometimes sooner) and you can update your existing installation simply and easily - no re-install is required. And as long as your hardware is supported by a Ubuntu OS release your Dianemo S system will upgrade.

Dianemo is currently installable on Ubuntu 11.10 and on Ubuntu 12.04LTS. Existing customers with 11.10 (or earlier customers with Ubuntu 10.10 based systems) can upgrade their systems to 12.04 without re-installing from scratch. See our Dianemo S wiki page for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S

**NEW** Dianemo Configuration Services
Please IM me here on the Forum to arrange or discuss any of the services listed below - we'd love to hear from you.

Initial Setup - If you want to build your own system but would like some assistance configuring it and setting things up then please ask about our configuration service. For new customers you just need to do the initial install on your chosen hardware then we take over using Dianemo's in-built Remote Assistance service (this allows us to remotely access your system for support purposes - it requires your authoristion of course). This service gets all the basics set up and working for a flat fee of £95 GBP
Device Configuration - If you need some devices added to your system at any time eg a Surround Amplifier with IP/RS232 control, a Home Cinema Projector with IP/RS232 control or any other piece or peripheral equipment then please contact us for a price. Device configuration starts from as little as £75 GBP if its a device we already have a device template for.
Custom Device Templates - If you have a device that you would like to control from your Dianemo system and you would prefer to have us create a device template for it and configure it for you then get in touch. We will quote you a fixed price based on the device complexity.
System Design & Consulting - We provide a custom design service that will take your requirements and convert those into a System cabling/System Diagram together with a written functional design specification. We will suggest/recommend specific hardware and peripherals that we have experience with and that you can then source locally to you at the best local prices. Prices for this service start from as little as £250 GBP for Apartment & basic house systems. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Dianemo iOS Orbiter v1.5 - performance improvements, Kmotion & MythWeb integrated
We have released an update to the Dianemo Orbiter for iOS devices. Version 1.5 incorporates big improvements in responsiveness and performance making interacting with the UI much more fluid, integrates the Kmotion IP CCTV and MythWeb into the Orbiter in a WebKit views that are accessible from new buttons in the Icon bar, display dynamic UI elements - the videos below demonstrates scrolling datagrids working in the Audio & video Media Browser. The Orbiter automatically detects screens with datagrids and displays those parts of the screen as dynamic scrollable views that support all the standard iOS touch based UI conventions. One of the cool new features of this new interactive capability is that it will work with your existing UI skins right away. Version 1.5 is awaiting approval by Apple now and should appear as an update on or around the 16 Jan.

The videos below are of v1.4. The first video below was shot in Apple's xCode Dev systems device simulator while the others are running on real iOS devices. Enjoy...!

iPad1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMYhB_KNyt0
iPod Touch 4G - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZcURvJ8dt0
iPod Touch 4G - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QtNoM83xQM
iPod Touch 4G - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4pCuZHucs0
iPod Touch 4G - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nXoRJ9RaN4

CHT appointed the MK-Astral Specialist Distributor for the UK
CHT has been appointed as the UK's Specialist Distributor to the Home Automation Market for MK-Astral the ZWave based product line from MK-Honeywell. See MK-Honeywell's Web site for details of the Astral product line up.

Contact us for more info on Astral pricing and Dianemo integration.

Dianemo S Software Only Installs for the LinuxMCE Community - £249.95 - Announcing support for Ubuntu 12.04LTS or Ubuntu 11.10
Ever since we shipped the first Dianemo 07.10 Systems in early 2008 we have been asked literally 1000's of times by LinuxMCE Forum members about whether we could provide a Dianemo software only solution to install on their existing hardware. We always had to say 'no' to that question in the past. Well at last we are now able to offer a Dianemo Software only product to the LinuxMCE community!

Dianemo S is a paid for software license that enables you to have a Dianemo installation on almost any LinuxMCE compatible Core hardware that you already own (if your hardware runs the Ubuntu release you want to install ie Ubuntu 11.10 or Ubuntu 12.04LTS currently then it will be compatible with Dianemo S). Dianemo S is supported via the LinuxMCE forum to keep its cost to a minimum. We cannot guarantee that all hardware will work with Dianemo S so there will be some restrictions as to which hardware you can install it on. One key restriction is that both for Hybrid NerveCentre's and Media Managers we will only be supporting nVidia and Intel GPU's. Each installation has a Dianemo installation ID and is upgradable to future releases using a disc-less online update/upgrade procedure. Updates will be released as and when we develop them and will be available at the same time as they are made available to our hardware products and Ubuntu OS upgrades will follow shortly after Canonical releases a new Ubuntu OS release. Updates and upgrades are free to all licensed users.

How do I Install Dianemo S? See this wiki page for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S - its very easy and straightforward to install and importantly equally easy to keep updated. We provide an updater script that you can run as often as you like that will always get the latest updates for Ubuntu and Dianemo automatically for you.

If you are interested in a Dianemo S software only installation license package and would like more information please contact totallymaxed via PM here in the forum (Include basic information about your hardware please). We're only too pleased to talk about how Dianemo S might fit into your plans for home automation - so get in touch.

The Dianemo S software only is priced at £249.95 +20% VAT (Note: VAT only applies to customers located inside the EU). We can accept PayPal or bank transfers as payment. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer then please contact us for assistance. If you are planning to pay by PayPal then there will be a 4% surcharge to cover PayPal's transaction fees. Please send the correct funds (see below for the calculation) to our PayPal account at the following email address making sure you clearly state that you wish to purchase the Dianemo S software only installation package;

Please make PayPal payments to this email address: customercare<at>chtukltd<dot>co<dot>uk

Dianemo S software only installation package costs:

Cost  = £249.95 GBP
PayPal Fees @ 4% = £9.99 GBP
Total Cost Inc PayPal Fees = £259.94 GBP (Excluding VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live outside the EU and are paying by PayPal**
VAT @ 20% = £49.99 GBP
Total Cost = £309.94 GBP (Including VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live inside the EU and are paying by PayPal**

If you live inside the EU then please send the Inc VAT price above - if you live outside the EU then please send the Ex VAT price . Please note refunds can only be provided if requested within 7 working days of your payment being received. Once your payment has been received we will send you an email with your license key & the Dianemo installer attached.

Dianemo Remote Access - access your Dianemo system from anywhere
We are pleased to announce that we are rolling out Secure Remote Access for all of our Dianemo customers as of today. This service is now available on iOS devices running our Dianemo v1.5 App or later and or any PC and your Web browser. Remote access means that you can securely connect to your homes Dianemo system from any location where you have internet access (compatible with Wifi or mobile data) using your iOS device or PC with a browser. Anything you can control/view inside your home can be controlled/viewed remotely - lights, Security cameras, motion detectors etc.

For Dianemo hardware customers this service is free (for up to 8 devices) and they can activate their remote access simply by contacting us with the first 5 digits of their installation ID.

For Dianemo S customers the Dianemo Remote Access service costs £49.95 GBP annually and provides remote access to all your iOS devices. Dianemo S customers can pay via PayPal or bank transfer (contact us if this is your preferred payment method). Please include the first 5 digits of your Dianemo installation ID and your name/address with your PayPal payment;

Please make PayPal payments to this email address: customercare<at>chtukltd<dot>co<dot>uk

Dianemo Remote Access (covers all iOS devices you use) - Annual charge;
Cost  = £49.95 GBP
PayPal Fees @ 4% = £1.99 GBP
Total Cost Inc PayPal Fees = £51.94 GBP (Excluding VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live outside the EU and are paying by PayPal**
VAT @ 20% = £9.99 GBP
Total Cost = £61.94 GBP (Including VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live inside the EU and are paying by PayPal**

Now Supports Media Streaming & Control Using UPnP AV & WD TV Live Media Players
All our systems now ship with support for the the UPnP AV standard and support for adding Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media players (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330) and Sonos Zone Players (http://www.sonos.com/Default.aspx?rdr=true&LangType=2057) to your system. This means you can add WD TV Live media players, with their support for 1080P hardware acceleration, wherever you want video/audio in your system and use any Orbiter or Touch Orbiter to control them. The same goes for Sonos Zone Players for audio streaming. Dianemo's new UPnP AV software means that the WD's & Sonos's can be controlled entirely by UPnP over IP...no need to use IR blasting. Use our new UPnP Radar page in Web Admin to find any UPnP compliant devices on your LAN, tick the box next to the device you'd like to add and your all set. If you have a UPnP-AV compliant NAS just tick the box to add it and have its media available. Then just add a WD to a room or entertainment area and stream audio or video stored in your media library, including MythTV SD & HD recordings to it from your Orbiters - even use iPod Touch's, iPhone's or iPad's with our free iOS app as Orbiters. The WD's essentially become light-weight MD's...they just dont run the Orbiter UI or have any rs232 or other ports that can be controlled or accessed by the system.

Sony DLNA/UPnP TV's & Samsung Smart TV's now supported in Dianemo S
Preliminary support in Dianemo S for media streaming & control using UPnP AV for Sony TV's such as the kdl-32w5810 http://www.sony.co.uk/product/t32-w-series/kdl-32w5810. This means you do not need to add a separate MD or UPnP AV Media Player to your Sony TV - your Sony TV is the UPnP media player...and your Dianemo Orbiters can control the video & audio streams sent to it just as they would with a separate Media Player. Just hang one of these TV's on the wall & hook up power and a CAT5 cable from your LAN and thats it - it does not get much simpler.

We will be announcing support many more UPnP AV devices like the WD's, BluRay Players, TV's, Audio Amplifiers & and any compliant UPnP device too. We also support for BluRay rip streaming to UPnP AV players such as the WD.

IP Control of Sony & Samsung Smart TV's
We now support IP control of Sony & Samsung Smart TV's. Please contact us for details of which models are supported.

All of our NerveCentre's are ready to go and include our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty & after sales support and come complete with our new Dianemo S release installed. All system prices exclude shipping (No VAT charged for orders shipped outside EEC) - please use the international shipping charge tables below to calculate your total system costs inclusive of shipping and VAT (Note - VAT only applies if you are located in the EU).

The tables below explain our shipping charges for shipping NC35 & NC300 Systems worldwide. (If your country is not listed please contact us for shipping charges);

NC35 Shipping charges;
Ship NC35 to   Shipping Costs
UK£25.30
USA & Canada£89.10
EU£66
Aus£100.10

NC300 Shipping charges;
Ship NC300/200R to   Shipping Costs
UK£40.70
USA & Canada£140.80
EU£101.20
Aus£173.80

Using the shipping costs above you can work out your total system cost by choosing the NerveCentre package that suits you & adding the relevant shipping cost for the country you require your order to be shipped too. If you live inside the EU then please add 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) to your total. Systems shipped to non EU countries are not charged VAT.

We can accept PayPal or bank transfers as payment. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer then please contact us for assistance. If you are planning to pay by PayPal please send the correct funds (see the paragraph above for the calculation) to our PayPal account at the following email address making sure you clearly state which NerveCentre model you require;

customercare<at>chtukltd<dot>co<dot>uk

NC300 with Dianemo S - (Black/Brushed metal finish) Now only - £1499 + VAT ***Ubuntu 12.04LTS Pre-Installed***

All NC300's purchased as part of this special offer will ship to you pre-configured for 6 x iPad (or iPhone/iPod) Orbiters and 6 x Squeezebox's or Squeezeslave's (**You supply the iPad/iPhone/iPod & Squeezeslave or Squeezebox).

NC300 NerveCentres - These brand new high quaility units are available in a brushed black metal finish. The units have server grade motherboards, 4 gig of RAM, 1x320Gb + 1X2Tb SATA hard drives, Optical DVD-RW, 4 drive bays. The NC300 NerveCentres are perfect for larger racked installations (1-8 MM's) and provide plenty of space for internal options/expansion. All NC300 have Dianemo installed and are ready to go and come with our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty & after sales support (Plus our new Dianemo S release installed).

Download the NC300 Datasheet here; http://cascade-media.co.uk/images/stories/pdf/NC300.pdf

NC35 - System **NEW MODEL** only £649 + VAT (VAT applies to UK/EC Customers only) ***Ubuntu 12.04LTS Pre-Installed***

All NC35's ship to you pre-configured for 2 x iPad (or iPhone/iPod) Orbiters and 2 x Squeezebox's or Squeezeslave's (**You supply the iPad/iPhone/iPod & Squeezeslave or Squeezebox).

A compact Hybrid NerveCentre based around the Atom D525 processor with the Ion 218 based GPU the NC35 has a low energy footprint and close to noiseless operation. The NC35 combines performance with very low power consumption. HD Compatible - 720p & 1080p, 1Tb storage & DVD-rw. Video outputs: VGA, HDMI,  Audio outputs SPDIF & Analog surround. The NC35 is the central processor of your system and also can drive a TV display simultaneously. All your audio, video & TV are stored on its internal hard disc storage (This can be expanded externally). Up to 2 additional Media Managers and up to 8 Audio zones can be driven from the NC30. The NC30 comes with a full Dianemo S installation as all of our other NerveCentre's do.

When will the next major release of Dianemo be available?
We have now started to ship new systems with Dianemo S installed. Dianemo S supports Ubuntu 11.10 and now Ubuntu 12.04LTS. First shipments of the 11.10 release started at the end of Jan 2011 and 12.04 in early June 2011. Dianemo S is a major step forward in all areas with the underlying OS technologies bringing a wealth of new capabilities and making possible to access much more modern hardware. This translates into new hardware capabilities and support for new and more advanced peripherals and subsystems. The new OS also allows us to deliver a wide range of new application features and capabilities such as UPnP & shortly BluRay support.

What about upgrades to Dianemo?
Dianemo S will receive updates automatically as and when they are released by CHT. Dianemo S, which is based on Ubuntu 11.10, will be available in Jan 2012 and all Dianemo 10.10 systems will receive an upgrade to the 11.10 release when it is available. Our Ubuntu 12.04LTS release will be available shortly after Canonical release Ubuntu 12.04LTS and all 10.10/11.10 systems will be upgradable.

What about ARM?
As part of the transition to Dianemo S we have rebuilt from the ground up our build system and this will make it possible to transition to new Ubuntu OS releases much more quickly than in the past and will also allow us to introduce Dianemo systems on ARM based hardware in the near future...this is a strong candidate as our first target by the way; http://www.raspberrypi.org/wiki-2. Let us know if you'd be interested in our ARM based products. Look out for announcements about these developments shortly.

This great Youtube video clip kindly created by Forum member & Dianemo customer, mardibloke, shows Dianemo/Cascade in action - demonstrating the Nokia N810 Orbiter being used to control ZWave lighting, TV, DVD's, MP3's and security cameras; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMo5hBjEihY

Take a look at the Dianemo Web site here; http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=21. You can download datasheets about all the Cascade NerveCentre's, Media Managers and other related products. If you have any specific requirements then we can build NerveCentres/Cores to order based on our standard hardware - contact me if you'd like more info on this.

We will also now ship systems worldwide including North America by the way.

Some LinuxMCE to Dianemo definitions for you...;

- Core = We call these NerveCentre's or NC's.

- Media Director or MD = We call these Media Managers or MM's.

All Dianemo NerveCentre's are delivered fully tested and with all the basic configuration completed - removing one of the biggest challenges faced by people trying to build their own systems. You can then build your system around your NerveCentre, adding Media Managers is easy and straightforward and is truly plug-n-play, removing the other major challenge that people building their own systems face, and you can use pre-built 'off the shelf' units like the Revo or build something custom that suits your needs (see the list of supported hardware below). What we mean by 'supported' is that if you 'build' an MM that meets our spec then it will be plug-n-play and if you hit any problems we will be there to assist you.

So how does Dianemo compare to LinuxMCE? Cascade contains all the features of LinuxMCE plus enhancements such as;

- Pre-installed and configured NerveCentre (we call Core's NerveCentre's by the way).
- Plug-n-play Media Manager installation (we call MD's Media Managers or MM's) supporting a range of ATOM/Ion and other hardware out of the box.
- Plug-n-play support for Eee Top 1602 Touch screen Media Managers.
- Plug-n-play support for Eee Top ET2002T Touch screen Media Managers.
- Integrated MythTV-0.25-fixes at the NerveCentre.
- Support for a wide range of TV/Capture cards (eg HVR-1300, HVR-2200, HVR2250 & many more)
- Integrated support for controlling external Sky boxes and distributing the video output of the Sky Box over HDMI or RF to multiple rooms or zones. Other external Sat boxes can be added in a similar way.
- Integrated support for HDMI Audio on nVidia based Media Managers (supports Stereo & 5.1/DTS modes) & enhanced AVwizard for configuration.
- Integrated support for Squeezebox Receiver, BoomBox & Classic & SqueezeBox Server Version: 7.4.2 - r30215 (supports in synch multizone audio playback)
- Integrated support for Squeezeslave - this is a soft Squeezebox. Create as many as you have sound cards for...supports USB/PCI audio cards, add them to MM's & your NC. Add 2,3,4 or more Audio zones by attaching low cost USB audio adapters to your MM's (tested with 6 x USB Audio cards & ripped DVD streaming from NC on a single Asus Revo)
- Integrated Secure Remote Assistance if activated by customer.
- Many other changes/improvements

Supported Media Managers (ie Media Directors) are the following pre-built models or are based on the hardware listed. You are free to buy these from any vendor you choose (you DO NOT need to purchase them from CHT) or build/assemble an MM based on these specs and choose a case design that suits your needs - all in the knowledge that they will automatically be supported by your Cascade NerveCentre;

- Acer Revo (all current models) (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- ASUS Eee Top 1602 (supports UI1 and full touchscreen support)
- Asus Eee Top ET2002T (supports UI1 and UI2 and full touchscreen support, VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- ASUS Eee Box B202 (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay) **No longer supported**
- ASUS Eee Box 1501 with Integrated DVD-RW optical drive (Supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- ASROCK Atom 330  **Update the BIOS to the latest Rev. (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- Onkyo P305A3 NVIDIA Ion Nettop PC (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- Any Media Manager based on Zotac Atom/Ion motherboards  (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)
- Any Media Manager based on the ASUS P5N7A motherboard (using the on board nVidia 9300 GPU) & E5200 processor + 2gig RAM  (supports UI1 & UI2 Overlay, HDMI Audio and VDPAU in MythTV, all resolutions up to 1080p)

Supported Orbiters (software for the following Orbiters is provided as part of your Dianemo/Cascade system)
- All iOS Devices (All models of the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPhone3g, iPhone3GS, iPhone4 & iPad)
- Android SmartPhone's and Pad's
- In Wall AFL-408B-ATOM-R11 (Intel Atom based, 8" - 800x600)
- In Wall AFL-W410A-ATOM-R11 (Intel Atom based, 10.2" - 1024x600)
- In Wall AFL-412AATOM-R11 (Intel Atom based, 12.1" - 1024x768)

Any hardware you buy from us will be supported by us through the LinuxMCE forum and through Secure Remote Assistance for a period of 12 months and is covered under a 'return to base' warranty for any hardware faults for 12 months too. If you purchase your own hardware to add to your Cascade NerveCentre, and it is on our supported list, then we will provide general assistance through the Forums to assist you. If you need more detailed help with any hardware you did not purchase from us, or need assistance with some aspect of your systems configuration, then you can optionally choose our paid for support option which is available in 2HR blocks for £75 UKP (payment via PayPal). By the way there will be no 'hard sell' on this service...but its there if you feel its needed.

Post to this thread if your interested in a pre-built and pain free Dianemo system or if you have any questions about the above.

All the best

Andrew
« Last Edit: November 20, 2012, 01:47:12 pm by totallymaxed »
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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 01:32:26 pm »
Andrew,

You are a Hero! Thank you.

For myself, I have just aquired a beast of a machine which I was planning on using as a dedicated core. (HP DL380GS) but am struggling with all the "add-ons".

I curreently have a "prrof of concept" rig partially built. It is not going too well and I suspect that this is, at least in part, down to under-powered hardware for my MDs.

I have been closely monitoring the forums for some time and have a whole bunch of information assembled, a lot from you! What I would like, however, is a "one stop shop" place I can go for known compatible kit.

My first MD will be in my living room, where my Sky STB is located. I have a PVR150 ready and want all of the neccessaries to get the MD up and running. I know you have mentioned the USB->RF controller for the Sky boxes in the past. Are these now supported by the mainstream 810, or is it still part of your own system?

For me, the ideal would be to come to you for my MDs etc., but use my own core - kind of a backwards version of your offering here! Would I be able to install Cascade on my core?

I fully understand why 710 is no longer supported and why 810 is a little shakey (Alpha) at the moment, but that doesn't help me when the family are whining that they want it working :)

I'm happy to take this conversation offline if you feel it is not relevant to the general forum, but I would be willing to bet that there are many of us who have partial setups like mine and who would appreciate a source of hardware that is know to work properly. If I have to throw away my current core, I will, but it seems a shame!
« Last Edit: September 17, 2009, 01:33:59 pm by wierdbeard65 »
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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 02:03:51 pm »
Andrew,

You are a Hero! Thank you.

For myself, I have just aquired a beast of a machine which I was planning on using as a dedicated core. (HP DL380GS) but am struggling with all the "add-ons".

I curreently have a "prrof of concept" rig partially built. It is not going too well and I suspect that this is, at least in part, down to under-powered hardware for my MDs.

I have been closely monitoring the forums for some time and have a whole bunch of information assembled, a lot from you! What I would like, however, is a "one stop shop" place I can go for known compatible kit.

My first MD will be in my living room, where my Sky STB is located. I have a PVR150 ready and want all of the neccessaries to get the MD up and running. I know you have mentioned the USB->RF controller for the Sky boxes in the past. Are these now supported by the mainstream 810, or is it still part of your own system?

For me, the ideal would be to come to you for my MDs etc., but use my own core - kind of a backwards version of your offering here! Would I be able to install Cascade on my core?

I fully understand why 710 is no longer supported and why 810 is a little shakey (Alpha) at the moment, but that doesn't help me when the family are whining that they want it working :)

I'm happy to take this conversation offline if you feel it is not relevant to the general forum, but I would be willing to bet that there are many of us who have partial setups like mine and who would appreciate a source of hardware that is know to work properly. If I have to throw away my current core, I will, but it seems a shame!

Hi Wierdbeard,

I think we should keep things here in the thread for now as the things you are asking are going to be relevant to others too. If you decide to purchase a system them the transaction will be done privately of course.

So trying to take you questions in order...

- Cascade (and Dianemo) are both built on top of the base LinuxMCE-0710 release. We then periodically pass changes fixes to core technologies between our svn and the public LinuxMCE one - its a two way street. We then backport some of those changes into our 710 based Cascade/Dianemo builds. We have not transitioned Cascade/Dianemo to 0810 yet and we may not ever do so...we may jump straight to 0910. This is still being discussed and I cant say which way we will go yet. But what i can say is that there will be an upgrade path from the current release of Cascade/Dianemo to 0810/0910.

The point of Cascade/Dianemo is that the software and hardware have been harmonised and it is this tight coupling between the hardware we supply alongside the software that provides the ease, simplicity and reliability that we can deliver. There are very few areas in general use (if any) where our current 0710 software compares unfavourably to 0810. The whole point of Cascade/Dianemo is to avoid 'whining families' :-). Cascade/Dianemo 0710 is fully supported and will continue to be until we release the next version update.

- Because of the above we can only offer Cascade on our NerveCentre hardware I'm afraid.

- Any MD/MM hardware you have already may be usable if it on our supported list.

- Cascade supports various forms of Sky integration and all of these use a Dusky RF2 controller to send commands to the Sky Box (Sky Digibox, Sky+ and Sky HD models all supported). In our next Update we will be transitioning to our new MythTV based TV and this will further extend the Sky options and will also add support for Virgin Media Digiboxes too.

I think that covers all of your questions...let me know if I missed anything.

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 02:14:47 pm »
Andrew,

Thanks for the rapid, and detailed, reply.
I think we should keep things here in the thread for now as the things you are asking are going to be relevant to others too. If you decide to purchase a system them the transaction will be done privately of course.
I figured my questions may well be common ones. ;)
- Cascade (and Dianemo) are both built on top of the base LinuxMCE-0710 release. We then periodically pass changes fixes to core technologies between our svn and the public LinuxMCE one - its a two way street. We then backport some of those changes into our 710 based Cascade/Dianemo builds. We have not transitioned Cascade/Dianemo to 0810 yet and we may not ever do so...we may jump straight to 0910. This is still being discussed and I cant say which way we will go yet. But what i can say is that there will be an upgrade path from the current release of Cascade/Dianemo to 0810/0910.
Does this mean that the 710 MCE is still being updated by yourselves?
The point of Cascade/Dianemo is that the software and hardware have been harmonised and it is this tight coupling between the hardware we supply alongside the software that provides the ease, simplicity and reliability that we can deliver. There are very few areas in general use (if any) where our current 0710 software compares unfavourably to 0810. The whole point of Cascade/Dianemo is to avoid 'whining families' :-). Cascade/Dianemo 0710 is fully supported and will continue to be until we release the next version update.

- Because of the above we can only offer Cascade on our NerveCentre hardware I'm afraid.
That is a shame. I fully understand why this would be the case with a hybrid system, but as I already said, I intend to go with a dedicated core which, unless I'm very much mistaken, is less hardware sensitive. Still, I know you guys have support costs to consider and having some old rubbish nailed together in a shoebox and held together with string is not going to be very supportable!
- Any MD/MM hardware you have already may be usable if it on our supported list.
Apart from 1 PVR150 and 1 USB-UIRT, I doubt it ;) Like I said, proof-of-concept at the moment, but for this discussion, I started at the wrong end :(
- Cascade supports various forms of Sky integration and all of these use a Dusky RF2 controller to send commands to the Sky Box (Sky Digibox, Sky+ and Sky HD models all supported). In our next Update we will be transitioning to our new MythTV based TV and this will further extend the Sky options and will also add support for Virgin Media Digiboxes too.
I guess this is one of the BIG ones (for me). Has this support been back-ported to 710 as well? If so, I may well just go for a 710 rig for the time being....
I think that covers all of your questions...let me know if I missed anything.
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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 02:41:02 pm »
Andrew,

Thanks for the rapid, and detailed, reply.
I think we should keep things here in the thread for now as the things you are asking are going to be relevant to others too. If you decide to purchase a system them the transaction will be done privately of course.
I figured my questions may well be common ones. ;)
- Cascade (and Dianemo) are both built on top of the base LinuxMCE-0710 release. We then periodically pass changes fixes to core technologies between our svn and the public LinuxMCE one - its a two way street. We then backport some of those changes into our 710 based Cascade/Dianemo builds. We have not transitioned Cascade/Dianemo to 0810 yet and we may not ever do so...we may jump straight to 0910. This is still being discussed and I cant say which way we will go yet. But what i can say is that there will be an upgrade path from the current release of Cascade/Dianemo to 0810/0910.
Does this mean that the 710 MCE is still being updated by yourselves?
No we are not updating LinuxMCE-0710 but many of the changes we make to base packages are uploaded into the LinuxMCE-0810 svn.
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The point of Cascade/Dianemo is that the software and hardware have been harmonised and it is this tight coupling between the hardware we supply alongside the software that provides the ease, simplicity and reliability that we can deliver. There are very few areas in general use (if any) where our current 0710 software compares unfavourably to 0810. The whole point of Cascade/Dianemo is to avoid 'whining families' :-). Cascade/Dianemo 0710 is fully supported and will continue to be until we release the next version update.

- Because of the above we can only offer Cascade on our NerveCentre hardware I'm afraid.
That is a shame. I fully understand why this would be the case with a hybrid system, but as I already said, I intend to go with a dedicated core which, unless I'm very much mistaken, is less hardware sensitive. Still, I know you guys have support costs to consider and having some old rubbish nailed together in a shoebox and held together with string is not going to be very supportable!
Actually its just as relevant to any type of Core/NerveCentre...its why we know that when we ship a system out the door that it actually works and its a large part of the 'value' you get from buying a Cascade system.
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- Any MD/MM hardware you have already may be usable if it on our supported list.
Apart from 1 PVR150 and 1 USB-UIRT, I doubt it ;) Like I said, proof-of-concept at the moment, but for this discussion, I started at the wrong end :(
- Cascade supports various forms of Sky integration and all of these use a Dusky RF2 controller to send commands to the Sky Box (Sky Digibox, Sky+ and Sky HD models all supported). In our next Update we will be transitioning to our new MythTV based TV and this will further extend the Sky options and will also add support for Virgin Media Digiboxes too.
I guess this is one of the BIG ones (for me). Has this support been back-ported to 710 as well? If so, I may well just go for a 710 rig for the time being....
Because of the way we do our Sky control currently not much of the code has been backported to 0810 as it could break other stuff. Its one of the key areas where our codebase diverges a little from LinuxMCE. So if you want slick Sky/Virgin integration (or potentially another flavour of STB) then Cascade will be a very good choice I promise you! This side of Cascade wins our professional installers a lot of customers.
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I think that covers all of your questions...let me know if I missed anything.
Thanks again!

No Problem

All the best

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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 02:55:25 pm »
Ok, you've pretty much sold me :D

I checked your site and, if this new offering is on there, it's pretty well hiddedn ;) Do you have a URL for pricelists and various specs?

Also, one (final) question. I am not intending to route the HDMI around the house in the way I know you often advise, but rather use the network (i.e. capture with the PVR and then use Myth/VDR to stream etc.) This is partially because I want to use "pause Live tv" and "record from when I started watching" and partially because I want to reduce my family's reliance on live TV at all. (A lot of what they watch, and which causes arguments, is the stuff that is endlessly repeated on the kids channels. For example, my youngest is a huge fan of Ben10. I'm hoping to get the system to automatically record all the episodes as / when they air and then he can go away and watch them without tying up the reciever when someone else want to watch something.) Can cacade currently be set up like this?

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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 03:20:14 pm »
Ok, you've pretty much sold me :D

I checked your site and, if this new offering is on there, it's pretty well hiddedn ;) Do you have a URL for pricelists and various specs?
The systems shown on our Web site are our professionally installed Dianemo CI range. Cascade is our new affordable product line and my post here is the first public announcement of it...apart from some press briefings and such like. I will post an open price list here in the next day or so but our base base 'under-tv' NC120 has twin DVB-T tuners and a single capture port, 1TB of Storage, 2 gig of RAM and an E7400 Processor this NerveCentre is available for £850 + VAT (**original price was a typo). We also have some 'discontinued' hardware that might be suitable dependant on your needs - these are again 'Under-TV' but use an older Intel 915 based motherboard and are priced from £485 for a similar Spec.
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Also, one (final) question. I am not intending to route the HDMI around the house in the way I know you often advise, but rather use the network (i.e. capture with the PVR and then use Myth/VDR to stream etc.) This is partially because I want to use "pause Live tv" and "record from when I started watching" and partially because I want to reduce my family's reliance on live TV at all. (A lot of what they watch, and which causes arguments, is the stuff that is endlessly repeated on the kids channels. For example, my youngest is a huge fan of Ben10. I'm hoping to get the system to automatically record all the episodes as / when they air and then he can go away and watch them without tying up the reciever when someone else want to watch something.) Can Cascade currently be set up like this?

Our standard 'non-streaming' Sky integration package can indeed use HDMI-CAT5 technology to distribute the Sky video output around your home. However it can also use RF and an RF distribution Amplifier if the lower quality is acceptable. If you want to 'stream' your Sky box then our forthcoming TV upgrade does exactly that and integrates all of the Sky control capabilities of the 'non streaming' version to. This is in the final stages of testing now and I expect this to go out as an update very shortly - you would receive this update automatically of course. This version is based on MythTV 0.21 and supports the VDPAU hardware acceleration capability in nVidia based supported Media Managers (see my first post in this thread for a list of the supported MM hardware) and includes all of the recording and scheduling features that MythTV supports including automatically recording all of the shows in a series etc.

All the best

Andrew
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 08:30:26 pm »
Thanks again, Andrew!

I guess I'll have to wait for the forthcoming upgrade and the official price list! I definately want my TV over my IP network - less cabling!
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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 10:24:39 pm »
Thanks again, Andrew!

I guess I'll have to wait for the forthcoming upgrade and the official price list! I definately want my TV over my IP network - less cabling!

Well I would suggest sending me a PM describing your exact requirements (or post them here if your happy to do so) and I will get back to you with a suitable NerveCentre spec/price. From what you have said so far I would expect the two NC's mentioned in my last post here to be suitable .

The TV Update will be pushed out automatically to all customers and I would expect this to be in the next 10 days or so anyway.

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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2009, 03:48:10 pm »
Just to let anyone monitoring this thread know that I have added some additional info to my first post at the top of this thread (I added it there as it seemed easier for if all this info was in a single place and not spread out over the length of the thread) regarding Media Manager support in Cascade, some further explanation that you can build your own Media Manager's and dont have too buy them from CHT... and also there is now a URL to the Cascade Web site...which now has some PDF data sheets and will have pricing details too soon.

Thanks so much for all you PM's and emails too!...you have certainly kept me busy ;-) However I would really encourage you to post here in this thread if at all possible unless you have something confidential to discuss as then everyone can benefit, can read your questions and my responses and any other discussions we get into.

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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2009, 06:25:38 pm »
cool stuff Andrew!!

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Ex Demonstration Hardware for Sale with Cascade Smart Home Pre-installed
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2009, 12:46:06 pm »
Hi all,

Below are a few items that have passed through our demonstration suite and are no longer used. None of the units below have been heavily used or abused and all are in excellent condition and come with our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty on the hardware

We have a small number of 'Ex' demonstration lightly used under-TV NerveCentre's available currently from £495 UKP. These units are FIC manufactured and have the following spec; i915 motherboard, 2.8GHz Pentium processor, 2Gig RAM, 1 TB HD Storage, Optical DVD-R/RW drive, 1 x T500 twin tuner DVB-T, 1 x PVR150, nVidia 9400GT (these units have two full height PCI slots on a Riser and two 'half height' slots on the motherboard). The configuration of these machines can be modified if you require it. These units ship with a Cascade Smart Home installation pre installed.

We also have a few ASUS Eee Top 1602 models for sale. These units work very well as UI1 Touch screen MM's and will Automatically add themselves to a Cascade Smart Home system. All have been lightly used in our demo suite only and are priced at £295 UKP - Colour White, Asus Eee Top, Intel Atom 1.6 Processor, Windows XP® Home, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, 15.6" Touch Screen, Integrated Graphics, ETP1602-WT

If any of these might meet your needs let me know via PM here on the forum.

Thanks. All the best

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Clarification - Adding your own Media Managers to Cascade
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2009, 01:04:14 pm »
Hi all,

I just wanted to clarify that if you purchase a Cascade NerveCentre (ie a Core) and then add a Media Manager (ie an MD) to it that matches the spec on our 'supported hardware' list then it will 'just work' - no fuss or special setup is required at all. Cascade has in-built plug-n-play support for the hard ware spec'd on our 'supported hardware' list. In addition any of the hardware listed that is based on nVidia GPU's and is listed as supporting HDMI/Audio will automatically support that too if you choose it in the AVwizard.

...and again you can freely add Media Managers to you Cascade NerveCentre that you have built yourself or purchased from any vendor you choose.

I hope the above clarifies the situation for everyone that has asked me about how this works...if not please post a question here and I will add any additional clarification needed :-)

All the best

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Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2009, 02:34:05 pm »
What do people think of having a simple page on the www.linuxmce.org web site indicating that although LMCE is fundamentally an OSS product, there is also a "fully supported commercial" version of the product for those that wish to pay for a "solution"? This could be used for referrals to other companies than CHT, as well, as and when/if they come on board. There are other products out there that are OSS in their core, but also have references to comercial versions or commercialised services based on the product, on their web sites. Ubuntu doing so for Canonical is one example although Canonical effectively is Ubuntu (Vendor:Product) but there are other examples where the separation is clearer.

Just a thought.

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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2009, 05:09:12 pm »
Ubuntu is doing this for Canonical because Canonical owns/runs Ubuntu. We'd have to discuss this... There could be certain implications...