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Title: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: totallymaxed on September 17, 2009, 01:07:02 pm
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Dianemo Professional Home Automation 2015

New - Dianemo X86 Basic : Just $249 USD (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221) - New

Dianemo - a short history
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 (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. Currently if you purchase a Dianemo License we give you 4 hours of Remote Support free of charge - so get your license while this offer is still available.

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 $199 USD
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 $99 USD 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 $299 USD for Apartment sized systems. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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 $699 USD +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 contact PM me here on the forum to place an order;

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 days of your payment being received (Note: this does not apply to special offers or try before you buy). Once your payment has been received we will send you an email with your license key & the Dianemo installer attached.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: wierdbeard65 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!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed 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.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: wierdbeard65 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.
Thanks again!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed 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

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: wierdbeard65 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?

Cheers!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed 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
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: wierdbeard65 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!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed 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.

Kindest regards

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed 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.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: hari on September 18, 2009, 06:25:38 pm
cool stuff Andrew!!

best regards,
Hari
Title: Ex Demonstration Hardware for Sale with Cascade Smart Home Pre-installed
Post by: totallymaxed 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

Andrew
Title: Clarification - Adding your own Media Managers to Cascade
Post by: totallymaxed 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

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: colinjones 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.
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: dlewis 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...
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2009, 05:24:21 pm
What do people think of having a simple page on the www.linuxmce.org web site indicating that although LinuxMCE 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.

I think this might be something to look at... although your example of 'Ubuntu' in relation to Canonical...is not quite accurate. I would think Asterisk is probably a better example in fact. However there are already pages explaining what CHT does in relation to LinuxMCE etc.

I'd like to point out that CHT actively works to make sure that almost all the code it creates and develops for its Dianemo & Cascade products is made available for integration into LinuxMCE and is made available under the GPL. Sometimes the features and changes we have made may not 'fit' directly with the direction the LinuxMCE Devs are taking however and in these cases integrating our changes may be delayed. If we fix bugs or make other changes to underlying LinuxMCE packages then these are handed straight back for immediate integration.

Our focus for Cascade in particular is to make it simple & easy to add too and expand and to deliver a stable and reliable product. Our customer systems typically have 'uptimes' 200+ days and usually the need to reboot was caused by a software update and not a fault.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: nite_man on September 28, 2009, 02:23:17 pm
First of all, good work Andrew! Nice to see how your business with LinuxMCE are growing. Your Cascade/Dianemo line looks pretty cool! Now the question. If it's not the secret could you explain how support of touchscreen display on the case was implemented? I asked a few times about it on the Russian forum but I didn't have any idea how to do that.

TIA and good luck with Cascade!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on September 28, 2009, 07:12:34 pm
First of all, good work Andrew! Nice to see how your business with LinuxMCE are growing. Your Cascade/Dianemo line looks pretty cool! Now the question. If it's not the secret could you explain how support of touchscreen display on the case was implemented? I asked a few times about it on the Russian forum but I didn't have any idea how to do that.

TIA and good luck with Cascade!

Hi,

Your talking about the Dianemo CI ranges Rack Mount NerveCentre. We dont enable the touchscreen on that model, we use a physical keyboard with touchpanel, as the purpose of the screen is to avoid having to install a separate LCD screen in the 19" Rack. The onboard screen is purely used for system configuration and status display in the Rack.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: nite_man on September 28, 2009, 09:26:26 pm
Hi,

Your talking about the Dianemo CI ranges Rack Mount NerveCentre. We dont enable the touchscreen on that model, we use a physical keyboard with touchpanel, as the purpose of the screen is to avoid having to install a separate LCD screen in the 19" Rack. The onboard screen is purely used for system configuration and status display in the Rack.

All the best

Andrew

I see. I thought that you run both - on-screen Orbiter and embedded display Orbiter at the same time :) In any case, thanks for clarifications. You produce a good products!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on September 28, 2009, 11:05:38 pm
Hi,

Your talking about the Dianemo CI ranges Rack Mount NerveCentre. We dont enable the touchscreen on that model, we use a physical keyboard with touchpanel, as the purpose of the screen is to avoid having to install a separate LCD screen in the 19" Rack. The onboard screen is purely used for system configuration and status display in the Rack.

All the best

Andrew

I see. I thought that you run both - on-screen Orbiter and embedded display Orbiter at the same time :) In any case, thanks for clarifications. You produce a good products!

Hi Michael,

We do have an Orbiter on the Rack Mounted NerveCentre with integrated LCD Panel display...but we dont use a Touch interface on it.

The soon to 'ship' ASUS ET2002T might be of interest to you... has an Atom 330  and an ION chipset with integrated graphics, 2GB of RAM, 320GB storage, WiFi, a DVD rewriter and integrated stereo speakers. This 2200T will replace the current EeeTop 1702 model. New Cascade/Dianemo installs will support this new unit from ASUS in the next 10 days or so and there will be an Update pushed out to existing customers to to add support to their systems

Regards

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed on October 01, 2009, 12:29:12 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!

Hi Paul,

We have the MythTV 0.21 update in final testing now here and I expect this to be released over the weekend. This will allow you to schedule recordings from a Sky box and importantly will also allow you to take remote control of your Sky Box and display the Sky UI on the MD (as we are capturing the live TV picutre from it and streaming that around the LAN). This mean your Sky Box can be somehwere like your lounge and your Cascade MM in your bedroom can remotely control it using the Sky UI...and you can watch it live or if its a Sky+ or Sky HD you can also set recordings or play them back too... just as if you were sitting in front of the TV downstairs in your lounge. By the way we now buffer the Sky EPG off-air on a server and Cascade installations then check in periodically each day and download the latest EPG data. This means that even if your local Cascade system has no Sat cards (ie its a Freeview or DVB-T based system) we can deliver an off-air Sky EPG to it that matches the one in your Sky Box.

Anyway send me via a PM an outline of what you need your system to do/deliver and I will make sure is family/WAF compliant for you ;-)

All the best

Andrew

PS See my first post in this thread for some ex demonstration Cascade hardware...depending on what your needs are one of these might be suitable...and their cheap too.
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - available now for immediate delivery.
Post by: totallymaxed on October 01, 2009, 04:29:18 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!

Hi Paul,

We have the MythTV 0.21 update in final testing now here and I expect this to be released over the weekend. This will allow you to schedule recordings from a Sky box and importantly will also allow you to take remote control of your Sky Box and display the Sky UI on the MD (as we are capturing the live TV picutre from it and streaming that around the LAN). This mean your Sky Box can be somehwere like your lounge and your Cascade MM in your bedroom can remotely control it using the Sky UI...and you can watch it live or if its a Sky+ or Sky HD you can also set recordings or play them back too... just as if you were sitting in front of the TV downstairs in your lounge. By the way we now buffer the Sky EPG off-air on a server and Cascade installations then check in periodically each day and download the latest EPG data. This means that even if your local Cascade system has no Sat cards (ie its a Freeview or DVB-T based system) we can deliver an off-air Sky EPG to it that matches the one in your Sky Box.

Anyway send me via a PM an outline of what you need your system to do/deliver and I will make sure is family/WAF compliant for you ;-)

All the best

Andrew

PS See my first post in this thread for some ex demonstration Cascade hardware...depending on what your needs are one of these might be suitable...and their cheap too.

...just by way of an update we have successfully tested streaming BBC HD on Freesat/DVB-S to MM's today. Ion based MM's tested and also 9300 & 9400 equipped models too. Performance and picture quality is really excellent...HDMI/Audio & 5.1 surround also working on BBC HD too.

Andrew
Title: Demo of N810 being used with Dianemo/Cascade
Post by: totallymaxed on October 07, 2009, 05:45:53 pm
Below is a link to mardibloke's very nice demo of the N810 being used to remotely control an Media Manager/MD and ZWave lighting;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMo5hBjEihY

You can see Dianemo/Cascade's UI skin is different visually and you can also see some of the new TV remote screens etc too.

Thanks to mardibloke for creating the video.

Andrew
Title: Dianemo & Cascade Systems - support Asus Eee Box EB1012 with nVidia Ion
Post by: totallymaxed on October 21, 2009, 09:52:01 am
Update - Dianemo & Cascade systems now have plug-n-play support for the Asus Eee Box EB1012 with NVIDIA Ion GPU's

All the best


Andrew
Title: Cascade Web Site - System Pricing & Features Updated
Post by: totallymaxed on October 21, 2009, 11:40:18 am
Both Cascade Smart Home & Cascade Media sections updated & expanded;
http://www.cascade-media.co.uk (http://www.cascade-media.co.uk)
Title: VDPAU Support in Dianemo & Cascade
Post by: totallymaxed on October 22, 2009, 09:56:14 am
Dianemo & Cascade both support vdpau hardware video acceleration when in MythTV. This provides greatly improved de-interlacing and smooth video playback for both SD & HD content at 720p & 1080p. All our supported Atom/Ion and other nVidia based hardware will be compatible with vdpau 'out of the box'.

We plan to extend vdpau support in the near future to video playback in the Orbiter as well. When available your Dianemo or Cascade system will automatically receive an Update and you will see an on-screen message - reboot your NerveCentre and the update is applied.

All the best

Andrew
Title: HDMI Audio
Post by: totallymaxed on October 22, 2009, 11:16:49 am
Dianemo & Cascade both support HDMI Audio on all the supported nVidia based hardware. Both HDMI Stereo Audio and 5.1/7.1 Surround (obviously the surround output requires a 5.1/7.1 capable Amplifier) is supported and selectable from the AVwizard.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Squeezebox & synchronised audio streaming support
Post by: totallymaxed on October 23, 2009, 12:53:35 pm
Dianemo & Cascade both have Plug-n-Play support for;

- Squeezebox Classic
- Squeezebox Radio
- Squeezebox Boom
- Squeezebox Touch
- Squeezebox Duet
- Squeezebox Transporter

Any number and any combination of Squeezeboxes can be added to a Dianemo or Cascade system.

Andrew
Title: Cascade Systems from CHT - Order online now
Post by: totallymaxed on October 26, 2009, 02:51:05 pm
Sorry for the delay in getting online ordering live...I know many of you have asked about this. The Cascade online shop went live today!!

You can order your Cascade system online now in the Cascade online shop - See here http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=27#ecwid:category=0&mode=category&offset=0&sort=normal (http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=27#ecwid:category=0&mode=category&offset=0&sort=normal)

Only Cascade Media systems and components can be ordered currently but Cascade Smart Home will go live in the online shop in the next few days.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Support for Onkyo P305A3 NVIDIA Ion Nettop added
Post by: totallymaxed on October 26, 2009, 02:57:26 pm
Cascade Smart Home & Dianemo now support the Onkyo P305A3 NVIDIA Ion Nettop PC as a Plug-n-Play Media Manager.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Support for ASUS Eee Box 1501 NVIDIA Ion Nettop added
Post by: totallymaxed on October 28, 2009, 01:34:34 am
Cascade Smart Home & Dianemo now support the ASUS Eee Box 1501 NVIDIA Ion Nettop PC as a Plug-n-Play Media Manager.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Cascade/Dianemo - Sky / Virgin & other external STB's
Post by: totallymaxed on October 29, 2009, 01:30:47 pm
Cascade Smart Home and Dianemo both have integrated support for external Satellite/Cable STB's and their EPG data. Below I describe some of the capabilities you can expect when controlling an external STB...when I use a Sky or Virgin STB in an example you can read that to mean that the feature would be available for any other STB too.

In the UK the dominant providers are Sky & Virgin Media and STB's from both companies are supported. The STB is added as a Tuner/Source to MythTV and SkyPlayer or VirginPlayer devices are added and a SkyHD or Virgin device is added as child of the installed blaster (see attached screen shot).

Your Cascade/Dianemo NerveCentre automatically updates it EPG data for the attached STB's from one of our servers each day. So even if your NerveCentre only has Freeview Tuners the attached STB's EPG data is integrated into the MythTV EPG alongside your Freeview channels. Freeview's Logical Channel numbering is used so that channels are correctly numbered and familiar (ie for Freeview BBC1 for example is on '1' and Five is on '5' and if you have Freesat they would be on '101' and '105'). To allow for each external STB to be integrated into the EPG Cascade/Dianemo allocates Channel number ranges to each of them on the following basis;

External STB No.1 - (Its a Sky HD box) would have its channels run from '1101' & upwards.
External STB No.2 - (Its a Sky+ Box) would have its channels run from '2101' & upwards.
External STB No.3 - (Its a Virgin box) would have its channels run from '3101' & upwards.
External STB No.4 - (Its 'Some other STB' box) would have its channels run from '4101' & upwards.

See the attached MythWeb screen shot (attached to the next post as it was too big to attach here) of a Freesat based Dianemo system with one SkyHD external STB - notice the channels starting at '1101' these are the Sky channels from the Sky Box.

So whatever external STB you have as long as there is EPG data available for it Dianemo/Cascade will integrate it into the MythTV EPG. To make a recording of a TV show on any attached STB you would just browse to that channel in the LiveTV Guide (or use MythWeb to do the same) and press 'Record' - thats it. It works just the same way it would for a Freeview/Freesat channel. MythTV will then automatically select the correct channel on the external STB at the appropriate time and will record the TV show to your Media Library.

Another capability of Cascade/Dianemo is that it allows you to remotely control the external STB in a number of exciting ways. For example you might have a Media Manager (MM = Media Director in LinuxMCE) in your upstairs bedroom while your NerveCentre is located under your TV in the Lounge or possibly in a Rack in your Garage. You want to watch a Live TV Show from your Sky box (or any external STB) in the bedroom so you go to LiveTV and use the Guide to browse to the Sky channel the show is on and press 'OK'...Cascade sends a command to the Sky box to select that channel and after a couple of seconds your  watching the LIveTV stream from the Sky box in your bedroom...after a while your feeling a bit sleepy so you decide to record the show and go to sleep...you just press the 'Record' button on the remote and the show is added to your Media Library. Alternatively you might have some TV shows recorded on your STB's internal hard drive...for example a Sky+ or SkyHD box...that you would like to watch from the bedroom...you just go to LiveTV from your MM's main menu and choose a Sky+ channel...then just press the 'LiveTV' button again on your remote to toggle on 'Live Control Mode' of the Sky+ box...in this mode all your IR remote commands are sent direct to the Sky+ box, converting your Dianemo remote into a Sky remote. Now just go to the Sky planner and choose the recording you want to watch and press 'OK'...now your watching the Sky+ recording as Cascade/Dianemo streams it across the LAN to you...you can 'Pause' it, 'Rewind' it...do anything you would do from the actual Sky Remote in fact.

Hope the above begins to help you understand whats possible...and thats just a tiny glimpse of whats possible with external STB's in Dianemo/Cascade :-)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Mythweb screen shot
Post by: totallymaxed on October 29, 2009, 01:35:00 pm
The attached screenshot of MythWeb running in Dianemo/Cascade is referred to in the previous post.
Title: Dianemo & Cascade - Controlling External STB's
Post by: totallymaxed on November 03, 2009, 10:59:13 am
Adding new STB's (ie one we have not pre-configured for) to Dianemo/Cascade is simple. Its just a matter of adding the IR codes for its remote control and adding its channel lineup to MythTV. You get access to all of the STB features that I have previously described and the Dianemo/Cascade remote provides full access to any features the specific STB supports.

If you have specific STB related questions or have a more general question related to adding STB's please get in contact.

All the best

Andrew
Title: New Cascade Systems from CHT - NC120 (Includes 9.10 Upgrade when available)
Post by: totallymaxed on November 11, 2009, 04:46:25 pm
Limited Stocks Available - Special Edition Brushed Metal Finish & Inclusive of Cascade- 9.10 Upgrade

NC120 UnderTv NerveCentres - We're offering a limited stock of these in brushed metal finish at £999 + VAT which is a 25% discount over SRP. The units have 2.8Ghz processor, 2gig of RAM, 1Tb SATA hard drives, Optical DVD-RW, 2 x DVB-T tuners. These are are great UnderTv NerveCenters and are perfect for smaller homes or where you plan to add a NAS to expand storage capacity.

All these units have Cascade installed and ready to go and come with our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty & after sales support and come complete with an upgrade to our Ubuntu 9.10 included in the price (you will be notified when this becomes available).

Contact us for more details of the units we have in stock currently.

Andrew


Title: Re: New Cascade Systems from CHT - NC120 (Includes 9.10 Upgrade when available)
Post by: totallymaxed on November 12, 2009, 09:57:38 am
See the NC120 datasheet here; http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=20 (http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=20)

Andrew
Title: Christmas Special Offers - The NC200 for £1499!
Post by: totallymaxed on November 13, 2009, 05:24:39 am
NC200 - (Black finish) Christmas Special Offer on new units

NC200 Tower NerveCentres - We're offering these brand new high quaility units in a black metal finish at £1499 + VAT and if you purchase your system before Christmas you can choose either a Twin tuner DVB-T + Capture starter kit, a Twin tuner DVB-S Starter Kit or a ZWave Starter Kit (ZWave interface, ZWave Remote + 2 x Plugin Dimmers) at no additional cost. The units have 2.8Ghz processor, 2gig of RAM, 1Tb SATA hard drives, Optical DVD-RW, 4 drive bays. These NerveCenters are perfect for larger installations (1-8 MM's) and provide plenty of space for internal options/expansion. All these NC200's have Cascade installed and ready to go and come with our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty & after sales support (Plus our 9.10 Upgrade when it becomes available).

Download the NC200 datasheet here; http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=20 (http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=20)
Title: Dianemo & Cascade Systems - Enhanced AVwizard makes adding MM's simple
Post by: totallymaxed on November 18, 2009, 09:29:28 am
The Enhanced AVwizard that is part of Cascade/Dianemo makes it easy for you to add your own nVidia based Media Managers (Revos, ASUS 1501's or home built Zotac Ion based machines).

The enhanced AVwizard that ships with every Cascade/Dianemo system allows you to manage additional output connectors that are available on some of our NerveCentre models and also do the same on some newer nVidia based Media Managers you might add to your system. For example many of the new Ion based motherboards and pre-built MM's use HDMI/DVI 2 as their primary HDMI output connector. Using the Enhanced AVwizard makes handling this for your MM's a simple task - the numbers or letters at the beginning of each line below indicate the key you should press on the keyboard to choose a particular Output Connector;

1: DVI Output connector No. 1
Q: DVI Output connector No. 2
2: VGA Output connector No. 1
W: VGA Output connector No. 2
3: Component
4: Composite
5: S-Video

Similarly the Enhanced AVwizard has an 'HDMI' option when selecting how to output the video/audio signals selecting this and then choosing Dolby Digital & DTS for example would route SPDIF output to the HDMI connector on your MD...rejecting these would output Stereo instead.

These are just a few a of the capabilities of the Enhanced AVwizard shipping with you Dianemo system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: fastie81 on November 23, 2009, 05:48:14 am
Hey Andrew

Do you only sell the software to?
I would love to see that you guys did.
Chris
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 23, 2009, 10:59:28 am
Hey Andrew

Do you only sell the software to?
I would love to see that you guys did.
Chris


Hi Chris,

Currently we do not have a software only offering. We sell Cascade as a 'self install' range of Hybrid & stand-alone NerveCentre's (ie Core's) which come pre-loaded with Cascade which you can then add your own Media Managers (Media Directors) and other peripherals to. Bundled with each NerveCentre we provide a remote assistance service and you also receive regular software Updates from our Update servers (we have just released Update-14). Updates contain enhancements and/or bug fixes. Your NerveCentre automatically checks in with our Update servers once a day and any updates are downloaded. You will then receive an Update alert on your Orbiter screens.

Let me know if you have further questions.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Support for MK Honeywell's ZWave based Astral Lighting Range
Post by: totallymaxed on November 23, 2009, 02:37:18 pm
Cascade/Dianemo now support the newly released MK Honeywell Astral range of ZWave compliant lighting products;

See here for more Astral specific product info; http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/en-GB/Products/WD/New/Astral/Pages/default.aspx (http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/en-GB/Products/WD/New/Astral/Pages/default.aspx)

Astral is the first ZWave lighting range that is fully compatible with UK standard electrical installations and procedures.

You can intermix other ZWave compliant products from over 160 companies with Astral.

All the best

Andrew


Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: los93sol on November 23, 2009, 04:51:15 pm
Andrew,

Will the device driver be coming back to the main LinuxMCE trunk as well or will this only be for Dianemo systems?
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 23, 2009, 05:12:59 pm
Andrew,

Will the device driver be coming back to the main LinuxMCE trunk as well or will this only be for Dianemo systems?

The current support does not need a new device driver but in the future it might may do. Our policy on this is to roll this support out in Cascade/Dianemo and then quickly pass the code back to LinuxMCE. Usually this means there is at worst a few weeks 'lag' between the two.

The only area where we dont follow this rule is with our UI changes which are Cascade/Dianemo specific and either make no sense to LinuxMCE or in some cases are not in-line with the direction that the LinuxMCE Devs are taking etc.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: los93sol on November 23, 2009, 07:27:45 pm
Great to hear your efforts are helping everyone as a whole!
Title: Support for RS232 control for Denon AVR-2310 Surround Receivers
Post by: totallymaxed on November 25, 2009, 09:35:15 am
We have just added support for the Denon AVR-2310 Surround Receiver to Cascade/Dianemo. Full independent control of both the 7.1 & secondary Stereo Zones for Source input selection, Standby on/off, Mute, volume level is provided. The 2310 is great 7.1 Receiver with a 2nd Stereo zone, 5 HDMI inputs and full 1080P switching support;

See http://www.denon.co.uk/site/frames_main.php?funk=main&main=prod&sub=1&fill=3&Pid=413&MID=3&action=detail& (http://www.denon.co.uk/site/frames_main.php?funk=main&main=prod&sub=1&fill=3&Pid=413&MID=3&action=detail&) for more details on the AVR-2310.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: posde on November 25, 2009, 11:00:04 am
Hello Andrew,

would you (or Radu), mind using the DeviceTemplate exporter to export your definition so we can have that device template in the 810 db as well?

Thanks
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 25, 2009, 03:55:03 pm
Hello Andrew,

would you (or Radu), mind using the DeviceTemplate exporter to export your definition so we can have that device template in the 810 db as well?

Thanks

Yeah... but its all written in our 'bash' style templating system ;-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: posde on November 25, 2009, 04:44:58 pm
Well, as we should have the bash style packages as well, it should be helpful for us as well, shouldn't it?
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 25, 2009, 08:07:01 pm
Well, as we should have the bash style packages as well, it should be helpful for us as well, shouldn't it?

We think so. But then in the past you guys didn't seem very interested in our bash code :-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: posde on November 25, 2009, 08:50:31 pm
There are people who make fun of the bash stuff. But there are also people who like choices introduced by the bash code
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: uplink on November 26, 2009, 02:18:39 pm
If you find someone with a Denon amp that he can connect to a LMCE machine, I'll help update your current Denon template so it uses my bash code instead of the ruby code. Thing is, I don't want to break the Denon template blindly in 0810. If I break it, I'd like to do so with a working system.
Title: NC200R Pre Xmas Special Offer
Post by: totallymaxed on December 15, 2009, 11:02:30 am
NC200R - (Black/Brushed metal finish) Christmas Special Offer on new units - £1499 + VAT (**offer closes on 23 Dec**)

NC200R Rackable NerveCentres - These brand new high quaility units with integral 7" LCD panel are available in a black or brushed metal finish. If you purchase your system before Christmas you can choose either a Twin tuner DVB-T + Capture starter kit, a Twin tuner DVB-S2 Starter Kit or a ZWave Starter Kit (ZWave interface, ZWave Remote + 2 x Plugin Dimmers) at no additional cost. The units have 2.8Ghz processor, Integrated 4 gig of RAM, 2 X 1Tb SATA hard drives, Optical DVD-RW, 4 drive bays. The NC200R NerveCentres are perfect for larger racked installations (1-8 MM's) and provide plenty of space for internal options/expansion. All these NC200R's have Cascade installed and ready to go and come with our standard 12 month 'return to base' warranty & after sales support (Plus our 9.10 Upgrade when it becomes available).

Download the NC200R datasheet here; http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/images/stories/pdf/NC200-R.pdf (http://www.cascade-media.co.uk/images/stories/pdf/NC200-R.pdf)
Title: NC200R Pre Xmas Special Offer - Further Update
Post by: totallymaxed on December 18, 2009, 10:45:11 am
Just to clarify once again for all those people who haved asked;

To qualify for the current NC200R offer you must have paid for your order before the close of business on the 23rd Dec (we close at 5pm DST). Orders placed 7 paid for between now and the 23rd Dec will not go into production until the 5th Jan.

I hope the above clears up any confusion!

Merry Christmas from all at CHT :-)

Andrew
Title: Re-Conditioned Media Managers for as little as £120 UKP!
Post by: totallymaxed on January 04, 2010, 03:06:37 pm
To kick off 2010 we have a limited stock of 'customer upgrade' ASUS Eee Box b202 machines (ie where customers have traded these units in for new hardware). The units in 'as good as new' condition (we provide a 60 day 'return to base' warranty on these units) and have the following spec; 1 GB RAM - 1.6 GHz ATOM processor - 160 GB HDD, desk stand, VESA mounting kit, wired mouse/keyboard & a Windows XP License (white finish).

We are making these available for £120 UKP + VAT (if your in the EC) + shipping to LinuxMCE forum members. So if your after a compact low energy, rear mountable Media Director at a super low price these may be what your looking for.

PM me if your interested in these units.

Happy New Year!

Andrew
Title: Re: Re-Conditioned Media Managers for as little as £120 UKP!
Post by: totallymaxed on January 12, 2010, 10:01:35 am
A number of you have asked about pricing for multiple B202 units - if you buy 4 units or more we will offer them to you for £100 UKP + Shipping/VAT. All units must be paid for in a single transaction to qualify for this discount.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Special Offer - Help planning your cabling/installation
Post by: totallymaxed on February 03, 2010, 10:02:49 am
Until the end of Feb 2010 we are offering basic cable/installation support when you purchase a Cascade NerveCentre from us.

To qualify for this offer you must have ordered (and paid for your system) before March 1st 2010.

PM me here on the forum for more details.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Special Offer - Help planning your cabling/installation
Post by: totallymaxed on February 06, 2010, 12:02:01 am
Until the end of Feb 2010 we are offering basic cable/installation support when you purchase a Cascade NerveCentre from us.

To qualify for this offer you must have ordered (and paid for your system) before March 1st 2010.

PM me here on the forum for more details.

All the best

Andrew

...to clarify that means we will assist you where possible with some schematics of the cable layout and racked H/W installation for your system installation.

If thats still unclear let me know.

Andrew
Title: New Support for nVidia GT210/GT220/GT240
Post by: totallymaxed on February 17, 2010, 10:37:20 am
Dianemo now supports the new high performance nVidia GT210/220/240 graphics cards as standard - this now includes audio over the HDMI port using the cards onboard audio processor (no audio inject header connection from the motherboard is required with these cards now). These cards support improved image quality, colour saturation and better de-interlacers when used with vdpau.

Post here or PM me if you have any questions on the above.

All the best

Andrew
Title: New NC120 NerveCentre - now uses server grade motherboard
Post by: totallymaxed on February 18, 2010, 12:21:45 am
Our new Cascade NC120 NerveCentre now comes as standard with an ASUS server grade motherboard, intel G6950 processor (3M Cache, 2.8Ghz), 4 gig RAM (ECC memory option available), nVidia GT220, Sonar audio card, dual on-board Gig NIC's & dual on-board serial ports. All of this is in our new re-engineered slimline under-tv chassis in a black brushed metal finish.

A datasheet for this new NerveCentre will be available from the Cascade-Media Web site later this week. In the meantime contact me via PM or post questions here in this thread.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Support for SoftAudio outputs added - adds multiple audio outputs from an MM/NC
Post by: totallymaxed on May 07, 2010, 12:52:47 pm
Cascade & Dianemo now support SoftAudio outputs ie Squeezeslave - this is a soft Squeezebox. Create as many audio Zones 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 Acer Revo). Full setup/admin capability provided from Wed Admin to create/edit manage SoftAudio outputs.

Now supports USB SoftAudio outputs upto 25m from the Media Manager or NerveCentre using USB-CAT5e adapters - this adds a lot of flexibility as to how/where you locate the SoftAudio outputs. Tuck them discretely behind an existing Audio System or use them to drive powered in-ceiling speakers are just two of the many possibilities.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on May 21, 2010, 10:48:57 pm
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks

Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2010, 09:47:54 am
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on May 22, 2010, 03:56:41 pm
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic

Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2010, 04:32:52 pm
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew
Title: MythTV-0.23 Now Shipping with all New Dianemo & Cascade Systems
Post by: totallymaxed on May 26, 2010, 03:04:11 pm
We are now shipping MythTV-0.23 with all new Cascade & Dianemo systems. Existing customers will get an Update to this version in the near future.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on May 29, 2010, 01:29:13 am
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew

Latest update on this. I was told to open the machine to see what was loose inside. Found the HDD cage and two hard drives adrift. It looks like the cage wasn't secured before the unit was shipped. One of the SATA cables loose on the mother board. I didn't look any further but sent an email and am waiting for a reply.

Emg
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2010, 11:10:16 am
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew

Latest update on this. I was told to open the machine to see what was loose inside. Found the HDD cage and two hard drives adrift. It looks like the cage wasn't secured before the unit was shipped. One of the SATA cables loose on the mother board. I didn't look any further but sent an email and am waiting for a reply.

Emg

Hi Mic,

If that's the case then I am very sorry you received your NC in that condition. It is possible for drive cages to be shaken out of their mountings but its very rare. If he hasn't already I have asked Win to respond to your email today so we can rectify the issue for you.

Please accept our apologies for your inconvenience.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on May 29, 2010, 02:14:18 pm
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew

Latest update on this. I was told to open the machine to see what was loose inside. Found the HDD cage and two hard drives adrift. It looks like the cage wasn't secured before the unit was shipped. One of the SATA cables loose on the mother board. I didn't look any further but sent an email and am waiting for a reply.

Emg

Hi Mic,

If that's the case then I am very sorry you received your NC in that condition. It is possible for drive cages to be shaken out of their mountings but its very rare. If he hasn't already I have asked Win to respond to your email today so we can rectify the issue for you.

Please accept our apologies for your inconvenience.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
           So far no response, although I realise it is the weekend.
I still have not received the list of approved hardware that you have tested and will work with this system, so I can't order any Media directors. Can you provide the list to me? I've had this system for two weeks now, and still no hardware listing.
All I have received in documentation is a email with two attachements after I pointed out that no documentation came with it.

One of the reasons I bought this system was that you state that the system will work out of the box using your tested hardware, and that you support and document everything.
So far, I would have been better off building my own system using Linuxmce, and getting support from the forums. Their documentation is better than anything I have received from your company, and the hardware would at least be up and running now.

Eng
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2010, 02:59:03 pm
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew

Latest update on this. I was told to open the machine to see what was loose inside. Found the HDD cage and two hard drives adrift. It looks like the cage wasn't secured before the unit was shipped. One of the SATA cables loose on the mother board. I didn't look any further but sent an email and am waiting for a reply.

Emg

Hi Mic,

If that's the case then I am very sorry you received your NC in that condition. It is possible for drive cages to be shaken out of their mountings but its very rare. If he hasn't already I have asked Win to respond to your email today so we can rectify the issue for you.

Please accept our apologies for your inconvenience.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
           So far no response, although I realise it is the weekend.
I still have not received the list of approved hardware that you have tested and will work with this system, so I can't order any Media directors. Can you provide the list to me? I've had this system for two weeks now, and still no hardware listing.
All I have received in documentation is a email with two attachements after I pointed out that no documentation came with it.

One of the reasons I bought this system was that you state that the system will work out of the box using your tested hardware, and that you support and document everything.
So far, I would have been better off building my own system using Linuxmce, and getting support from the forums. Their documentation is better than anything I have received from your company, and the hardware would at least be up and running now.

Eng

Hi again Mic,

Our Media Manager hardware compatibility list is available in the Forum here (see the table in the middle of the initial post from me);  http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0)

Most technical docs available in the LinuxMCE wiki will still apply to Cascade systems too and of course in many areas we have fixed or improved standard features/capabilities. Where we have specifically different capabilities or API's that have been extended or modified - such as how we control external devices or create new device templates for example we will support you with docs or remote access support (ie we might setup an external audio amplifier so that it is controlled by your system and bby example assist you in understanding how to do that task yourself - if thats of interest to you of course).

Again I am extremely sorry for the problems you have had with your system and we will rectify them asap.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: Kooma on May 29, 2010, 04:53:53 pm
Hi mic-man,

just to ease up your pain, I just spent _more than hundred hours_ figuring it out how to control a "simple" serial device. What you have still might not be instantly fully working for every scenario, but what I understand, the services from the company are extremely good and you should be in good hands. The DIY+forum way sure is not the easiest one!

Have a happy time with LMCE.

Regards,
Kooma
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on June 25, 2010, 01:48:33 am
I just received my eagerly awaited NC200 machine from Dianemo. It rattles, and won't boot on power up. It's Friday, so no answer from the vendor's telephone number.

Anyone else had problems with this company?

Thanks



Hi MicroEng,

For after hours support please use one of the email addresses below;

support@chtukltd.co.uk (http://support@chtukltd.co.uk)

or

customercare@chtukltd.co.uk  (http://customercare@chtukltd.co.uk)

Both are monitored and someone will respond and try to assist you.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
          Thanks. I didn't receive any documentation with the machine, so didn't know I had to connect a VGA cable. I have sisnce had good response from your tech support people. I'm still waiting for the documentation though.

Thanks for the quick reply.

Mic



Hi Mic,

Glad to hear you are receiving assistance. Apologies for the documentation not being shipped with your system. I will chase up getting that out to you asap.

All the best


Andrew

Latest update on this. I was told to open the machine to see what was loose inside. Found the HDD cage and two hard drives adrift. It looks like the cage wasn't secured before the unit was shipped. One of the SATA cables loose on the mother board. I didn't look any further but sent an email and am waiting for a reply.

Emg

Hi Mic,

If that's the case then I am very sorry you received your NC in that condition. It is possible for drive cages to be shaken out of their mountings but its very rare. If he hasn't already I have asked Win to respond to your email today so we can rectify the issue for you.

Please accept our apologies for your inconvenience.

All the best


Andrew
Andrew,
           So far no response, although I realise it is the weekend.
I still have not received the list of approved hardware that you have tested and will work with this system, so I can't order any Media directors. Can you provide the list to me? I've had this system for two weeks now, and still no hardware listing.
All I have received in documentation is a email with two attachements after I pointed out that no documentation came with it.

One of the reasons I bought this system was that you state that the system will work out of the box using your tested hardware, and that you support and document everything.
So far, I would have been better off building my own system using Linuxmce, and getting support from the forums. Their documentation is better than anything I have received from your company, and the hardware would at least be up and running now.

Eng

Hi again Mic,

Our Media Manager hardware compatibility list is available in the Forum here (see the table in the middle of the initial post from me);  http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0)

Most technical docs available in the LinuxMCE wiki will still apply to Cascade systems too and of course in many areas we have fixed or improved standard features/capabilities. Where we have specifically different capabilities or API's that have been extended or modified - such as how we control external devices or create new device templates for example we will support you with docs or remote access support (ie we might setup an external audio amplifier so that it is controlled by your system and bby example assist you in understanding how to do that task yourself - if thats of interest to you of course).

Again I am extremely sorry for the problems you have had with your system and we will rectify them asap.

All the best


Andrew
Latest and Final update on this. CHT paid to ship the damaged machine back to them for evaluation and shipped a new machine which I received within days - great service.
The people at CHT have been great, providing support above and beyond their system and approved hardware. And the system runs flawlessly.
If anyone reading this is thinking about buying this system, don't hesitate. It is a great system, and the support is first class.


Eng
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: MicroEng on June 25, 2010, 01:52:12 am
Hi mic-man,

just to ease up your pain, I just spent _more than hundred hours_ figuring it out how to control a "simple" serial device. What you have still might not be instantly fully working for every scenario, but what I understand, the services from the company are extremely good and you should be in good hands. The DIY+forum way sure is not the easiest one!

Have a happy time with LinuxMCE.

Regards,
Kooma

Thanks for the encouragement Kooma.

Eng

Title: Re: Support for SoftAudio outputs added - adds multiple audio outputs from an MM/NC
Post by: valent on June 28, 2010, 11:14:28 pm
Cascade & Dianemo now support SoftAudio outputs ie Squeezeslave - this is a soft Squeezebox. Create as many audio Zones 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 Acer Revo). Full setup/admin capability provided from Wed Admin to create/edit manage SoftAudio outputs.

Now supports USB SoftAudio outputs upto 25m from the Media Manager or NerveCentre using USB-CAT5e adapters - this adds a lot of flexibility as to how/where you locate the SoftAudio outputs. Tuck them discretely behind an existing Audio System or use them to drive powered in-ceiling speakers are just two of the many possibilities.

All the best

Andrew

Is Squeezebox feature also available in latest LinuxMCE 0810?
Title: Re: Support for SoftAudio outputs added - adds multiple audio outputs from an MM/NC
Post by: totallymaxed on June 28, 2010, 11:26:14 pm
Cascade & Dianemo now support SoftAudio outputs ie Squeezeslave - this is a soft Squeezebox. Create as many audio Zones 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 Acer Revo). Full setup/admin capability provided from Wed Admin to create/edit manage SoftAudio outputs.

Now supports USB SoftAudio outputs upto 25m from the Media Manager or NerveCentre using USB-CAT5e adapters - this adds a lot of flexibility as to how/where you locate the SoftAudio outputs. Tuck them discretely behind an existing Audio System or use them to drive powered in-ceiling speakers are just two of the many possibilities.

All the best

Andrew

Is Squeezebox feature also available in latest LinuxMCE 0810?

A simple version can be achieved using the notes on this wiki page; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Squeezeslave_on_the_core (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Squeezeslave_on_the_core)

In dianemo however we have extended this so that adding AZC's (Audio Zone Controllers) as we call them to your NC or MM's is very easy and automated. We also auto-manage the multiple soundcards for you so that once you have associated a given sound card to an AZC the association remains in place between reboots or even if you add more sound cards to the NC or MM.

Andrew
Title: New Web Orbiter released - supports iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
Post by: totallymaxed on July 02, 2010, 09:51:37 am
We have just released the first version of our completely re-written Web Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter uses javascript and an new version of proxy_orbiter to make on-screen updates as smooth as they are in a full Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter now uses a light weight process that checks a new flag in the proxy-orbiter that indicates that something has needs an update - only then does the Web orbiter re-draw its screen and because we double buffer that update in javascript (in the browser) the update appears instant and there is no on-screen refresh visible.

The new Web Orbiter imposes far less stress on your nerveCentre and on your LAN due to its new architecture and this translates into in-use performance which is very close to a normal Orbiter.

The Web Orbiter is compatible with FireFox 3.0 & above, Chrome and Safari. We provide screen resolution support for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and Web Orbiter is fully support on the Apple products and I have to say they make fantastic touch based Orbiters :-)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: New Web Orbiter released - supports iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
Post by: nite_man on July 02, 2010, 11:09:53 am
We have just released the first version of our completely re-written Web Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter uses javascript and an new version of proxy_orbiter to make on-screen updates as smooth as they are in a full Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter now uses a light weight process that checks a new flag in the proxy-orbiter that indicates that something has needs an update - only then does the Web orbiter re-draw its screen and because we double buffer that update in javascript (in the browser) the update appears instant and there is no on-screen refresh visible.

Awesome news! Are you planning give it to community?
Title: Re: New Web Orbiter released - supports iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad
Post by: totallymaxed on July 02, 2010, 11:21:27 am
We have just released the first version of our completely re-written Web Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter uses javascript and an new version of proxy_orbiter to make on-screen updates as smooth as they are in a full Orbiter. The new Web Orbiter now uses a light weight process that checks a new flag in the proxy-orbiter that indicates that something has needs an update - only then does the Web orbiter re-draw its screen and because we double buffer that update in javascript (in the browser) the update appears instant and there is no on-screen refresh visible.

Awesome news! Are you planning give it to community?

Yes the basic code changes are already in svn. In Cascade/Dianemo we make the setup/config simpler in our Web Admin.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: chrisbirkinshaw on July 02, 2010, 04:14:48 pm
Andrew how to you normally configure for multiple devices - say I have iphone, ipad, n880, PC all wanting different sizes? It seems that after log in you get a drop down combo box which is not very easy/neat. Any ideas?

Chris
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 03, 2010, 10:56:17 am
Andrew how to you normally configure for multiple devices - say I have iphone, ipad, n880, PC all wanting different sizes? It seems that after log in you get a drop down combo box which is not very easy/neat. Any ideas?

Chris


You create a separate Web Orbiter for each physical device in Wizard-Orbiters and set the 'Size' parameter to the appropriate size for your device.

All the best

Andrew

Title: New NC30 Starter System - available now
Post by: totallymaxed on July 03, 2010, 11:26:48 am
**New** NC30 - Starter System (Piano Black) Price £599 (VAT applies to UK/EC Customers) ***£299 Rebate for Forum members when you upgrade your NC30 to a NC120 or above Nervecentre

A compact Hybrid NerveCentre based on the ASrock 330 Ion chassis.. The NC30 combines performance with very low power consumption. HD Compatible - 720p & 1080p, 350Gb storage & DVD-rw. Video outputs: VGA, HDMI,  Audio outputs SPDIF & Analog surround. The NC30 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 Cascade installation as all of our other NerveCentre's do.

**NC30 rebate offer for Forum Members** - Your NC30 qualifies you for a great £299 rebate against the cost of a larger NerveCentre if you upgrade to any of our larger NerveCentre's (NC120 models and above) within 90 days. You can then re-configure your NC30 as a Media Manager on your new NerveCentre. So even if you out grow your NC30 your investment is protected.
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: chrisbirkinshaw on July 06, 2010, 01:25:58 pm

You create a separate Web Orbiter for each physical device in Wizard-Orbiters and set the 'Size' parameter to the appropriate size for your device.


I was wondering more about how to get around having to log in and select from the drop-down. This is fiddly on an iPod or iPhone, N770, etc.

Thanks,

Chris
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 06, 2010, 03:33:48 pm

You create a separate Web Orbiter for each physical device in Wizard-Orbiters and set the 'Size' parameter to the appropriate size for your device.


I was wondering more about how to get around having to log in and select from the drop-down. This is fiddly on an iPod or iPhone, N770, etc.

Thanks,

Chris


Chris,

The sources are in the svn - you can make changes to the .js, .php & .html files and make the process of connecting to a Web Orbiter very different if you choose too. You don't need to make any changes to proxy_orbiter & therefore you don't need to know any C++ to achieve any of these changes at all.

I do plan on creating a new wiki page for 'Web Orbiter 2.0' that will explain its design under-the-hood asap but in the meantime the sources are pretty easily understood.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: nite_man on July 06, 2010, 06:47:38 pm
Thanks, Andrew, for the excellent work! New weborbiter works pretty good. Sure it can be improved but it's definitely much better then old version :)
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 06, 2010, 09:26:45 pm
Thanks, Andrew, for the excellent work! New weborbiter works pretty good. Sure it can be improved but it's definitely much better then old version :)

Thanks. But Uplink re-wrote the Orbiter and figured out how to add a flag to the proxy_orbiter to indicate a screen had changed... so he should get all the praise in fact! There's more coming though that will make it possible to create build Orbiters for devices that cant support a Web Browser... ;-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: chrisbirkinshaw on July 07, 2010, 01:07:01 pm

The sources are in the svn - you can make changes to the .js, .php & .html files and make the process of connecting to a Web Orbiter very different if you choose too. You don't need to make any changes to proxy_orbiter & therefore you don't need to know any C++ to achieve any of these changes at all.


How would you feel about me creating a permanent session so that a client could be logged in forever and also store in there which instance of the web orbiter to connect to?
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 07, 2010, 03:25:14 pm

The sources are in the svn - you can make changes to the .js, .php & .html files and make the process of connecting to a Web Orbiter very different if you choose too. You don't need to make any changes to proxy_orbiter & therefore you don't need to know any C++ to achieve any of these changes at all.


How would you feel about me creating a permanent session so that a client could be logged in forever and also store in there which instance of the web orbiter to connect to?

Go for it... :-)

The exciting thing for us (and the community in general) is that Web Orbiter 2.0 and the updated proxy_orbiter provide a very much more accessible route into building new functionality and extending the system - I would love to see loads of enhancements, new ideas, experiments etc built around this simple code base.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: davegravy on July 07, 2010, 04:42:22 pm
I'm a huge fan of these improvements. Was using web orbiter 2.0 last night on my iphone over 3G and it was very usable!

Could we add an option for full-screen mode for iphone/ipod browsers? From what I've read it merely involves adding a few meta tags as per this site: http://ajaxian.com/archives/iphone-full-screen-webapps (http://ajaxian.com/archives/iphone-full-screen-webapps)

The next best improvement I can imagine after that would be finishing the 16:9 UI1.
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 07, 2010, 09:42:59 pm
I'm a huge fan of these improvements. Was using web orbiter 2.0 last night on my iphone over 3G and it was very usable!

Could we add an option for full-screen mode for iphone/ipod browsers? From what I've read it merely involves adding a few meta tags as per this site: http://ajaxian.com/archives/iphone-full-screen-webapps (http://ajaxian.com/archives/iphone-full-screen-webapps)

The next best improvement I can imagine after that would be finishing the 16:9 UI1.

As discussed in our PM... on the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad just login, choose your 'User' and Web Orbiter. Now you will see the bottom & top bars in Safari. To hide these just touch the '+' icon in the bottom bar and then touch the 'Add to Home Screen' button in the pop-up menu, Give your Web App a name and then touch the blue 'Add' button in the 'Add to Home' screen. Now you will see a Home Screen icon added to your Home Screen. Now if you touch your new Home Screen icon and login etc the Web App will run full screen.

We'll be adding the above setup info to the Web Orbiter 2.0 Wiki page shortly...and we'll add some setup notes for other devices as well.

Please go ahead and add notes for any devices/browser you have tested that are not currently there.

Well adding 16:9 UI screens or new skins are certainly a good idea...as is adding custom resolutions for more screen sizes etc.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: wombiroller on July 18, 2010, 05:41:52 am
Hi Andrew,

Curious - are the Dianemo systems able to support the latest mkv formats @ 1080p flawlessly?

Have a friend who is interested, but has a blueray collection that he has started ripping in the latest formats. I can't get them to work on my 0810 (for known reasons as documented elsewhere http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=10013.15 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=10013.15)) and am wondering if Dianemo might be an option for him.

Also - he would probably want something like the NC 200-RAID (Rack Mount) - are these shipping to Aus? If so cost est?

Thanks!
WR
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 18, 2010, 09:57:33 am
Hi Andrew,

Curious - are the Dianemo systems able to support the latest mkv formats @ 1080p flawlessly?

Have a friend who is interested, but has a blueray collection that he has started ripping in the latest formats. I can't get them to work on my 0810 (for known reasons as documented elsewhere http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=10013.15 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=10013.15)) and am wondering if Dianemo might be an option for him.

Also - he would probably want something like the NC 200-RAID (Rack Mount) - are these shipping to Aus? If so cost est?

Thanks!
WR

Hi WR,

Firstly this type of 'off-topic' question would be best posted in this thread in future ; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443)

The problem is mkv is a container format and can contain a range of encapsulations - many are used in torrent downloads to minimise files sizes etc. We dont see supporting those encapsulations as a mainstream requirement in our Cascade/Dianemo systems and we do no promote or support the playback of this type of media as a company. The legality is one issue and the other is the headaches we would experience supporting customers to an acceptable level. Reliability & stability is always at the top of our list - if you sell a system to someone then its has to be reliable over everything else.

We are expecting to add BluRay support before the end of this year however as this capability is maturing nicely now under Linux. So this might be a route your friend would be interested in looking at. PM me and I will put you/him in touch with someone from our technical sales team who can discuss his needs.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: wombiroller on July 18, 2010, 10:27:54 am
Hi WR,

Firstly this type of 'off-topic' question would be best posted in this thread in future ; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443)
Umm - isn't that this thread ???

The problem is mkv is a container format and can contain a range of encapsulations - many are used in torrent downloads to minimise files sizes etc. We dont see supporting those encapsulations as a mainstream requirement in our Cascade/Dianemo systems and we do no promote or support the playback of this type of media as a company.
Fair enough, though I would have thought it is going to be more and more common (as with my friends example for converting his collection).

The legality is one issue and the other is the headaches we would experience supporting customers to an acceptable level. Reliability & stability is always at the top of our list - if you sell a system to someone then its has to be reliable over everything else.
Not sure how there can be legality issues with supporting encapsulations/codecs....Just like any other format, just because it can be used for illegal purposes - doesn't mean there are not plenty of legal uses.

We are expecting to add BluRay support before the end of this year however as this capability is maturing nicely now under Linux.
That might help - thx.

Anyway - understand it isn't easy - was just posing the question. Thanks for the reply.  :)

Cheers,
WR.


Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on July 18, 2010, 11:44:16 am
Hi WR,

Firstly this type of 'off-topic' question would be best posted in this thread in future ; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg60443#msg60443)
Umm - isn't that this thread ???
Oops you right... sorry I was replying to someone else at the same time and must have pasted that into the wrong tab!
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The problem is mkv is a container format and can contain a range of encapsulations - many are used in torrent downloads to minimise files sizes etc. We dont see supporting those encapsulations as a mainstream requirement in our Cascade/Dianemo systems and we do no promote or support the playback of this type of media as a company.
Fair enough, though I would have thought it is going to be more and more common (as with my friends example for converting his collection).
Well possibly. But to be frank the vast majority of customers are not asking for this. The most requested capability we get asked for is BluRay in drive playback and to a lesser extent the ability to rip BluRay discs.
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The legality is one issue and the other is the headaches we would experience supporting customers to an acceptable level. Reliability & stability is always at the top of our list - if you sell a system to someone then its has to be reliable over everything else.
Not sure how there can be legality issues with supporting encapsulations/codecs....Just like any other format, just because it can be used for illegal purposes - doesn't mean there are not plenty of legal uses.
Well thats of course true. But if a customer is creating content outside our system in one of these encapsulation formats then we cannot know its origin or be sure of our ability to properly support the playback of the format. When we can support the internal capability to encode or transcode in these formats then we will also support their playback. In that latter scenario we then know for sure that the encode/transcode process is matched to our ability to playback that content.
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We are expecting to add BluRay support before the end of this year however as this capability is maturing nicely now under Linux.
That might help - thx.

Anyway - understand it isn't easy - was just posing the question. Thanks for the reply.  :)

Cheers,
WR.

When we support BluRay playback we will also likely support ripping too shortly after and it is at that time that we may support the option to transcode into another encapsulation format. I say might as this decision is still not taken as for the most part what customers are asking for is full quality BluRay playback and in almost every case transcoding trades-off some picture quality to reduce the footprint of the rip.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Sky Box 2-way Control now available in Cascade & Dianemo
Post by: totallymaxed on July 21, 2010, 07:47:10 pm
Our Sky STB support has just been updated to enable us to display the Sky Box 'state' info emitted from the Sky boxes rs232 port. The Sky box is controlled either by IR or by injecting control commands into the Sky boxes RF2 video port and the channel number, channel name, program name, start time and program information is returned in real-time over the Sky boxes rs232 port. The data that is emitted from the RS232 port is;

channel number
channel name
program name
start time & current time
program information

On the Orbiters screen a fixed information panel then relays back the current active program information. Our update to our Sky Control package will deliver this info to the touch based controllers ie when you select a SkyHD box from your iPad you will see displayed on it screen the information relating to Sky box being controlled.

This update willl be a major upgrade to our Sky user experience and will be free to existing customers and included as standard on new systems shipped after Aug 1st.

This update is compatible with UK Sky Digibox, Sky+ & SkyHD STB's.
Title: New Free iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad Orbiter App available in early Nov
Post by: totallymaxed on October 09, 2010, 03:20:13 pm
We will be releasing an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Orbiter App for Dianemo in early Nov. The App will be a free download from the Apple App store. This new App is about 40% faster than the existing Web Orbiter 2.0 running in Safari and runs full screen on all iOS devices.

New Cascade & Dianemo systems will ship with support for the new Orbiter 2.0 App built. Existing customers will get an update pushed to their systems to update them to support the new iOS Orbiter 2.0

We will post an update here when the Orbiter 2.0 becomes available from the App store.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: RayBe on October 10, 2010, 11:33:54 am
Andrew,

great news!
does it also use the same proxy_orbiter as the weborbiter 2.0?
is this http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/RoamingOrb the same thing or do you guys have your own version?

can you post some teaser screenschots :)?

thanks a lot,
br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on October 10, 2010, 12:43:09 pm
Andrew,

great news!
does it also use the same proxy_orbiter as the weborbiter 2.0?
is this http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/RoamingOrb the same thing or do you guys have your own version?

can you post some teaser screenschots :)?

thanks a lot,
br,
Raymond

Hi Raymond,

Yes the current proxy_orbiter is used with the iOS Orbiter - all our future Orbiters will be coupled to proxy_orbiter or enhanced versions of it. iOS Orbiter is itself based broadly on the ideas and code in Touch Orbiter. We plan to enhance proxy_orbiter over time to support new UI capabilities and iOS Orbiter (and other Touch Orbiter based Orbiters) will be updated to exploit these new features as they are available. The ultimate objective is to be able to exploit increasing amounts of the local devices UI capabilities in the Orbiter ie dynamically scrolling or swipe scrolling a media list.

Our iOS Orbiter is based on the same code as RoamingOrb and Foxi352 is the lead developer of both versions - and he has done a fantastic job I have to say. Foxi352 will continue to be the lead developer and the two versions will continue to share many commonalities but our iOS Orbiter will diverge in some areas where we have slightly different requirements or needs. But I expect that both versions will remain broadly compatible for the immediate future - but if your connecting our iOS Orbiter to a Cascade/Dianemo system then you will probably see some additional features/capabilities in the future that are not available in the RoamingOrb.

As for screen shots...well on a Cascade/Dianemo system it looks just like the current Orbiters do except that it runs full screen (ie there is not menu bar at the top of the screen). Performance wise it is about 40% faster overall and importantly will allow us to do some cool integration on iOS with other Apps etc in the future.

The App will be free for download by either our Cascade/Dianemo customers, LinuxMCE users or indeed anyone with an iOS device.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: brake16 on November 22, 2010, 04:49:19 am
Andrew

A few questions about the NerveCentres. 

NC30
Are there any differences between the NC300 and the NC200R besides these:
How much is shipping across the pond?
I've seen a few references to 7.10/8.10/9.10.  Which is the current standard for Cascade systems?

Thanks
Bryce
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 22, 2010, 07:46:57 am
Andrew

A few questions about the NerveCentres.  

NC30
  • Will it be upgradeable to 10.04 when available?
Re Above
Yes it will.
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  • How is it limited to up to 2 Media Managers?  Is it by on-board NICs?  Couldn't more than 2 be added by using a switch?
Re Above
The NC30 ships with one on-board gigabit NIC and one USB 10/100 NIC (used for the WAN side connection). The MM's are always added via a network switch or switches. You can add as many MM's as you like. However the NC30 is optimised for smaller installations and to maintain adequate performance we suggest 2 MM's as optimal.
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  • Similarly, how is it limited to 2 iPad/etc?  Why won't 3 or more work?
Re Above
Again you can add as many iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch Orbiters as you like. There are no restrictions in adding more at all. However each MM & Orbiter you add will require more processing during a Regen and therefore to maintain reasonable Regen times etc we suggest 2 is optimal.
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Are there any differences between the NC300 and the NC200R besides these:
  • 300 - standalone; 200R - rackmount
  • 200R - 7" LCD panel
  • 200R - bonus expansion pack (DVB kits or ZWave kit)
The NC300 uses a new enclosure design which improves cooling & serviceability/access to internal upgrades. The NC300 also uses a different server grade motherboard to the NC200R in addition to the differences listed above. Both models are rack mountable by using a rack shelf.
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How much is shipping across the pond?
This varies by city/location. If you PM me your shipping address then I can confirm shipping costs to you.
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I've seen a few references to 7.10/8.10/9.10.  Which is the current standard for Cascade systems?
We currently ship our systems based on 7.10. But we have back ported most of the changes incorporated into the LinuxMCE 8.10 beta builds and there are also a range of updates/enhancements that we ship that have not been included in the LinuxMCE 8.10 builds yet.
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Thanks
Bryce

No problem - hope the above answers all your questions.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: brake16 on November 22, 2010, 07:39:32 pm
Andrew

Thanks for the answers.  I figured most others interested in Cascade would be interested in the answers so I put them as their own posting.  I apologize in advance for this next list of questions.  Feel free to take your time answering as there are a few more arcane ones in here.

Thanks
Bryce
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on November 22, 2010, 08:25:12 pm
Andrew

Thanks for the answers.  I figured most others interested in Cascade would be interested in the answers so I put them as their own posting.  I apologize in advance for this next list of questions.  Feel free to take your time answering as there are a few more arcane ones in here.
  • Does Cascade support the Haupauge 1212?
Re above - Yes insofar as MythTV supports it.
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  • Am I correct that the NC200R and the NC300 are solid cores, no hybrid function?
Re Above - The NC200R & NC300 can be configured as Hybrid's if required.
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  • On at least one occasion, a reference is made to accessing Cascade through the internet.  Is DynamicDNS needed, or how is that handled?
As part of your Dianemo system you get 12 months of remote access capability. This uses our Remote Access portal, 128bit encryption over a reverse tunnelled connection and does not rely on DynamicDNS.
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  • I noticed that cameras were integrated into a Cascade system on Youtube.  Does Cascade support any alarm panels?
Re Above - We support the Alarm panels that are supported under LinuxMCE.
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  • Along the same line, are smoke/heat detectors supported?
Re Above - Any ZWave enabled device should be compatible with Cascade and therefore if smoke/heat sensors are available in your market then they should be compatible.
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  • Are there certain cameras that are supported by Cascade, or any limitations on types/brands of cameras?
Re Above - We would usually recommend using Panasonic, Axis or y-Cam IP cameras - these brands are all supproted.
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  • Same type of question on motion sensors?
Re Above - Any ZWave motion detector should be compatible.
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  • Is there any sort of firewall filtering (ie: dansguardian or squid) implemented within Cascade?
Re Above - our firewall is config is as standard LinuxMCE
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  • Are phones implemented?  If so, any restrictions on VOIP carrier and/or hardware?  Currently I have ViaTalk.
Re Above - we support Asterisk 1.4.21 and any SIP phone that is compatible with Asterisk will be compatible. If your provider uses open standards then it should be compatible.
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  • Would Cascade use VOIP to call me during an alarm event?
Re Above - yes if that was the telephony service configured.
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  • Is fail2ban implemented in Cascade?
Re Above - no not at this time.
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  • I see you have WebDT 362 listed as supported for orbiter.  Any word on WebDT 366?  I have one 366GX and two 366LXs.
Re Above - we see this as legacy support and it relies on the WebDT-362 firmware image remaining updated (we do not support the firmware image itself). We would recommend a touch based capability based on one of the many Touch Orbiter implementations (see the Wiki).
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  • I see many references to ZWave.  I thought I saw Insteon listed once, somewhere between the Cascade and Dianemo websites.  Are there issues with Insteon or is it fully supported?
Re Above - we do no actively support Insteon currently (although we're open to changing this if customers demand it).
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  • Any projections about climate interaction?  I currently have Aprilaire components (thermostat, humidifier, external thermocouple).  Any ideas/comments?
Re Above - we do not currently directly support Aprilaire. However we could create device template(s) for an Aprilaire rs232/rs485 interface if required (we would need to quote you for adding this support). Anything with a control interface and a published protocol can be supported ultimately.
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  • Any ideas about supporting lawn irrigation?  I particularly like the idea of automatically turning on my sprinklers when some uninvited individual starts poking around my home in the middle of the night.
Re Above - see my response above - same applies here.
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  • Is flash supported?
Re above - yes we support Flash on MD's but to be frank you may not be very happy with the performance currently under Linux due to the lack of support for hardware acceleration in Flash for Linux.
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  • Is hulu supported?
Re Above - we would suggest choosing a hardware device that supports Hulu or Hulu Plus. We can then create a device template to control this device using either UPnP AV (if the device supports it) or simply use IR. The hardware player can them be accessed for playback in a single room or have its video output transmitted by HDMI-CAT5 adaptors + an HDMI MAtrix or you could use IP-Transmitters & IP-Receivers. Support for your chosen hardware devices would be quoted for alongside your system.
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  • Any support for any internet radio stations built into Cascade?
Re Above - we currently are working on full support for SqueezeServer's internet radio features. We expect to have that in a future software update (these get regularly pushed out to customers from our servers)
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Thanks
Bryce

No problem. Hope the above helps.

Andrew
Title: New Software release Supports UPnP-AV & WD Media Live
Post by: totallymaxed on November 30, 2010, 10:50:44 am
As a bonus all our Christmas special offer systems include a Beta release of our new software release that supports the UPnP AV standard and support for adding Western Digital Media WD TV Live HD Media players (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30 (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30)) and Sonos Zone Players (http://www.sonos.com/Default.aspx?rdr=true&LangType=2057 (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. 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.

We will be announcing support many more UPnP AV devices like the WD's, BluRay Players, TV's, Audio Amplifiers & UPnP NAS's in the near future too. We will also be announcing support for BluRay streaming to UPnP AV players such as the WD early in 2011.

Best Wishes for Christmas & the New Year

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: RayBe on December 01, 2010, 12:24:02 pm
Hi Andrew,

UPnP AV standard, i would just let you know... WOW my compliments, you really lifted the system to another level.. WOW.
amazing, think of the possibility's...
for instance, you can get all your digital content on a UPnP TV with just a CAT6 cable, no extra devices...

Will the support of UPnP AV standard be included in the main LinuxMCE distribution?

Keep up the good work,
br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on December 01, 2010, 12:43:49 pm
Hi Andrew,

UPnP AV standard, i would just let you know... WOW my compliments, you really lifted the system to another level.. WOW.
amazing, think of the possibility's...
for instance, you can get all your digital content on a UPnP TV with just a CAT6 cable, no extra devices...

Will the support of UPnP AV standard be included in the main LinuxMCE distribution?

Keep up the good work,
br,
Raymond

Yes UPnP integration is a really exciting new capability. Of course we've had the Fuppes UPnP server in LinuxMCE (and Dianemo/Cascade) for ages...and of course if you use MythTV you also have a UPnP server internally inside Myth too...but it stopped there really. No integration with the rest of the system...just an 'island' of UPnP in a 'sea' of LinuxMCE :-)

Well now thats changed and you can add any UPnP-AV compliant NAS and any UPnP-AV compliant Media Render to your system simply and easily - reducing the complexity massively and increasing the capability massively all at the same time.

...and yes your right there are a large number of new TV's coming onto the market now that directly support UPnP-AV both as a Media Render and as a Media Server in some cases too. This means as you say that you can plug an rj45 into the back of one of these TV's and stream media and control them directly - no need for any MD's or other Media Players at all!

For those with TV's that do not have UPnP-AV capability built in then there is an increasingly diverse range of Media Players like the WD TV Live models and many others that can be integrated and work wonderfully well. We also have some big announcements around BluRay support planned for Jan 2011 which will build off the basic UPnP-Av support we have just announced.

As to whether we will make this capability available in the public svn & subsequently the LinuxMCE builds - yes the core libs will be early in 2011. As with other code we commit to the svn it will be GPL and open to anyone to hack/improve/extend as they think fit.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: nite_man on December 01, 2010, 01:25:56 pm
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As to whether we will make this capability available in the public svn & subsequently the LinuxMCE builds - yes the core libs will be early in 2011. As with other code we commit to the svn it will be GPL and open to anyone to hack/improve/extend as they think fit.

Andrew, I'd like to say a big thanks to you and your company for all improvements you do and give back to community! This is a really good example of relation between open source and business! And of course, the integration with Sonos and WD is awesome!
Title: UPnP-AV support - some more detail
Post by: totallymaxed on December 07, 2010, 11:12:45 am
Dianemo & Cascade's new UPnP-AV capability has been designed to be as compatible with your existing ripped content as far as possible while also addressing the issue that UPnP-AV compatibility can vary somewhat from device to device.

So below is a mini Q&A that will hopefully help clarify things for you;

Q - Will the new UPnP-AV software work with my existing ripped content?
A - Yes it will. Anything that you have previously ripped as an .dvd or .iso should play on any UPnP-AV compatible Media Render (eg such as the WD TV Live). ie you might have some media ripped in LinuxMCE as .dvd or .iso files and stored on a hard drive or NAS (the .dvd's will have CSS copy protection). Assuming these files played ok on a standard MD then they should play without problems on any compatible UPnP-AV Media Render.

Q - Will other files types be usable/playable with new UPnP-AV Software?
A - The new UPnP software and the media database are compatible with any file/container type and can be easily extended for new ones. So that covers actually storing and indexing the files. The other important issue is what media files the UPnP-AV Media Renderer device itself supports - this will vary from device to device of course. But if the Media Renderer device supports it then we will also support it and you will be able to store/play it from a Dianemo/Cascade system via UPnP.

Q - What quality & video resolutions are supported?
A - Again we are agnostic to this issue...if the Media Renderer device supports it then we will automatically support it too.

Q - Do the UPnP Media Renderer's need to be regenned?
A - No they dont. Media Renderers do not display the Orbiter UI and therefore need not be regenned when changing resolution or other settings.

Q - What about audio outputs?
A - Audio outputs will depend on the physical characteristics of the Media Renderer device. If the device supports it - and you have the right content then it will be supported.

Q - Will all UPnP-AV devices work?
A - If the device complies with the UPnP-AV standard then it should work without issue. But some devices are 'less' compliant than others so we will be making available a list of tested devices.

Q - Does the UPnP-AV Renderer chosen have to support the playback of .iso files?
A - No it does not. When streaming .iso or .dvd we only send an mpeg2 stream to the media renderer device so essentially any UPnP-AV media Renderer should be able to playback this type of file.

Q - What are the minimum requirements for supporting a UPnP Media Renderer?
A - A Media Renderer needs to be MediaRenderer V1.0 (or greater) this is sometimes described as UPnP-AV 1.0 & AVTransport compliant to be compatible.

Q - Can I use any make of NAS that supports UPnP-AV?
A - Yes as long as your NAS supports SMB shares too - which pretty much all of them do. We only use SMB to access content on external NAS's (or other types of storage device) so your NAS does not need to support UPnP directly (and in fact we recommend not enabling your NAS's internal UPnP-AV server). Once we stream the file from Dianemo's internal UPnP server we then communicate with the Media Renderer using UPnP protocols.

Q - How do i add UPnP MediaRenderer's to my system?
A - You simply power up your UPnP-AV MediaRenderer and set its networking options to get a DHCP address from the NerveCentre then connect it to the LAN. Now go to the http://192.168.80.1/dianemo-admin/upnpfind.php (http://192.168.80.1/dianemo-admin/upnpfind.php) page and look for the new device in the list, select a 'Room' or 'Entertainment Area' and use the 'Add' button. The system will them create a new UpnPMediaRenderer device for you and after a Quick Reload your device is ready. Now Regen your Orbiters and your done.

Q - Will I need to run the AVwizard when adding UPnP-AV MediaRenderers to my system?
A - The AVwizard is not needed when configuring MediaRenderers. Just follow the video output setup instructions supplied with your MediaRenderer and your done. In our experience these steps are very simple indeed on these devices - they will vary from device to device though of course. In general however they are much more reliable & straightforward than the AVwizard.

Q - Will I be able to intermix traditional Media Managers & UPnP Media Renderers on my system?
A - Yes you can intermix them freely. However you should be aware that traditional Media Managers do require more system resources at the NerveCentre than the new UPnP Media Renderers.

Q - Can I use my Linux/Windows PC as a UPnP-AV Media Renderer?
A - Yes you can. If you install XBMC on your Linux or Windows PC and enable its UPnP settings so that it can access UPnP services and be controlled by other UPnP devices then you can stream video or audio content to that machine by using your Touch Orbiter, iOS Orbiter, Android Touch Orbiter or even a standard Orbiter on a traditional Media Manager or Media Director.

Q - Can i use my Sonos Zone Player as part of my system?
A - Yes you can add as many Sonos Zone Players as you like to your system. They are essentially Music only UPnP-AV Media Renderer's. Any Sonos Zone Players must be connected to your wired LAN via there RJ45 port for your NerveCentre to be able to detect them. Now go to the http://192.168.80.1/dianemo-admin/upnpfind.php (http://192.168.80.1/dianemo-admin/upnpfind.php) page and look for your new Sonos Zone Player device in the list, select a 'Room' or 'Entertainment Area' and use the 'Add' button. The system will them create a new Sonos Zone Player device for you and after a Quick Reload your device is ready. Now Regen your Orbiters and your done.

Q - Can I use Boxee as part of my Cascade system?
A - We are testing Boxee currently (Linux/MacOS/Windows) for compatibility and based on our experiences so far it looks like Boxee will be compatible. Boxee is built on top of XBMC so both of these projects have underlying code that is very similar.

Q - What about the Boxee box hardware....will that be compatible?
A - We have not tested the Boxee hardware media player - so we cannot say how compatible it will be. However since the Boxee software itself is based on XBMC and our experiences to-date with both XBMC and Boxee software has been very encouraging we would say the likelihood of the Boxee Box being compatible is very high.

Q - What about the Popcorn Hour C200....is the C200 compatible?
A - Yes the C200 is compatible and can be used as a UPnP-AV Media Renderer in the same way that a WD Live TV or XBMC/Boxee box can.

Q - Will Cascade/Dianemo be moving to Kubuntu 10.04?...and if yes when will that be?
A - Yes we will. We have a number of 10.04 systems in testing and hardware support and config testing are well underway and we are also working actively with the LinuxMCE dev's on the common code areas/features & capabilities and on squashing any remaining bugs. Cascade/Dianemo 10.04 development & testing is moving forwards really well and we expect to make some firm announcements on a release very soon  indeed.
Title: Great New Xmas NC30 Offer at a Super low Price
Post by: totallymaxed on December 07, 2010, 01:10:18 pm
**Great New Xmas Offer at a Super low Price** NC30 - System (Piano Black) Price £499 + Shipping (VAT applies to UK/EC Customers) ***£299 Rebate for Forum Members when you upgrade your NC30 to a NC200R Nervecentre our most popular Nervecentre

All NC30's purchased prior to Christmas will 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 on the ASrock 330 Ion chassis.. The NC30 combines performance with very low power consumption. HD Compatible - 720p & 1080p, 350Gb storage & DVD-rw. Video outputs: VGA, HDMI,  Audio outputs SPDIF & Analog surround. The NC30 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 Cascade installation as all of our other NerveCentre's do.

**NC30 rebate offer for Forum Members** - Your NC30 qualifies you for a great £299 rebate against the cost of a NC200R Nervecentre if you upgrade within 180 days. You can then re-configure your NC30 as a Media Manager on your new NerveCentre. So even if you out grow your NC30 your investment is protected.
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: RayBe on December 07, 2010, 03:19:07 pm
Hi Andrew,

I am considering buying a new LED TV next year, what are the requirements for it to be compatible with UPnP-AV?
Because i can find tv's with dlna capabilities but not with UPnP-AV or is UPnP a part of dlna?
Somehow the tv-manufactures don't advertise or put it in their specs that the tv is compatible with UPnP-AV.

br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo & Cascade Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide
Post by: totallymaxed on December 07, 2010, 04:33:05 pm
Hi Andrew,

I am considering buying a new LED TV next year, what are the requirements for it to be compatible with UPnP-AV?
Because i can find tv's with dlna capabilities but not with UPnP-AV or is UPnP a part of dlna?
Somehow the tv-manufactures don't advertise or put it in their specs that the tv is compatible with UPnP-AV.

br,
Raymond

Hi Raymond,

Some manufacturers do obscure there support for UPnP and refer to the support they have in their products using either custom 'branding' or sometimes will just use dlna as way of describing the capabilities of their products.

DLNA defines "interoperability guidelines" and does not define a technology standard as such (like UPnP). One of the key ingredients of DLNA is UPnP however (more specifically 'UPnP AV' and 'UPnP Device Architecture'). In many ways DLNA is an unnecessary confusion for most end-users but many companies in the audio/video industry has used it when describing product capabilities. Hopefully the url's below will be helpful to you and anyone else grappling with how to make sure a new product does what they think it does;

This is the best resource that we know of currently for informaton about what products conform to the various UPnP profiles;
http://upnp.org/sdcps-and-certification/certification/certified-product-registry/ (http://upnp.org/sdcps-and-certification/certification/certified-product-registry/)

This database is a little 'stale' but might be also be helpful to you;
http://www.upnp-database.info/ (http://www.upnp-database.info/)

All the best


Andrew


Title: Shipping Rates for Canada
Post by: totallymaxed on January 17, 2011, 11:27:14 am
Just to clear up any confusion - yes we do ship systems to Canada. Our shipping rates for Canada are the same as our rates for the USA. See below;

NC30 Shipping charges;
USA & Canada              £89.10

NC300 Shipping charges;
USA & Canada              £140.80

All the best



Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: RayBe on February 01, 2011, 02:37:55 pm
Congratulations on your Dianemo 10.10 release!
Is there a video showing the new features and differences, like UPnP?
br,

Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: brake16 on February 01, 2011, 04:02:56 pm
Andrew

My wife had a good question, one I'm ashamed to say I hadn't thought of: what sort of update options are available after the initial 12 months?

Thanks
Bryce
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 01, 2011, 05:41:45 pm
Congratulations on your Dianemo 10.10 release!
Is there a video showing the new features and differences, like UPnP?
br,

Raymond

Right now the answer is no there isn't...we've been too busy porting porting our 7.10 release over to 10.10. A lot of the new features are 'under the hood' ones that remove an enormous amount of legacy code from the Pluto days. The main big user feature is the UPnP capabilities...and we think this is big one...but in many ways the changes you dont see are even more important as they allow us to run on much more modern hardware and support many new improved API's and will allow us to move to 11.04 in July too :-)

...but some video is a great idea and we will have some video available asap on Youtube. I'll post here when we have.

Thanks

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 01, 2011, 06:03:41 pm
Andrew

My wife had a good question, one I'm ashamed to say I hadn't thought of: what sort of update options are available after the initial 12 months?

Thanks
Bryce

Well you will continue to receive updates & fixes for as long as your hardware will support the enhancements we introduce. With more emphasis now being placed on the Core...or NerveCentre in Dianemo 'speak' we expect the basic hardware to be supported in terms of new capabilities and features 4+ years at least (and probably longer). Beyond that your NC will continue to function for the lifetime of the hardware. But as with any hardware eventually it will fail or not have features that are needed possibly to run some future release.

My own home system for example was a 5 year old unit until about two months ago...I upgraded to a newer unit as part of our testing of some new hardware.

The bottom line is we will not switch-off software updates to your system and they will remain free for the lifetime of your hardware.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 software update - MythTV 0.24
Post by: totallymaxed on February 07, 2011, 03:19:59 pm
We will push an update to all Dianemo 10.10 installations later this week that updates the current MythTV 0.23 to MythTV 0.24. Your Dianemo 10.10 installation will receive this update automatically and therefore no action is required apart from a reboot once it is applied.

This will fix a number of issues relating to Myth's internal http & UPnP servers that would often leave the MythTV back-end & MythWeb in an unresponsive state.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: hermanvh on February 08, 2011, 12:12:13 am
totallymaxed,

May I ask whether the upnp functionality will be available to the open source community?

Regards Herman

Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 08, 2011, 04:01:30 am
totallymaxed,

May I ask whether the upnp functionality will be available to the open source community?

Regards Herman



Yes as with other areas of Dianemo the new UPnP core code will be released under the GPL to the community in the near future.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 System Update - Squeezebox Server 7.5.3
Post by: totallymaxed on February 08, 2011, 02:10:29 pm
We will push an update to all Dianemo 10.10 installations later this week that updates systems to Squeezebox Server 7.5.3. Your Dianemo 10.10 installation will receive this update automatically and therefore no action is required apart from a reboot once it is applied.

This will fix a number of problems relating to device support/firmware and some iTunes integrations issues as well amongst other minor bug fixes.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: RayBe on February 19, 2011, 12:05:34 pm
Hi Andrew,

Regarding the new UPnP code, which will be implemented in Lmce.
Will this code also support Samsung's AllShare™, to control the TV and use as media renderer?

thanks in advance,
br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 19, 2011, 01:52:06 pm
Hi Andrew,

Regarding the new UPnP code, which will be implemented in Lmce.
Will this code also support Samsung's AllShare™, to control the TV and use as media renderer?

thanks in advance,
br,
Raymond

Well it will be down to how complete Samsungs UPnP/DLNA support is.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 - Browse & Stream from UPnP servers to portable UPnP Devices
Post by: totallymaxed on March 13, 2011, 02:24:51 pm
With UPnP integration we now have the possibility to do some exciting things with servers, Control Points & Renderers;

- Browse interactively for any UPnP servers on the LAN side of your NC.
This means that you can stream content not just from your NC's storage devices but also from any other UPnP server on you LAN to any UPnP render on your LAN. A new Media Server button will be added to the Home Menu to support this.

- Add a portable device as a Media Renderer ie Android device, iOS Device or any other device/OS with UPnP Renderer Apps installed.
This will mean you can be running an Orbiter app on your portable device and have it stream media to a UPnP Renderer App running on the same device giving integrated control a media playback on the same device ie iOS, Android devices.

The above should be in the next UPnP update.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 - Use your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox
Post by: totallymaxed on March 18, 2011, 12:59:11 am
Although we've been working hard on integrating new UPnP features and capabilities into Dianemo 10.10 we have also been working on other parts of Dianemo too. One area that's still undergoing testing at present is worth reporting on though as you can test this too on your current Dianemo 10.10 system - using your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox :-)

You need the commercial iPeng software installed on your iOS device for the following setup to work by the way (this may change in the future). So go ahead and simply add a Squeezebox device manually to your system in Web Admin in the normal way (ie add a device template #58 as a child of your Core). Now fill in the room/EA fields (ie even though this device is mobile you must allocate it to a free room/EA) and fill in IP & Mac address fields in the template with the values for your iOS device and then do a reload and a full regen of your Orbiters. Thats it basically...now launch iPeng on your iOS device and next set your Orbiter to the room you 'placed' your iOS device in and browse to some audio and play it

Your iOS device will now be receiving the audio stream...since iPeng supports iOS's multitasking feature (you will need iOS 4.2 or later for this to work) the stream will continue even if the device goes into sleep mode or if you 'close' the App. Another thing to test is simultaneous Orbiter control & audio streaming... browse and select the audio from your iOS device itself using the Dianemo iOS Orbiter (make sure iPeng is running first)...the stream will be received in the background by iPeng and you should hear it playing instantly even while your Orbiter is on screen.

Carry you iOS device anywhere within range of your systems WiFi AP and continue to enjoy portable access to your music library. If your iOS devices dock supports audio out then when you dock your device you can hear your stream through any on-dock speakers or connected speakers if you have them.

Enjoy!

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 - Use your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox
Post by: mardibloke on March 18, 2011, 02:01:00 am
using your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox :-)

Andrew, I'm thinking this would maybe also work with the Logitech Duet controllers?

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/3817

- --
Rod,  UK
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 - Use your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox
Post by: totallymaxed on March 18, 2011, 02:25:22 am
Andrew, I'm thinking this would maybe also work with the Logitech Duet controllers?

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/3817

- --
Rod,  UK

Hi Rod,

Well we already have support for streams to any 'real' Squeezebox and that includes the Squeezebox Receiver which is the display-less component in the Duet Kit and also of course for Squeezeslaves (ie 'virtual' Squeezeboxes) and now iOS devices running iPeng too.

So yes that would certainly work - we have many customers with Squeezebox Receivers deployed as part of their systems. However currently the Duet controllers themselves are not fully integrated.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 - Use your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox
Post by: mardibloke on March 22, 2011, 10:19:54 pm

However currently the Duet controllers themselves are not fully integrated.


Just checking that you have you seen that firmware (in the last year or so) that on the Duet controllers allows them to appear as just another Squeezebox Receivers, and use their built in speaker for audio playback - that was how I was thinking it might work.

- --
Rod,  UK
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 - Use your iOS device as a portable Squeezebox
Post by: totallymaxed on March 23, 2011, 02:20:31 am
Just checking that you have you seen that firmware (in the last year or so) that on the Duet controllers allows them to appear as just another Squeezebox Receivers, and use their built in speaker for audio playback - that was how I was thinking it might work.

- --
Rod,  UK

Rod,

We have not tested the Duet in that mode but I can see no reason why that would not work at all - after all virtual Squeezebox's work fine using Squeezeslave and iOS devices running iPeng can also emulate a Squeezebox and be added too.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 - Now supports Just Add Power's 2G IP transmitters & Receivers
Post by: totallymaxed on March 24, 2011, 03:58:50 pm
Dianemo 10.10 now supports the Just Add Power range of 2G HDMI-IP transmitters and receivers. When combined with a managed gigabit switch from CISCO the JAP2G boxes deliver a scalable HDMI video matrix capability that can scale to almost any size required. Because this type of HDMI matrix does not rely on a fixed geometry traditional HDMI Matrix it provides a very flexible solution to distributing HDMI video sources in larger installations.

Technically Dianemo 10.10 uses IGMP to control VLAN's on the CISCO with a VLAN allocated to each JAP2G Transmitter (this is the video source). Dianemo 10.10 then dynamically adds a JAP2G Receiver to the relevant VLAN to enable it to receive the stream being transmitted by that source. Any number of JAP2G Receivers can join a given VLAN and all will receive the stream in sync. All streams are transported over the standard Gigabit CAT5/CAT6 cabling without the need for dedicated cables to be used. If the installation at some future date needs additional TV's to be added its just a matter of plugging in more JAP2G Receivers - same goes for Transmitters too.

http://www.justaddpower.com/ (http://www.justaddpower.com/)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: biopsihoz on May 22, 2011, 10:00:44 am
Здравствуйте. Какая цена на комплект Dianemo S2 и что входит в комплект? Расскажите, пожалуйста, подробнее. А также сколько будет стоить доставка в Россию, я живу ближе к Японии (Азия).

Hello. What price for a set of Dianemo S2 and what is included? Tell me more. And also how much will it cost shipping to Russia, I live closer to Japan (Asia).

Sorry, I forgot that this is an international forum :)
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on May 22, 2011, 10:22:32 am
Isn't Russia part of Europe? So shipping should be 66GBP, but I am sure Andrew knows for sure.
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2011, 11:08:26 am
Isn't Russia part of Europe? So shipping should be 66GBP, but I am sure Andrew knows for sure.

Thanks for the translation Posde ;-)

However shipping rates to Russia are not the same as for Europe and need to be calculated based on the address.

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2011, 11:35:55 am
Здравствуйте. Какая цена на комплект Dianemo S2 и что входит в комплект? Расскажите, пожалуйста, подробнее. А также сколько будет стоить доставка в Россию, я живу ближе к Японии (Азия).

Hi,

I have sent you a PM here in the forum.

All the best


Andrew

Quote
Привет,

Я послал вас ПМ здесь на форуме.

Все лучшее


Эндрю
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on May 22, 2011, 12:02:48 pm
Thanks for the translation Posde ;-)
/me is perfect multi-language... thanks to translate.google.com

Quote
However shipping rates to Russia are not the same as for Europe and need to be calculated based on the address.

Isn't Russia part of Europe... or Asia... or both? Gotta pay the sum of shipping to Europe and Asis :D
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2011, 12:08:02 pm
/me is perfect multi-language... thanks to translate.google.com

Isn't Russia part of Europe... or Asia... or both? Gotta pay the sum of shipping to Europe and Asis :D

Well unfortunately no...the shipping rates seem to vary enormously in that part of the world. So we always ask for the shipping address before quoting a shipping cost (we charge shipping at cost)

Yeah...translate.google.com rules! However I do worry about what its spitting out when I use it to translate into another language... have i just told the person 'his brother is a Martian' lol!

Andrew

Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bongowongo on May 22, 2011, 02:09:55 pm
What I do not understand is that why not use the virtual squeezeplayer for radio and audio on md's?
It would be so much easier. Is that a good idea, or am I misssing something?
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 22, 2011, 02:18:40 pm
What I do not understand is that why not use the virtual squeezeplayer for radio and audio on md's?
It would be so much easier. Is that a good idea, or am I misssing something?

Wrong thread... ;-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bugui on May 24, 2011, 06:28:30 am
Hi Andrew,
Could I buy just the Dianemo software or licence? I leave in Argentina, I'm using LMCE 0810 (M3NHT-Deluxe as core and 2 x ZotacHD-ID11 as MDs.

Thanks in advance,
Hernán
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 24, 2011, 07:57:26 am
Hi Andrew,
Could I buy just the Dianemo software or licence? I leave in Argentina, I'm using LMCE 0810 (M3NHT-Deluxe as core and 2 x ZotacHD-ID11 as MDs.

Thanks in advance,
Hernán

Dianemo is only available on our hardware I'm afraid - we do not have software only product.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Pictures of Our CEDIA Home Technology Event Equipment Rack
Post by: totallymaxed on June 19, 2011, 06:10:15 pm
Below are two shots of the rack we are currently building for the CEDIA Home Technology Event in London at the end of this month;

The rack contains from the top down;

* C4 Atom/Ion based Media Manager (out of shot on top of rack)
* 2 x S10 Home Theatre Media Managers
* 1 x S16v Nervecentre
* 1x Denon DBP-2010 BluRay Player
* 2x Denon DBP-2012UD BluRay Players
* 1x Denon 2310 AV Processor
* 2x VSX-1018AH AV Processor
* 3x Velodyne Sub Amps (yet to be installed when these pics were taken)

(http://wiki.linuxmce.org/images/4/4f/Rear.rack.home-technology-event.18-06-2011.jpg)

(http://wiki.linuxmce.org/images/1/15/Front.rack.home-technology-event.18-06-2011.jpg)
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: acald on June 20, 2011, 03:40:14 am
Thanks for the sneak peak.  Looking forward to seeing the finished product.  

Some video of the rack and everything working together would be wonderful! ;)
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: valent on June 20, 2011, 11:49:20 am
It would be cool to see Dianemo systems listed in CE Pro listings for 2011, they are obviously missing from this list:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/29666982/ultimateguide-homeautomation2010
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 20, 2011, 11:51:32 am
Thanks for the sneak peak.  Looking forward to seeing the finished product.  

Some video of the rack and everything working together would be wonderful! ;)

Well the rack itself will not really do anything very photogenic when in operation... and the rack itself at the show will be located at the centre of the stand and will not be visible to visitors (although we will take people who are interested behind the scenes to look at it if they wish too).

One of the challenges with good home automation, where you've spent time, money & effort to hide the technology, is to find a way to capture that in a video presentation! However i will try and shoot some video at the show and post that here for all to see.

All the best


Andrew

Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Bazza on June 21, 2011, 10:16:08 pm
Hi Andrew

Could you tell me how much your sky multiroom kit is or tell me what i would need to connect 2 skyhd boxes to my NC30.

Thanks

Barry
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 21, 2011, 10:40:14 pm
Hi Andrew

Could you tell me how much your sky multiroom kit is or tell me what i would need to connect 2 skyhd boxes to my NC30.

Thanks

Barry

You will need a Sky Control Pack (uses a Dusky RF2 control interface for two Sky boxes) for control of the SkyHD boxes. Then you will need to distribute the HD video from the two Sky boxes to a number of Zones or rooms. Depending on what you are trying to achieve this will have variable cost. How many zones will need to receive HD video and will any be SD only (these can be achieved with less costly video distribution). The HD zones will either use an HDMI matrix with at least 2 inputs and n outputs (n being the number of HD zones you require). Alternatively you could go with an IP based matrix which would use 2x HDMI-IP Transmitters for the SkyHD boxes and n HDMI-IP Receivers (one per HD Zone) all switched through a CISCO managed switch. The IP Based Matrix is typically more expensive for less than 6 HD Zones.

Let me know how many HD zones you require and if there are any SD zones and I will PM you an estimated cost.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: grind on June 21, 2011, 11:17:20 pm
Andrew, to use a HDMI-Matrix you need to have a HDMI-Cable from one central point to all of the TVs? Do you know any converters to avoid this? I found some of them but all of them require two Cat-Cables per HDMI-Cable (which i don't have i could only spend one).

The IP-Based-Matrix you're talking about is VERY nice but unfortunately pretty expensive...

Nicolai
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 21, 2011, 11:39:59 pm
Andrew, to use a HDMI-Matrix you need to have a HDMI-Cable from one central point to all of the TVs? Do you know any converters to avoid this? I found some of them but all of them require two Cat-Cables per HDMI-Cable (which i don't have i could only spend one).
Re above
Well unless your installation is in a very small apartment you would use HDMI-CAT5/6 extenders to extend the limited  range of HDMI cables. These HDMI-CAT5/6 extenders can use either 1 or 2 CAT5/6 cables. Typically the ones that use a single CAT5/6 have a smaller range than twin cable models - 60M for single and about 100M typically for twins. The HDMI matrix's we usually use have single CAT5/6 interfaces built in and then just require a HDMI-CAT5/6 Receiver at the display end.
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The IP-Based-Matrix you're talking about is VERY nice but unfortunately pretty expensive...
Yes as i said the IP-Matrix solution is more expensive at smaller sizes... but as you scale up to larger numbers of Rooms/Zones the economics and flexibility become just too compelling to ignore.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on June 22, 2011, 08:27:23 am
Hmm, isn't an HD-PVR the way to get HD content into the system? Or am I missing something here?
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 22, 2011, 09:08:41 am
Hmm, isn't an HD-PVR the way to get HD content into the system? Or am I missing something here?

Well the HD-PVR is the best way to capture component video for sure alongside MythTV. But SkyHD boxes have no component out - they only have HDMI for HD output. So realistically some form of HDMI distribution is the only option for full HD picture quality.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on June 22, 2011, 09:32:11 am
Apart from HDMI vs Component (which can easily be rectified using a HDFury) are there other reason to not use an HD-PVR?
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 22, 2011, 09:40:36 am
Apart from HDMI vs Component (which can easily be rectified using a HDFury) are there other reason to not use an HD-PVR?

Well here in the UK the SkyHD box is the mainstream Sat PVR/STB. Its UI and operation is burned into the 'soul' of every man, woman & child (very unfortunately lol!!!) so the advantage of HDMI distribution is that we can present the 'standard' and very familiar SkyHD UI on every TV and we can use the Orbiter to remotely control the UI. UK customers like that combination and are willing to gain that familiarity & ease of use while loosing the flexibility of storing the recordings from say an HD-PVR centrally.

We used to offer both options to our customers but we found almost all customers went with the more limited but familiar HDMI distribution option.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on June 23, 2011, 10:20:06 am
I guess my resilience to give SWMBO what she is used to, is her reason for not being too happy with LinuxMCE
Title: Picture of Our CEDIA Home Technology Event Stand setup
Post by: totallymaxed on June 28, 2011, 09:38:26 am
Shot of part of Dianemo's UK distributor RedLine's stand at the CEDIA Home Technology Event in London 28-30 June 2011. In the display to the left you can see an MK Astral ZWave lighting panel demonstrating Astral ZWave light switches integrated with Dianemo and on the right you can see a Panasonic 55" Plasmas being driven by a Dianemo S10 Pro Range Media Manager. The Panasonic has a side mounted Artison Line Array 3.1 speaker system driven by a Pioneer Surround Receiver. This is one of 5 Zones driven by a Dianemo S16v Pro Range NerveCentre.

**Note the authentic 'saw dust' under the Dianemo logo lol!

(http://wiki.linuxmce.org/images/0/06/CEDIA-2011-MK-Dianemo%2BArtiston.jpg)
Title: Re: Picture of Our CEDIA Home Technology Event Stand setup
Post by: mardibloke on July 05, 2011, 04:52:40 pm
Shot of part of Dianemo's UK distributor RedLine's stand at the CEDIA Home Technology Event in London 28-30 June 2011

Great looking stand Andrew, am sure it was a busy few days.  Had tickets and plans to attend, but end of month work got in the way at the last minute.

- --
Rod,  UK

Title: Re: Picture of Our CEDIA Home Technology Event Stand setup
Post by: totallymaxed on July 06, 2011, 12:05:24 pm
Great looking stand Andrew, am sure it was a busy few days.  Had tickets and plans to attend, but end of month work got in the way at the last minute.

- --
Rod,  UK



Hi Rod,

Thanks - yes the stand was a big improvement on last years. Show was a little slow overall but our inquiry levels/demos were up on last year. Sorry you couldn't make it though.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: rocket39 on July 15, 2011, 01:54:06 pm
I am very cool in here, abaton go ahead.. :)

Title: Dianemo 10.10 to Dianemo 11.04 Upgrades in testing
Post by: totallymaxed on July 21, 2011, 01:51:22 am
Just a heads up that we have successfully tested the upgrade of a standard Dianemo 10.10 NerveCentre installation to Dianemo 11.04. This is the first phase of testing in preparation for being ready to upgrade existing systems and to transition to Dianemo 11.04

I should stress that this is a test of the process and should not be attempted yet by end users. When we are confident that we have any issues addressed then Dianemo users will get notified that they can Upgrade if they wish too.

Expect more updates on this here in this thread in the coming few weeks.

All the best


Andr
Title: Announcing Dianemo Software Only Installations for LinuxMCE users
Post by: totallymaxed on July 26, 2011, 11:58:24 pm
Hi all,

Ever since we shipped the first Dianemo 07.10 Systems in early 2008 we have been asked by LinuxMCE Forum members about whether we could provide a Dianemo software only solution to install on their existing hadrware. Up to now we have always answered - no to that question. Well at last we are now almost ready to offer a Dianemo Software only product to the LinuxMCE community!

This will be paid for software product that will enable you to have a Dianemo installation on almost any LinuxMCE compatible Core hardware that you already own. The software only product will be supported via the LinuxMCE forum to keep its cost to a minimum. We cannot guarantee that all hardware will work with Dianemo 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 GPU's. Each installation will have a Dianemo installation ID and will be upgradable to future releases using a disc-less online update/upgrade procedure. You will get 12 month's of updates/upgrades included in your initial purchase cost and there will be an annual charge to continue to receive updates/upgrades for subsequent years. Updates will be release as and when required and upgrades will follow shortly after Ubuntu OS releases and dates. Any customer who does not sign-up for the paid for updates will not loose access to their system they will just not receive any updates/upgrades.

If you would be interested in a Dianemo software only installation package please contact me via PM here in the forum. Initially we will be looking to sign up a small number of interested people, somewhere around 50 in the first instance - so dont delay as these will disappear pretty quickly I expect. The Dianemo Software Product will be priced at a low introductory price of £249 +VAT (VAT only applies to customers located inside the EU)

We're looking forward to hearing from you if your interested and will provide additional information to you once you have registered your interest.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: aagesen on August 05, 2011, 03:23:10 pm
Hi.
i find the release of Dianemo as software very interesting. But i have some questions i hope you can find time to answer.

Z-wave: What kind of modules do you support? Motion sensing? Door/window/temperature?  Everspring Siren?
Spotify: Is it supported?
Media handling: Does it autoscan my library and download information from the internet? This is important for TV and movies.
Subtitles and audio tracks in movies/TV and live TV. Is it supported?
MythTV: Can you help me set up softcam so i can use cable without my provided PVR? (In norway this is not illegal, card SHARING with other households is) Id like to use about 8 tuners.
Do you have the EPG in the orbiter?
Denon/Onkyo - do you support ip and rs-232 control?
Other brands than LG Tvs that are fully supported with rs-232 or ip?
Sonos: is the support on par with the squeezebox support? can i control the "line in"? Switch and group zones?
Internet radio: Is it supported?
Is Voip working?

Are all the major containers and codec supported?

What brand/model of receivers, TVs and audio system do you recommend when you sell your system that is available in europe? Id like to control most with ip and rs-232
Do you have a in-house "recommended-hardware-for-integration-list"? i.e not hardware for the software it self. HDMI matrix's, tvs, receivers, multiroom audio, light/curtain/hvac/ ir control. The hardware you would sell if you should build a medium priced solution in a four bedroom apartment.

When renovating our "new" house, i  put a lot of cat5/6, speaker wires, audio cables and  HDMI in my walls, all ending up in the attic. Cat 5 at central locations to use with my vidabox ipad wallmounts.
Im eager to put all the cables at work. :)


Lot of questions, i know. But i hope you find time to answer them.


Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 05, 2011, 05:12:14 pm
Hi.
i find the release of Dianemo as software very interesting. But i have some questions i hope you can find time to answer.

Z-wave: What kind of modules do you support? Motion sensing? Door/window/temperature?  Everspring Siren?
Re ZWave
We support motion sensors, multi-level sensors & switches ie door/Window & Temp. Everspring siren... not currently or at least never tested one.
Quote
Spotify: Is it supported?
Re Spotify
Not supported in the the Orbiter directly yet. But in desktop browser yes and also on iOS devices as separate App.
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Media handling: Does it autoscan my library and download information from the internet? This is important for TV and movies.
Re media Handling
If the rips/TV recordings are made by dianemo/mythTV then we pickup metadata automatically. If the content already exists then the process is semi-automatic and will require some human intervention.
Quote
Subtitles and audio tracks in movies/TV and live TV. Is it supported?
Re  Subtitles
Yes they are supported.
Quote
MythTV: Can you help me set up softcam so i can use cable without my provided PVR? (In norway this is not illegal, card SHARING with other households is) Id like to use about 8 tuners.
We do not use or get involved with any CAM's at all - and they cannot be discussed here in this forum either. You would need to find a local engineer to assist you with that.
Quote
Do you have the EPG in the orbiter?
Re EPG
We are about to add Mythweb to the iOS Orbiter. This will be an update in Sept/Oct i hope.
Quote
Denon/Onkyo - do you support ip and rs-232 control?
Re Denon/Onkyo
Yes we have templates for Denon & some Onkyo models.
Quote
Other brands than LG Tvs that are fully supported with rs-232 or ip?
We support Panasonic & Toshiba and Some Sony models. Other can be added easily if required.
Quote
Sonos: is the support on par with the squeezebox support? can i control the "line in"? Switch and group zones?
Re Sonos
Sonos support is similar to Squeezebox support functionally. We do not currently support control of 'Line-in' switching or Group zones inside the ZonePlayers. We may in the future support 'Line-in' switching control.
Quote
Internet radio: Is it supported?
Re Internet Radio
This is supported internally in both Squeezebox & Sonos through use of their control Apps. We plan to provide access to this via the Orbiter Directly soon. This will be in a future update.
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Is Voip working?
Re VOIP
Yes Asterisk is working but some of the orbiter integration is not fully operational yet. All standard Asterisk telephony functions are working however.
Quote

Are all the major containers and codec supported?
Re Conainers/Codecs
We support all of the same containers & codecs as LinuxMCE.
Quote

What brand/model of receivers, TVs and audio system do you recommend when you sell your system that is available in europe? Id like to control most with ip and rs-232
Do you have a in-house "recommended-hardware-for-integration-list"? i.e not hardware for the software it self. HDMI matrix's, tvs, receivers, multiroom audio, light/curtain/hvac/ ir control. The hardware you would sell if you should build a medium priced solution in a four bedroom apartment.
If you are purchasing a complete hardware solution with support and remote installation assistance from us then we can recommend/design & implement a system to your needs. However the Dianemo S10.10 software only product is not a full service product and is aimed at those people who have a more constrained budget and/or would prefer to do more of the installation and technical backup themselves. We have deliberately structured ur products in this way to provide both full-service and entry level options to suit all budgets and preferences.
Quote

When renovating our "new" house, i  put a lot of cat5/6, speaker wires, audio cables and  HDMI in my walls, all ending up in the attic. Cat 5 at central locations to use with my vidabox ipad wallmounts.
Im eager to put all the cables at work. :)


Lot of questions, i know. But i hope you find time to answer them.

Your approach sounds sensible but without more details and a much better understanding of what you have and what you plan to have/do/integrate its not possible to comment with any accuracy about your plans or existing installation.

If you require high levels of support then you either need to purchase a full service hardware solution from us or purchase Dianemo S10.10 and do it in a more DIY style. I hope the above is useful - let me know if you need more information.

Kind regards


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Randall on August 05, 2011, 07:38:30 pm
Hi Andrew,

Sorry for the vague question, but is there a post/wiki entry that outlines what the difference between a LMCE and a Dianemo software-only system actually is?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 05, 2011, 07:57:32 pm
Hi Andrew,

Sorry for the vague question, but is there a post/wiki entry that outlines what the difference between a LMCE and a Dianemo software-only system actually is?

Thanks.

Hi,

Hmmm... no there isn't as such. There are some obvious and big differences though such as we are shipping on Dianemo 10.10 which as the name implies is built on Ubuntu 10.10 and we can allow all of the Ubuntu updates through without any concern for them breaking Dianemo at all. We also have already tested updating Dianemo 10.10 to Dianemo 11.04  based on Ubuntu 11.04 and so far we are very pleased with results. We expect to authorise customers that they can safely upgrade in the same manner in the next few weeks too. The base operating system is just really important to a whole range of things - hardware support is the biggy... but there are others too like massively improved kernel event handling in 11.04 which makes a noticeable difference to the performance and overall smoothness of the UI and video playback.

There are also a load of user level and operational differences too... so I guess I should at least start a Wiki page on these to map at least the major ones out. I will try to do that over the weekend if i have some time. Thanks for the suggestion.

All the best



Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: alx2k on August 12, 2011, 08:14:39 pm
Hi Andrew,

I find interesting being able to get just the software solution. However I have some questions, I would be pleased if you could answer them.

Firstly, about the upnp & DLNA support, is LG and/or Samsung already supported or on its way? Also, do you have a Wiki page or a list of supported pnp devices?

Secondly, is the upgrade to 11.04 included? Maybe a silly question, I guess every update would be included for as long as you still have the 12 months support or you still pay the maintenance afterwards.

Thirdly, How much would it cost the maintenance? I couldn't find it on the topic.

Thank you for your help.

Alejandro
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 12, 2011, 08:41:11 pm
Hi Andrew,

I find interesting being able to get just the software solution. However I have some questions, I would be pleased if you could answer them.

Firstly, about the upnp & DLNA support, is LG and/or Samsung already supported or on its way? Also, do you have a Wiki page or a list of supported pnp devices?

Secondly, is the upgrade to 11.04 included? Maybe a silly question, I guess every update would be included for as long as you still have the 12 months support or you still pay the maintenance afterwards.

Thirdly, How much would it cost the maintenance? I couldn't find it on the topic.

Thank you for your help.

Alejandro

Hi Alejandro,

Its really impossible to maintain a specific device compatibility table for DLNA/UPNP... we tried but firmware changes meant we could never keep it current. Most DLNA/UPNP TV's will play back content ok... but some do not implement pushed content to them. WD Live TV's are what we test against internally and with everything apart from .iso & .dvd rips we get good compatibility. The .iso & .dvd files some time suffer language track selection issues and very infrequently sound quality issues. We also cannot provide access to the DVD's chapters... we just stream the movie. We do not currently provide any integrated way to rip BluRay discs but we are testing makeMKV and this is likely to be what we integrate for BluRay in the next few months.

You get all the version updates & all the bug fix/feature updates for 12 months - so yes 11.04 is included and 11.10 too. It then costs £49.95 for each subsequent year of updates.

Support is via the LinuxMCE forum... this is free. If you need 1-to-1 support of need specific configuration carried out for you, or new device templates created etc etc, then you can tell us your requirements and we will quote you a price based on your needs.

if you have more questions just let me know.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Farmboy on August 13, 2011, 08:28:48 am
Hi Andrew,
Great that you're shipping Dianemo as software. I know it's a gray area, but is it a bit easier to install than 'standard' LinuxMCE for an average Joe?
Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 13, 2011, 02:00:18 pm
Hi Andrew,
Great that you're shipping Dianemo as software. I know it's a gray area, but is it a bit easier to install than 'standard' LinuxMCE for an average Joe?
Cheers
Paul

Hi Paul,

Yes I believe it is - certainly in comparison to the process of installing the LinuxMCE snapshots etc. We have a tiny (< 5k) pair of deb files that you install from the Ubuntu desktop. One is a key file that is used to identify your NC's hardware and the other is the installer itself. Double click the key deb & then do the same to the installer and they are both installed. Now open a terminal a copy n' paste a command and hit enter... type in your Ubuntu password and then come back in about 90 mins (depends on the speed of your broadband ;-) )... and the basic installation is done.

You still have to configure the system to do the stuff you want it to do etc and learn the concepts etc of what the system is about. So that learning curve is much the same as LinuxMCE. We have some additional features that we have integrated and we add new stuff all the time (you get those updates automatically). We often fix or help to fix/contribute to the common Dianemo/LinuxMCE codebase so those fixes flow through both. The Dianemo features usually migrate eventually down to LinuxMCE but you will always see them first in Dianemo.

The big difference between a Dianemo hardware product and Dianemo S10.10 is that you rather than us are the 'Installer/Integrator' and you are the hardware 'expert' too as you supply & build the hardware. Whereas when you buy a hardware product from us we have built the hardware & installed the basic system to your requirements and in most cases we have priced in some 'on-site' remote configuration & assistance too. So you get your 'hand held' by us to much greater degree than with Dianemo S10.10 - which has had as much of the support costs and the hardware removed to make it accessible to more people who don't mind doing more for themselves.

I hope that gets across what the differences are in overall terms.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 Remote Access - available now on iOS Devices
Post by: totallymaxed on August 18, 2011, 01:33:27 pm
We are pleased to announce that we are rolling out Secure Remote Access for all of our Dianemo customers as of today. Currently this service is only available on iOS devices running our Dianemo v1.4 App or later. 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 and the Dianemo App. 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 S10.10 customers the Dianemo Remote Access service costs £49.95 GBP annually for a single iOS device or £99.95 GBP annually for up to 8 devices. Dianemo S10.10 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 (single iOS device) - 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**

Dianemo Remote Access (Upto 8 iOS devices) - Annual charge;
Cost  = £99.95 GBP
PayPal Fees @ 4% = £3.99 GBP
Total Cost Inc PayPal Fees = £103.94 GBP (Excluding VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live outside the EU and are paying by PayPal**
VAT @ 20% = £19.99 GBP
Total Cost = £123.94 GBP (Including VAT price) **This is what you should pay if you live inside the EU and are paying by PayPal**


All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - New AVwizard
Post by: totallymaxed on August 24, 2011, 04:10:36 pm
AVwizard - A new version of the AVwizard has been released that automatically detects what connector (HDMI/DVD/VGA) your display/TV is connected to and will automatically configure the highest resolution suitable for the displays EDID capabilities & aspect ratio. With this version there is no need to choose the 'Connector' as this is done automatically for you. The new AVwizard now uses the native uBuntu X detection first and if it succeeds it will use that otherwise it will test the previously used mode lines. You can still override its choice of screen resolution setup if required and the rest of the process is as before. However this version should avoid situations where some users cannot get a display to start X and therefore do not get video at all.

Please refer to the Dianemo S10.10 wiki page for details on how to access and use the update script; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10

Please be aware that when you run the Update script your system may also receive updates for the Ubuntu base OS too.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - TheMovieDB Integration
Post by: totallymaxed on August 25, 2011, 04:21:40 pm
TheMovieDB - The Enhanced Movie Metadata Web Tool has been released for users to experiment with and can be accessed from the following internal Web Admin url on your Dianemo systems LAN;

http://192.168.80.1/pluto-admin/moviedb/

This is a 'Beta' release of this new tool and its integration & UI are still very much preliminary and a work in progress.
Title: Dianemo System Update - FreePBX/Asterisk, USBUIRT & All Remaining Pluto packages
Post by: totallymaxed on August 26, 2011, 02:33:22 pm
This  update brings in all of the remaining standard pluto devices & packages including an updated usbuirt package and our new FreePBX/Asterisk integration package. There are also updated MythTV packages in this update too... but these are still a little Beta but you should see some improvements.

Please remember that other than for NAS's and GC100 devices the plug-n-play engine has been disabled in Dianemo to remove reliability & mis-detection issues. So this means that device templates will need to be added manually via Web Admin for all other devices.

As usual please follow the instructions on the Wiki page for updating your Dianemo system; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo)
Title: Dianemo System Update - xine vdpau Video Hardware Acceleration for nVidia GPU's
Post by: totallymaxed on August 31, 2011, 02:19:06 pm
This update brings the vdpau hardware acceleration API to the libxine package in Dianemo. Libxine/vdpau provides hardware acceleration for h.264 & mpeg4 encoded video providing 1080p capable playback of BlueRay quality video screams. Select vdpau from the Hardware Acceleration pop-up when in the Wizards -> Devices -> Media Directors screen for any Media Manager. You must do a reload router after selecting vdpau otherwise acceleration will not be enabled. Vdpau is only available for nVidia GPU's.

As usual please follow the instructions on the Wiki page for updating your Dianemo system; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo)
Title: Dianemo System Update - Gyration Media Center Remote Support
Post by: totallymaxed on September 02, 2011, 05:30:17 pm
The following updates are available now for your Dianemo system;

Gyration Remotes - this update adds support for the Gyration Media Remote. Plug the Gyration Dongle into your MM and then in the Media Manager page Web Admin select "dev/input HID MCE kbd/remote" Infrared receiver.

Please refer to the Dianemo S10.10 wiki page for details on how to access and use the update script; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10

Please be aware that when you run the Update script your system may also receive updates for the Ubuntu base OS too (which is perfectly ok... but may mean your update takes longer than expected).

As ever we are always interested in your feedback & experiences with Dianemo.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - Fiire Remote Support
Post by: totallymaxed on September 02, 2011, 11:51:45 pm
The following updates are available now for your Dianemo system;

Fiire Remotes - this update adds support for the original Fiire Remote. See the 'Adding Remotes' section of the Dianemo S10.10 wiki page for details on how to add Fiire remotes to your system (its dead simple to do)

Please refer to the Dianemo S10.10 wiki page for details on how to access and use the update script; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10

Please be aware that when you run the Update script your system may also receive updates for the Ubuntu base OS too (which is perfectly ok... but may mean your update takes longer than expected).

As ever we are always interested in your feedback & experiences with Dianemo.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: maxofmillions on September 05, 2011, 02:39:25 pm
Could i get the price for the software in dollars to tennessee in the us.....thanks....randy
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 05, 2011, 02:52:16 pm
Could i get the price for the software in dollars to tennessee in the us.....thanks....randy

Hi Maxofmillions,

The cost of Dianemo S10.10 in the US is £259.94 GBP if paying by PayPal (that is approx. $419.07 USD - but PayPal will do the calculation based on the current exchange rate when you pay). We email you a pair of small debs that you install after installing Ubuntu 10.10 from a LiveCD. See the first entry in this thread here for more details;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php/topic,8880.msg60443.html#msg60443 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php/topic,8880.msg60443.html#msg60443)

Here is our Wiki page on installing & configuring Dianemo S10.10;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Installing_Dianemo_S10.10 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Installing_Dianemo_S10.10)

Let me know if you need more information, have any questions not covered here or need any other assistance.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo S10.10 - Updates, Upgrades & backups
Post by: totallymaxed on September 06, 2011, 01:33:15 pm
This is a quick post to describe how we tackle Updates & Upgrades in Dianemo S10.10 & beyond.

Updates;

These can be bug fixes, feature improvements or sometimes completely new functionality. We release these through our Repos and for important ones we announce them here and via email. Each Dianemo S10.10 system has an dianemo-software-update.sh script that you can execute at any time (and as often as you like) and it will fetch and install any Updates from our Repos and any pending updates from Ubuntu's repos too. We usually suggest that you also run Diskless_Setup.sh as this will make sure that your Media Managers are always updated too.

Upgrades;

These are driven by and linked too Ubuntu OS releases and their schedule. Currently we are slightly behind this curve in that Dianemo S10.10 is still built on top of Ubuntu 10.10 but of course Ubuntu 11.04 is already released. Shortly we will release an Upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 which will upgrade the base OS underneath existng Dianemo S10.10 installation leaving them with the same Dianemo functionality but the updated OS. This is essentially a 'Stepping stone' update so that all installations are ready to accept being Updated to Dianemo S11.10. Then once Ubuntu 11.10 has been released we will release an Upgrade to Dianemo S11.10 to all existing Dianemo S10.10/11.04 customers. Upgrades to Dianemo SXX.XX will then mirror the Ubuntu release schedule and generally will happen approximately 4 weeks later in each case.

Backups;

From Web Admin you can make a backup of your Dianemo S10.10 installation at any time. These backups can be stored on a separate system for safe keeping and can then always be used to reinstate your system to the state it was in at the moment the backup was taken.

See the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page for additional info;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo

Anyway I hope the above clears up any confusion in around Updates, Upgrades and backups. If you have further questions then post them here or contact me via IM here on the Forum.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 06, 2011, 02:30:38 pm
I assume you do not do media backup, do you?

How do you make sure, that on a restore, all media locations stay the same? If a disk breaks, and I put a new disk in, the serial number changes, doesn't it? Would the media still be correctly identified?
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 06, 2011, 03:34:05 pm
I assume you do not do media backup, do you?

How do you make sure, that on a restore, all media locations stay the same? If a disk breaks, and I put a new disk in, the serial number changes, doesn't it? Would the media still be correctly identified?

We don't do media backup correct. We just backup the system config.

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 06, 2011, 05:59:39 pm
so you face the same consequences LinuxMCE users do, in terms of media files. Thanks.
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 06, 2011, 06:20:41 pm
so you face the same consequences LinuxMCE users do, in terms of media files. Thanks.

Its really not that big a deal as long as you have a Media backup then you just restore to your media drive - but most of the time you of course do not need to do that. We don't recommend mixing OS & media on the same partition or physical disc if you can avoid it.

Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - Supports for streaming to iPeng iOS App
Post by: totallymaxed on September 19, 2011, 04:18:38 pm
Announcing iPeng iOS App support in Dianemo.

Dianemo now supports the adding of the iPeng iOS App as a Squeeze client. This allows you to add any number of iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad's devices as iPeng Squeeze audio endpoints. These iPeng Squeeze clients appear to be and behave like any other Squeezebox on your system.

Title: Dianemo System Update - Deb Cache Cleanup & Upstart fixes
Post by: totallymaxed on September 20, 2011, 04:20:53 pm
Today we have released an updated Dianemo Update script that cleans up the Deb Cache behind itself. This update also includes fixes for the auto shutdown of Media Managers  that was broken by changes in Upstart. Now you can shutdown your NC and it will auto-shutdown all of your MM's too. When you subsequently re-boot your NC it will auto-boot your MM's again for you using WOL.

Title: Dianemo System Update - Virtual Sound Cards
Post by: totallymaxed on September 23, 2011, 02:36:11 am
Dianemo now supports the use of multi-channel sounds cards to create multiple Virtual Stereo Sound Cards. The initial support is for the Gigaport-HD 8-channel USB Sound card (others may already work but the Gigaport-HD was used during development). Multiple Virtual stereo sound cards can be created from one or several physical multi-channel cards allowing you to 'dice n slice' the physical cards outputs as required. See the Dianemo S10.10 wiki page for setup info;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Using_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Using_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards)

As usual you should run the update script as described on the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page to update your system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - DPMS Control of Displays
Post by: totallymaxed on September 23, 2011, 09:31:48 am
Dianemo now supports using DPMS to control video displays allowing you to control displays without the need for IR, RS232 or IP control interfaces. Please note not all displays  support DPMS. See the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page for details;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#DPMS_control_of_computer_monitors (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#DPMS_control_of_computer_monitors)

As usual you should run the update script as described on the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page to update your system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 26, 2011, 09:11:18 pm
We are currently working on adding support for BTicino bus based Home Automation devices to Dianemo. Initially we will support Lighting, Audio Input, Amplifier and Radio devices. We will add additional support to extend the BTicino device template for other device types as customers request them or if they extend the device template themselves.

Anyone with BTicino expertise or interest in adding devices meeting this standard should drop me a line here on the Forum.

Thanks to Forum member aico for his initial template design and for allowing us to use his system for debugging and testing.

Expect a release of the BTicino Device support within the next few days.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 27, 2011, 08:02:11 am
It is Mr Nag Nag here again: Can we expect the driver for LinuxMCE as well, or will it be another USP (Unique Selling Point) for Dianemo?
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2011, 09:25:30 am
It is Mr Nag Nag here again: Can we expect the driver for LinuxMCE as well, or will it be another USP (Unique Selling Point) for Dianemo?

Its a DCEwhisperer device so yes it will be available in LinuxMCE.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 27, 2011, 09:36:05 am
Thanks from Mr. NagNag :)
Title: Dianemo S10.10 - order now and get £140 UKP of Remote Assistance FREE
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2011, 01:25:05 pm
Purchase a Dianemo S10.10 Install between now and the end of Oct and get £140UKP of Remote Assistance for FREE!
To encourage the development of DCEwhisperer devices by our new Dianemo S10.10 users all orders received from now until the end of Oct will receive 4 hours of free Remote Assistance support from our technical team. We'd love to see more DCEwisperer device templates developed by our Dianemo S10.10 customers to enable things like Amplifiers, Shutter controllers and all manner of other devices to be interfaced more easily to Dianemo. With Remote Assistance you can have one of our technical support team connect to your system and help you learn how to develop and create your own DCEwhisperer devices. To qualify for this promotion please pay for your order before the end of Oct.
Title: Dianemo System Update - Enhanced Dusky Sky Box Device
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2011, 09:35:23 pm
Dianemo System Update - Enhanced Dusky Sky Box Device
We have extended support for Dusky Skybox controllers. The Dusky device is now compatible with either the USB or RS232 Dusky Sky box control interfaces. The Dusky also optionally supports the capture of current program data that is automatically output from a Sky Box's RS232 port - this EPG data is display on the Home Screen of any Orbiter that is set to the Room that the Sky Box is located in.

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10

As usual you should run the update script as described on the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page to update your system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - Le Grand BTicino Device with full 2-way capability
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2011, 10:20:49 pm
Dianemo System Update - Le Grand BTicino Device with full 2-way capability
With the release of the Dianemo BTicino Device Dianemo systems can now deliver full 2-way interactive interfaces to LeGrand BTicino MyHome systems. Initially the BTicino device supports Lighting, Audio, Video devices. We will be adding additional support for additional BTicino hardware in the coming weeks. Because the BTicino device template is very simple to extend and enhance we expect many Dianemo users to extend the device to integrate additional device types.

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10

As usual you should run the update script as described on the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page to update your system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - AVwizard Support for Multiple Sound Cards
Post by: totallymaxed on October 10, 2011, 09:46:12 am
We have added a new screen to the AVWizard to allow you to select the sound card you want to use before you choose the audio connector. This particularly useful for configuring modern nVidia cards like the GT220 etc that have on-board sound cards as you can now select that sound card in preference for the motherboards on-board sound card for example. Another situation where this new feature in the AVwizard comes into play is where you have several sound cards some of which will be used as Squeezeslaves.

We also squashed a bug which sometimes caused the AVwizard to lockup during the DTS test process.

As usual you should run the update script as described on the Dianemo S10.10 Wiki page to update your system;


http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: MicroEng on October 29, 2011, 01:28:11 am
Andrew,
          I have an older Dianemo system which I am very happy with. However, it's time to upgrade my NAS. I have recently purchased a Javelin NAS which was recommended by one of your people.
 Trouble is, I'm not sure how to configure it. I tried to use a Buffalo NAS previously, but had problems. The system locked up and had to be rebooted.
Your tech support guys said that Dianemo had trouble with Samba shares.

So I'm afraid to put the Javelin NAS on the network until I know how it should be configured. Help?

Duncan

Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on October 29, 2011, 01:36:39 am
Andrew,
          I have an older Dianemo system which I am very happy with. However, it's time to upgrade my NAS. I have recently purchased a Javelin NAS which was recommended by one of your people.
 Trouble is, I'm not sure how to configure it. I tried to use a Buffalo NAS previously, but had problems. The system locked up and had to be rebooted.
Your tech support guys said that Dianemo had trouble with Samba shares.

So I'm afraid to put the Javelin NAS on the network until I know how it should be configured. Help?

Duncan



Hi,

Can you provide your installation ID please? Send it in a PM to me.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: gtsupport on November 03, 2011, 09:44:11 pm
Hi Andrew, I'm still working my way through issues with LMCE 10.04, but am very tempted to just switch over to Dianemo S10.10.  Does your system support analogue tuners in a TV card?  I have a hauppauge 2200 which has dual tuners, both analogue and digital.  Most of the channels here in Poland are still analogue, and whilst I have my UK Sky tv integrated with a HDPVR, the wife still watches the Polish channels. If we could integrate that into the system I'd be sold on the Dianemo solution.

One other question I have, regarding the Black Knight IP cameras.  I notice in your demo videos on the website that you have the white ones, are these a straight forward inclusion in Dianemo? LMCE forces me to use motion to integrate them, and in 10.04 its not working ATM.
Thanks.
Matt.
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bugui on November 06, 2011, 08:33:55 am
Hi Andrew,
Has dianemo spanish language support ? for UI, orbiters, also asterisk stuff?

Thanks
Hernan
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on November 24, 2011, 10:50:21 am
Hi Andrew,
Has dianemo spanish language support ? for UI, orbiters, also asterisk stuff?

Thanks
Hernan

Unfortunately no. We have no Spanish language support currently. We may have an update on that though early in 2012.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: MicroEng on December 06, 2011, 12:11:10 am
Andrew,
           Are you still upgrading the Dianemo systems based on 7.10? Do you recommend I should update my system to 10.10 to gain access to the additional features?

Tnanks

Duncan
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on December 13, 2011, 03:45:36 pm
Andrew,
           Are you still upgrading the Dianemo systems based on 7.10? Do you recommend I should update my system to 10.10 to gain access to the additional features?

Tnanks

Duncan

Hi Duncan,

Sorry for the very slow response to your message above... somehow your message slipped by my email filter.

Yes we are still upgrading 7.10 systems to 10.10 as customers either need to update or request an update. I would recommend upgrading if you would like to get access to the new features and updated existing capabilities like MythTV & Asterisk/FreePBX etc.

I will take a look at your system and let you know what the cost will be. Essentially we charge the £249.95 Software license charge plus a variable amount based on how much work is involved in moving your existing hardware to the new release (depends on the scope of the system).

I will get back to you Duncan later today.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - Asterisk, Kmotion & GC100
Post by: totallymaxed on December 14, 2011, 03:37:16 am
We have released an update over night;

- Fixes to Trunk setup scripts for Asterisk
- Fixes & Changes to the Motion Package
- Updated Kmotion package
- Updated GC100 Package

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: MicroEng on December 16, 2011, 02:27:20 am
Andrew,
          Thanks for the swift and comprehensive PM response.

We are looking forward to the upgrade.
Title: Dianemo iOS Orbiter v1.5 - performance improvements, Kmotion & MythWeb
Post by: totallymaxed on January 11, 2012, 09:13:52 am
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.

Dianemo's iOS Orbiter v1.5 is a free download from the Apple App store and will work with both Dianemo & LinuxMCE systems (Some features will not be available under LinuxMCE - Secure Remote Access, Dynamic UI, Kmotion, MythWeb)
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on January 12, 2012, 11:54:39 am
Dynamic UI is not usable under LinuxMCE? Is that the datagrid scrolling? The current Dianemo Orbiter for iOS, does support it, doesnt it.
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on January 18, 2012, 09:46:12 am
Dynamic UI is not usable under LinuxMCE? Is that the datagrid scrolling? The current Dianemo Orbiter for iOS, does support it, doesnt it.

Hi... somehow missed this post.

The Dynamic UI layer is an optional setting in the Dianemo iOS Orbiter App. With it on you get dynamic datagrid scrolling in any UI1 screen. Yes the new iOS Orbiter App v1.5 that was released on the App store late last night supports it but this release has a number of enhancements under the hood that significantly improve the performance of the Orbiter and add's support for Webkit views for MythWeb & Kmotion directly in the Orbiter App itself. On iPhone and iPod Touch the gesture activated Tab bar UI also can now be customised so that your most used tab functions can be always available on these devices where there is far less screen width for the bar.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: RayBe on January 18, 2012, 07:20:01 pm
Hi Andrew,

Nice features added to the Dianemo iOs-app, great work.
Is there a save-button that i am missing?
Because when i rearrange the tab-bar buttons, then close and open the app, the tab-bar shows again its default configuration?

br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on January 18, 2012, 07:24:44 pm
Hi Andrew,

Nice features added to the Dianemo iOs-app, great work.
Is there a save-button that i am missing?
Because when i rearrange the tab-bar buttons, then close and open the app, the tab-bar shows again its default configuration?

br,
Raymond

Thanks Raymond.

Currently there is no way to save the rearranged Tab bar. I expect we will support it in upcoming update though.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: RayBe on January 18, 2012, 07:43:03 pm
Thats quick :)
no problem Andrew, i am happy to help where i can.
br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: RayBe on January 19, 2012, 09:39:01 am
Hi Andrew,

If my memory serves me right, you guys where developing/looking into a new hardware Media Director/Manager.
You asked if there where people who would be interested to buy it in a batch (with lots of people at once)

Are there any updates or progress in this project?

I recently got a new TV and i am in for a new MD ;)

br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on January 25, 2012, 10:09:10 am
Hi Andrew,

If my memory serves me right, you guys where developing/looking into a new hardware Media Director/Manager.
You asked if there where people who would be interested to buy it in a batch (with lots of people at once)

Are there any updates or progress in this project?

I recently got a new TV and i am in for a new MD ;)

br,
Raymond

As you know we do have something in development but it will not be shipping until later this year. For the time being, depending on your needs, something based around Atom/Ion2 or a full sized mobo with a modern nVidia graphics card would be my recommendation.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo System Update - uPnP & DVD Ripping udated
Post by: totallymaxed on January 27, 2012, 01:35:40 pm
We have released an update over night;

- uPnP has been updated to allow you to show/hide the uPnP browser. Apply the update then do a Full Regen & reload. Now you will find a new tick box option at the bottom of the page in Web Admin -> Wizard -> Basic Info -> Installation; "Enable UPnP media browsing (experimental):". tick this box to display the uPnP browser screens and un-tick to hide them - no regen or reload is needed to switch back and forth. This feature is global to all Media Managers.
- DVD Ripping; We have fixed a long time bug in DVD ripping (inherited from pre 07.10 releases) that would previously mean that whatever you renamed your rip to the Media Browser would only show the originally ID'd name for the disc... even though the .dvd file itself would be renamed correctly. This is now fixed and both the Media Browser and the on disc file name are in sync.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo Releases Support for Ubuntu 11.10 and readies the way to Ubuntu 12.04
Post by: totallymaxed on March 01, 2012, 11:43:50 pm
We have tonight gone live with the capability to install Dianemo S on either Ubuntu 10.10 or Ubuntu 11.10. We have been testing Dianemo S on 11.10 for some time and have been building packages for both Ubuntu 10.10 & 11.10 in parallel of course to achieve that. However there still may be some unforeseen issues under 11.10 so please be aware of that when deciding which version of Ubuntu to use. Having said that we are confident that our 11.10 builds are working well and if we do hit any issues we will of course fix them asap.

So as of now you can install a clean system on either Ubuntu 10.10 or 11.10 and we support the in-place upgrade of an existing Dianemo S installation to Ubuntu 11.10 (see below for info of where to find the new wiki page)

Because of the work we have been doing to smooth the way to support for Ubuntu 11.10 we do expect to have early support for Ubuntu 12.04 once it is released - we hope to have that in place about 10 days after 12.04 is released.

Please see the expanded installation section of the 'renamed' Dianemo S wiki page;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Domodude on March 02, 2012, 09:06:11 am
Great work! I'll try an upgrade asap.
Do you think this upgrade (from 10.10) could be done headless? My core is in a basement without a monitor  :D
Best regards
Mark
Title: Re: Dianemo 10.10 Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 02, 2012, 09:22:23 am
Great work! I'll try an upgrade asap.
Do you think this upgrade (from 10.10) could be done headless? My core is in a basement without a monitor  :D
Best regards
Mark

Hmmm... that should be ok. Console access is all you need.

Andrew
Title: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 06, 2012, 05:09:51 pm
Just an update on the roll out of our support for Dianemo S on Ubuntu 11.10...

We have continued to make updates to our packages in the last few days and in particular today - with updated packages for fsuser, kmotion, nvidia & orbiter fonts and many other small but important fixes and updates. So please run your updater scripts today and continue to run them regularly to pick-up changes as we roll them out. So far we are extremely happy with the introduction of 11.10 support and we really appreciate all of your feedback and bug reports - thanks!

If you experience any issues with Dianemo S Ubuntu 11.10 support (or 10.10 for that matter) please let us know either by pm/email or by posting here on the forum.

All the best


Andrew

Title: New Wiki Section Added - Configuring Motion Cameras
Post by: totallymaxed on March 08, 2012, 10:47:01 am
Just a note to let you know we have just updated the Wiki with a new section on setting up & configuring Motion Cameras in Dianemo;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_and_using_Dianemo.27s_Camera_Features (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_and_using_Dianemo.27s_Camera_Features)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Updated Wiki Section - Configuring HDMI Audio for nVidia Cards
Post by: totallymaxed on March 13, 2012, 10:11:21 pm
The following section has be substantially re-written and extended to help those of you configuring HDMI audio on nVidia cards with on-board sound cards;
http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_HDMI_Audio_for_nVidia_Video_Cards_with_on-board_Sound_cards
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: RayBe on March 14, 2012, 12:26:33 am
Hi Andrew,

Can Dianemo S be used to control 2 nVidia graphic-cards in 1 NerveCenter, to control 2 audio/video zones with HDMI-extenders.

In other words, use, for example, this motherboard with 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, with 2 nVidia GT520 cards:
http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A87TD_EVO/#specifications
And configure 1 card for EA-1 and the other for EA-2

br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 14, 2012, 01:03:38 am
Hi Andrew,

Can Dianemo S be used to control 2 nVidia graphic-cards in 1 NerveCenter, to control 2 audio/video zones with HDMI-extenders.

In other words, use, for example, this motherboard with 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, with 2 nVidia GT520 cards:
http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A87TD_EVO/#specifications
And configure 1 card for EA-1 and the other for EA-2

br,
Raymond

Hi,

Well in principle there is no reason why that approach would not work... everything is in place to get there. But it would require some work... so yes its doable but I dont see it as 'main-stream' so it would need someone who was willing to support the development of such a system. Any takers ;-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: RayBe on March 14, 2012, 08:50:11 am
Why i brought it up is because i see good use of it to do a centralized install and keep the equipment to a minimum.
One could build a NC/Core with multiple video cards and use hdmi-extenders to serve multiple EA.
(You can get boards with up to 4 or 5 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots iirc.)
In a way like you can add multiple audio-cards and use those for multiple EA.

I was under the assumption you guys did more centralized installs then de-centralized, thats why i asked you.
I am thinking to turn my install into centralized, part because of the noise of MD's
Sadly i don't have the skills to do it myself :(, otherwise i would.

br,
Raymond
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 14, 2012, 09:24:15 am
Why i brought it up is because i see good use of it to do a centralized install and keep the equipment to a minimum.
One could build a NC/Core with multiple video cards and use hdmi-extenders to serve multiple EA.
(You can get boards with up to 4 or 5 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots iirc.)
In a way like you can add multiple audio-cards and use those for multiple EA.

I was under the assumption you guys did more centralized installs then de-centralized, thats why i asked you.
I am thinking to turn my install into centralized, part because of the noise of MD's
Sadly i don't have the skills to do it myself :(, otherwise i would.

br,
Raymond

The hardware is the 'easy' part really... the slightly harder part is to have multiple X servers and nVidia drivers all working alongside each other without treading on each others 'toes' and also the re-architecting of the LinuxMCE/Dianemo code to allow multiple instances to be running on the same hardware (much of the code was design with the assumption that it 'owned' the whole system). Our focus currently is to drive down onto much lower power hardware based on ARM wherever we can and to distribute the system as we do that (less single point of failure issues etc).

However that is not to say that the approach of building a multi-headed Core/NC does not have some merit...

All the best


Andrew
Title: New Update Released
Post by: totallymaxed on March 15, 2012, 01:10:48 am
We have released an update tonight to Logitech Media Server Version: 7.7.1 - r33735 to handle newer Squeezebox devices and their later firmware versions.

In parallel we have also released a new installer v1.15 which handles pinned packages differently going forwards - your update script will update your system for both of these.

All the best

Andrew
Title: New Updates Released
Post by: totallymaxed on March 16, 2012, 02:52:52 pm
An update for Squeezeboxes/Squeezeslaves that fixed an issue with controlling the volume level of the device when an external Amplifiers volume level was not being controlled has been released.

We have released support for HDMI-CEC control of devices attached via HDMI to TV's with CEC support. Most recent TV's support CEC now (Sony, Panasonic for sure) and many peripheral devices do too eh BluRay players, PVR's, Amplifiers (AV based Denon's from 2310 onwards). The HDMI-CEC device is added as a child to your MM in Web Admin and the CEC interface must be the first device in the HDMI chain (ie MM->CEC Interface->TV). We currently support sending Vol Up/Down, Mute On/Off & Standby On/Off... with more support for the rest of the CEC command set and devices expected shortly. We are also looking at how to support the reverse scenario where the TV remote acts as the control initiator (see the XBMC integration mentioned on the Sense-8 page above). This is really a non-technical issue... more of a how do we want this to work issue.

The HDMI-CEC interface we support is the Pulse-8 http://www.pulse-eight.com/store/products/104-usb-hdmi-cec-adapter.aspx (http://www.pulse-eight.com/store/products/104-usb-hdmi-cec-adapter.aspx)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: New Updates Released
Post by: Domodude on March 17, 2012, 04:41:40 pm
\We have released support for HDMI-CEC control of devices attached via HDMI to TV's with CEC support. Most recent TV's support CEC now (Sony, Panasonic for sure)
That's good news, it means an end to IR control of my Viera-Link Panny plasma from 2008! I'll go get one as soon as I have a decent MM in the home theater!
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: posde on March 18, 2012, 11:15:28 am
Remember that HDMI-CEC control usually means much higher standby power usage. My favourite example is a Denon receiver. Something like <1W when used with IR oder RS-232, and something like 50+W when controlled via HDMI-CEC or LAN...
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: Domodude on March 18, 2012, 09:43:37 pm
You're kidding me!! Wow.  :o
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 20, 2012, 02:58:37 am
Remember that HDMI-CEC control usually means much higher standby power usage. My favourite example is a Denon receiver. Something like <1W when used with IR oder RS-232, and something like 50+W when controlled via HDMI-CEC or LAN...

Actually the increased standby power usage although higher, is typically nothing like 50W at all. For example the Denon 4311 consumes 0.1W in 'normal' stand-by mode and 1.9W in CEC stand-by mode... which is a considerable 'percentage increase' but in real terms very small indeed. See here;

http://www.denon.co.uk/uk/Product/Pages/Product-Detail.aspx?Catid=AirPlayproducts&SubId=AVReceivers&ProductId=AVR4311 (http://www.denon.co.uk/uk/Product/Pages/Product-Detail.aspx?Catid=AirPlayproducts&SubId=AVReceivers&ProductId=AVR4311)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: posde on March 20, 2012, 06:29:18 am
Thanks for the details for that particular device.
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 20, 2012, 10:44:52 am
Thanks for the details for that particular device.

It applies to all currently shipping Denon HDMI-CEC compatible Amplifiers (with some very tiny variations in lower models)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: posde on March 20, 2012, 03:57:12 pm
ok. I do know that older Denons and Onkyos do have high power usages. Nice that some HDMI chipmaker has finally found a way to limit the hunger for the electrons.
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: Domodude on March 20, 2012, 04:38:38 pm
Andrew, do you have any idea about power consumption of VieraLink devices, or, for that matter, other hardware? (is there a place to find detailed info on CEC for example?)
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: posde on March 20, 2012, 05:06:09 pm
Check the manual. At least the Denons do provide that information lately.
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on March 20, 2012, 05:20:36 pm
Andrew, do you have any idea about power consumption of VieraLink devices, or, for that matter, other hardware? (is there a place to find detailed info on CEC for example?)

As Posde says either check the manual or the manufacturers web site... and typing 'HDMI-CEC' into google is always good idea ;-)

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: Domodude on March 20, 2012, 09:25:47 pm
As Posde says either check the manual or the manufacturers web site... and typing 'HDMI-CEC' into google is always good idea ;-)
Of course I already did that. As fast as you guys are answering, a google search stills beats the forum most of the time. But my manual (panasonic 2008 tv) does not mention CEC at all (let alone power consumption) and after many google-runs, I found that Panasonic VieraLink is basically their name for CEC. I'll contact Panasonic I guess.
Title: New Update Released - Improved Orbiter Progress Screen
Post by: totallymaxed on March 29, 2012, 09:42:41 am
We have released an update that replaces the Orbiters progress screen with a much improved one;

We replaced the X11 progress screen/bars with SDL progress bars similar to the one you see on startup on UI1 already (as you probably noticed, you don't see it on UI2 - it was disabled in code). Now in UI1 & UI2 we have a single progress screen design that has a much improved visual layout and is based on SDL rather than the old 'bolted' on X11 progress window. These progress windows are displayed by the Orbiter during a regen or a reload router.

More updates on the way... new ZWave binary & a new Dianemo UI Skin...

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: New Update Released - Improved Orbiter Progress Screen
Post by: bulek on March 29, 2012, 11:16:02 am
We have released an update that replaces the Orbiters progress screen with a much improved one;

We replaced the X11 progress screen/bars with SDL progress bars similar to the one you see on startup on UI1 already (as you probably noticed, you don't see it on UI2 - it was disabled in code). Now in UI1 & UI2 we have a single progress screen design that has a much improved visual layout and is based on SDL rather than the old 'bolted' on X11 progress window. These progress windows are displayed by the Orbiter during a regen or a reload router.

More updates on the way... new ZWave binary & a new Dianemo UI Skin...

All the best


Andrew

Hi,

thanks for efforts. If I may add, there are still some things that at least I'd like to have them differently regading UI (I'm using Dianemo (dark) skin) :
1. UI1: Media button that displays current media name is in gray color on virtually black background - and cannot be seen...
2. On interactive floorplans all texts are written in white, so one should have really dark backgrounds to see anything... Any chance to give choice of black or white to user ? I had black colour on 7.10 and visibility was better.
3. I miss more floorplans on UI1 (only 4 currently - there are approx 350 parameters flowing from home automation to Dianemo and I miss more floorplans - there are 8 floorplans on UI2)
4. On UI2 floorplans are still overlapped (this is the same as it was for me on 7.10). That means that when you click on some light on floorplan, you get "fast movie of all floorplans" and then the right one shows....

Hope this helps a bit,

regards,

Bulek.




 
Title: Re: New Update Released - Improved Orbiter Progress Screen
Post by: totallymaxed on March 29, 2012, 11:41:05 am
Hi,
thanks for efforts. If I may add, there are still some things that at least I'd like to have them differently regading UI (I'm using Dianemo (dark) skin) :
1. UI1: Media button that displays current media name is in gray color on virtually black background - and cannot be seen...
2. On interactive floorplans all texts are written in white, so one should have really dark backgrounds to see anything... Any chance to give choice of black or white to user ? I had black colour on 7.10 and visibility was better.
3. I miss more floorplans on UI1 (only 4 currently - there are approx 350 parameters flowing from home automation to Dianemo and I miss more floorplans - there are 8 floorplans on UI2)
4. On UI2 floorplans are still overlapped (this is the same as it was for me on 7.10). That means that when you click on some light on floorplan, you get "fast movie of all floorplans" and then the right one shows....

Hope this helps a bit,

regards,

Bulek.

Hi Bulek,

Thanks for your comments/suggestions above. I think you'll find that the new UI Skin will address those readability issues that you raise. With reference to dynamic customisation...the current Orbiter and UI built on top of it do not allow for any dynamic customisation of colours or other attributes unfortunately - they just were not ever considered when Pluto designed the original architecture. The floor plan issues are of a more structural nature and cannot easily be addressed in the current UI's built on the current Orbiter. Again these are really only addressable by a re-engineering of the Orbiter. These types of issues will be looked at and addressed in a future overhaul of the Orbiter and how UI's are built overall with it.

All the best


Andrew
Title: New Update Released - Auto Detection of NFS Shares now supported
Post by: totallymaxed on April 03, 2012, 09:30:29 pm
We have added support for auto detection of NFS Shares today and released an update that is now available. Please follow the steps outlined in the Wiki to update your system;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo

All the best

Andrew
Title: New Update Released - Improved handling of nVidia Package Install
Post by: totallymaxed on April 05, 2012, 09:37:26 am
This update improves the way we handle the installation of the nVidia package & Kernel headers. This is especially relevant on slower Atom based MM's where it could sometimes appear that your MM had locked on setup or during an update. In addition to some re-engineering of the code handling this we also now display a message in the console informing you about what's happening.

As ever follow the guide to updating your system on the Wiki; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

Andrew
Title: Build up for Ubuntu 12.04LTS Support - Dianemo S Ubuntu 10.10 Repo
Post by: totallymaxed on May 04, 2012, 02:17:54 pm
As part of our forthcoming support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS we will not be providing any more updates to the Dianemo S Ubuntu 10.10 Repo after the 7 May 2012. The Dianemo S Ubuntu 10.10 repo will remain available after that date but it will not receive any further updates. Any system still running on Ubuntu 10.10 will continue to function as before but we will not be releasing any further updates for that release after the 7 May.

Anyone still running Dianemo S on Ubuntu 10.10 should consider upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10 or soon Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (see the Dianemo S wiki page for details of how to upgrade; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Upgrading_an_Existing_Ubuntu_10.10_System_to_11.10 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Upgrading_an_Existing_Ubuntu_10.10_System_to_11.10)). All existing Dianemo S customers can freely upgrade to any newer release of Dianemo S at any time.

All the best


Andrew
Title: New Dianemo UI Skin - Available from today
Post by: totallymaxed on May 24, 2012, 04:29:09 pm
We have released the new Dianemo UI1 style UI skin today. See the attached Home screen image for a sample of the new look and feel. This UI like our previous 'Red Line' UI is optimised for use with touch based devices and in addition the new Dianemo UI skin is also optimised for use for on screen Orbiters. The Dianemo UI skin features a complete redesign of the graphical look and almost every screen has undergone major layout improvements. We've taken on-board a lot of user feedback and have incorporated that into the design of the new UI. We have additional UI enhancements in the pipeline for the Dianemo UI so look out for these in the future.

Simply run the update script as normal to get this and any other pending updates for your system. Then in Web Admin go to Wizard->Devices->Orbiters and select 'Dianemo' from the Skin drop down. Now click 'Update' and then click 'Full Regen' in the green bar beneath any Orbiter you want to convert to the Dianemo UI. We will be updating the Dianemo S wiki page in the next few days with more details of the new UI and how to configure it.

As with all other Dianemo updates this update is freely available to all our customers running Dianemo S on 11.10 or later OS releases.
Title: Dianemo Ui Screen shot
Post by: totallymaxed on May 24, 2012, 05:51:15 pm
Here's another new Dianemo UI screenshot.
Title: Dianemo S Wiki page Updated - Photo Screen Saver Configuration
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2012, 03:13:19 pm
We've just added a new section to the Dianemo S wiki page describing how to configure the Photo Screen Saver (pss) to allow you to use the static or animated version with any UI;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_the_Photo_Screen_Saver (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_the_Photo_Screen_Saver)
Title: Support for wma streams added to LogitechMediaServer
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2012, 10:38:40 pm
We've released and update that adds support for wma streams to LogitechMedia server. These are commonly used for live streams by many radio stations and up to now were not supported under Linux our patch adds the support required for these streams. Currently these wma radio streams, and other radio streams, can only be streamed from inside the LogitechMedia servers Web UI (which can be accessed from Web Admin) - simply choose the Squeezebox or Squeezeslave device and then select the wma stream of your choice. We do expect to have support for these streams from inside the Orbiter in a future update.

To get the latest updates for your Dianemo system follow the steps outlined in the Dianemo S wiki page here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: New Dianemo UI Skin - Available from today
Post by: bundie on May 29, 2012, 11:30:48 pm
Hi Andrew,

This new UI looks pretty sweet! Another great update for my Dianemo system, just one question, I'm unable to control Live TV from it? Is this correct?

Kind Regards
Reint.

We have released the new Dianemo UI1 style UI skin today. See the attached Home screen image for a sample of the new look and feel. This UI like our previous 'Red Line' UI is optimised for use with touch based devices and in addition the new Dianemo UI skin is also optimised for use for on screen Orbiters. The Dianemo UI skin features a complete redesign of the graphical look and almost every screen has undergone major layout improvements. We've taken on-board a lot of user feedback and have incorporated that into the design of the new UI. We have additional UI enhancements in the pipeline for the Dianemo UI so look out for these in the future.

Simply run the update script as normal to get this and any other pending updates for your system. Then in Web Admin go to Wizard->Devices->Orbiters and select 'Dianemo' from the Skin drop down. Now click 'Update' and then click 'Full Regen' in the green bar beneath any Orbiter you want to convert to the Dianemo UI. We will be updating the Dianemo S wiki page in the next few days with more details of the new UI and how to configure it.

As with all other Dianemo updates this update is freely available to all our customers running Dianemo S on 11.10 or later OS releases.

Title: Re: New Dianemo UI Skin - Available from today
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2012, 11:40:19 pm
Hi Andrew,

This new UI looks pretty sweet! Another great update for my Dianemo system, just one question, I'm unable to control Live TV from it? Is this correct?

Kind Regards
Reint.


Glad you like the new skin.

The new Dianemo UI assumes that your MythTV installation is used for scheduling recordings. The new TV Recordings button on the home screen now displays the UPnP recordings and allows you to stream them to any Media Manager and UPnP Media Players (Media Renderers) that support pushed streams. Live TV is assumed to be something that is delivered via an STB or the onboard tuner(s) in your TV.

So we do not support LiveTV within the Dianemo UI. You can choose RedLine or Basic skins if you need LiveTV support.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Updates to Dianemo Skin & Web Orbiter
Post by: totallymaxed on May 31, 2012, 12:39:57 am
We have released an updated Dianemo skin package today that improves the tab order in the Home and Video Media browser screens. If you you use a keyboard or remote with a Media Manager then the tab order determines where the on-screen high-light moves when you use the cursor keys/buttons.

This update also includes updated Proxy Orbiter binaries that corrects a bug that caused the on-screen high-light to not be displayed in a Web Orbiter and this update also improves the refresh performance of Web Orbiters.

Please run the Dianemo update script as described in the Dianemo S Wiki page to download and apply this update.

all the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: gadget on June 05, 2012, 05:05:28 am
Hi Andrew,

There is mention that Dianemo S supports Android phones and tablets. Where do i get the app for this or is it the qOrbiter? I have a sony tablet S that I want to connect.

gadget
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: bugui on June 06, 2012, 04:23:54 am
Hi Andrew,
Can we use HDMI-CEC w/ pulse-eight to control Samsung LED D8000 series?

Thanks
Hernan
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 06, 2012, 03:45:54 pm
Hi Andrew,
Can we use HDMI-CEC w/ pulse-eight to control Samsung LED D8000 series?

Thanks
Hernan

We have not tested CEC control with that specific TV but if that model supports CEC fully in its firmware then it should work fine. All the current Sony TV's with IP capability have been tested and work very well.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo Systems from CHT - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 11.10!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 06, 2012, 03:50:32 pm
Hi Andrew,

There is mention that Dianemo S supports Android phones and tablets. Where do i get the app for this or is it the qOrbiter? I have a sony tablet S that I want to connect.

gadget

We don't currently support qOrbiter. You can use this Android Touch Orbiter with Dianemo though; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/AndroidTouchOrbiter (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/AndroidTouchOrbiter) and you can see it running on an Android tablet here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Zenithink_ZT-180 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Zenithink_ZT-180)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Now Shipping World Wide on Ubuntu 12.04LTS!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 06, 2012, 09:22:20 pm
We're excited to announce the release of Dianemo S on Ubuntu 12.04LTS :-)

We will be in 'Beta' mode on the 12.04 release for about 30 days which mean there may be some issues still... but no deal stoppers are expected. Existing users can upgrade their systems to 12.04 at any time (see the Dianemo S wiki later this evening for details). As ever if you hit any issues please let us know and do expect regular updates during the next 30 days as we address any issues during the 'Beta' period.

As ever we hope you enjoy the new Ubuntu 12.04LTS support in Dianemo S.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Updated & Improved Intel GPU Suppurt
Post by: totallymaxed on June 08, 2012, 11:34:23 am
We released an update today that improves the way we handle the setup/detection on Intel based GPU's. The AVwizard should now handle the detection of the connected display and do the right thing with resolutions etc.

See the Dianemo S wiki for a note on the new Intel support for a specific work around related to booting without a display attached; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_Intel_GPU.27s_on_Ubuntu_11.10_or_12.04LTS (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_Intel_GPU.27s_on_Ubuntu_11.10_or_12.04LTS)

As always please see the Dianemo S wiki page for details of how to keep your Dianemo system updated; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: murcel on June 08, 2012, 09:58:47 pm
Dear Andrew,

like written in the wiki i did a fresh install of 12.04.
After that i used the license and installer 1.11 (self updating?), to start dianemo installation.

it suddenly stops with installation failed. Just before it couldn't fetch some things from ppa.launpad.net/nkoegler/

Maybe you have a newer installer?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on June 08, 2012, 11:53:26 pm
Dear Andrew,

like written in the wiki i did a fresh install of 12.04.
After that i used the license and installer 1.11 (self updating?), to start dianemo installation.

it suddenly stops with installation failed. Just before it couldn't fetch some things from ppa.launpad.net/nkoegler/

Maybe you have a newer installer?


Yes, the installer is self-updating - the idea is to run the latest installer no matter what. Unfortunately, this happens after that PPA is added. It is no longer added in installer 1.16, but if you have it, you must remove it yourself. Just remove all /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mkoegler* files. You should have the new installer in your /usr/pluto/deb-cache right now (it was downloaded before the PPA was added).
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 08, 2012, 11:55:42 pm
Yes, the installer is self-updating - the idea is to run the latest installer no matter what. Unfortunately, this happens after that PPA is added. It is no longer added in installer 1.16, but if you have it, you must remove it yourself. Just remove all /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mkoegler* files. You should have the new installer in your /usr/pluto/deb-cache right now (it was downloaded before the PPA was added).

I sent Murcel Installer 1.16

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 08, 2012, 11:58:10 pm
Dear Andrew,

like written in the wiki i did a fresh install of 12.04.
After that i used the license and installer 1.11 (self updating?), to start dianemo installation.

it suddenly stops with installation failed. Just before it couldn't fetch some things from ppa.launpad.net/nkoegler/

Maybe you have a newer installer?


Yes your installer is too old I will send you an updated one.

All the best

Andrew

Title: Installer v1.14 and earlier need to be updated
Post by: totallymaxed on June 09, 2012, 04:38:28 pm
Anyone who has an installer v1.15 or earlier should pm/email me and I will send you our current version.

Important: You must have an updated installer to update to Ubuntu 12.04LTS

So please get in contact if your installer needs updating.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Updates & OS Upgrades
Post by: totallymaxed on June 11, 2012, 03:39:46 pm
As we've had a lot of people ask us recently about how our updates & OS upgrades work I thought I would just post something here to clarify how it works;

Simply put...once you purchase a Dianemo S license you get free regular software updates (usually there are several every month) and we track Ubuntu OS upgrades as well now so that roughly every 6 months (usually about 4-6 weeks after the Ubuntu release) we will release support for the new Ubuntu OS. Tracking the latest Ubuntu release means that your system can always benefit from the latest software technologies and capabilities. Upgrading to a new Ubuntu release is also free and is just a matter of using the standard Ubuntu OS upgrade tool. As part of the Dianemo software we provide an update script that you can run as often as you like and this will safely update your installation with the latest Ubuntu & Dianemo software updates so that it is always up to date.

Basically Dianemo S installs cleanly on top of the Ubuntu release chosen, normal Unbuntu updates work as they normally would - and its this harmony that allows us to build and integrate Dianemo very smoothly on top of Ubuntu. Because of this we expect to be able to deliver a lot of new capabilities on top of these new OS technologies and also to support some exciting new hardware in the future.

If you still have questions about Updates, OS Upgrades or anything else to do with purchasing a license please get in contact via the Forum or post here in this thread. If you are already a license holder please post your question in the 'Installation Issues' section of the forum.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: murcel on June 11, 2012, 07:29:12 pm
I sent Murcel Installer 1.16

Andrew

Thanks for your support. Worked like a charm.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 11, 2012, 08:58:56 pm
Thanks for your support. Worked like a charm.

Your welcome.

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: murcel on June 11, 2012, 11:40:59 pm
Dear Andrew,

my NC is directly connected via hdmi to a lcd tv.
How every, sound and audio is working, but i have no ability to control the volume. neither of the soundcard" nor of any other device, like sonos, squeezebox, wd live or other connected mds.

Also mute is not working.

Do you have any idea about that.?

BR
Marc
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on June 11, 2012, 11:50:08 pm
Dear Andrew,

my NC is directly connected via hdmi to a lcd tv.
How every, sound and audio is working, but i have no ability to control the volume. neither of the soundcard" nor of any other device, like sonos, squeezebox, wd live or other connected mds.

Also mute is not working.

Do you have any idea about that.?

BR
Marc

Sounds like you have not setup Media Config properly... or possibly at all. See the Dianemo S wiki page section on this for more info; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Media_Config (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Media_Config)

To get volume control you either need an amplifier between the MM & the TV that you can control or you need to control the TV pre-amp volume by either IR, rs232, IP or HDMI-CEC

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on June 12, 2012, 12:50:19 am
my NC is directly connected via hdmi to a lcd tv.
How every, sound and audio is working, but i have no ability to control the volume. neither of the soundcard" nor of any other device, like sonos, squeezebox, wd live or other connected mds.

Also mute is not working.

HDMI sound doesn't have a volume control in ALSA, and App Server, which does the volume control on an MD when you don't have any other device (like an Amp or the TV itself) assigned to do volume control, only knows how to operate a Master or a Front ALSA control. There isn't any soft volume control in Xine Player either (although Xine can do soft volume control for PCM audio). You'd still have no ability to control volume of passthrough sound if you were to use it (but you'd most likely have an amp decoding it and doing volume control in this case).

For the other devices you mention, see the wiki page Andrew linked. In Dianemo, the pipe system was suppressed and replaced with something else.

But now you got me thinking if I should add the ability to do soft volume to Xine Player... It might be better than controlling ALSA through App Server.
Title: Will my Hardware work with Dianemo?
Post by: totallymaxed on June 12, 2012, 10:19:50 am
Because we released support for Ubuntu 12.04LTS last week we have been asked literally 100's of times in the last week whether Motherboard 'X' or Machine 'Y' will work with Dianemo S. So I thought I would post something on this topic here to help people understand how they can best determine whether their existing hardware will work with Dianemo S (i'll post this to the wiki later to);

Prior to our release of Dianemo S on Unbuntu 11.10 the only way to be sure that your Core/NC or Media Manager/Media Director hardware would be supported was to test install Dianemo and this was a long and fairly painful process. However with Dianemo S this all changed and from our Ubuntu 11.10 release onwards testing your hardware is just so easy. Simply boot up the Live-CD for the Ubuntu version you would like to install (obviously it needs to be one that we support!) to understand if your hardware is going to work. If the Live-CD boots ok and you get the desktop then your looking in good shape. The next thing to do, if you are prepared to install onto your hard drive or have another drive you can use, it to install the Ubuntu release from the Live-CD and allow it to install updates as it goes. Once the install has finished, reboot and allow any graphics drivers or other hardware specific drivers to install (Ubuntu will prompt you for this). If your happy that everything is working ok then you can be sure that your hardware is compatible due to the fact that when we designed Dianemo S we went out of our way to not build any custom versions of standard packages unless there are really valuable advantages to doing so. This means that wherever possible, and i mean 99% of the time, we will use the standard Ubuntu packages and only in very rare circumstances do we break that rule.

Each time we release support for a new Ubuntu release you can then just use the standard 'do-release-upgrade' tool that Canonical provides to upgrade your system (If your feeling very cautious you can still test your hardware using a LIve-CD before doing the in-place upgrade of course). This makes upgrading your system no more complicated than it would be if you were upgrading any other Ubuntu system. If for some reason your hardware is not supported by the Ubuntu release then you will know that by using the Live-CD.

So the LiveCD is your go to tool for verifying that your hardware will be supported and will work reliably... it really is that simple :-). As ever if you have further questions or if the above still does not address your questions re your specific hardware please get in contact.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Update - Orbiter fix
Post by: totallymaxed on June 13, 2012, 10:36:49 am
Fixes long standing bug in Orbiter that caused the PSS to not be started after media was played when running UI1.

Run the updater script to update your system as usual - see the Dianemo S wiki page for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Can you get help with implementing this or that?
Post by: totallymaxed on June 13, 2012, 05:53:09 pm
Although we provide support for Dianemo S through the forum and through direct email/irc in some cases too, we get asked frequently whether we can help get this or that piece of hardware working or make a system do this or that. If you have something that you want your system to do and you would prefer to have us help you implement it then get in contact. If you'd just like some guidance but want to actually do the work yourself then that's fine too. In most cases we can provide a fixed price estimate for this kind of consulting.

We don't push consulting services here because we recognise that the vast majority of people here want to actually build and customise their system themselves. But sometimes its nice to know that you can get help if you need it either from forum members here or if you prefer from us too.

So please get in touch if you'd like some help with extending your system.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Wiki Update - Configuring & Using Virtual Sound-Cards
Post by: totallymaxed on June 14, 2012, 01:16:19 pm
We've just updated the Dianemo S Wiki page section on configuring & using virtual sound-cards;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards


All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - Update Notifier
Post by: totallymaxed on June 14, 2012, 07:10:36 pm
We have just released an update that fixes an issue with the Ubuntu 12.04 Update Notifier where the notifier can display over the top of the Orbiters window.

See the Dianemo S wiki page for details about how to update your system; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S Licensing - 11.10 or 12.04LTS ?
Post by: totallymaxed on June 19, 2012, 09:11:35 pm
Your Dianemo S License allows you to install on any of the currently supported Ubuntu releases (as I write this that means either 11.10 or 12.04LTS). You can re-install as many times as you like on any supported Ubuntu release as long as the hardware used is the same. Your license allows you to install on one piece of hardware at any given time ie if you need to have two Dianemo S Nervecentre's then you need two licenses. However if your experimenting with Ubuntu releases and want to test them then thats fine just use a VM (we use Virtualbox) and make sure that you set the virtual Nic's Mac addresses to the same value each time or install on the same physical hardware but use different drives.

There are no restrictions at all on what or how many devices you create, how many NAS's you add or how many Media Managers you add (add as many as you need or your motherboard/processor/ram will support). We think our license terms are pretty reasonable and we hope you agree.

If any of the above is still unclear or you have additional questions then please post them here in this thread or PM me directly through the forum.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Update - Storage Device Status Radar
Post by: totallymaxed on June 19, 2012, 11:28:41 pm
We have issued an updated Storage Devices Status Radar script that should improve detection and in particular it should now successfully detect software RAID5 arrays. It will also now not re-detect an already detected Storage Device.

As usual please see the Dianemo S wiki page for details on how to update your Dianemo S system; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S10.10#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: totallymaxed on June 29, 2012, 07:33:13 pm
We have added support for Sony IP controllable TV's & BluRay Players. The Sony BDP-S370 BluRay Player and the Sony KDL-32EX723 Internet connected TV have been used for testing but we expect that all other current Sony internet connected BluRay players & TV's should also work.

- Sony IP Controllable BluRay Player Template is #2020
- Sony IP Controllable TV Template is #2021

As usual please follow the procedure outlined on the Dianemo S wiki page to update your system with these and any other updates.

All the best


Andrew

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bugui on July 17, 2012, 09:30:37 am
Andrew,
Could you tell to me id this barebones are supported by Dianemo S to be used as MM?

Zotac Giga ID72
http://www.zotacusa.com/zbox-giga-id72-plus.html

Zotac Zbox ID80
http://www.zotacusa.com/products/mini-pcs/zbox/zbox-id80.html

Our concern is HDMI 1080p and HDMI audio.

Thanks in advance.
Hernan
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on July 17, 2012, 05:27:32 pm
Andrew,
Could you tell to me id this barebones are supported by Dianemo S to be used as MM?

Zotac Giga ID72
http://www.zotacusa.com/zbox-giga-id72-plus.html

Zotac Zbox ID80
http://www.zotacusa.com/products/mini-pcs/zbox/zbox-id80.html

Our concern is HDMI 1080p and HDMI audio.

Thanks in advance.
Hernan

The Zotac Giga id72 should work fine (we have not tested this specific motherboard yet) but we have not integrated/tested the VAAPI based accelerated graphics for this class of motherboard yet. HDMI 1080p + HDMI audio should work but is untested on this specific hardware.

The Zotac Zbox ID80 is a standard iON machine and will be compatible and will therefore support the VDPAU acceleration on the nVidia 520 GPU. HDMI 1080p + HDMI audio will work on this specific hardware.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bugui on July 18, 2012, 05:42:39 am
Andrew,
And what about the ZOTAC GIGA ID70-PLUS

http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images-SRW.tpl&product_id=414&category_id=75&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=100167&lang=es&vmcchk=1&Itemid=100167

That unit has a NVIDIA GPU (NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 430 w/1GB DDR3) did you have the opportunity to test it?

Thanks
Hernan
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on July 18, 2012, 10:03:32 am
Andrew,
And what about the ZOTAC GIGA ID70-PLUS

http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images-SRW.tpl&product_id=414&category_id=75&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=100167&lang=es&vmcchk=1&Itemid=100167

That unit has a NVIDIA GPU (NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 430 w/1GB DDR3) did you have the opportunity to test it?

Thanks
Hernan

Hi again. We haven't tested that unit but it's spec looks to be ok.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo App - new demo mode feature
Post by: totallymaxed on July 21, 2012, 08:58:36 pm
We've added a new demo capability to the help pages that are part of the Dianemo App. Just swipe up to display the Tab bar and touch 'Help' (you need an Internet connection to use the 'Help' tab). Now look for the new 'Dianemo demo' option at the top of the Help page and touch it.

If you don't have a Dianemo S installation yet the new demo feature in the App will I hope be of use to you...and if you do have one it may help you decide what or how to configure your system. We will be expanding the Dianemo demo with more video and more interactivity in the coming weeks and months so it's worth checking it out regularly.

By the way if you have the Dianemo 1.5 App installed then your all set - so give it a try!

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Internet Radio Presets now supported
Post by: totallymaxed on July 21, 2012, 09:41:58 pm
A new update is now available that enables you to display your Internet Radio favourites from Logitech Media Server in your Orbiters and select and stream those to any Squeezebox or Squeezeslaves in your system. Your Orbiters will automatically pickup any Favourites you setup in Logitech Media Server or any changes you make subsequently too.

This is a great new feature in Dianemo - something we've all wanted for ages!

See the Dianemo S wiki page to see how to configure and use Internet Radion Presets in your Dianemo S system; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: murcel on July 23, 2012, 09:34:51 pm
Great, works as expected.
Title: More on the new Internet Radio Favourites that are accessible from your Orbiters
Post by: totallymaxed on July 25, 2012, 12:02:46 am
Updated Dianemo S wiki page with more details & screen shots of how to configure your Logitech MediaServer's Internet Radio Favourites to be accessible directly from your Orbiters.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Nokia N800/N810 Orbiter Updated (by popular request!)
Post by: totallymaxed on July 25, 2012, 08:27:09 pm
Hi again,

Well I've been telling people we'd left the N800/N810 behind long ago and that we wouldn't be updating the Orbiter for it... guess what enough of you said that was not a good idea... and since Uplink has a N810 and we kind of like it we relented (or Uplink did ;-) ) and we've updated and re-built the Nokia N8nn Orbiter packages :-)

We're still just at the tail end of testing the new release and Uplink needs to document the process for installing it on your Nokia devices... but once that's done we're ready to release it. So expect a release sometime over the weekend I would think.

Enjoy!

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: JaseP on July 25, 2012, 08:44:23 pm
Does it support the N900 or is that a separate issue? And does the fremantle version of the app support regular LinuxMCE,  as opposed to just Dianemo?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on July 25, 2012, 09:07:54 pm
Does it support the N900 or is that a separate issue? And does the fremantle version of the app support regular LinuxMCE,  as opposed to just Dianemo?

Hi,

We only support the N800/N810 on Diablo so yes it would require a separate build to support the N900/Fremantle (we have never supported that device/OS release).

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: JaseP on July 25, 2012, 10:40:35 pm
Ok,... is the source available?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on July 25, 2012, 10:52:19 pm
Ok,... is the source available?

Sure we will provide the source...but we are still looking at how we do that. Bare with us on that ok?

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: JaseP on July 25, 2012, 11:20:20 pm
No problems... No rush.

Thanks...
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: mardibloke on July 27, 2012, 12:35:04 am

We only support the N800/N810 on Diablo so yes it would require a separate build to support the N900/Fremantle (we have never supported that device/OS release).


Phew, I did hang on to one N810, its a great form factor, and decent battery life.

Not sure on the mileage in offering N900 support,  a fantastic device, but struggled with battery life,  so in my view not best suited as a controller around the house.

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on July 27, 2012, 05:32:48 am
Does it support the N900 or is that a separate issue? And does the fremantle version of the app support regular LinuxMCE,  as opposed to just Dianemo?

As Andy said, the build he's bragging about is for N800 and N810 (and possibly N770, but I have no idea) running Diablo (that's what Nokia released last).

Our Orbiter isn't compatible with LinuxMCE, mainly because of things in the `Screen` table and everything that derives from it, so you'd be unable to use the Dianemo N800 binary with LinuxMCE and not want to pull your hair off - true the other way around as well.

But... good news: I'll commit, at some point later, the script and instructions for building a N800 binary that's suitable for LinuxMCE based on LinuxMCE sources. After all, the N800 Orbiter is based on the OSD Orbiter code, with some compile options to make it different.

I'll post here when I've done that. It's not "now" because I'm always busy with stuff - sorry about that. To add to the delay, I just had the idea that people might want to have both the LinuxMCE and Dianemo packages side-by-side, in which case I have to make some more changes.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: mardibloke on July 27, 2012, 11:27:53 am
Sounds a great piece of work.  When you get a spare moment I would be interested in what has changed from old to new N8x0 version,  as I use the old N8x0 version with my Dianemo S system right now, and most functions work just fine.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on July 27, 2012, 01:24:02 pm
Sounds a great piece of work.  When you get a spare moment I would be interested in what has changed from old to new N8x0 version,  as I use the old N8x0 version with my Dianemo S system right now, and most functions work just fine.

The old build will not work correctly with some of the new UI screens in the Dianemo & RedLine skins. That's the main difference.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on July 27, 2012, 09:49:36 pm
Sounds a great piece of work.  When you get a spare moment I would be interested in what has changed from old to new N8x0 version,  as I use the old N8x0 version with my Dianemo S system right now, and most functions work just fine.

With the LinuxMCE version, you are unable to use the Internet Radio functionality that Andy described in another post, you can't use the UPnP browser screens (if you tick the appropriate box in web admin) and you can't browse videos on the "Dianemo" skin because the Orbiter will just complain about "Bad GotoScreen". This is one of the main reasons why I prefer a Web Orbiter frontend, like the RoamingOrb or the Dianemo iOS Orbiter instead of a complete Orbiter on the device itself - the complete orbiter can lag behind a lot, as it won't get updated each time the code needs to be recompiled. I have a small patch for ScreenGen to avoid the need of recompilation each time you add a new screen that doesn't need any extra handling in code, which I'll submit around later too.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on July 28, 2012, 07:02:36 am
I've started work on committing the stuff for the Nokia N800 and N810 Orbiter. You can follow progress here: ticket #1523 (http://trac.linuxmce.org/trac.cgi/ticket/1523).

I'm leaving your old stuff alone for now. There's a README file in my commit with instructions. Feedback appreciated.

Please use this thread: Nokia N800 easy build (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php/topic,12719.0.html) for comments. Thanks.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: ZaPHoN on August 11, 2012, 08:34:17 pm
Would Dianemo software work with Bell Satellite in Canada and can I add links from web streams like RT news, City TV or vodcasts? A nice feature request would be create something like PseudoTV used in XBMC.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 12, 2012, 03:18:28 pm
Would Dianemo software work with Bell Satellite in Canada and can I add links from web streams like RT news, City TV or vodcasts? A nice feature request would be create something like PseudoTV used in XBMC.

If Bell Satellite services are encrypted and require you to use their Sat PVR/Receivers then you would have to use that hardware and IR control the Sat box(s) and route their video through something like an HDMI matrix (no problem at all). As to Web video streams we don't directly support those in the Orbiter currently. However you could have XBMC machines on the LAN side of your NC and use those to achieve that capability (XBMC also is a great uPnP end-point).

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: ZaPHoN on August 15, 2012, 03:53:20 am
Would LMCE be used to build the movie database and then use XBMC to pull the information via UPnP or the other way around?

has anyone been able to interface with sur guard receivers yet for third party monitoring.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Homeboy on August 17, 2012, 04:35:20 pm
Hi Andrew,

do you think it is worth to try the Philips SmartTV and should their DNLA standard 'Simplyshare' be compatible with Dianemo.
http://www.philips.co.uk/c/televisions/33092/cat/#!/smart-tv

Thanks

Heinz
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 28, 2012, 01:35:17 pm
Hi Andrew,

do you think it is worth to try the Philips SmartTV and should their DNLA standard 'Simplyshare' be compatible with Dianemo.
http://www.philips.co.uk/c/televisions/33092/cat/#!/smart-tv

Thanks

Heinz

Hi Heinz,

I wish that I could give you a definitive answer regarding the Philips SmartTV & DLNA. But I can't. Unless we have tested a particular model or range of models it is really I impossible to be sure that they will work 100%. The main areas of variability are file type support, remotely pushing media to the TV and to a lesser extent navigating a media servers folder structure.

If your reseller will allow you to test a Philips TV for a day or you have a friend who has a similar model then that would be the best way to decide.

Current SmartTV's from Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are being used successfully by other Dianemo users.

All the best

Andrew

Ps I'm on vacation...so apologies for the slow reply
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 10, 2012, 04:34:47 am
We have added support for Sony IP controllable TV's & BluRay Players. The Sony BDP-S370 BluRay Player and the Sony KDL-32EX723 Internet connected TV have been used for testing but we expect that all other current Sony internet connected BluRay players & TV's should also work.

- Sony IP Controllable BluRay Player Template is #2020
- Sony IP Controllable TV Template is #2021

As usual please follow the procedure outlined on the Dianemo S wiki page to update your system with these and any other updates.

All the best


Andrew



Hello Andrew,

After seeing this post I went out any got a Sony IP controllable bluray player.  I have the device template added but it wont control my player.  I'm assuming it's because you have to register IP remote controls with the player.  Can you tell me how to register Dianemo as a remote control?  

I saw the register command, I set my player to register a remote then click test for the register command but nothing happens.  Any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 10, 2012, 02:23:29 pm
After seeing this post I went out any got a Sony IP controllable bluray player.  I have the device template added but it wont control my player.  I'm assuming it's because you have to register IP remote controls with the player.  Can you tell me how to register Dianemo as a remote control?  

I saw the register command, I set my player to register a remote then click test for the register command but nothing happens.  Any tips would be appreciated.

Hi there. I can answer this one. First, I apologize for not including the Sony IP remote package in the repositories :-[ I added them now. Please do a software update and then reload the router so the device starts.

Then, to register with the BluRay as a remote, put the BluRay in registration mode, then, in the devices tree of the admin website, select the BluRay player device you added, on its page click the "Send Command" link at the top, and then send the "Register" command. The BluRay player should then confirm the registration and everything else should work.

Cheers
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 10, 2012, 04:27:13 pm
/me thinks this should be in the wiki... ;)
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 10, 2012, 05:49:44 pm
/me thinks this should be in the wiki... ;)

Done. http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_IP_Controllable_TV.27s_.26_BluRay_Players (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_IP_Controllable_TV.27s_.26_BluRay_Players) ;)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 10, 2012, 05:50:50 pm
THIS is what I call fast customer service :D
Title: Video demo of a Clutter Orbiter prototype
Post by: totallymaxed on September 10, 2012, 06:13:26 pm
Just a very short rough and ready video of a new clutter based Orbiter to wet your appetites ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkG1z3VeMxk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkG1z3VeMxk)

Enjoy!

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: tschak909 on September 10, 2012, 06:21:03 pm
Did uplink_ not like qOrbiter?

-Thom
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on September 10, 2012, 06:49:29 pm
Did uplink_ not like qOrbiter?

-Thom

That's a tame response. Expected something more... fiery.

Well... I couldn't find the beginning of it :) Also, didn't have the time. On the other hand, the thing that Andy filmed will probably never control LinuxMCE or LinuxMCE-based Dianemo, so don't view it as "competition" (yet). It's following different patterns of thought that are not easily adapted to current Orbiter logic. I would have showed you a media browser sample too, but I broke it yesterday while working on some grid stuff.

Consider this part of the "rewrite" that people keep moaning about but don't leave their cozy couch to actually do it or learn how to do it (kudos to golgoj4 for actually doing it in the form of qOrbiter).

On the other hand, I'm just finding out that GUI programming isn't easy if you're not doing run of the mill business logic :) I wrote a Message Router in a day (it's pretty useless right now: only forwards messages around, without any cleverness, and nothing to actually send and receive messages yet, except some crude test code), but the GUI requires me to pause and think a lot. So far, what Andy filmed has 638 lines of Python code, 251 lines of YAML for the screen definitions, and 147 lines of YAML for the mock data, and I can feel that I slipped in some places, so I need to go back and do it properly (i.e. in a way that doesn't hurt my own brain). I don't have proper data bindings yet, nor message communication. The file itself is aptly named Mockup.py :)
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: tschak909 on September 10, 2012, 06:52:49 pm
I do understand the need to create something better under 9 to 5 business constraints (I know you work longer than that some days, I'm just trying to make my point). I'm just pointing out that it may be beneficial in the long term to work on qOrbiter together, as it does have the needed infrastructure already there, all that is missing for this first pass is a fully completed QML for the UI.

-Thom
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 11, 2012, 03:28:39 am
Hi there. I can answer this one. First, I apologize for not including the Sony IP remote package in the repositories :-[ I added them now. Please do a software update and then reload the router so the device starts.

Then, to register with the BluRay as a remote, put the BluRay in registration mode, then, in the devices tree of the admin website, select the BluRay player device you added, on its page click the "Send Command" link at the top, and then send the "Register" command. The BluRay player should then confirm the registration and everything else should work.

Cheers

Thanks for the reply.  Unfortunately that didn't work.  I did everything step by step, I tried removing and re-adding the device, I tried entering the IP and Mac address, but it wont work.  My player isn't finding a media remote after I start registration.  Here is the Logs.

Code: [Select]
========== NEW LOG SECTION ==========
1 09/10/12 21:27:20 69 (spawning-device) Starting... 1
1 09/10/12 21:27:20 69 (spawning-device) Found /usr/pluto/bin/Sony_IP_Remote
2012-09-10 21:27:21.317250561-04:00 Init
2012-09-10 21:27:21.839816520-04:00 ConnectDevice: Connecting device. Connection type: none
2012-09-10 21:27:21.854497965-04:00 ConnectDevice: No device to connect to
2012-09-10 21:27:21.962911905-04:00 Main Loop
2012-09-10 21:27:53.541227426-04:00 Data available: 11
2012-09-10 21:27:53.547988982-04:00 Processing fd 11
2012-09-10 21:27:53.555505027-04:00 fd 11: command: Framework_ReadFromDCE
2012-09-10 21:27:53.563161273-04:00 Framework_ReadFromDCE
2012-09-10 21:27:53.579123132-04:00 Calling function for DCE command 983 with parms
2012-09-10 21:27:53.596521127-04:00 Sending DCE command: reply txt OK
2012-09-10 21:27:53.619649667-04:00 Sending out delayed DCE messages
2012-09-10 21:28:31.089626002-04:00 Data available: 11
2012-09-10 21:28:31.092564595-04:00 Processing fd 11
2012-09-10 21:28:31.095301146-04:00 fd 11: command: Framework_ReadFromDCE
2012-09-10 21:28:31.098180938-04:00 Framework_ReadFromDCE
2012-09-10 21:28:31.104528129-04:00 Calling function for DCE command 983 with parms
2012-09-10 21:28:31.115030927-04:00 Sending out delayed DCE messages
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 11, 2012, 12:45:00 pm
Did uplink_ not like qOrbiter?

-Thom

We have tested qOrbiter - or at least we have tried to test it. But there are very many dead ends and not much that seems very complete. Also Golgol04 didn't seem to have much time to support us currently.

So we decided that we needed to do something ourselves and that little video is a glimpse at work in progress that Uplink has underway right now based on clutter.

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 11, 2012, 02:00:27 pm
Would LMCE be used to build the movie database and then use XBMC to pull the information via UPnP or the other way around?

has anyone been able to interface with sur guard receivers yet for third party monitoring.

Hi,

This thread is about Dianemo S so that question would be best posted to another section of the forum.... but in principle you could definitely do what your suggesting in LinuxMCE (we have that capability in Dianemo for users to use if they choose).

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Support for PLCBUS package added
Post by: totallymaxed on September 11, 2012, 02:06:32 pm
Hi all,

We have added support for the current PLCBUS package from LinuxMCE (written by Hari) today. Run the Updater script as described in the Dianemo S wiki page, add a device #1920 to add a PLCbus template to your system, configure it to talk to your USB/RS232 PLCBUS interface... then save the change and do a reload and your all set.

As we dont have access to PLCBUS devices here in the UK we would welcome any feedback from you on your experience with the new PLCBUS package.
Title: Dianemo S - Pre-Production SystemLine Modular Audio Control Interface
Post by: totallymaxed on September 11, 2012, 04:54:18 pm
Here's a quick pre-view of our new Dianemo SystemLine Modular Control interface or the DSC. SystemLine Modular uses dedicated CAT5 cabling to distribute power,audio & control via an AM8 audio Hub ( http://www.armourhome.co.uk/downloads/systemline/technical/am8_instructions.pdf (http://www.armourhome.co.uk/downloads/systemline/technical/am8_instructions.pdf) ) and multiple stereo zones with SLM3 powered speakers or ZAM 40's and passive speakers. We are doing field tests currently with pre-production DSC hardware (we are using breadboards for example in our current hardware interface design before freezing the hardware for production and going to production pcb's). The tests have been going really well with the hardware outperforming our expectations.

The DSC interfaces to the Keypad input of a SystemLine Modular SLM3 Active speaker or ZAM 40 over CAT5E cable. A SystemLine AM-8 Multi-source audio hub is used centrally to route and switch up to 6x Audio inputs and 8x audio outputs which the DSC controls. Production DSC's will have multiple RJ45 control ports (one per Main Zone providing control of the sub zone too). Our current pre-production DSC's are configured with 6 or 12 control ports and are very low power IP addressable devices allowing them to be integrated anywhere on the LAN. Production DSC's will likely have a different number of control ports than our preproduction units.

At the heart of every DSC is an Arduino board that provides the control logic and IP connectivity. The DSC runs firmware we have developed in-house that controls and manages the interaction with SystemLine Modular.

The DSC has been designed with Dianemo in mind and can be integrated easily by adding a DSC device template to a Dianemo system. Unlimited numbers of DSC's can co-exist on the LAN therefore providing unlimited expansion capability for controlling SystemLine modular. A software library for supporting DSC's on other non Dianemo platforms is being developed.

Production units can be ordered now - please contact us for further details.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 12, 2012, 01:44:23 am
Thanks for the reply.  Unfortunately that didn't work.  I did everything step by step, I tried removing and re-adding the device, I tried entering the IP and Mac address, but it wont work.  My player isn't finding a media remote after I start registration.  Here is the Logs.

Weird. Unfortunately, that log is just the Whisperer, as I didn't add any logs to the communication itself, so it doesn't help. Can I get access to your machine and have a look at what's going on?
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 12, 2012, 03:20:54 am
Weird. Unfortunately, that log is just the Whisperer, as I didn't add any logs to the communication itself, so it doesn't help. Can I get access to your machine and have a look at what's going on?

Sure, I just turned on remote assistance.  Thanks uplink!
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 12, 2012, 06:33:12 pm
Sure, I just turned on remote assistance.  Thanks uplink!

It's the "Sony BluRay LivingRoom" (device 69), right? Its IP Address and MAC Address fields are empty. I found a device that says it's a Sony Blu-ray player, IP 80.159, but I had to scan its ports to find out what it is (ports open: 22222, 54400). Problem is the script expects ports 50001 and 50002. Also, I did a UPnP scan and the Blu-ray drive didn't show itself. This is not OK, because our Sony devices use UPnP as the transport protocol for control. I tried poking it with various sticks, but no luck. What model is it? Do you have a device that can run the Sony Media Remote app (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone, that kind of stuff) to confirm that it can actually talk to your player? This app used UPnP to talk to Sony devices as well...
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 12, 2012, 07:09:05 pm
It's the "Sony BluRay LivingRoom" (device 69), right? Its IP Address and MAC Address fields are empty. I found a device that says it's a Sony Blu-ray player, IP 80.159, but I had to scan its ports to find out what it is (ports open: 22222, 54400). Problem is the script expects ports 50001 and 50002. Also, I did a UPnP scan and the Blu-ray drive didn't show itself. This is not OK, because our Sony devices use UPnP as the transport protocol for control. I tried poking it with various sticks, but no luck. What model is it? Do you have a device that can run the Sony Media Remote app (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone, that kind of stuff) to confirm that it can actually talk to your player? This app used UPnP to talk to Sony devices as well...

Yup, that's the one Sony BluRay LivingRoom (I know, I should name it better than that). 

I tried it with the IP and mac fields populated at first but after I couldn't get it working it hit me that the Sony android app never asked for the IP address of the player,  I assumed that meant the app was broadcasting a message (UDP) and waiting for a response (or vice versa) to trigger the registration process. so I removed the IP and mac data in hopes that Dianemo was doing the same thing.

It's probably not responding to UPnP because it's not in registration mode or because it's off.  I'm using the android media remote and I've noticed that all functions work but I can not turn the unit on VIA the Sony media remote.  There were no problems registering the Sony media remote.  It could be a setting on the unit or the app but I haven't seen any thing that looks like it would enable or disable that.

The model number is BDP-S390/BM U2.

This isn't a high end unit, maybe that's the problem?
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 12, 2012, 08:04:10 pm
Yup, that's the one Sony BluRay LivingRoom (I know, I should name it better than that). 

I tried it with the IP and mac fields populated at first but after I couldn't get it working it hit me that the Sony android app never asked for the IP address of the player,  I assumed that meant the app was broadcasting a message (UDP) and waiting for a response (or vice versa) to trigger the registration process. so I removed the IP and mac data in hopes that Dianemo was doing the same thing.

It's probably not responding to UPnP because it's not in registration mode or because it's off.  I'm using the android media remote and I've noticed that all functions work but I can not turn the unit on VIA the Sony media remote.  There were no problems registering the Sony media remote.  It could be a setting on the unit or the app but I haven't seen any thing that looks like it would enable or disable that.

The model number is BDP-S390/BM U2.

This isn't a high end unit, maybe that's the problem?

I think ours (which mysteriously disappeared and got replaced with a Samsung unit that I haven't written code for yet) was a off the shelf unit from Tesco or something, so nothing special about it. The discovery protocol is UPnP on that unit, and on everything that the app can control, so I'm intrigued that it doesn't reply to my UPnP searches.

Just to check the theory that it might not show up unless you put it in registration mode - our unit was always showing - there's a script I put on your system (in the root account) that does a UPnP search and shows the devices found, then sits there monitoring the UPnP trafic. You can run it like so: python UPnP_test.py and you can close it with Control+C. Please run that after you put your player in registration mode and see if it shows up. You can run it before you do that too, so you can see what the output looks like and have something to compare with.
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 12, 2012, 08:10:23 pm
I think ours (which mysteriously disappeared and got replaced with a Samsung unit that I haven't written code for yet) was a off the shelf unit from Tesco or something, so nothing special about it. The discovery protocol is UPnP on that unit, and on everything that the app can control, so I'm intrigued that it doesn't reply to my UPnP searches.

Just to check the theory that it might not show up unless you put it in registration mode - our unit was always showing - there's a script I put on your system (in the root account) that does a UPnP search and shows the devices found, then sits there monitoring the UPnP trafic. You can run it like so: python UPnP_test.py and you can close it with Control+C. Please run that after you put your player in registration mode and see if it shows up. You can run it before you do that too, so you can see what the output looks like and have something to compare with.

Okay, I can see the script.  I'll run it when I get home from work.

Thanks again!!
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 13, 2012, 04:57:02 am
I think ours (which mysteriously disappeared and got replaced with a Samsung unit that I haven't written code for yet) was a off the shelf unit from Tesco or something, so nothing special about it. The discovery protocol is UPnP on that unit, and on everything that the app can control, so I'm intrigued that it doesn't reply to my UPnP searches.

Just to check the theory that it might not show up unless you put it in registration mode - our unit was always showing - there's a script I put on your system (in the root account) that does a UPnP search and shows the devices found, then sits there monitoring the UPnP trafic. You can run it like so: python UPnP_test.py and you can close it with Control+C. Please run that after you put your player in registration mode and see if it shows up. You can run it before you do that too, so you can see what the output looks like and have something to compare with.

Okay, I ran the script and the bluray player didn't show up until I turned it on.  It spit out extra information when I went to the registration part of the menu but it was completely gone once powered off.  If it helps the output is below.
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Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'
Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000000-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'
uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100::upnp:rootdevice
Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'

I got the first two lines just after turning it on, and the second two by going to the registration menu (not the actual registration process, just selecting the menu).

I did a port scan with the player on and I see ports 50001 and 50002 open not 22222 and 54400.
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Nmap scan report for 192.168.80.159
Host is up (0.00049s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
PORT      STATE SERVICE
50001/tcp open  unknown
50002/tcp open  iiimsf
MAC Address: 54:53:ED:DA:51:00 (Unknown)

Maybe the codes are different for the unit you programmed with vs my unit.  Maybe it's a UK/US thing... I don't know just throwing it out there.  I checked the manuals and online for codes but came up dry.  I don't mind contacting tech support but can you tell me what exactly i'll be asking for?  I'm assuming the initial registration communications is different than control commands.  If there is another way let me know.  I don't mind being a test dummy if it turns out you need two or more device template to cover all the Sony's.
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 13, 2012, 07:27:14 pm
Okay, I ran the script and the bluray player didn't show up until I turned it on.  It spit out extra information when I went to the registration part of the menu but it was completely gone once powered off.  If it helps the output is below.
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Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'
Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000000-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'
uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100::upnp:rootdevice
Device: rootdevice u'Blu-ray Disc Player' 'uuid:00000003-0000-1010-8000-5453edda5100' 'upnp:rootdevice' '192.168.80.159', manifestation 'remote'

I got the first two lines just after turning it on, and the second two by going to the registration menu (not the actual registration process, just selecting the menu).

I did a port scan with the player on and I see ports 50001 and 50002 open not 22222 and 54400.
Code: [Select]
Nmap scan report for 192.168.80.159
Host is up (0.00049s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
PORT      STATE SERVICE
50001/tcp open  unknown
50002/tcp open  iiimsf
MAC Address: 54:53:ED:DA:51:00 (Unknown)

Maybe the codes are different for the unit you programmed with vs my unit.  Maybe it's a UK/US thing... I don't know just throwing it out there.  I checked the manuals and online for codes but came up dry.  I don't mind contacting tech support but can you tell me what exactly i'll be asking for?  I'm assuming the initial registration communications is different than control commands.  If there is another way let me know.  I don't mind being a test dummy if it turns out you need two or more device template to cover all the Sony's.

Okay, I have 2 problems.  I just got off the phone with Sony and It turns out that the player disconnects from the network when it is powered off.   From what they're saying there is no way to power it on using an IP signal (IR or power button only).  I'm sure it's a software thing and a firmware hack changing a 0 to a 1 would fix that but I wouldn't even know where to start. 

Second problem, and I didn't get a 100% answer on this one, but the rep was fairly certain that the IP/IR codes are different for the US version and other territories.  He warns that he is not overly familiar with the non US, or to be specific the UK models.  I only see one version of the media remote so I want to doubt that theory but since the NC can see the blue-ray (when it's on) and the expected ports are open I can't think of any other reason why this isn't working.   
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 13, 2012, 09:11:28 pm
I did a port scan with the player on and I see ports 50001 and 50002 open not 22222 and 54400.
Code: [Select]
Nmap scan report for 192.168.80.159
Host is up (0.00049s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
PORT      STATE SERVICE
50001/tcp open  unknown
50002/tcp open  iiimsf
MAC Address: 54:53:ED:DA:51:00 (Unknown)

That's actually good. Put the IP address and MAC address in the device's fields in web admin, reload, and try again while the player is on.

It's quite interesting, as now I did a port scan on that same IP and came up with the ports I reported earlier. I assume the player is off now. But that also means the network doesn't go off, but goes into some mode I haven't seen before. For both of the ports I mentioned, when I try an HTTP connection I get a UPnP-like envelope back with an error - that's how I know it's your blu-ray player and not something else.

Edit: I just realised that this didn't work last time either, which makes it really interesting. I'd like to look at the UPnP services on your player while it's on. What time will you be available at home?
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: klovell on September 13, 2012, 10:13:40 pm
That's actually good. Put the IP address and MAC address in the device's fields in web admin, reload, and try again while the player is on.

It's quite interesting, as now I did a port scan on that same IP and came up with the ports I reported earlier. I assume the player is off now. But that also means the network doesn't go off, but goes into some mode I haven't seen before. For both of the ports I mentioned, when I try an HTTP connection I get a UPnP-like envelope back with an error - that's how I know it's your blu-ray player and not something else.

Edit: I just realised that this didn't work last time either, which makes it really interesting. I'd like to look at the UPnP services on your player while it's on. What time will you be available at home?

When I port scan the unit when it's off I see no ports open. 

Code: [Select]
dcerouter_31461:~# nmap 192.168.80.159

Starting Nmap 5.21 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-09-13 15:32 EDT
Nmap scan report for 192.168.80.159
Host is up (0.0015s latency).
All 1000 scanned ports on 192.168.80.159 are closed
MAC Address: 54:53:ED:DA:51:00 (Unknown)

I was looking for a reason to leave work early tomorrow anyway... sooo, thank you!  I should be able to make it home by 11:00 Am my time I believe that's 4:00PM your time... correct?   does that work for you? How will we do this just turn the blu-ray on at 11:00AM, do you want me to email you, how do you want to coordinate this?

Thanks
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Support for Sony IP controllable BluRay Players & TV's added
Post by: uplink on September 14, 2012, 01:52:06 am
When I port scan the unit when it's off I see no ports open. 

Code: [Select]
dcerouter_31461:~# nmap 192.168.80.159

Starting Nmap 5.21 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-09-13 15:32 EDT
Nmap scan report for 192.168.80.159
Host is up (0.0015s latency).
All 1000 scanned ports on 192.168.80.159 are closed
MAC Address: 54:53:ED:DA:51:00 (Unknown)

Specify a broader port range with the -p parameter: -p 1-65535

 

I was looking for a reason to leave work early tomorrow anyway... sooo, thank you!  I should be able to make it home by 11:00 Am my time I believe that's 4:00PM your time... correct?   does that work for you? How will we do this just turn the blu-ray on at 11:00AM, do you want me to email you, how do you want to coordinate this?

Thanks

Don't really know your time zone, and I'm on my mobile phone right now and unable to check, but 4pm sounds OK.
Title: Dianemo S - Support for Remotec ZXT-110 ZWave to IR Air Conditioner Controller
Post by: totallymaxed on September 20, 2012, 06:14:34 pm
We are now supporting the Remotec ZXT-110 ZWave-IR A/C controller (http://www.remotec.com.hk/zaspx/default.aspx (http://www.remotec.com.hk/zaspx/default.aspx)). You can control a wide range of in-wall packaged A/C units with this ZWave interface (the ZXT-110 has 100's of A/C IR code sets in its DB). The current template supports ON/OFF, TEMP UP/DOWN

Just Include the ZXT-110 into your ZWave network and it will be added as a child device under the Zwave Climate interface section of the devices tree. See the wiki page for details of ZWave config & setup; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#ZWave_Devices (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#ZWave_Devices)
Title: Dianemo ship new SSD NC25 - compact, energy efficient & silent
Post by: totallymaxed on October 05, 2012, 05:15:56 pm
The NC25 is the first of our new SSD based compact NC's targeted at installations where space, energy consumption and low MTBF are essential. The NC25 is an ATOM 525 based NC with 32Gb of SSD for storing its firmware. All media storage must be on external NAS based storage with the NC25. The very compact NC25 has 6x rs232 & 1x rs485 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports, twin Gigabit NIC's, Stereo audio out & VGA video out ports. Supplied as standard with a built-in wall mounting kit. See the picture for a size comparison...it's tiny and only consumes 16w in operation;

See hi-res pic of the NC25 here;
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465)

Contact me if you need more info or have questions about the NC25 or any of our other products.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Wiki update
Post by: totallymaxed on October 05, 2012, 06:54:07 pm
Please note we've updated the Wiki section on configuring HDMI Audio for nVidia Cards with on-board sounds cards;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_HDMI_Audio_for_nVidia_Video_Cards_with_on-board_Sound_cards (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_HDMI_Audio_for_nVidia_Video_Cards_with_on-board_Sound_cards)

If you have MM's with this type of nVidia card please read this section and carry out the fix. Currently this needs to be applied manually & individually to each MM that's affected.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S - Wiki update
Post by: murcel on October 12, 2012, 12:31:34 pm
Please note we've updated the Wiki section on configuring HDMI Audio for nVidia Cards with on-board sounds cards;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_HDMI_Audio_for_nVidia_Video_Cards_with_on-board_Sound_cards (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_HDMI_Audio_for_nVidia_Video_Cards_with_on-board_Sound_cards)

If you have MM's with this type of nVidia card please read this section and carry out the fix. Currently this needs to be applied manually & individually to each MM that's affected.


Dear Andrew,

i followed the instruction but the HDMI Audio is not working at all.
Its the same MD with the problem of high resolution in AV Wizard (meanwhile i am choosing 800x600 as this is working)

Can you please have a look remote assistance is enabled.

Thanks
Marc
Title: A Request - Posts to this thread
Post by: totallymaxed on October 23, 2012, 02:02:16 pm
I'd like to reserve this thread for postings about new features, updates & releases of Dianemo S and also for questions relating to those. If you have a technical support question relating to how to configure your Dianemo S installation or any other related support question can you please post it to the relevant section of the forum rather than here please;


Please make it clear in your Thread Title that it is related to Dianemo.

We do monitor the above Forum sections (and most of the other sections too!) so we will see your post and will respond asap. If for some reason you do not get a response within a day or so then please IM me here to give me a 'prod' ;-)

Thanks for taking the above on-board.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Support for the RTI AD-4 Audio Distribution System
Post by: totallymaxed on October 24, 2012, 12:58:55 pm
We are currently adding support for the RTI AD-4 Audio Distribution System to Dianemo S. The AD-4 is a compact 4x source, 4x stereo zone 1u shelf or rack mount zone Amp with and integrated audio matrix & rs232 control. It supports in-room local input wall plates (useful if you need to get an in-room source back to the central rack) and other standard RTI peripherals. As part of an installation the AD-4 would deliver the Stereo Audio sound capability in up to 4x stereo zones with Dianemo providing the control UI via Orbiters and all of the standard zone/room logic that you might expect from any Dianemo installation.

RTI AD-4 support will be released in an update in early Nov 2012.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Configuring and Using the Dianemo DSC-8 controller with SystemLine Modular
Post by: totallymaxed on October 24, 2012, 03:02:45 pm
We have added a new Dianemo S Wiki page section on Configuring & using a DSC-8 Controller (our in-house developed control interface for SystemLine Modular's audio distribution system). We plan to expand this whole section a lot in the coming weeks so if this type, of 3rd party audio system is something you might be thinking about for your system then please drop back regularly to the Wiki to keep updated;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_a_Dianemo_DSC-8_to_Control_an_8_Zone_SystemLine_Audio_System

All the best


Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - iTunes Playlists are now synced and available on your Dianemo system
Post by: totallymaxed on October 24, 2012, 07:33:16 pm
If your an iTunes user who uses iTunes playlists a lot then you are going to really love this update!

We recently added support for accessing your iTunes playlists from the Dianemo Orbiter. This requires that your iTunes library, or libraries, be hosted on a storage system that your NC can access ie a local Hard Drive or remote hard drive in a NAS or PC share on the LAN. You then point your iTunes PC's/Mac's at the LAN based location of your iTunes library so that you can still purchase & rip new content to it and access it just like you always have. Now however you Dianemo NC can access your iTunes library at the same time and because its hosted on storage that is always present on your LAN that content is always available for playback via your Dianemo system too.

Every 10 minutes your Dianemo system will look for new iTunes playlists and automatically make them available to you on all of your Orbiters - this means that you can enjoy the exact same playlists that you use on your iOS devices on your Dianemo system and they are always available to you at any time. It also means that you can edit, change and create new playlists any time you like in iTunes on your PC or Mac or even on your iOS devices and have them appear on your Dianemo Orbiters just a few minutes later.

Having a party or a BBQ? Just use iTunes to create a great new play list and know that moments later it will be available house wide via Dianemo too. If you know iTunes playlists then you already know how to create play lists for your Dianemo system - its that simple.

Added a wiki section on integrating your Dianemo installation with iTunes... see here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_iTunes_with_your_Dianemo_System (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_iTunes_with_your_Dianemo_System)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Announcing - Dianemo Configuration Services
Post by: totallymaxed on November 02, 2012, 01:55:40 pm
We're introducing some new services that we think are going to be pretty popular with Forum members based on feedback to date. The services are available at any time to any Dianemo S customer. These services are for anyone who feels like they would prefer to get the basics of their system configured or have us help with getting a specific device working. We still expect most of you will want to put together and configure your own systems - after all that's one of the main reasons your here! But for those of you who would like some assistance we're here to help, either at the beginning or at any point afterwards, if you get stuck or plain run our of time and need to get your system finished or up and working. Don't worry we're still going to help anyone who needs help through the forums and via the Wiki - there will be no 'hard sell' on the services below. But they are there if you need them;

*Note* - While we can often help you inside a few days I would encourage you, if you are considering any of the services below, to please contact us in plenty of time to allow us to schedule time to help you. As the Christmas holidays get closer this is especially true.

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.

Please IM me here on the Forum if your interested in any of the services above or have any questions about them. Feel free to email me instead if you have my email address.
Title: New Wiki Section Added: Configuring and setting up an RTI AD-4 Matrix Amplifier
Post by: totallymaxed on November 23, 2012, 08:40:45 pm
We've added a detailed new section to the Dianemo S Wiki page that describes in detail how to setup and configure for control by Dianemo the RTI AD-4 (or AD-8 for that matter);

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Dianemo_to_control_an_RTI_AD-4_Matrix_Amplifier (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Dianemo_to_control_an_RTI_AD-4_Matrix_Amplifier)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S Telecom Packages Updated
Post by: totallymaxed on November 27, 2012, 06:06:34 pm
Just a heads up that we have updated the Telecom packages in the last few days. We've improved and re-instated all of the integration scripts so that as far as we know they are all working now. So if your using or intending to use the Telecom side of the system please run the updater to grab the latest updated packages. Expect a new wiki section on setting up and configuring the Telecom side of the system soon.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: mardibloke on November 27, 2012, 08:04:36 pm


Update ran just fine,  I look forward to the wiki updates, so I can have a try of the new telecoms features.

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: uplink on November 27, 2012, 09:26:48 pm

Update ran just fine,  I look forward to the wiki updates, so I can have a try of the new telecoms features.


The new _old_ telecom functionality, as it was in 7.10. :) If there are wiki pages from that time period for telecom still in existence (LinuxMCE moved away from FreePBX and related, so they may have been updated to reflect that), they should be useful too.
Title: *** Dianemo S + Remote Access or Configuration Special Promotion ***
Post by: totallymaxed on December 03, 2012, 06:31:34 pm
Today we're announcing that we will be running a special Dianemo S + Configuration promotion for the holidays between the 3rd Dec and midnight on the 24th Dec. This promotion runs alongside our Remote Access Promotion that started on the 1st Dec.

So if you purchase a Dianemo S license between those dates you will also get a choice of our secure Remote Access service bundled in for 12 months free of charge (a £49.95 GBP savings) or get your system remotely configured for you (a £70 GBP savings that's is limited to a single type of device in one zone eg A Denon Amplifier or maybe your Squeezeslave's & virtual audio cards configured). There is a limitation that the device must be one that we already support and the total config time cannot exceed 2 hours.

And before I get any more questions here are some answers to the common ones! (i hope);

Q - How will you configure my system?
A - We will do it remotely using Remote Assistance.

Q - Will you configure my whole system?
A- Errr... no! Unless you system is going to just include an NC and a single AV device that is! We will configure a single AV device on your system. However we're always here to answer questions or help in some way.

Q - Will I need to configure more devices myself?
A - Well it depends on your system and what you want it to do... possibly yes and possibly no (although less likely). However what we have found is that almost always if we do configure a device or two for people that really improves their ability to carry on and configure other devices in their systems.

Q - What happens at the end of the 12 month period to my Remote Access capability?
A - If you don't want it any longer we will turn it off - if you do want to continue then you can subscribe to another 12 months of service.

Q - Is the Remote Access service secure?
A - Yes we think it is secure. Its not military grade but we do believe it to be pretty resilient.

Q - Are there any limits to how many devices I can use with Remote Access?
A - None on our side. The Remote Access service allows you to use your iOS Devices (as many as you like) or any number of PC's via a Web browser to securely access your Dianemo S system remotely from anywhere you have an internet connection. Of course if you have a less than speedy broadband connection at your house or some other service that uses your bandwidth you may find that you hit a limit. But that limit will be your houses broadband service speed/quality and not a limitation we impose.

Q - Can I access more than one Dianemo system using Remote Access on a single device?
A - Yes you can have multiple systems configured on your Dianemo iOS App. There are no imposed limits here and my iPad iPad has about 30-40 systems configured on it that I regularly access. So if you have multiple houses its no problem at all (lucky you!!)

Q - If I purchase a license now for future use, or possibly as a gift, will I still be able to take advantage of the Remote Access or Configuration promotion later and what time limits are there on doing so?
A - Yes you can purchase a license now to take advantage of the special promotion on Remote Access or Configuration. There are no time limits attached to either the license or the Remote Access or Configuration offer - but you must purchase the license by the 24th Dec to qualify for the promotion.

Q - How many licenses can I purchase and get the special promotion?
A - You can purchase as many as you like :-)

Please contact me via a Private Message here on the forum if you would like to take advantage of these special holiday offers.

Happy Holidays!

Andrew
Title: Dianemo S - Support for the RTI AD-8 Audio Distribution System
Post by: totallymaxed on December 07, 2012, 06:47:51 pm
We've added support for the RTI AD-8 to the AD-4 Device template. The AD-8 is a bigger version of the AD-4 with 8 source inputs and 8 stereo zone outputs.

As usual we recommend that you run the updater script regularly to keep your system updated both with Dianemo & Ubuntu updates.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - Logitech Media Server & UpdateMedia further integrated
Post by: totallymaxed on December 12, 2012, 10:28:51 am
We have released an update that further integrates Logitech Media Server into Dianemo. We now use LMS to scan your audio media library and we then read the LMS database for any mp3 tag metadata. UpdatedMedia then uses that meta data directly. This means that Dianemo's internal DB get's better meta data about the audio tracks in your library and remains in sync with LMS now.

Another advantage we get from this tight integration with LMS is the tighter coupling with your iTunes audio library if you are an iTunes user. If you have stored your iTunes library on a storage device that is managed by your Dianemo NC then you will see in your Orbiters exactly the same meta data about your music that iTunes see's as we leverage LMS's ability to read iTunes meta data. This symbiotic relationship with LMS is dynamic in that as LMS scans for new material in your media library Dianemo will see those changes too and your Orbiter's will display them - this applies to music track and also to iTunes Playlists.

I know lot's of you have been asking for better playlist integration and also for a way to get your iTunes playlists into Dianemo... if you're one of those people you will be very happy with this update! If you already have a large number of playlists created in iTunes this allows you to replicate those in your Dianemo Orbiters and use then directly in your Dianemo S system. As you edit playlists in iTunes (or on a iOS device thats sync'd with iTunes) your changes will be picked up by Dianemo (it may take about 10 mins for changes to be reflected in your Orbiters).

Expect further announcements about integration with LMS in the coming months. There will be a new Dianemo S wiki page entry covering LMS integration shortly.

Don't forget to run the updater script regularly to get this update and future ones too.

All the best


Andrew

**Note; Make sure you configure LMS to use your audio media directory otherwise you will not get any meta data.
Title: Update available - Logitech Media Server
Post by: totallymaxed on December 13, 2012, 12:13:17 pm
We've updated the Logitech Media Server package over night. This fixes a number of bugs that relate to accessing LMS using a remote connection or over remote assistance and remote access. These fixes have be submitted to Logitech but in the meantime we are providing them in the update.

Please update your system. As ever see the wiki for details on how to keep your system updated with both Ubuntu and Dianemo updates; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo)

All the best

Andrew
Title: Wiki Update available - Section added on Configuration data
Post by: totallymaxed on December 13, 2012, 07:05:49 pm
We've added a new section to the Dianemo S wiki page that provides details of what configuration data is needed in a devices Configuration data field to allow it to control another devices eg an Amplifier;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_Denon_AVR_or_Similar_Controllable_Amplifier (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_Denon_AVR_or_Similar_Controllable_Amplifier)

Also look at the sections above relating to the DSC-8/AM-8 and the RTI AD-4/AD-8 as the principles of how you use Configuration data to describe what devices should do is common to all devices;

See; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_a_Dianemo_DSC-8_to_Control_an_8_Zone_SystemLine_Audio_System (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_a_Dianemo_DSC-8_to_Control_an_8_Zone_SystemLine_Audio_System)
 and http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Dianemo_to_control_an_RTI_AD-4_Matrix_Amplifier (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Dianemo_to_control_an_RTI_AD-4_Matrix_Amplifier)

We will expand this and other related sections on configuration asap. In the meantime get in touch if you need some help with anything related to device configuration.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Give your Significant other Dianemo S Configuration as a gift this Christmas
Post by: totallymaxed on December 13, 2012, 08:09:57 pm
We've had quite a few inquiries about giving Dianemo setup/config as Christmas gifts... you know who you are lol!

So I'm just going to post a simple response here to anyone who has already contacted us or might be thinking of doing so;

If you have a half/working or half configured system then why not suggest some configuration help to your partner as a gift?

Yes you can purchase some configuration help from us for either an existing installation or one that will be purchased in the future. We can do the basic config of a system or add specific controlled devices - basic config of the whole system is £95 GBP (that covers all the basics after you or your significant other has done the initial install). If your after some help configuring specific devices or getting a particular room working with a range of devices then we're happy to do that too - generally a home theatre with an IP/RS232 controlled Denon say and 2x source devices plus a controlled TV can be configured in for £150 GBP (that's a fixed price within reason). These are examples so please PM me if you need something different.

All installation/configuration help purchased as gifts will be carried out asap and will be done on a first come first served basis. You must enable Dianemo's in-built Remote Assistance feature for configuration to take place.

If you have something non-standard, or that needs some discussion, please just PM me here on the forum and we can figure out what you need. If you are an existing license holder we will give you 15% off any configuration services prices too!! (we like you!).

Happy Christmas!


Andrew

PS If you're a new customer and you purchase a license before 22 Dec then you can also get the 15% off deal too :-)
Title: Update available - Grub updated
Post by: totallymaxed on December 15, 2012, 01:32:01 pm
As Kernel updates to 12.04LTS have rolled out in recent months we've noticed that Grub will wait for a human to choose which Kernel to boot with. The problem is it will wait forever. That Grub screen will not time out in 12.04LTS. This has caused problems with customers who have headless or difficult to access NC's... or ones they are supporting remotely.

We have released and update this week (if you have updated in the laste 2-3 days you should have this update) that fixes this behaviour by waiting in the grub screen for a short time before continuing to boot with the latest kernel.

So please run the updater if you have not done so recently.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Update available - Internet Radio fixes
Post by: totallymaxed on December 21, 2012, 01:34:31 am
We've just released what I imagine will be our last update for 2012. This fixes a problem with some Internet Radio stations that don't play well with Squeezeslaves. The symptom is that the radio stations will sound like they are being played back at many times normal speed... amusing for a very short while!

The update fixes this problem we hope.

We have also released a new Dianemo Installer v1.19 which will automatically get downloaded and installed.

Anyway please run the updater script to get this update (and any others you may have missed if you have not run it for a while).

All the best for Christmas and the new year!

Andrew
Title: Update available - OrbiterGen improvements
Post by: totallymaxed on January 08, 2013, 12:01:31 pm
We've changed the OrbiterGen scripts today so that they can run one OrbiterGen per reported processor when you click "(quick) regen all" or "Regen All" in Web Admin. So, if you have two cores, two OrbiterGen processes will be started. If you have four cores, four OrbiterGen processes will be started.

There's no means right to say "run ALL of them at the same time, I need to heat the room up" right now from the website, but the scripts can take such a parameter. In the future, the scripts may be extended so that they start OrbiterGen on any Media Managers that have been declared powerful enough - but this would only make sense on MM with reasonably powerful CPU's ie better than Atom

Long story short, if you need to regen every orbiter in one shot, the "Regen all" buttons are optimal now (after you update your system of course).

As usual please run the updater script to get this update and any others that your system has not yet had applied.

Happy new year to all :-)

Andrew
Title: Update available - Dianemo Skin Updated
Post by: totallymaxed on January 11, 2013, 05:13:57 pm
We've made some visual changes to the Video Media browser screens in the Dianemo Skin. These changes will only be visible in UI1 configured Orbiters.

When you browse your Video Media now from the 'Video' button on the Home screen you will now be presented with a more spatious 4x4 grid with slightly smaller movie cover art icons with two lines for the Movie title below each icon. We have also added a default cover art icon that will automatically be displayed for any movie that did not get identified properly when it was ripped to your system.

Overall this new layout and grid design we feel is a big improvement to the experience of browsing your Movie library.

As usual please run the update script on your system to get this and any other updates that are pending.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Important Update available - Improved iTunes & LMS Integration
Post by: totallymaxed on February 13, 2013, 06:41:31 pm
We have released an important update to the Audio side of the system today that replaces UpdateMedia with Logitech media Server (LMS) audio content discovery and vastly improves the integration of iTunes into Dianemo. Together with many visual improvements to the Dianemo skin this is a major update.

After this update your system will use LMS to scan for new audio content, retrieve track meta data and cover art and not UpdateMedia as it has in the past. Dianemo now plugs straight into the LMS cli interface  which provides a much more reliable way of communicating with LMS than before. If you also use iTunes we now have very tight integration with your iTunes library via LMS's iTunes plugin too. You can now purchase music from the iTunes store, rip CD's in iTunes or using the in-built ripping capability in Dianemo, purchase downloadable music from Amazon or any other DRM free music store and it will be available with cover art & meta data almost immediately in your Dianemo Orbiters for playback in any room you have audio playback enabled in.

We also support music purchased using iTunes on your iOS device - just use iTunes on your Mac/PC to download the music you purchased through your iOS device and moments later your new music will be available in Dianemo too. This is also true of Playlists - create a playlist in iTunes on your Mac/PC or your iOS device and within a few minutes those playlists will be available in Dianemo too.

Please see these updated wiki page entries for details;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Logitech_Media_Server

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Using_iTunes_with_your_Dianemo_System

If you were already using iTunes successfully with your Dianemo system then this update will not require you to make any changes after you have updated your system

As usual please run the update script on your system to get this and any other updates that are pending.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Update available - fixes to MediaStream plugin
Post by: totallymaxed on February 22, 2013, 04:30:14 pm
Hi All,

We have released an update today that fixes some issues the MediaStream plugin. This fixes an issue which can cause your DCErouter to lock up. Please run the updater to install this update on your Dianemo NC.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Update available - fixes to Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh issue
Post by: totallymaxed on February 23, 2013, 04:33:52 am
We have released another update in the last few hours. The update fixes aproblem that some of ypu experienced just after installation. Diskless_CreateTBZ.sh sometimes fails to run just after initial rebootbecause Please run the updater script again to correct this.

Regards

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on February 23, 2013, 04:49:20 am
You should not be up this early.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: mardibloke on February 25, 2013, 08:25:03 pm
Is there a changelog for the last couple of updates.

I think something bad has happened to my mythtv server component,  in that my xbmc/openelc front ends can no longer show live tv or recorded tv.

Any way to roll back to test?

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 26, 2013, 03:42:25 pm
Is there a changelog for the last couple of updates.

I think something bad has happened to my mythtv server component,  in that my xbmc/openelc front ends can no longer show live tv or recorded tv.

Any way to roll back to test?

Hi Rod,

We just install the current MythBuntu package. We don't do anything at all to this package. Nothing else we do or install when installing Dianemo will affect Mythbuntu. So if its broken the only option is to wait for the Mythbuntu guys to fix it in an updated package. So far we have not had any indication of a breakage however.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - Samsung SmartTV Input Switcher
Post by: totallymaxed on February 28, 2013, 05:50:36 pm
We have released a new device template today that enables you to control the input selection on any Samsung SmartTV using UPnP over IP. This template also allows you to send Volume up/down & mute commands to your Samsung SmartTV too. See the new Dianemo S wiki page entry below for more details;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Samsung_SmartTV_Input_Switching

To get this update and any other pending ones please run the updater script as described here; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Updating_Dianemo

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update Available - Support for Rako Lighting Control using TCP or UDP
Post by: totallymaxed on March 15, 2013, 10:00:43 am
We have added support for IP control of wired & wireless Rako lighting using any of the current TCP/UDP capable Rako bridges. The standard Rako installation and configuration is all that's needed to enable Dianemo to automatically interrogate the Rako installation and pull that setup into Dianemo. If you have a Rako installation already then just add a Rako UDP Bridge or Rako TCP Bridge device to your Devices Tree in Web Admin, fill in the IP address field for the Rako Bridge you are using and do a reload... The Rako Rooms & channels will be automatically imported from the Rako Bridge and if your Room names match those in the bridge Dianemo even automatically creates scenarios for them too. Once you have Rako lights in your system they just work, and are controlled just like any other type of light. If you have other Rako devices eg Blinds, drapes or other controls then they will work too.

See the new wiki section here for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Rako_Wireless_.26_Wired_Lighting_Control (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Rako_Wireless_.26_Wired_Lighting_Control)

Please update your system as usual to get the update.
Title: Update available - Updated Intel support in AVwizard
Post by: totallymaxed on March 20, 2013, 04:09:53 pm
We've pushed out updated support for Intel in the AVwizard over-night. This fixes and improves handling of HDMI setup in the AVwizard on Intel GPU based systems. The TV's EDID is ignored now, Better handling of HDMI output naming, we handle 1080p better now too and we fixed a bug which mean that xorg.conf was not getting written in certain circumstances and various other small bugs. Upshot is the AVwizard should work much better now on Intel GPU's.

As ever run your update script to update your system with this update and any other pending updates from us or Canonical.

All the best


Andrew
Title: Re: Update available - Logitech Media Server & UpdateMedia further integrated
Post by: bulek on March 23, 2013, 08:58:12 am
We have released an update that further integrates Logitech Media Server into Dianemo. We now use LMS to scan your audio media library and we then read the LMS database for any mp3 tag metadata. UpdatedMedia then uses that meta data directly. This means that Dianemo's internal DB get's better meta data about the audio tracks in your library and remains in sync with LMS now.

Another advantage we get from this tight integration with LMS is the tighter coupling with your iTunes audio library if you are an iTunes user. If you have stored your iTunes library on a storage device that is managed by your Dianemo NC then you will see in your Orbiters exactly the same meta data about your music that iTunes see's as we leverage LMS's ability to read iTunes meta data. This symbiotic relationship with LMS is dynamic in that as LMS scans for new material in your media library Dianemo will see those changes too and your Orbiter's will display them - this applies to music track and also to iTunes Playlists.

I know lot's of you have been asking for better playlist integration and also for a way to get your iTunes playlists into Dianemo... if you're one of those people you will be very happy with this update! If you already have a large number of playlists created in iTunes this allows you to replicate those in your Dianemo Orbiters and use then directly in your Dianemo S system. As you edit playlists in iTunes (or on a iOS device thats sync'd with iTunes) your changes will be picked up by Dianemo (it may take about 10 mins for changes to be reflected in your Orbiters).

Expect further announcements about integration with LMS in the coming months. There will be a new Dianemo S wiki page entry covering LMS integration shortly.

Don't forget to run the updater script regularly to get this update and future ones too.

All the best


Andrew

**Note; Make sure you configure LMS to use your audio media directory otherwise you will not get any meta data.
Hi,

I'm a bit disappointed with this enhancement :-( .

We've lost possibility to sort/browse music collection by filename that we were using for at least few years now. WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) for our system is now much lower.... Any chance that user can retain/select older Audio collection behaviour ?

Right now, beside collection being organized by genre (domestic, foreign, pop,rock, ...) we also have certain directories where kids have stored their own mp3s. They are from different genres - how can I integrate that into collection without using Directory structure ? Can I use any other attribute for that to denote those files for daughter's files that can be easily selected from new interface ?

Regards,

Bulek.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on March 23, 2013, 09:33:20 am
Bulek,

with an original LinuxMCE setup, you could add another genre to all these files, and they could be selected using this additional genre. No idea if that is supported under the Dianemo scheme of things.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bulek on March 24, 2013, 06:59:13 pm
Bulek,

with an original LinuxMCE setup, you could add another genre to all these files, and they could be selected using this additional genre. No idea if that is supported under the Dianemo scheme of things.
Thanks for info... I guess that Dianemo depends on features that are offered by Logitech Media Server and for now, I couldn't find any way to do this... But who knows...

Regards,
Bulek.
Title: Re: Update available - Logitech Media Server & UpdateMedia further integrated
Post by: totallymaxed on March 25, 2013, 05:23:36 pm
Hi,

I'm a bit disappointed with this enhancement :-( .

We've lost possibility to sort/browse music collection by filename that we were using for at least few years now. WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) for our system is now much lower.... Any chance that user can retain/select older Audio collection behaviour ?

Right now, beside collection being organized by genre (domestic, foreign, pop,rock, ...) we also have certain directories where kids have stored their own mp3s. They are from different genres - how can I integrate that into collection without using Directory structure ? Can I use any other attribute for that to denote those files for daughter's files that can be easily selected from new interface ?

Regards,

Bulek.


We should have an update that add's sort by track name in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - Merged Video/Audio Rooms
Post by: totallymaxed on March 25, 2013, 05:32:04 pm
We've released an update that makes it possible to locate a video & audio device in the same room. This enables you to have an MM, SmartTV or other UPnP device in the same Room as your Squeezeslave device allowing you to have the audio from the video stream routed to your Squeezeslave. This is particularly useful if your installation has in-ceiling speakers or other in-built speakers as part of your in-room audio setup.

See the new Dianemo wiki page section here for details; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Merging_Video_.26_Audio_in_a_single_Room (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Merging_Video_.26_Audio_in_a_single_Room)

As usual please run the updater script to make sure your system has the latest updates applied.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - Configuring a Stand-alone Camera Server
Post by: totallymaxed on April 02, 2013, 06:21:59 pm
Sometimes you may have a need to manage your IP cameras on a separate machine instead of your NC. This is usually driven by performance issues on a heavily loaded NC. We have added a section to the Dianemo Wiki that explains the steps required and have pushed out a companion Update that adds scripts to support this type of configuration;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_a_Standalone_Kmotion_based_Camera_Server_to_your_System

As usual please make sure you run the updater script to update your Dianemo installation before you do the above steps in the Wiki.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update Available - ZWave Device binary updated
Post by: totallymaxed on April 06, 2013, 12:44:07 am
We have released an updated ZWave device binary this evening.

Today we discovered a bug in the ZWave device. A very old bug that's been there for a long time. This bug caused commands sent to multiple sleeping devices to be dispatched when a sleeping device woke up, even if the messages weren't meant for it. Those extraneous messages would time out, obviously, and get lost, so their intended target never received them. If three of these timeouts happened in a row then the ZWave DCE device would think that the USB dongle had a problem, so it would soft-reset it. This would cause all pending undelivered messages to get lost.

As usual pleased run the updater script to download and install this update on your System.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update available - New UPnP Devices Page Added to Web Admin
Post by: totallymaxed on April 09, 2013, 04:46:48 pm
We have released an update today that adds a new page to Web Admin that will list the details of all the UPnP devices that are detectable on your Dianemo systems LAN. This means that you can discover, identify and configure UPnP devices now without requiring any external UPnP discovery tools. All that's required now is a Web Browser and Web Admin.

You can find the UPnP Devices page in Web Admin here;

Advanced->Configuration->UPnP Devices

There is also an enhanced and updated Wiki section here to help you use UPnP Devices to configure devices on your system here;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_a_UPnP_Device_To_Your_System (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_a_UPnP_Device_To_Your_System)

As usual please run your Updater script to update your system with the latest Dianemo & Ubuntu updates.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: brent2009 on May 07, 2013, 08:02:27 pm
Is the dianemo website down? I'm unable to access. Thanks.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on May 07, 2013, 08:20:32 pm
Same here. Get an answer but no data.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on May 08, 2013, 03:39:31 pm
Is the dianemo website down? I'm unable to access. Thanks.

Yes it is - apologies for the downtime. We're working on it.

Regards

Andrew
Title: New Dianemo Site
Post by: totallymaxed on May 28, 2013, 03:53:46 pm
We have a shiny new web site up now which hopefully will be hardened against any known exploits... for now at least.

Thanks for your patience.

Andrew
Title: Update Available - New Internet Radio Favourites UI Screens
Post by: totallymaxed on July 08, 2013, 08:12:50 pm
We have released the first of a series of updates that will bring more and better integration with Logitech Media Server's Internet Radio features. Todays update comprises of improved and re-designed UI screens and an optional new UI Skin called 'St Georges' that replaces the 'TV Recordings' button on the 'Dianemo' skin home screen with an 'Internet Radio' button. If you choose the 'St. Georges' Skin and regen after updating your system you will automatically see any Internet Radio favourites you have set-up in LMS displayed in a new UI screen after pressing the 'Internet Radio' button on the Home screen. This new Screen automatically pulls in LMS metadata about the Radio station selected including the station ident cover art for example and the current show cover art in the Player screen.

With the St Georges skin all you need do is regen your Orbiters having selected the new skin, setup some Internet Radio presets in LMS (see the Wiki for details on doing this http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer)) and almost instantly your presets will be visible in your Orbiters directly from the Internet Radio button on the Home screen. If you choose to the Dianemo Skin then you should follow the setup procedure described in the wiki to make an Internet Radio scenario button appear in your systems External Sources menu screen. With either Skin updates or changes to the Internet Radio presets are automatic - No regens are required to see changes (ie like for Music or Videos).

See the attached Orbiter screen shots.

As usual please run the updater as described in the Dianemo S Wiki page to get this latest update and any others that your system may not have received yet. All Dianemo updates are free to all existing Dianemo customers.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Support Added for Triax HMX 8x8V & HMX 4x8V HDMI Matrices
Post by: totallymaxed on July 09, 2013, 02:28:51 pm
We've added support for the new Triax HMX 8x8V & HMX 4x8V IP/Serial Controllable HDMI Matrices to Dianemo. These matrices have built in 5-Play (HDMI, RS232,IR Send/Rec & IP) over a single CAT5 outputs and just require a small receiver in-room. The matrices include POE power supply to power any receivers attached to them. The receivers can be up to 100M away from the the Matrix. Simply add a Device Template #2050 as a child device under the 'Core' in the devices tree.

See more info here on the Triax site; http://www.triax.co.uk/Products/HD%20Distribution.aspx (http://www.triax.co.uk/Products/HD%20Distribution.aspx)

As usual please run the updater as described in the Dianemo S Wiki page to get this latest update and any others that your system may not have received yet. All Dianemo updates are free to all existing Dianemo customers.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Mode eDIN Lighting Control
Post by: totallymaxed on August 02, 2013, 12:52:29 pm
We have released an update today that adds support for Mode Lighting eDIN range of lighting, Blind & Curtain Controls. eDIN is a DIN rail based centralised system that has an IP interface. Dianemo device template #2052 is used to communicate with the eDIN controller. We will be updating the Dianemo wiki page with details of how to configure eDIN based lighting control on your Dianemo system (in the mean time please contact me if you need any details).

As usual please run the Updater script on your NC to receive this and any other pending updates for your system.

Kind regards

Andrew
Title: Update Available - Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-Ray player IP Control
Post by: totallymaxed on August 02, 2013, 04:04:13 pm
We have released an update today that adds support for the Panasonic DMP-BDT130, DMP-BDT220/221, DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT500 & DMP-BBT01 IP controllable Blu-Ray players. Device template #2056 should be added to your Dianemo devices tree to support one of these Panasonic Blu-Ray players. An update to the Dianemo Wiki page will soon detail how to add these devices to your system. Please IM me if you need any details in the mean time.

As ever please run the updater script on your NC to make sure that your system is updated with this update and any that are pending before attempting to use this new capability.

Kind regards

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: tschak909 on August 02, 2013, 06:45:30 pm
Wow. I didn't know the BDT-220 could be controlled via IP, is there a protocol sheet somewhere? :)

-Thom
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 03, 2013, 10:46:39 am
Wow. I didn't know the BDT-220 could be controlled via IP, is there a protocol sheet somewhere? :)

-Thom

Thom - here's the command set for the currently available Panasonics. Basically if the device has an iOS or Android App then you can be sure it's IP controllable. Uplink has a setup that allows him
to sit in the middles between the App and the device and observe whatever codes/protocol is in use. However in this case I found most of the codes via Google. We then just verified them with Uplinks 'man in the middle' rig;

Host: An IP address specific to your device. I went with a static address 192.168.1.201
Port: 80
HTTP POST as follows:
POST /WAN/dvdr/dvdr_ctrl.cgi? HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: MEI-LAN-REMOTE-CALL
Host: 192.168.1.105
Content-Length: [length]

cCMD_RC_[command].x=100&cCMD_RC_[command].y=100
Where you would replace [command] and [length] with the following depending on the action needed:

NOTE: Please note that STOP does not work on my DMP-BDT110 and I am looking for a command for the Display button. Also, if anyone knows of any Status commands, that would be nice to know as well.

Action   [command]   [length]
POWER   POWER   39
OPEN/CLOSE   OP_CL   39
1 (@.)   1D   33
2 (ABC)   2D   33
3 (DEF)   3D   33
4 (GHI)   4D   33
5 (JKL)   5D   33
6 (MNO)    6D   33
7 (PQRS)   7D   33
8 (TUV)   8D   33
9 (WXYZ)   9D   33
0 (-,)   0D   33
* (CANCEL)   CLEAR   39
# ([_])   SHARP   39
SKYPE   SKYPE   39
3-D   3D   33
AUDIO   AUDIOSEL   45
NETFLIX   NETFLIX   43
REWIND <<   REV   35
FAST FWD >>   CUE   35
STOP   STOP   37
PAUSE   PAUSE   39
PLAY >   PLAYBACK   45
REPLAY <    SKIPREV   43
SKIP   SKIPFWD    43
STATUS   DSPSEL   41
EXIT   EXIT    37
POP-UP MENU (TOP MENU)   TITLE   39
VIERA CAST    V_CAST   41
HOME   MLTNAV    41
UP   UP   33
DOWN   DOWN   37
LEFT   LEFT   37
RIGHT   RIGHT   39
OK   SELECT    41
SUBMENU   MENU   37
RETURN   RETURN   41
RED   RED   35
GREEN   GREEN   39
BLUE   BLUE   37
YELLOW   YELLOW   41
PIP   P_IN_P    41
OSD   OSDONOFF   45
(swipe in CW circle)   SHFWD2   41
(swipe in CCW circle)   SHREV2   41
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: tschak909 on August 03, 2013, 07:46:04 pm
WOW! Awesome! Thanks. My parents have a BDT-220, and this would be a total boon!

-Thom
Title: Update Available - Follow Me, Time Code and FF & REW Supported for UPnP devices
Post by: totallymaxed on September 17, 2013, 05:12:10 pm
We have released an update that adds support for 'Follow me', Continued playback from where this movie was last watched to and FF & REW to UPnP devices that support these features. This brings UPnP devices such as Smart TV's & Media Players into line with traditional Media Managers in terms of supporting these key media playback features. In fact CHT, from Sept, is now only recommending Media Managers be used in Home Theatre's where the flexibility of i/o and other connectivity options offer some advantages.

We have tested our new UPnP software with Sony, Panasonic & Samsung Smart TV's, WD Media players and Raspberry Pi's running XBMC (RaspBMC - http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads (http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads)). Other Manufacturers UPnP enabled products may also work too as we interrogate the device now to find out its capabilities. Please let us know your experiences if you have other UPnP based products.

As usual please use the Updater script to download this update and any others that your system may not have installed (including normal Ubuntu updates too).

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bulek on September 20, 2013, 11:40:39 am
Hi,

thanks for info. Does this mean that Raspberry PI with xbmc can be used as a sort of light Media browser/player for Dianemo and that media can be pushed to it ?

How do you find Raspberry PI as media player? Can it cope with videos ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 20, 2013, 12:29:02 pm
Hi,

thanks for info. Does this mean that Raspberry PI with xbmc can be used as a sort of light Media browser/player for Dianemo and that media can be pushed to it ?

How do you find Raspberry PI as media player? Can it cope with videos ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.


Yes installing RaspBMC on a Raspberry Pi essentially converts it into a UPnP media renderer (remember to purchase a video codec license to get accelerated video playback). You just simply add a UPnP device to your NC for each UPnP device you have  and allocate them to rooms just like you would with a Media Manager and your done (see the Dianemo Wiki page for details of how to do this). Once setup you can then push video to the Raspberry Pi from your Orbiter by setting the Orbiter to the room that your Raspberry Pi is in and then browsing to some video - again just like a MM (some video files may not seek on all UPnP devices - it depends on their support in firmware).

Essentially the Raspberry Pi is a way to 'upgrade' an older TV or video projector to have basic SmartTV capabilities. All the UPnP devices i mentioned in my earlier post above work the same way from the Web Admin setup & usage from the Orbiter perspectives. Performance on the Raspberry Pi when playing video with hardware acceleration is excellent and full 1080p.

If you think about it Media Managers or Media Directors these days are rarely used to their full capability ie all that hardware and i/o etc local to the TV for controlling stuff. And of course MM/MD's are complex to setup, have a big energy footprint and are physically huge compared to a Rasperry Pi or a SmartTV. We dont use MM/MD's any more in our commercial installations for this reason.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bulek on September 22, 2013, 10:08:06 am
Hi,

thanks for info. At last, my MD will be replaced with RPi...

- I'd just like to ask if also RPi with 256M of RAM is perfoming ok or do you recomend only 512M of RAM?

- I've read on several places that OpenElec is generally faster than raspbmc. Do you find any problems regarding raspbmc for media play and responsivness of menus ?

- we absolutely love UI2 screensaver on MDs - can something similar be done with RPi ?

- do you have any other plans with RPi - maybe as "light NC" for simpler installations ?

- sometime ago in history (Pluto) I remember that we talked about connecting several systems together (for instance having LMCE installations on several different locations but connect them into "logical entity". Any plans in this direction?
For example, I'd like to have vacation apartment also covered with Dianemo (but much lighter system) and see those devices in my central system at home....

Thanks for great efforts and work,

regards,

Bulek.
 
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 22, 2013, 10:16:17 am
I want to be clear - we are using the Rpi as an UPnP media renderer that we can push video streams to and control. We are not using the Rpi as a traditional MM & MD.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bulek on September 22, 2013, 10:41:18 am
Hi,

I understood right... Thanks for response... In our case, MD was used more or less only as media player, so RPi will fit perfectly in.

I just wonder:
-  if anyone explored possibilities to do few things automatically (change TV input) when media is pushed to it (I know MD can do that and we got spoiled...)
- does it matter how much RAM in RPi (I have quite few of them lying around with 256M RAM and only one with 512M) ?
- raspbmc vs. OpenElec as default OS for RPi ?
- do your clients miss UI2 screensaver ? We do, so I wonder if anyone explored possibilities of something similar on RPi ?

Your experience will help me a lot...

Thanks in advance,

regards,

Bulek.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 22, 2013, 11:16:32 am
Switching inputs automatically could be done but on the TV of course and the Rpi. However the TV has to support it.

As to RAM on Rpi I'm not sure as all ours are 512mb. I've no feedback on which Rpi XBMC Firmware is best.

We have not used UI2 for a longtime so none of our installers customers will have used it. When we still used MM's we decided to used a consistent UI on both MM's and Orbiters and that is UI1 running our Dianemo skin.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - HeatMiser
Post by: totallymaxed on September 27, 2013, 02:50:02 pm
We have released an update today that allows you to interface Dianemo to a Heatmiser  ( http://www.heatmiser.com/index.php/network-products/internet-control (http://www.heatmiser.com/index.php/network-products/internet-control) )heating management/control system. Simply configure your Heatmiser system as you require and then allow Dianemo to automatically pickup all your heating zones/devices. Then use your Orbiters to manage and control your heating.

As usual please use the Updater script to update your system with this update and any pending Ubuntu updates too.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update Available - Updated DCErouter
Post by: totallymaxed on November 11, 2013, 05:55:45 pm
We have released an updated DCErouter package that fixes a number of bugs and allows the router to be more tolerant of certain device conditions. There are no end-user facing changes in this update.

As usual please run the Updater script to update your system with this update and any other pending updates for either Dianemo or Ubuntu.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: tschak909 on November 11, 2013, 06:01:08 pm
What were the changes? would they be of use to LMCE?

-Thom
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on November 11, 2013, 06:27:20 pm
What were the changes? would they be of use to LMCE?

-Thom

Thom - I understand from Uplink that he has already given you access to his tree and the ticket that relates to these changes... all the changes are there. As to whether they will be useful without additional work I cant say.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on November 11, 2013, 10:56:36 pm
Thom,

Radu put the stuff under peoples in case you want to check them out, when you have some spare time.
Title: Update Available - Fix for Spurious DHCP Requests
Post by: totallymaxed on November 14, 2013, 05:22:17 pm
We have released an update today that fixes a long standing and irritating bug that would periodically display spurious Orbiter announcements about new devices having been added to a system. These messages should now only appear when a new IP device is actually added to your system.

This fix was pushed to the LinuxMCE SVN at the same time as this bug has been around since the Pluto days.

As usual please run the Dianemo Software Update script to install this and any pending Dianemo or Ubuntu updates to your NC.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update Available - SqueezeLite and Support for Spotify
Post by: totallymaxed on December 05, 2013, 03:18:24 pm
We have released an update today that adds support for SqueezeLite to Dianemo. SqueezeLite is an alternative to SqueezeSlave (we will continue to support both packages) that supports the Spotifiy plugin too LMS - and that is the main gain you get from choosing it over SqueezeSlave. See the updated 'Adding SqueezeSlave & SqueezeLite Devices' section on the Dianemo Wiki page below for details of configuring SqueezeLites on your system;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_SqueezeSlave_.26_SqueezeLite_Devices (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_SqueezeSlave_.26_SqueezeLite_Devices)

As usual please run the Dianemo Software Update script to install this and any pending Dianemo or Ubuntu updates to your NC.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: bugui on January 06, 2014, 08:24:55 am
Hello Andrew,
Is there some new installer deb ???
the .19version of the dianemo installer hangs then it try to start the installation by mythbuntu repos.

Thanks
Hernan Bugallo
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on February 20, 2014, 03:02:47 pm
Hello Andrew,
Is there some new installer deb ???
the .19version of the dianemo installer hangs then it try to start the installation by mythbuntu repos.

Thanks
Hernan Bugallo

Yes the current version is v1.21 which I've sent to you.

Andrew
Title: Update Available - CM15A Device Template
Post by: totallymaxed on February 20, 2014, 03:24:39 pm
We have added a new device template (Template ID 2059) for the CM15A X10 USB interface today. If you use X10 then I think you'll be very interested in this update. Anyone who has contacted me re the CM15A in recent months should also find this update addresses any problems they may have reported.

As usual please run the Updater script to update your system with this update and any others that are waiting to be applied (Dianemo or Ubuntu).

All the best

Andrew
Title: Update: CHT Announce Crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube
Post by: totallymaxed on March 10, 2014, 01:32:50 pm
We've launched a Crowdcube campaign to raise funding to expand sales in both our existing lines of business and to move into new ones. We're hoping to attract a wide range of investors, both small & large, to invest in CHT as we expand the business. If this sounds of interest to you then please visit our Crowdcube page below - and please feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel night also be interested;

http://www.crowdcube.com/investment/convergent-home-technologies-14097

If you have questions about our Crowdcube campaign or about anything else related to Dianemo/CHT please post them in this thread. If you've registered on the Crowdcube site then you can also aks questions there too.

Thanks for your time.

Andrew
Title: Update Available - Use a Vera Lite or Vera 2 as your Zwave Interface
Post by: totallymaxed on March 21, 2014, 02:07:40 pm
We have released an update that enables you to add a Vera Lite as your Zwave interface. We support the following Vera models;

*Vera 2
*Vera Lite

You can add a Vera that you may already own, and that has already has been configured, and has Zwave devices included to it and they will automatically be detected and added as Dianemo Zwave devices in the device tree. You can also take a new Vera and configure it from scratch and then add it to your system too. See the Wiki entry below for the steps you need to follow to add a Vera to your system as your Zwave interface;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_A_Vera_Lite_to_you_System

As usual please run the Updater script to download and install this update and any previous Dianemo or Ubuntu updates your system may not have had installed yet.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Update Available - Use a Vera Lite or Vera 2 as your Zwave Interface
Post by: acald on April 22, 2014, 03:05:45 pm
Does this mean that LinuxMCE/Dianemo will be able to control Zwave encryption items? Specifically door locks?

In this scenario, does the Vera issue the commands to the ZWave devices or does the Dianemo box.


We have released an update that enables you to add a Vera Lite as your Zwave interface. We support the following Vera models;

*Vera 2
*Vera Lite

You can add a Vera that you may already own, and that has already has been configured, and has Zwave devices included to it and they will automatically be detected and added as Dianemo Zwave devices in the device tree. You can also take a new Vera and configure it from scratch and then add it to your system too. See the Wiki entry below for the steps you need to follow to add a Vera to your system as your Zwave interface;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Adding_A_Vera_Lite_to_you_System

As usual please run the Updater script to download and install this update and any previous Dianemo or Ubuntu updates your system may not have had installed yet.

All the best

Andy

Title: Re: Update Available - Use a Vera Lite or Vera 2 as your Zwave Interface
Post by: totallymaxed on April 29, 2014, 06:01:49 pm
Does this mean that LinuxMCE/Dianemo will be able to control Zwave encryption items? Specifically door locks?

In this scenario, does the Vera issue the commands to the ZWave devices or does the Dianemo box.

As mentioned on the wiki we currently only support lighting & heating devices from Dianemo via Vera. As far as i know Vera does support Zwave encryption and therefore Zwave locks should work (Please check with Vera to verify that your locks are supported though). If the Vera supports a particular type of ZWave class or type of device then we can support it by adding a new device template in Dianemo. If you need door lock support then we would be happy to add this support if you are willing to help with your time & access to the Zwave Door lock hardware.

All the best

Andrew
Title: Dianemo Wiki page updated
Post by: totallymaxed on May 12, 2014, 04:15:58 pm
Just a note to say that the Dianemo Wiki page has been updated with additional information relating to the control of TV's and Smart TV's;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#TV_Control_In_Summary

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Spotify Premium Support
Post by: totallymaxed on May 15, 2014, 03:40:05 pm
Dianemo has been updated so that it now supports the Spotify Premium streaming service. This is a much requested feature. You can now access your Top 100 list and your saved Playlists directly from the Dianemo iOS App and have that stream playback in any audio enabled room or in multiple rooms simultaneously.

All Dianemo updates are free to existing customers. As usual please use the Dianemo update script to update your system with this update and any others that may not have been applied yet.

If your a fan of Spotify Premium you will want to get this update! We hope this increases your enjoyment of your Dianemo system.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview
Post by: totallymaxed on August 01, 2014, 11:36:52 am
Here is a sneak peek at our exciting new Orbiter UI that's currently in development. The first image is of the audio media browser screen, the second of the Sky Box STB control screen (all screen-shots are of live working screens and are not mockups). The UI is built using HTML 5 which makes it much easier to build and design for than with our standard UI. HTML 5 also allows for dynamic UI elements like sliders, scrollable lists and other animated controls too. Customising and localising the UI, using standard HTML5 page layout tools, will be much easier too and the UI does not require any regens either.

Please note this is work in progress and our standard UI may change before we release this. All customers will receive the new UI as a free update when it is released later this year.
Title: Reminder - Getting Support or Special Configuration Consulting for your System
Post by: totallymaxed on August 06, 2014, 02:40:31 pm
We've had a few inquiries recently that have hi-lighted some possible confusion about support & configuration. So I thought I'd post something on this here;

Support is always handled via the Forum (not this thread though). The best way is to post your question/issue in the appropriate section of the Forum making sure to add 'Dianemo -' to the title of you post so that lmce users can differentiate them from posts relating to lmce.  If its something you need an urgent response to the pm me too please. Support is always free of charge,

If you need help configuring your system, adding devices, creating a new device so that your system can interact with a new, but currently unsupported, piece of 3rd party hardware or anything else where you require us to carry out configuration/setup for you then please PM me directly. This type of activity falls under the category of Consulting and is a charged for service. Generally speaking in most cases we will be able to provide you with a fixed cost for whatever you require. However in some cases it may be impossible to price the assistance you need on a fixed price basis due to either complexity or because other factors outside our control will affect the work thats needed. In these cases we will charge you in stages until the job is completed (at anytime you can cancel further work). We always try to minimise any consulting costs to you. All Consulting fees, whether fixed, or staged must be paid in advance before we commence work.

If you have further questions then please contact me via pm here on the forum.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
Post by: totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:48:53 pm
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.
Title: Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
Post by: totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:51:52 pm
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.
Title: Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview **New Images**
Post by: totallymaxed on August 22, 2014, 04:53:26 pm
This image and the ones that follow show updated screen captures from our new HTML5 Orbiter. Updated graphics and layouts and both landscape & portrait orientations of the same screen to show how the Orbiter dynamically adapts the layout based on orientation.

Did you spot the bug in this screen and the previous one...?
Title: Announcing - Athena Orbiter & UI Layer Alpha Program
Post by: totallymaxed on August 27, 2014, 09:19:42 am
The new Athena Orbiter & UI layer is a complete re-imagining of how the Dianemo UI is engineered, designed & updated. We started with a clean 'sheet' of paper when engineering the Athena UI layer and it is all new code from the ground up. Athena in fact is the internal name for a project that will deliver a number of new technologies for Dianemo that we will be rolling out in the future, the Athena Orbiter & UI layer is just the first.

This video shows the basic Athena Orbiter in action on a live Dianemo system; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0)

The Athena Orbiter & UI Layer are still in development and we expect to release them in the latter part of Q4 this year. In preparation for release we are looking for a small number of brave 'Alpha' testers who will be given access to early alpha releases of Athena. Please bare in mind that these releases will be alpha code ie they may well be unstable and break periodically (or frequently!) and we can offer no commitment to direct support for these releases during the alpha testing phase. We are looking to hear from you about your experience with these alpha builds though and your feedback will contribute to shaping the final release version. You must have a Dianemo installation to take part in the Athena alpha program.

If you are interested in participating as part of the Athena alpha program please PM me here on the forum.

Thank you

Andy

Athena Orbiter & UI Background
The Athena UI itself is built using industry standard HTML5. This makes it incredibly easy to customise using standard HTML5 markup and tools. In fact if you are familiar with HTML5 then a text editor is all you need to customise the design or layout of any Orbiter screen. Any graphics App that can output a gif or jpeg file is all you need to adapt or modify any of the graphical assets used in the standard Athena UI pack.

The standard Athena UI files are all located in a directory structure on the NerveCentre and all the HTML5 source files for the Orbiter include plenty of embedded notes on modifying the various sections of each file. No deep knowledge of the underlying system is needed to modify or create a new Athena UI skin either. Creating a new UI skin for Dianemo has never been this easy before, make a change, refresh the screen and its there - no UI Regens are required.

The new Athena Orbiter & UI layer will, we hope,  open up Dianemo UI design and customisation to a much wider audience than ever before. The Athena UI is targeted for release during last quarter of 2014 and will be a free update for all current Dianemo customers.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on August 28, 2014, 03:57:19 pm
Nice interface. Nice video. Next time *I* would love to have it a bit louder :)
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on August 28, 2014, 04:19:34 pm
Nice interface. Nice video. Next time *I* would love to have it a bit louder :)

Noted :-)

...and new video posted with better sound levels ;-)
Title: CHT Launches Kickstarter Campaign to fund Open Source Dianemo
Post by: totallymaxed on September 03, 2014, 03:29:34 pm
We want to make Open Source Dianemo available to anyone who wants a Home Automation system or solution and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the engineering effort to do so;

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/937136250/open-source-edition-of-dianemo-smart-home (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/937136250/open-source-edition-of-dianemo-smart-home)

If we reach our goal we aim to ship the first Open Source Dianemo release in May/June 2015.

We need your support so please back us if you can and spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign in anyway way you can - facebook, twitter, forums. Even if you can't afford to back us then just making sure the word gets out there about our Kickstarter campaign to anyone you know is incredibly helpful - bloggers, writers, journalists...even your aunty and all her friends. Please spread the word for us - we appreciate any help that you can give.

If you have questions that aren't covered by our information section on Kichstarter you can either post them here or in the FAQ section on our Kickstarter campaign page at the url above.

Best regards and thanks for any help you can give.

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 03, 2014, 06:55:20 pm
Good luck with it.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 03, 2014, 08:37:43 pm
Good luck with it.

Thanks Posde.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 06, 2014, 08:51:22 am
This can be a very good development. Certainly interested!

Some initial questions that arise are:

1) what is the license going to be? GPL3?

2) what will be the business model afterwards (so people know what to expect of the continued support)

3) what are the next steps / progressions we can expect from your team once the kickstarter project is done

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 06, 2014, 09:15:05 am
30 days seems a short period compared to other campaigns...
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 06, 2014, 11:29:56 am
 * the specs of the hardware offered are not listed in the pdf
 * pledges could include more core variations (also be able to include bigger drive)
 * can include MD's and other basic homeautomation stuff so people buy a full experience
 * stretch goals?
 * maybe some kind of closed/paid forum only accessible to paying users. One can get access to when pledging more then an x amount. (this forum can guarantee a response time of one hour during business hours). Also more extensive help documentation can be part of this
 * paid backup option of configuration & database (maybe also of data, donno if that can be done efficiently if multiple users have the same data/media)
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 09, 2014, 05:29:16 pm
This can be a very good development. Certainly interested!

Some initial questions that arise are:

1) what is the license going to be? GPL3?

2) what will be the business model afterwards (so people know what to expect of the continued support)

3) what are the next steps / progressions we can expect from your team once the kickstarter project is done

All elements of Open Dianemo which we use and distribute under open licenses (GPL, MIT etc) will continue to be available under these licenses. Some components of Open Dianemo code (yet to be defined) will be released under GPLv3. Key software components (again yet to be defined but likely to be the Athena Orbiter, Athena media layer and other components that support these) will be released under a Dianemo Public License. The Dianemo Public License will enable a free for personal use version (source code will be provided for all components) but restrict a corporation or reseller/installer from taking the code and re-branding it and or selling and distributing it without our consent (gained by paying the appropriate licensing fee).

We hope the above strikes a reasonable balance that allows anyone to do what they want with Open Dianemo personally and if they want to do something commercial then we will have a range of licensing options for those people too.

We will support the code base as we do now and will provide a mechanism for code to be contributed back too. How code contributions from outside to the DPL code elements will be handled is still being worked out but we will have a mechanism for that too. Updates will be pushed out, again as we do now, and any user with an installation will be able to access those updates.

We will be announcing some enhanced goals for Open Dianemo in the coming weeks - initially mostly driven by our internal needs as a company. This will provide a predictable development path to all. We will also encourage development from the community and we will have a process through which community engineered code/fixes will be integrated back into builds.

All the best


Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 09, 2014, 05:31:38 pm
30 days seems a short period compared to other campaigns...

Your right it is. But there are many other Kickstarter Projects that choose that period length - and we chose to at least see how that length worked for us. Possibly its too short I agree - but we felt we needed to test whether it was or not.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 09, 2014, 05:38:15 pm
* the specs of the hardware offered are not listed in the pdf
 * pledges could include more core variations (also be able to include bigger drive)
 * can include MD's and other basic homeautomation stuff so people buy a full experience
 * stretch goals?
 * maybe some kind of closed/paid forum only accessible to paying users. One can get access to when pledging more then an x amount. (this forum can guarantee a response time of one hour during business hours). Also more extensive help documentation can be part of this
 * paid backup option of configuration & database (maybe also of data, donno if that can be done efficiently if multiple users have the same data/media)

There are some good ideas in your list for sure. Thanks i will pass those on for discussion. Some kind of closed support forum is a possibility - however our preference currently is for us to provide some support/config services to Open Dianemo users who are setting up a system for themselves. But this may need more detailed thought still. A paid for backup service for media/content is of course technically feasible - but dependent on what a user is doing with her/his system ie lots of rips, bluerays etc etc those backups could be enormous - and restoring them could be equally lengthy. Backing up configs is definitely doable though and may well become a service we offer.

Thanks again for the ideas and suggestions - much appreciated.

All the best

Andy

Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 09, 2014, 08:07:31 pm
All elements of Open Dianemo which we use and distribute under open licenses (GPL, MIT etc) will continue to be available under these licenses. Some components of Open Dianemo code (yet to be defined) will be released under GPLv3. Key software components (again yet to be defined but likely to be the Athena Orbiter, Athena media layer and other components that support these) will be released under a Dianemo Public License. The Dianemo Public License will enable a free for personal use version (source code will be provided for all components) but restrict a corporation or reseller/installer from taking the code and re-branding it and or selling and distributing it without our consent (gained by paying the appropriate licensing fee).

We hope the above strikes a reasonable balance that allows anyone to do what they want with Open Dianemo personally and if they want to do something commercial then we will have a range of licensing options for those people too.

After all this experience with this beast do you really think that someone that just takes it and rebrands it will last long? I think that if you would get some companies willing to spend the time to get to know this system they will also automatically contribute. If it is GPL they have to. Otherwise why go to them and not go to the people who really understand the product. If it is going to be such a personal license again I am afraid it will be the same strange situation as with linuxmce. In any case stating properly in the proposal what it will be is a good idea I suppose.

Also I wondered what it can mean for Linuxmce. If all pluto parts were to be actually opensource by replacing them with gpl and it would also be integrated into linuxmce than this project would also benefit and linuxmce users might also be interested to donate. Maybe an additional pledge is possible there?

I am not sure if it is possible but maybe some porting of for example the orbiter to linuxmce would also be of value. I suppose the devs can say more about that.

After a quick search on google I did not notice any references to the kickstarter campaign. I think that if you want to really get this going a fresh launch together with a push to some proper news sites/stations is required (maybe you already did that and I just did not find it or they just did not publish it). You really want momentum to get this going and seeing the limited response this far on the forum I think another angle might be required to get the lmce community running ;-)

all the best.
E.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 10, 2014, 04:40:59 pm
After all this experience with this beast do you really think that someone that just takes it and rebrands it will last long? I think that if you would get some companies willing to spend the time to get to know this system they will also automatically contribute. If it is GPL they have to. Otherwise why go to them and not go to the people who really understand the product. If it is going to be such a personal license again I am afraid it will be the same strange situation as with linuxmce. In any case stating properly in the proposal what it will be is a good idea I suppose.

Also I wondered what it can mean for Linuxmce. If all pluto parts were to be actually opensource by replacing them with gpl and it would also be integrated into linuxmce than this project would also benefit and linuxmce users might also be interested to donate. Maybe an additional pledge is possible there?

I am not sure if it is possible but maybe some porting of for example the orbiter to linuxmce would also be of value. I suppose the devs can say more about that.

After a quick search on google I did not notice any references to the kickstarter campaign. I think that if you want to really get this going a fresh launch together with a push to some proper news sites/stations is required (maybe you already did that and I just did not find it or they just did not publish it). You really want momentum to get this going and seeing the limited response this far on the forum I think another angle might be required to get the lmce community running ;-)

all the best.
E.

Again all good comments, suggestions & observations.

We do need a licensable version as we already have some relationships where we provide Dianemo on that basis to pro-installers etc.

Andy
Title: New - Dianemo & LMCE Configuration Packs
Post by: totallymaxed on September 10, 2014, 05:08:19 pm
I will post more on this either later today or tomorrow (11/09/2014) but I wanted to get something up here today;

We have taken a selection of real world installations for different sized properties and can remotely install these on your system for you. The configurations cover properties such as to name a few;

- One Bed Apartment
- Two Bed Apartment
- 2 Bed House
- 4 Bed House
- 6 Bed House

Each have audio/tv/media configured for relevant rooms, audio cards vistualised, SqueezeLite devices, Upnp Media Players or SmartTV's, Room names and other options set, scenarios setup and working etc and a whole load of other configuration items all ready to go.

The idea behind these packs is to take a big chunk of the configuration effort away so that you can focus more on the details or in some cases just 'the living' part of the equation ;-). Although in some cases the pack you choose may be all you need to configure, and so after installation you will be pretty much ready to go, for most there will still be a need for some additional configuration. However even if you still need to do some additional configuration after a Configuration Pack was installed, you will still be up and running much more quickly than you would be starting from scratch.

We will install your chosen pack by remote assistance at an agreed time, and then will notify you when the installation is complete. After a Pack has been installed for you, it can be backed up in the normal way, and then re-installed again later if need be by you. Installing a Configuration Pack will over write any existing configuration you have already carried out so please backup your installation if you want to keep that config.

I will outline full pricing on the Packs later but they start at an introductory price of $79 USD for the One Bed Apartment Pack.

Initially we will only have Dianemo compatible Packs available but we are working on LMCE versions too. Some LMCE Configuration Pack's should be available in the next few weeks - so please let me know which Packs you would be interested in.

Anyway PM me if you are interested or have any questions regarding the Packs (**we will also have some discounted bundle pricing when you purchase a Pack + Dianemo License)

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: hari on September 11, 2014, 06:54:58 pm
All elements of Open Dianemo which we use and distribute under open licenses (GPL, MIT etc) will continue to be available under these licenses. Some components of Open Dianemo code (yet to be defined) will be released under GPLv3. Key software components (again yet to be defined but likely to be the Athena Orbiter, Athena media layer and other components that support these) will be released under a Dianemo Public License. The Dianemo Public License will enable a free for personal use version (source code will be provided for all components) but restrict a corporation or reseller/installer from taking the code and re-branding it and or selling and distributing it without our consent (gained by paying the appropriate licensing fee).
Don't forget the Pluto Public License'd parts..
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 11, 2014, 07:41:06 pm
I think the idea is, that all the PPL parts get replaced.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 11, 2014, 08:27:42 pm
I think the idea is, that all the PPL parts get replaced.

That's correct.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 12, 2014, 08:22:41 pm
That's correct.
Does that mean we will also have linuxmce without any more constrictions? I think that might interest more users here. Any LMCE users interested?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 13, 2014, 01:11:29 am
Why should a private entity care if it is PPL or GPL? For Joe Doe the PPL does not put any restriction to the use of LinuxMCE
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 13, 2014, 01:08:29 pm
Why should a private entity care if it is PPL or GPL? For Joe Doe the PPL does not put any restriction to the use of LinuxMCE

I thought you are not allowed to supply LinuxMCE installations without a license from Pluto?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 13, 2014, 02:18:58 pm
The restriction of the PPL is that you cannot use LMCE commercially. There is no restriction to your personal use however.

With the DPL we will have a range of commercial licenses available. Some will be designed for small companies or private individuals that want to build a business around Dianemo and some will be designed for larger companies. And of
course there will be no restrictions at all to non-commercial use.

We feel that's a big improvement on what we have currently.

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: posde on September 13, 2014, 02:19:23 pm
Any person can intall LinuxMCE for personal use without the need for a license. Anyone that wants to make money from it, needs a license.
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 13, 2014, 08:00:07 pm
I understand that you feel you need to protect it. However I don't think that it will really take of quickly if it is not really open. My feeling saids we need some companies like yours or in other areas (and preferably bigger) that really support and push forward the system. I think it's to risky business wise to build on software like this if it is not really open (and no big company supporting it, and even those fuck up most of the time in the long run somewhere). It could work if the base is open (like linuxmce and you have some nice add-ons that make it more smooth but the basic should function.

However since the relative little response here in the community I suppose most here are cheapskates not willing to donate even one penny to make it really open. Never expected it to be that way. The only excuse is that it is not clearly stated that your work will make linuxmce also get rid of the current constrictions (and to me that is also still not clear).
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 15, 2014, 03:58:35 pm
I understand that you feel you need to protect it. However I don't think that it will really take of quickly if it is not really open. My feeling saids we need some companies like yours or in other areas (and preferably bigger) that really support and push forward the system. I think it's to risky business wise to build on software like this if it is not really open (and no big company supporting it, and even those fuck up most of the time in the long run somewhere). It could work if the base is open (like linuxmce and you have some nice add-ons that make it more smooth but the basic should function.

However since the relative little response here in the community I suppose most here are cheapskates not willing to donate even one penny to make it really open. Never expected it to be that way. The only excuse is that it is not clearly stated that your work will make linuxmce also get rid of the current constrictions (and to me that is also still not clear).

We want Open Dianemo to be as 'open' as we can make it while balancing the commercial side of our business. The challenges of just using GPLv3 for the whole of Dianemo are many - we've already had some experience of other companies trying to re-sell Dianemo as theirs. So there is some resistance to opening that flood gate (it might only be a trickle ;-)...but that might still be pretty damaging commercially). If we were a large business that could just 'out develop' any competitor that came along and used forked a GPLv3 Open Dianemo release then that would be ok. But we could find that a relatively well funded competitor took our source and built a competing product using it - that could leave us in a situation where we loose.

We're doing our best to find a middle ground and I think we have a pretty good one right now. We will Open Source something like 80% (a rough estimate...could be more or a little less) of the code and place the remainder under a new DPL. If you make code changes to the GPL parts of Open Dianemo then those changes will remain Open. If you make changes to the DPL parts of Dianemo then those changes would remain under the DPL, but accessible freely for non-commercial use. The only restriction on the DPL will be for commercial use - and we will have a range of commercial licensing options for all sizes of business. Those options will span everything from a one person 'mom & pop' sized business up to big commercial partners. The licensing costs for the 'small guy' will be very reasonable indeed - we want those businesses to exist and thrive. There are many forum members that have wanted to build businesses around Dianemo over the years - and i mean considerably more than 250+ over the years, we've always had to turn them away as we could not offer them a commercially viable (for them) deal. So that will change completely. The licensing deals will  increase in price based on the scale & type of business that needs the license. But for everyone else there will be a free and open version they can do whatever they want with - and if anyone subsequently wants to build a business off the back of their private use/experience of Open Dianemo then at any time they can do that, simply by getting a commercial license at the price point that fits their business size.

I think that will be seen by most people as reasonable - at least I hope so.

An we would welcome LMCE taking our Open Dianemo source and integrating it with the LMCE code base. Yes there would be that approx. 20% that would be DPL but for personal use that would have no impact at all.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Esperanto on September 15, 2014, 05:26:31 pm
An we would welcome LMCE taking our Open Dianemo source and integrating it with the LMCE code base. Yes there would be that approx. 20% that would be DPL but for personal use that would have no impact at all.

What I meant was replace the LMCE parts so that LMCE will be totally open. We already have a personal license.

Looking at the state of the current kickstarter campaign fills me with nothing but sadness. Either something is wrong with what is communicated or it is not communicated through enough channels. Can any of the (linuxmce&dianemo) users here comment why they don't support it and what would make them change their mind and start backing the project???
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on September 15, 2014, 06:47:04 pm
What I meant was replace the LMCE parts so that LMCE will be totally open. We already have a personal license.

Looking at the state of the current kickstarter campaign fills me with nothing but sadness. Either something is wrong with what is communicated or it is not communicated through enough channels. Can any of the (linuxmce&dianemo) users here comment why they don't support it and what would make them change their mind and start backing the project???

Well that's kind of what I meant too re bringing code back into LMCE.

Re the lack of backers on Kickstarter - we've actually had a lot of feedback via email and of course none of that is visible on Kickstarter. Of course we'd have loved for the current Kickstarter project to have got backed by thousands of people. But if we don't meet our goal then we will put together a new Kickstarter project with a different set of goals and a range of other changes too. So yes it's frustrating but it's also a great lesson too.

I'd obvious be very pleased if forum members post their views on our Kickstarter here as you suggested. Any and all perspectives/views will be listened to and welcomed.

All the best

Andy

PS Any suggestions re the current, or indeed future, Kickstarter campaigns would be best posted here in this thread so that everyone can see them. I've had some PM's from quite a few people - I appreciate your input very much. But can i ask that if you have any positive or negative suggestions (keep it clean please ;-) ) then please post them here unless they also contain anything private. Thanks.
Title: New Athena Orbiter & UI Layer Screenshots
Post by: totallymaxed on September 24, 2014, 03:35:32 pm
I've posted a few new images of ongoing Athena UI Skin development to our Facebook page. In the past I've posted images like these here directly, but this time I'm testing just posting a link to the Facebook post instead (feedback welcomed on this);

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465?hc_location=timeline

In the new screenshots you will see we've added new icons for Lighting & Climate at the far right-hand end of the icon bar. The second image shows a 'work in-progress' screenshot of the lighting screen complete with dynamic sliders for dimming lights. I'll be posting more of these in the coming weeks as things develop.

As ever if you have any questions about Dianemo or Athena please post them here and i will do my best to answer them.

All the best

Andy
Title: New Athena Orbiter & UI Layer - Media Playback
Post by: totallymaxed on September 26, 2014, 05:04:56 pm
Just in time for your weekend enjoyment we've posted another demo video of the Athena UI in action. This time my co-worker Steve is demoing our newly added support for video media browsing & playback controls. This time we're also demonstrating the fact that the Athena Orbiter can be accessed from any modern web browser by doing the demo on a MacBook in Safari.

We'll be uploading more videos in the next few weeks as we implement more of the Athena UI. If you have any questions about the Athena UI or any other aspect of Dianemo please post them hear.

http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ (http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ)

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo - Dianemo Pro Home Automation for just $159 USD
Post by: totallymaxed on September 30, 2014, 01:23:31 pm
Dianemo Professional Home Automation 2015
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Note: Orders normally get processed within 60 mins and your installer + license key will be sent by return email after your payment has been confirmed. All orders should be sent to inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com **please include your Paypal details** and we will send you a Paypal payment request by return.

We have 3 new affordable way's to get started with Dianemo that allow you get a license with email support, to try before you buy and spread the cost over a year or get your system remotely configured by us . All options include a full license too.

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Dianemo X86 Trial to buy ($60 USD non-refundable) :- You get a full copy of Dianemo to test for 30 days. If you decide Dianemo+ is not for you within the 30 day period we simply disable your license and you have no more to pay (initial $60 is not refundable). If you decide to keep Dianemo+ then we charge you for an 11 month Dianemo+ subscription @ $30 per month (billed monthly). At the end of 11 months you own the license (and can keep it and use it without additional costs) and there is no obligation to continue with the Dianemo+ subscription service.

Note: If after paying your initial $60 USD you do decide to keep Dianemo, after your trial period, then you can choose to pay for the remaining 11 months subscription upfront, instead of monthly. If you do that you only pay an additional $300 USD (a $30 USD savings over paying monthly).

Subscriber Benefits - wiki & support via email.

To order Dianemo+ Trial to buy please email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo+ Trial to buy' in the subject line and your name & Paypal email address in the body of the email.

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Our remote configuration service makes professional home automation accessible to anyone. Our basic configuration service (3 hours of remote configuration is included in your purchase price) will cover all the basic configuration needed to get your installation working, and will provide you with easy to copy setups/configs, that you can use to carry on configuring your system yourself.

Watch this video of Dianemo being used to select a movie from the Movie Library and stream it to a SmartTV and control the TV using HDMI-CEC control; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0)

To order please email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo Professional' in the subject line and your name & Paypal email address in the body of the email.

Dianemo is a great value & powerful solution for anyone wanting to build their own multi-zone audio & video media Smart home system. We provide Remote Configuration by one of our support team to get your system basically configured and working. All Dianemo systems also include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS (when available) and are infinitely expandable without limitation to cater for your future needs.

**See the Dianemo FAQ at the bottom of this post. PM me here or email any other questions to; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com **

LinuxMCE Remote Support - we are now offering LinuxMCE users our remote support service to help get their systems configured or just plain working. If you've had problems getting LinuxMCE installed and configured in the past or have LinuxMCE installed but are having specific problems then get some expert support that's dedicated to helping you. Cureently if you purchase 2 Hours of support we will give you a 3rd Hour FREE OF CHARGE. This is a great deal so order now and you can use your support hours at any time in the future.

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System Design or Configuration  - If your planning to install Dianemo in your home and would like some help with the planning of your installation then please get in touch. Alternatively if you'd like some help configuring your system in anyway then we can help you by using Remote Assistance. For either of these services or if you have a question regarding Dianemo please get in touch via PM here or email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

The all new Athena Orbiter UI - coming as an update to all Dianemo systems in Dec 2014
You can see our new Athena Orbiter in action here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0)

and also our latest updates here;

http://youtu.be/t9WoMW7gY3c (http://youtu.be/t9WoMW7gY3c)

and...

http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ (http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ)

...and a first video of the new Athena iOS App;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4 (http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4)

NEW - Responsive lighting control widgets implemented in the Athena HTML5 UI;
http://youtu.be/U8ioItuEpiM (http://youtu.be/U8ioItuEpiM)

Note: all offers are available world wide to non commercial customers ie if your a pro-installer you do not qualify. If you are a Pro Home Automation Installer or plan to setup a business in that area please contact me.

All Offers must be paid for by Paypal (no other payments accepted).

All the best


Andy

Dianemo FAQ Section

Q: What is your Remote Assistance Configuration Service?
A: You complete the basic installation of Dianemo using our simple installer. We then provide up to 5 hours of our secure Remote Assistance from one of our support engineers to get your System configured in any way you like. This is essentially the service we sell as an extra cost item to Pro Smart Home Installers. Our Support Engineer can securely access your Dianemo Web Admin & ssh Terminal to get your system configured. You then can disable Remote Assistance again in Web Admin to disable our access.

Q: Why should I choose Dianemo over LinuxMCE?
A: Most of our home users choose Dianemo because they simply want a working system as quickly as possible and with the least amount of effort & fuss. Dianemo gets you there quickly because that's what we as a company have focussed on. Many of you will probably value that too. Pro installers certainly do - if they want to build a profitable business and have happy customers. The current phase of Dianemo's development is more about adding advanced features and simplifying how UI's are built for Orbiters. Some home users are looking for this too - as again are Pro Installers. If you are more focussed on the process of getting your system working, and your enjoyment is centred in that process, then LinuxMCE is probably what you should go for.

Q: Do I get all the same features in Dianemo that Pro Installers get?
A: Yes 100%. Pro Installers simply get a different package of support services from us that is designed to support their installation businesses. That is why Pro Installers pay a very considerably higher license fee. In many cases Pro Installers also purchase our hardware products which have Dianemo pre-installed on them and are pre-configured to suit the customer installation they are destined for.

Q: How easy is Dianemo to install?
A: The simple answer is incredibly easy. I can't remember the last time we had to help a customer install Dianemo on their hardware in fact. Just follow the simple process described on the Dianemo Wiki page and that's it ( http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS) ). And with the Configuration Package, that is part of this special offer, you only need to do the basic install and you can then let us do the basic configuration for you (you may have to plug some hardware in eg a Camera or SmartTV etc).

Q: Will Dianemo Install on my hardware?
A: Almost certainly yes. If you can boot your hardware with a Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop LiveCD ( See here; http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso (http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso) ) then Dianemo is definitely compatible with your hardware.

Q: What happens if I do hit a problem on installation?
A: If you do have any problems then contact me and we will help resolve the problem for you.

Q: How is the Remote Assistance Configuration Package different to your normal support?
A: The Configuration Package that we are offering as an extra cost optional service is for 1:1 personalised configuration of your system carried out remotely by one of our support team. Its as close to having an installer visit your house as we can get without actually visiting your house. Our Remote Configuration package is an added value provided with this current special offer and should not be confused with our normal product support, which is where we answer or resolve questions after you purchase your Dianemo system. Product support is always free via this forum for any Dianemo customer.

Q: When can the configuration be carried out?
A: We will schedule a time with you after discussing what you need configured. Usually the work is completed in a single session of 4 hours but if required can be split over 2 or 3 sessions too. There is no time limit to limit to when we configure your Dianemo system - it might be immediately (support engineer availability permitting) or at any time that suits you.

Q: What can be configured?
A: Pretty much anything - Security Camera, Streaming Audio, Virtualized Sound Cards, Internet Radio stations. Basically anything that will help you get your system up and working for you.

Q: How much can be configured in 5 Hours?
A: A lot. But it does depend on what you'd like to have configured. eg Security Cameras can be quickly configured in say 20-30 mins per camera if you choose a make/model that we have experience of (see the Dianemo Wiki page). If its a new make/model of camera that we haven't worked on before then it might take longer. Internet Radio is normally about a 30 min task for example. While adding an iOS/Web Orbiter takes about 25 mins and a SmartTV about 40 mins. Good planning and preparation is important to maximise the value you get from our engineers time ie make sure you have all your Security Cameras available and that any cabling or connections have been made (our engineer will obviously need your input for anything physical).

Q: Can I still configure and customise my Dianemo system myself?
A: Yes absolutely. Dianemo is as customisable as LinuxMCE and no area of the system is blocked or hidden from you in any way. Dianemo is supported and developed by CHT and has been optimised to make it simpler and easier to configure and setup 'out of the box' by you. Our Configuration Package, that comes free with this offer, simply provides you with access to a skilled installation engineer who will make the configuration process even easier for you.
Title: Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC Firmware
Post by: totallymaxed on October 14, 2014, 01:17:43 pm
We've taken your feedback on-board regarding our original Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware images and we have moved over to a new installer for Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware. Now you just install Raspbmc on an SD card and then run the installer from the booted card to install - and that's it. Any customer who has an original firmware image and would like the new installer should contact me.

We have updated installation instructions for the new installer here;

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/)

If you have any questions related to Raspbmc-CEC then contact me here; help@ellipticalcurve.com

Thanks

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: Newguy2 on October 24, 2014, 10:44:58 pm
Totallymaxed, I am aware of your stance on UI2, but is UI2 WITH alpha blending even a option in dianemo setups?
Title: Re: Dianemo S from CHT - Ubuntu 12.04LTS Release Now Shipping World Wide!
Post by: totallymaxed on October 24, 2014, 11:47:30 pm
Totallymaxed, I am aware of your stance on UI2, but is UI2 WITH alpha blending even a option in dianemo setups?

Media managers can be configured with with UI2 with alpha blending without any problem. But all of our current UI skins are only implemented for UI1 without Alpha. So this would mean that if you were to configure an MM with UI2 + alpha you would find that there were no UI skins that would provide all of the screens and UI2 menu items you would need to interact with all of Dianemo's latest features. Of course you could build your own UI2 + alpha skins that fully implement the missing menu's and screens if you know HADesigner and have the time.

Of course we also have our new Athena Orbiter and UI skins. These UI skins are designed in and built from HTML5 and going forwards you should expect that there may well be new system features that will only have UI's implemented in HTML5 and that over time UI1 skins will be deprecated. But the big win with Athena for users is the accessibility of designing skins without needing to understand complex and unfriendly tools like HADesigner.

All the best

Andy
Title: Announcing Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC software for RaspberryPi (Supports Wifi)
Post by: totallymaxed on October 26, 2014, 12:54:20 pm
The Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC software combines Squeezelite & dianemo-cec-pi and installs on a single Rpi. Supports wifi and does not require a physical LAN connection. Simply run an HDMI cable to your TV to provide HDMI-CEC control from Dianemo to your TV - Supports Standby On/Off, Mute & Vol Up/Down. Use Squeezelite and the on-board analog audio out jack on the Rpi to send stereo analog audio to your Hi-Fi or powered speaker system. Supports HDMI audio & external USB audio cards too. RaspSqueeze-CEC also provides access to the Alsa graphic equaliser so that you can customise the audio out put for your specific room/speaker system. Both HDMI-CEC control and Squeezelite functionality are available concurrently.

Designed to be installed on top of Raspbian Linux, RaspSqueeze-CEC installs simply & easily using the provided installer in just a few minutes. Works over wifi but can also use a CAT5 based LAN connection if available. Does NOT require NetBoot/PXE boot from your Core. Installs to 4gb or larger SD cards. Ongoing support & updates included in licence fee. Our 4x RaspSqueeze-CEC License is only $99.95 USD.

The Squeezelite functionality is compatible with LinuxMCE & Dianemo installations but the HDMI-CEC functionality is currently Dianemo only.

How could you use RaspSqueeze-CEC in your home;

Use case 1; Tuck a wifi configured Rpi behind a TV, Hifi system, powered speakers or anywhere you need an audio source from your Logitech Media Server. Hook up the audio out and some power and your done.

Use case 2; You need to control a TV and send audio to a small Hifi in a spare bedroom. There is no CAT5 available in the room. Simply place a wifi configured Rpi behind the TV/Hifi then connect an audio cable to the Hifi, an HDMI cable to your TV and power and your ready stream music and control the TV. It's really that simple.

Use case 3; Your new apartment has no CAT5 installed but you would like a multi-zone audio system feeding audio to each room and in the Lounge/Kitchen you'd also like to control a TV. The solution is to locate a wifi configured Rpi behind the audio system in each room and connect audio and power - in the Lounge/kitchen also connect an HDMI cable to the TV. It's simple, clutter free and very easy to install and requires no CAT5.

For further information or to place an order please email us at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the subject 'RaspSqueeze-CEC for Rpi'

All the best

Andy
Title: Raspbmc-CEC - an updated installer is available
Post by: totallymaxed on November 04, 2014, 12:57:21 pm
Hi Raspbmc-CEC users,

We have an updated installer for Raspbmc-CEC that fixes a problem that a few of you had with rsync. Please get in touch if you would like the updated installer.

All the best

Andy
Title: New Athena UI Video posted - 2-way responsive lighting control UI widgets
Post by: totallymaxed on November 05, 2014, 02:47:49 am
We've posted a new Athena UI video today that's shows off our new 2-way responsive lighting control widgets. As with any other part of an Athena UI skin these new 2-way lighting control widgets are all implemented in HTML5. This means that anyone with an idea for a new Athena UI skin design can simply take our standard skin, duplicate it, and then modify and re-design it. Since it's all built in HTML5 you can freely adapt, change or replace any UI widget or layout in anyway you like.

When we release the Athena Beta we will provide fully documented HTML5 source files to make it as easy as possible to hack our UI skins and customise them. We will also provide a way for you to publish your customised UI skins if you'd like too when we ship the first release of Athena - look out for more details on this soon.

We hope you like the latest Athena demo featuring 2-way responsive lighting control widgets;

http://youtu.be/U8ioItuEpiM (http://youtu.be/U8ioItuEpiM)

All the best

Andy
Title: The Athena HTML5 UI - It's customizable and your changes are instantly available
Post by: totallymaxed on November 05, 2014, 03:40:56 pm
The new Athena UI for Dianemo systems is really not just a UI - although we will ship a standard UI skin with Athena. Its a new kind of Orbiter, built entirely in HTML5/Javascript using the Symfony2 Web Application Framework, that removes the need for Orbiter regens completely and makes customization as simple as editing a Web page.

Our standard Athena UI skin is there for you to copy, learn from & hack into and play around with. Duplicate our standard UI skin & rename it. Take a simple text editor, or whatever Web design tools you prefer, and open the files and change the layouts or replace bit map or svg graphic files. Make some simple changes save the file and refresh the UI page - and the change you just made is there instantly. Digging a little deeper you can modify, change css files to quickly make global changes to any part of your UI. Or look at the source of any of our UI widgets (all written in HTML5) and modify or replace them. Just follow the the embedded comments that explain what each element of the UI source does and hook up your new widget in the same way. Then simply refresh the UI page and boom...your change is there instantly.

You might just want to make simple changes like changing all the blue's Ui elements to another colour or simply adding a custom background to each screen for example. By making simple changes you can quickly customise a copied UI skin and make it yours. You can also make much more complex design changes too if you have more experience in HTML5 or know a little Symfony2 - there really is no limit to how you could re-design a UI. If you'd interested in making more complex changes then you might like to get prepared for customising the Athena UI by getting familiar with Symfony2;

http://symfony.com/what-is-symfony (http://symfony.com/what-is-symfony)

If you have any questions then post them here or contact me directly.

All the best

Andy
Title: The Athena HTML5 UI -Climate Control Widgets
Post by: totallymaxed on November 06, 2014, 04:50:23 pm
We've recently added some new Climate Control widgets to the standard Athena HTML5 UI skin. Below is a short video showing them in action (warning climate control devices are not very exciting!)

Enjoy;

http://youtu.be/LhIHyZv0vNs (http://youtu.be/LhIHyZv0vNs)

All the best

Andy
Title: Announcing A Web Control API for RaspberryPi-CEC for Dianemo/LinuxMCE
Post by: totallymaxed on November 11, 2014, 03:37:56 pm
All of our HDMI-CEC compatible products, Raspbmc-CEC, Raspsqueeze-CEC and RaspCEC-Pi (just provides CEC control), now support a Restful Web API for CEC Control that makes it extremely simple to interface them to LinuxMCE, Dianemo or any other Home Automation or Smart Home system in fact.

For LinuxMCE systems you simply add your Raspberry Pi to the HDMI device chain you want to control using a spare HDMI port on your TV or AV Amplifier. Your MD typically would then be either connected to another HDMI port on your TV or if you have an AV Amplifier it might be connected to an HDMI input there. Other device such a Blu-Ray or DVD player would be connected to other HDMI ports on the TV or AV Amplifier too. The Raspberry Pi can be connected to your LAN by Wifi so you don't need extra LAN ports near your TV/AV system. Your LinuxMCE system then needs a simple GSD device created that will allow your system to send commands to RaspCEC-Pi (for example) using simple HTTP GET and POST methods - See here for the basics of creating your GSD CEC device; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/How_to_add_your_own_GSD_device (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/How_to_add_your_own_GSD_device). Any of your Orbiters can then be used to control your HDMI devices - Change HDMI inputs on your TV or AV Amplifier, Mute the Audio or Power all your HDMI devices Off at once with a single command.

See below for some example CEC commands that can be sent using our Restful API  with simple HTTP Get & POST methods.

We have revised and simplified our pricing for all our Raspberry Pi software too - we now offer two very affordable simplified licences;

- $99.95 USD; Install on up to 4x Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)
- $159.95 USD; Install on unlimited numbers of Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)

The spec of RaspCEC-Pi is the same as for our RaspCEC-Pi Pro (for Professional AV/Automation System installers)  http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/) but does not include professional level support and therefore costs far less.

We also now provide a Web configuration page on each Raspberry Pi running either Raspbmc-CEC, RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi. Simply type the url below into a web browser;

Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077
The Web configuration page enables you to scan the CEC bus that your Raspberry Pi is connected to so that all the HDMI-CEC enabled devices can be discovered and the configuration displayed. This information can be used when configuring or debugging the control of your HDMI-CEC devices.

When creating an external Device Template or Driver to enable your system to control your HDMI-CEC devices our new Web API supports the following CEC control features;

- Supported HDMI-CEC Devices - TV, Recording Devices (ie DVD, BD, PVR Etc), Playback Devices (ie DVD, Blu-Ray Etc), Tuner Devices (ie STB's), Audio System
- Supported Commands Power On/Off, HDMI Input Source, Vol Up/Down, Mute On/Off, Play/Stop/FF/RW/Pause,

Using our simple Web API device templates for LinuxMCE can be easily created allowing for the control of TV's, AV Amplifiers, PVR's, DVD, Blu-Ray and Sat Boxes that are connected to the same HDMI-CEC bus. Simply connect your Raspberry Pi to a spare HDMI port on your TV (or any other device in the HDMI chain) and connect to it over wifi or your wired LAN (I always use wifi personally) and your ready.

Below are some examples of how you can control the HDMI-CEC devices connected to your TV;

- Get a list of the available HDMI devices;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/
- Power Off all HDMI devices in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/off
- Send a Volume Up command to the AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/vol/up
- Turn on the TV in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/tv/on
- Pause the currently playing disc in the Blu-Ray Player in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/playback1/pause
- Select Input 2 on your AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/input/2
- Query the TV's power state in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/tv/
We expect to add support for more HDMI-CEC devices and additional commands soon.

This update is free to existing customers with Raspbmc-CEC or RaspSqueeze-CEC and is available as part of any new license purchased.

Please contact us for additional information inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy
Title: Support Added for CEC control of HDMI Switches from LinuxMCE & Dianemo
Post by: totallymaxed on November 18, 2014, 03:43:58 pm
All of our HDMI-CEC compatible products, Raspbmc-CEC, Raspsqueeze-CEC and RaspCEC-Pi (just provides CEC control), now support the control of the HDMI-CEC enabled HDMI Switches listed below using our simple but powerful Restful Web API for CEC Control. Our software makes it extremely simple to interface any CEC enabled device to LinuxMCE, Dianemo or any other Home Automation or Smart Home system in fact;

We support the following HDMI-CEC Enabled HDMI Video Switches;

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=6259&seq=1&format=2 (http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=6259&seq=1&format=2)

http://www.cypeurope.com/store/store/app/product/EL-C41C/4-Way-HDMI-Switcher-with-CEC-Control-and-RS-232 (http://www.cypeurope.com/store/store/app/product/EL-C41C/4-Way-HDMI-Switcher-with-CEC-Control-and-RS-232)

http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/newlink-4-port-hdmi-splitter-4k-x-2k-and-3d.html?language=en&currency=GBP (http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/newlink-4-port-hdmi-splitter-4k-x-2k-and-3d.html?language=en&currency=GBP)

If your HDMI Switch is not listed above then it may still have CEC support built in. I'll post more info on specific CEC device support here as we test units or get feedback from customers.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase any of our HDMI-CEC software for Raspberry Pi then either PM me here or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy
Title: Automatically Adding Internet Radio Stations to Dianemo
Post by: totallymaxed on November 18, 2014, 06:55:35 pm
As this seems to be a hot topic right now...Just a reminder of how easy it is to add Internet Radio stations to Dianemo's Internet Radio Orbiter screens;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Internet_Radio_Services_from_Logitech_MediaServer)

Once you followed the setup process on the Wiki (which takes about 5 mins) you can add a new Internet Radio station from Web admin at any time and have it available on all your Orbiters inside 20 secs. No Regens are required for this even with the current Orbiter as these stations are added dynamically and all Orbiters are updated immediately.

If you hit any issues on this or need some help let me know.

All the best

Andy
Title: Configuring the Foscam FI8908W IP Camera
Post by: totallymaxed on November 18, 2014, 07:04:26 pm
I've updated the Kmotion2 section of the Dianemo Wiki page to detail how to configure the Foscam FI8908W IP Camera;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Foscam_FI8908W (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Foscam_FI8908W)

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo Exposed - Virtualising Multi-Channel Sound Cards
Post by: totallymaxed on November 19, 2014, 12:22:48 am
Dianemo has powerful inbuilt support for virtualising multi-channel sound cards. A 7.1 sound card can be virtualised into 4x stereo cards enabling you to send stereo audio to 4 separate audio zones. Learn how to virtualise a sound card here;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards)
Title: **Special Offer** - Dianemo Licenses with Configuration Included ((All Sold))
Post by: totallymaxed on November 19, 2014, 01:37:50 pm
Dianemo License Special
Offer Includes Remote Configuration by an Installation Engineer

**All Sold - This Offer Has Closed.**

Now you can get you're own Dianemo system up and working in just a few hours - because one of our support team will be there to help you do it!

Note; We're adding Q&A entries below as they come in so please scan for new entries below if you see this post has been updated

We're offering a limited number of full Dianemo System Licenses at the very low price of $179.95 USD per license. The big news is that these licenses also come bundled with our Remote Assistance Configuration Package included for free. We connect to your Dianemo system remotely (you activate Remote Assistance in Web Admin to authorise this) and we configure whatever you require. The aim is to get your Dianemo system into a working & useful state as quickly as possible. The added benefit for you is that you will learn from our support engineer about configuring your system too.

Q: What is your Remote Assistance Configuration Package?
A: You complete the basic installation of Dianemo using our simple installer. We then provide up to 4 hours of our secure Remote Assistance from one of our support engineers to get your System configured in any way you like. This is essentially the service we sell as an extra cost item to Pro Smart Home Installers for over $200 USD. Our Support Engineer can securely access your Dianemo Web Admin & ssh Terminal to get your system configured. You then can disable Remote Assistance again in Web Admin to disable our access.

Q: Why should I choose Dianemo over LinuxMCE?
A: Most of our home users choose Dianemo because they simply want a working system as quickly as possible and with the least amount of effort & fuss. Dianemo gets you there quickly because that's what we as a company have focussed on. Many of you will probably value that too. Pro installers certainly do - if they want to build a profitable business and have happy customers. The current phase of Dianemo's development is more about adding advanced features and simplifying how UI's are built for Orbiters. Some home users are looking for this too - as again are Pro Installers. If you are more focussed on the process of getting your system working, and your enjoyment is centred in that process, then LinuxMCE is probably what you should go for.

Q: Do I get all the same features in Dianemo that Pro Installers get?
A: Yes 100%. Pro Installers simply get a different package of support services from us that is designed to support their installation businesses. That is why Pro Installers pay a very considerably higher license fee. In many cases Pro Installers also purchase our hardware products which have Dianemo pre-installed on them and are pre-configured to suit the customer installation they are destined for.

Q: How easy is Dianemo to install?
A: The simple answer is incredibly easy. I can't remember the last time we had to help a customer install Dianemo on their hardware in fact. Just follow the simple process described on the Dianemo Wiki page and that's it ( http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS) ). And with the Configuration Package, that is part of this special offer, you only need to do the basic install and you can then let us do the basic configuration for you (you may have to plug some hardware in eg a Camera or SmartTV etc).

Q: Will Dianemo Install on my hardware?
A: Almost certainly yes. If you can boot your hardware with a Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop LiveCD ( See here; http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso (http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso) ) then Dianemo is definitely compatible with your hardware.

Q: What happens if I do hit a problem on installation?
A: If you do have any problems then contact me and we will help resolve the problem for you.

Q: How is the Remote Assistance Configuration Package different to your normal support?
A: The Configuration Package that we are offering free with this Dianemo License special offer is for 1:1 personalised configuration of your system carried out remotely by one of our support team. Its as close to having an installer visit your house as we can get without actually visiting your house. Our Remote Configuration package is an added value provided with this current special offer and should not be confused with our normal product support, which is where we answer or resolve questions after you purchase your Dianemo system. Product support is always free via this forum for any Dianemo customer.

Q: When can the configuration be carried out?
A: We will schedule a time with you after discussing what you need configured. Usually the work is completed in a single session of 4 hours but if required can be split over 2 or 3 sessions too. There is no time limit to limit to when we configure your Dianemo system - it might be immediately (support engineer availability permitting) or at any time that suits you.

Q: What can be configured?
A: Pretty much anything - Security Camera, Streaming Audio, Virtualized Sound Cards, Internet Radio stations. Basically anything that will help you get your system up and working for you.

Q: How much can be configured in 4 Hours?
A: A lot. But it does depend on what you'd like to be helped with. eg Security Cameras can be quickly configured in say 20-30 mins per camera if you choose a make/model that we have experience of (see the Dianemo Wiki page). If its a new make/model of camera that we haven't worked on before then it might take longer. Internet Radio is normally about a 30 min task for example. While adding an iOS/Web Orbiter takes about 15 mins and a SmartTV about 20 mins. Good planning and preparation is important to maximise the value you get from our engineers time ie make sure you have all your Security Cameras available and that any cabling or connections have been made (our engineer will obviously need your input for anything physical).

Q: Can I still configure and customise my Dianemo system myself?
A: Yes absolutely. Dianemo is as customisable as LinuxMCE and no area of the system is blocked or hidden from you in any way. Dianemo is supported and developed by CHT and has been optimised to make it simpler and easier to configure and setup 'out of the box' by you. Our Configuration Package, that comes free with this offer, simply provides you with access to a skilled installation engineer who will make the configuration process even easier for you.

This is a great deal that will allow you to build your own Dianemo system for an unbelievably low cost and get it working in your home quickly. So don't delay purchasing one of these as they will sell out very quickly. All orders must be paid by Paypal and this offer is strictly on a first come first served basis.

To purchase please PM me asap here on the Forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI Update
Post by: totallymaxed on November 21, 2014, 05:09:57 pm
Just a quick update on progress on our new Athena UI;

We've been working on updating a load of behind the scenes utility code for managing how audio volume controls react to user input. This code interacts with various types of AV amps and zone Amps. We've also been adding support to our UPnP stack for audio volume commands to improve how we control that aspect of many devices eg some SmartTV's and also Sonos.

We're getting ever closer to a Beta release too... more news on that soon.

All the best

Andy
Title: RaspSqueeze-CEC & RaspCEC-Pi are Compatible with the new Raspberry Pi Model A+
Post by: totallymaxed on November 24, 2014, 11:43:33 am
RaspSqueeze-CEC & RaspCEC-Pi Now Available for the New low Cost Raspberry Pi Model A+

Announcing support for the brand new Raspberry Pi Model A+ http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-model-a-plus-on-sale/ (http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-model-a-plus-on-sale/). The Model A+ is smaller than earlier models, uses a lot less power and at $20 USD (plus tax & shipping) is the cheapest Rpi yet. The new Rpi Model A+ has no LAN port so you will need to use a usb wifi adapter when using it with either RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi software.

We think that the new Model A+ is really a breakthrough device for anyone with audio or control applications. So if your planning on using CEC control for your TV's or want SqueezeLite audio all over your house then the RaspBerry Pi Model A+ combined with either RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi is the perfect combination.

Get Information on RaspSqueeze-CEC here;
http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspsqueeze-cec-software-for-dianemo-linuxmce/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspsqueeze-cec-software-for-dianemo-linuxmce/)

Get information on RaspCEC-Pi here;
http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/)

We have revised and simplified our pricing for all our Raspberry Pi software too - we now offer two very affordable simplified licences;

- $99.95 USD; Install on up to 4x Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)
- $159.95 USD; Install on unlimited numbers of Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)

The spec of RaspCEC-Pi is the same as for our RaspCEC-Pi Pro (for Professional AV/Automation System installers)  http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/) but does not include professional level support and therefore costs far less.

For more information/questions or to place an order please either PM me here or by email; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy
Title: New - Dec 2014 Dianemo Deals
Post by: totallymaxed on November 26, 2014, 12:34:50 pm
Just wanted to highlight we've launched some new deals for Dec (they are available from today in fact though...)

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221)
Title: Dianemo Exposed - Selecting External Sources from a Denon AVR Receiver
Post by: totallymaxed on November 26, 2014, 04:19:19 pm
The external sources screen in Dianemo displays all of the external devices you have interfaced to your system in a particular room. Below I've provided a link to a real External Sources screen for a room that is part of one of our demo systems. I've used an image from the Athena HTML5 Orbiter to illustrate this screen but there are equivalent screens in our current Orbiter UI too and they work just the same way (they don't look as cool though!)

See here for the Orbiter screen images; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/)

In the first example image (at the url above) you can see 6 rectangular buttons, each of which represent a particular device;

- AppleTV
- Denon Internet Radio
- Panasonic DMP-BDT330
- Sky+ HD Digibox1
- Sky+ HD Digibox2
- Sony Blu-Ray

All of these devices are attached to a Denon AVR AV Receiver. By selecting one of the buttons Dianemo will command the Denon to switch inputs to the selected device and the output of the selected device will then be displayed on the TV display that is connected to the Denon's Monitor HDMI output. At the same time all the control commands required to control the selected input device will be routed to it by your Dianemo Nervecentre and the Orbiter screen will change to one designed for controlling the selected device too.

Assuming you selected the 'Sony Blu-Ray' button in the external sources screen you would see the Sony Blu-Ray remote control screen on your Orbiters screen (see the 2nd image at the url above). Selecting sources and controlling them is as easy as that.

All the best

Andy

Title: Dianemo Remote Configuration
Post by: totallymaxed on November 28, 2014, 03:37:36 pm
Booking your Remote Configuration slot

With Christmas getting ever closer & our Black Friday deals available I just wanted to remind anyone that has not booked a remote configuration slot for their Dianemo system that they should book a slot as soon as possible. We have plenty of slots so don't panic but if you can book early then we are more likely to be able to offer you a slot that suits you.

So please get in touch and book your Remote Configuration slot for Dec as soon as you can. Thanks

Andy

PS Obviously if you have purchased a Dianemo license as a gift then there is no need to book your slot until you are ready for installation.
Title: Tech Support for LinuxMCE Users
Post by: totallymaxed on December 02, 2014, 05:31:25 pm
LinuxMCE Remote Support

Over the years we've been asked many times about whether we offer paid for Tech Support for LinuxMCE. We've thought about it a few times but in the end have always decided that we wouldn't offer such a service. We obviously do participate in the Forums actively and we do help LinuxMCE users many times each month, but that help is better characterised as 'advise' rather that 'configure and fix' ie we have never remotely logged into LinuxMCE users systems and figured out what was wrong and fixed it (something we do for Dianemo customers if they need it).

But recently we decided we could offer a support service to LinuxMCE users who request it. So from Dec 5 we will offer a support service to LinuxMCE users who feel they need it. Apart from helping you get your system working or configured in a particular way, another value you get from our support is learning how to configure your system - to be clear we're not offering training - but seeing how someone has configured your system is an effective way to learn how to do that task yourself.

See the FAQ below for details. If you have a question that is not covered in the FAQ or would like to arrange some support for your LinuxMCE system then either PM me here on the forum or contact us at support@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

LinuxMCE Support FAQ

Q: What does your support cost?
We will always try to provide you with a fixed cost for whatever assistance you need before we start - usually we can do this because we've seen most issues many times before. In situations where providing a fixed cost is not possible we will charge an hourly rate with an agreed limit to the number of hours charged - currently our rate is $60 USD per hour. All payments must be made in advance by Paypal.

Q: Can I just purchase support as a gift?
Yes you can. You can purchase support in advance as it never expires. You simply purchase the number of hours you want to give as a gift and the recipient of your gift provides a unique code and your email address to redeem them.

Q: Can you provide some examples of the kinds of support you provide?
Well it could be pretty much anything related to your system that can be carried out remotely by one of our team. If it involves some hardware then you will need to be involved to do whatever physical work there might be (often just plugging whatever it is in or connecting cables etc). So here are a few examples of the kinds of support we can provide;

- Configure & Setup a Hard Drive from a previous Core on your new Core so that your old media directories are available. (Typically this costs $90 USD)
- Configure & setup NFS/SAMBA share on your Core from a NAS. (Typically this costs $120 USD)
- Configure & add an IP Security camera to your system. (Depending on Camera model this typically costs $60 USD)
- Debug a configuration problem on your Core and correct it. (no typical price for this)
- Resolve/Debug audio, video or some other system level config. (no typical price for this)

The are just a few examples - get in touch and let us know what your problem or issue is.

Q: Can you diagnose a problem remotely?
Yes in most cases we can diagnose a configuration problem and fix it remotely. Obviously if the problem involves your Core not booting or not connecting to your Internet connection then all we can do is provide some suggested actions you can take to get your Core back on-line again - until its booted & connected to the Internet we cannot access it.

Q: I've done something to my Core and now it doesn't work correctly. Can you help me?
Yes in some cases we can help to restore your Core to a normal working state. But sometimes the best thing to do is to simply reinstall from scratch - we will advise you on this too.

Q: What experience do you have?
We've been involved in supporting Pluto (the original system LinuxMCE was developed from), LinuxMCE and Dianemo for around 10 years now. So we have a lot of experience in supporting users remotely on Linux and the Pluto/LinuxMCE/Dianemo family of related systems.

Q: Why should I pay for support?
You don't have to pay for support. There are many people here on the Forum who can help you or help you to help yourself. But if your time limited, need a fix in place quickly or you have tried support from the Forum before and it has not worked out - then you now have another option too. Contact us - if we can help you we will.

Q: What is your lead time?
Usually we can schedule your support session within a few days and sometimes we can do it right away. It depends on our workload at the time you contact us. If it's an emergency then we will do our best to help you asap.
Title: Dianemo Athena UI Update - Lighting Screen & Scenarios
Post by: totallymaxed on December 09, 2014, 03:05:27 pm
I've uploaded a short video today that shows some new lighting UI objects and discusses the separation of Web Admin config/functionality and UI design/layout/representation. Hope you enjoy it.

http://youtu.be/t9WoMW7gY3c (http://youtu.be/t9WoMW7gY3c)

Thanks again for the kind words about Athena a number of you have sent me in recent weeks - they were very much appreciated.

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo - We now support Texecom Premier Alarm Panels (Wired & Wireless)
Post by: totallymaxed on January 30, 2015, 09:02:13 pm
Texecom alarm systems are now directly supported by Dianemo. We support both, wired & wireless based Texecom installations. Your Texecom panel will need to have the Texecom ComIP network module installed.

Your Texecom alarm simply needs to be installed and configured/setup in the normal way - nothing has to be adapted for Dianemo integration. Your Texecom panel will need to be upgraded with the ComIP module , as we use that to communicate with the panel, and you will need to locate a network connection nearby.

We support both local and remote access to your Texecom panel via our remote access service. The combination of Dianemo Remote Access and your Texecom panel means that you can access, and completely control, your Alarm system from anywhere in the world - every feature of your Texecom alarm panel is replicated in Dianemo's Orbiter screens. If your considering an Alarm System for your home then Texecom are an excellent choice.

If you would like more information about Dianemo & Texecom Alarm systems please get in contact by sending an email to; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

Title: Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview Release
Post by: totallymaxed on March 04, 2015, 08:06:38 pm
We're very excited to announce that all Dianemo users can now try our new Athena UI & Orbiter Preview Release. Below we explain how simple it is to try Athena on your system;

1 - Run the Updater script to update your system
2 - Do a reload router.
3 - Point your Web Browser to http://192.168.80.1/orbiter (http://192.168.80.1/orbiter)

That's it!

No regens, no device templates to add, no configuration changes. If your Internet connection is reasonably fast the whole process, including downloading updated packages, doing a reload and opening the new Athena Orbiter takes just 5 minutes.

You can use as many Athena Orbiter's as you need - just bookmark the URL above on any PC's, Laptops and Tablets as you need. Dianemo automatically and dynamically manages each Orbiter for you so you don't need to. With Ahena you can have an Orbiter on pretty much any device that has a Web browser installed.

More details available here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14012.0 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14012.0)

In later updates to Athena, that you will receive automatically as they are released, you will be able to build customised UI's, choose localised UI's in multiple languages and many more additional features.

Dianemo Orbiter's have never looked so good or been easier to add to your system.

Enjoy!

Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
Post by: totallymaxed on March 05, 2015, 05:10:20 pm
This update fixes a number of small bugs, fixes some layout issues in the UI and now supports Kmotion too. If you have configured Kmotion security cameras in Web Admin your new Athena Orbiter will display a 'Cameras' button in the top bar for any rooms you have elected to make them accessible in.

Please run the Updater script as usual to install this update and any un-installed Ubuntu updates too.

All the best

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: mardibloke on March 05, 2015, 11:40:45 pm
Great update Andrew,  and all working as expected with Web Browsers and iPad app.

Is is a large update though, and even on FTTC internet connection and fast hardware, it took something like 30mins to complete the update.
(my last update was ~7 days ago)


Title: Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: totallymaxed on March 05, 2015, 11:53:42 pm
Great update Andrew,  and all working as expected with Web Browsers and iPad app.

Is is a large update though, and even on FTTC internet connection and fast hardware, it took something like 30mins to complete the update.
(my last update was ~7 days ago)

Thanks. Glad your enjoying the new Orbiter's.

Strange that your download took that long. I've had no other reports of that from other users. I wonder if your update contained a lot standard Ubuntu updates too?

Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
Post by: totallymaxed on March 06, 2015, 10:43:02 am
We've released another UI update over night. These are mostly small tweaks to layouts in various screens etc - no functionality changes.

As usual please run the Updater script to install the latest update & any pending Ubuntu updates on your NC.

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
Post by: totallymaxed on March 16, 2015, 04:27:20 pm
I've posted some early UI screens from testing we are currently doing with Beta builds of the new iPhone iOS App;

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/)

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
Post by: totallymaxed on March 19, 2015, 10:24:15 am
I've posted some more early UI screens from testing we are currently doing with Beta builds of the new iPhone iOS App. This time I have two new images of the new responsive screen layout for the Sky TV STB Remote screens (this is a very popular European STB/PVR for accessing the Satellite based Sky TV service).. On smartphones with < 5" screens we implement a swipe left/right gesture to allow the user to navigate to all the screens related to this device. In most cases there are two screens. Swiping between the two is fast and a familiar gesture for phone UI's. In these screens we are testing the best size/scaling of the screen elements (all graphics are svg's so they can be scaled in real-time to any size required by the device the UI is rendered on). Note these screens and the others I have posted are still not finished and contain some layout errors - see the status area at the bottom of these screens for example.

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/ (http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/)

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy
Title: Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview Video
Post by: totallymaxed on March 19, 2015, 04:17:52 pm
I've just posted a short (and very rough!) video of new iPhone Athena UI & App in action. You can see it at the top of this page;

http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF (http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF)

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy
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Title: Dianemo U
Post by: totallymaxed on April 20, 2015, 03:37:05 pm
This update fixes a number of small bugs, fixes some layout issues in the UI and now supports Kmotion too. If you have configured Kmotion security cameras in Web Admin your new Athena Orbiter will display a 'Cameras' button in the top bar for any rooms you have elected to make them accessible in.

Please run the Updater script as usual to install this update and any un-installed Ubuntu updates too.

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Onkyo Receiver Integra Receiver Device Template
Post by: totallymaxed on April 20, 2015, 03:41:36 pm
We have released an update today that allows you to interface Dianemo to Onkyo Integra Receiver (TX-NR616). The device template is template no. #1886

As usual please use the Updater script to update your system with this update and any pending Ubuntu updates too.
Title: Update Available - Insteon
Post by: totallymaxed on April 30, 2015, 02:27:45 pm
We now support the Insteon PLM-2413U and any devices it supports in Dianemo - a much requested update. If you have an existing set of devices added to your PLM-2413U then they will be detected and automatically imported into the Dianemo device tree as child devices of the PLM. The device template is #1932.

Insteon devices are fully compatible with the new Athena Orbiter and UI.

Please run the updater script as usual to update your system.

All the best

Andy
Title: Dianemo Revealed - Adding Internet Radio Stations Presets to Athena UI
Post by: totallymaxed on April 30, 2015, 02:54:09 pm
Hi all,

Below I have described how easy it is to add Radio Station Favourites (ie Presets) to Dianemo's Athena UI. Add as many as you like, complete with the stations official icon, and in Athena these changes are available in your Orbiters immediately without needing a Regen or a Reload too.

Adding Radio Station Favourites to your Dianemo system;

From Web Admin use the menus to select the following; Advanced->Configuration->Slim Server

You will now see the Logitech Media Server (LMS) main configuration page. Simply follow the steps below to add as many Radio Stations Favourites to the Athena Radio screen as you like. These Radio Favourites will appear in any Room or Entertainment Area that has audio capability (you will see a Radio icon in the Orbiters Icon bar);

- Firstly click on the triangle next to 'My Radio'
- Next use the icons that displayed beneath the triangle to find the station you want to add as a favourite
- Tip - 'World' is useful for international stations
- Keep drilling down until you find the station you are looking for, then hover you mouse pointer over its name. You will see some icons appear to the right of the station name, when you hover over it - click the 'Heart' icon to make that station a Favourite (you will see a '-' will appear on the icon after you click it to indicate that if you click on it a second time it will be removed from your Favourites)
- Now click on the triangle next to 'Favourites' and you should see all your currently saved Favourites (*Note to remove a Favourite you need to find it again under 'My Radio' as described above*).

Now if you go back to any Orbiter and choose a Room with audio capability you will see the Radio icon in the top bar. Click on Radio in the top bar and you will see your Favourites listed as station icons with names. Select any Station Icon and it will play in the Room you currently have selected in your Orbiter - you will also see information about the current show being broadcast, including the currently playing track and DJ etc (this information is dependent on the station selected - not all stations provide this information), and there will be audio volume controls displayed at the bottom of the screen in the controls bar.

You can switch rooms without interrupting the music playback, and can start streams playing in other rooms or entertainment areas too.

Enjoy!

All the best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Dianemo X86 14.04LTS Airplay Audio from your iOS Devices
Post by: totallymaxed on May 19, 2015, 01:20:21 pm
Dianemo X86 14.04LTS now supports Airplay Audio from your iOS devices to any Squeeze audio zone. This is a truly great update for anyone with iPhones, iPad's or who wants to stream Airplay audio directly from iTunes too.

Simply open any iOS music App, play some music, then select the Airplay icon and you will see a popup list of all your Airplay 'speakers' (these are all of your Squeeze based audio zones on your system). Choose an Airplay speaker and your music will stream to that zone from your iOS device.

Other than making sure your Dianemo audio zones have a volume level set there is no need to even use an Orbiter to have Airplay music streams work. This is perfect for guests, or anyone, who is un-familiar with your Dianemo system as they simply need to know how to use Airplay for this to be accessible to them.

Tip; Your iOS devices need to be on the Dianemo LAN side Wifi network for Airplay Audio to work.

See here for an earlier post on this new Dianemo X86 14.04LTS feature;
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14058.msg101604#msg101604 (http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14058.msg101604#msg101604)
Title: Update Available for Ubuntu 14.04LTS - Device Template #1790
Post by: totallymaxed on May 28, 2015, 10:40:43 am
We've updated device template #1790 - Internal HDD overnight for those of you running Ubuntu 14.04LTS. One difference between Ubuntu 12.04LTS and 14.04LTS is that the newer OS does not use HAL any longer. This caused new Internal HDD's to fail to add correctly and there mount points were not created. We have updated the supporting code for template #1790 to accommodate the removal of HAL.

This update is now available as usual simply by running the updater script - any other pending Dianemo or Ubuntu updates will also be installed;

Code: [Select]
/usr/pluto/install/dianemo-software-update.sh
Best

Andy
Title: Update Available - Zoneminder Support Added to Athena in Dianemo X86 14.04LTS
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2015, 01:00:35 pm
We've added support for Zoneminder to the Athena UI on Dianemo X86 14.04LTS. See the link below

I've posted some screen-shots here - http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF (http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF)

Configuration Tip;
If you have an existing Kmotion configuration then you will need to transition your cameras over to Zoneminder. Make a note of there IP/Mac addresses and any settings/urls you have configured for each camera. Next add a new Top Level Device (ie above your Core in the Devices Tree) of type 'Generic IP Device' #2068 - create one of these devices for each of your cameras and add the appropriate IP/Mac adresses and save the changes. The Generic IP Device will assure that your cameras remain at the IP address they had already been allocated by Dianemo's DHCP server. Once you have created new devices for all your cameras you can delete 'Motion Wrapper' from your Devices Tree (if you don't delete it all your orbiters will display a camera icon for Kmotion still).

As usual simply run the updater script to install this Dianemo update and any pending Ubuntu updates too;

Code: [Select]
/usr/pluto/install/dianemo-software-update.sh
Best

Andy
Title: Update Available - SqueezeLite 1.8 released for Dianemo X86 14.04LTS
Post by: totallymaxed on May 29, 2015, 01:20:13 pm
We've released an update to Squeezelite to fix a ffmpeg/ABI issue we noticed in systems that had updated from Dianemo X86 12.04LTS.

Ubuntu 12.04LTS shipped with SqueezeLite 1.3 and systems that were updated to 14.04LTS got stuck on 1.3. Unfortunately SqueezeLite 1.3 is not compatible with 14.04LTS and will cause excessive processor load if not updated.

As usual please run the updater to update your system and to install any other pending Ubuntu updates too;

Code: [Select]
/usr/pluto/install/dianemo-software-update.sh
Dianemo X86 will stay on SqueezeLite 1.3 as this is the final release from Canonical for that release of the OS. However if you'd like to have a try building your own SqueezeLite 1.8 package for Dianemo X86 12.04LTS then be our guest - see below. However on 12.04LTS I should point out that as far as we can see there is absolutely no advantage in having 1.8 installed...which is why we have not built a 12.04LTS deb.

Note this is only if your still running Ubuntu 12.04LTS and have some spare time!!; If your feeling brave and want to try building SL 1.8, then you can get the code from our fork: https://code.google.com/r/raducx-squeezelite-ubuntu-deb/

Then;
Code: [Select]
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b -us -uc
the code is vanilla 1.8 with Debian package stuff added on top;

...and fix the things that are complained about - keep doing that until it works ☺
...and then install the deb.

Enjoy!

Andy
Title: Optional SqueezeLite 1.3 released for Dianemo X86 14.04LTS
Post by: totallymaxed on June 01, 2015, 12:27:26 pm
We've built an alternate Squeezelite 1.3 package to compliment the Squeezelite 1.8 package we released last week.

Why have we done this? One of our customer systems has been experiencing very high processor loads for instances of Squeezelite. We don't have a full understanding of what causes this, and we only have a single instance currently too. However it seems that a build of Squeezelite 1.3 for 14.04LTS fixes the high CPU loads and therefore we're posting this here so that if you do hit the issue and want to fix it yourself you can install 1.3 instead;

Only do the following if you experience the high CPU load issue - Open a terminal and type to remove Squeezelite 1.8;

Code: [Select]
sudo dpkg -r squeezelite <return>
and to install Squeezelite 1.3 type;

Code: [Select]
sudo dpkg -i squeezelite-1.3 <return>
If you do experience this issue please let us know even if you apply the fix above yourself. We're also happy to apply the fix for you too (at no cost) if you would prefer that. PM me here on the forum if you need to report this issue on your system or to arrange for us to install the fix.

Best

Andy

Title: Update Available - Generic IP Device Template in Dianemo X86 14.04LTS
Post by: totallymaxed on June 01, 2015, 01:13:00 pm
On Friday we pushed an update out that contained a new device template call "Generic IP Device". What is the purpose of this device?

The "Generic IP Device", or template #2068 has been released to allow for any IP device to be added to dhcpd.conf (be careful, as it's just under "Generic IP Camera", which is for Motion Wrapper, so don't choose that when adding a Generic IP Device)

Any IP device added via the #2068 template gets an entry in dhcpd.conf and will mean that it will not change addresses over it's life-time in your system. Device Template #2068 should be added as a top level device ie at the same level inthe Device Tree as the Core.

An example of its use would be when adding Zoneminder cameras - add a Device template #2068 for each camera, adding the cameras IP/Mac address and click 'Save'. Now the cameras IP address will be fixed in dhcpd.conf.

Best

Andy
Title: New Dianemo Smarthome App available in the iOS App Store (its a free download)
Post by: totallymaxed on July 10, 2015, 11:42:36 am
We have released a new Dianemo Smarthome 1.1 App for iOS. This app only supports the Athena UI. Version 1.1 includes many optimisations for to make the experience of using the iPhone for controlling your system much better.

The new App includes support for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus and all iPad models. This release requires iOS 8.0 or later.

Dianemo SmartHome by Convergent Home Technologies Ltd
https://appsto.re/gb/igDw3.i (https://appsto.re/gb/igDw3.i)

Enjoy!

Andy
Title: Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: bulek on September 25, 2015, 02:26:43 pm
Andy,

where are you? As a Dianemo user, I'm a bit worried...

Regards,
bulek.
Title: Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: DragonK on October 02, 2015, 03:31:54 pm
No reply, very concerning. Hope he is ok....
Title: Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
Post by: Newguy2 on October 04, 2015, 06:53:16 am
My last communication with him was on sep 11th.  I have not received any replies to my last few attempts since then.  Has anyone had any communication with him since sept 11th?