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Users / Announcing Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC for RaspberryPi
« on: Today at 04:31:39 pm »
The Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC software combines Squeezelite & dianemo-cec-pi and installs on a single Rpi. Simply run an HDMI cable to your TV to provide HDMI-CEC control from Dianemo of 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. Both HDMI-CEC control and Squeezelite functionality are available concurrently.

Currently the Squeezelite functionality is compatible with LinuxMCE installations but the dianemo-cec-pi functionality is Dianemo only.

Built on top of Raspian Linux and installs simply in a few minutes. Installs to 4gb or larger SD cards. 4x RaspSqueeze-CEC License is only $99.95 USD.

For further information or to placde an order please email us at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the subject 'RaspSqueeze-CEC for Rpi'

All the best

Andy

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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

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We're adding support for Sonos Radio to Dianemo and we are looking for anyone who would be interested to join our Beta test program and get early access to this great new capability. If you are someone who already has some Sonos installed in your home, or you are thinking of installing Sonos and would be prepared to get involved, we'd be very interested to hear from you. Our support for Sonos Radio is already in its late development stage so your role would be to report any final issues you experience prior to release by simply using your System to listen to the Radio - its a tough job but someone has to do it!

The only requirement to join the Sonos Radio Beta program is that you have, or plan to have a Dianemo system and have at least some Sonos Radio products.

Please email us at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Sonos Radio Beta Invite' as the subject line of your email if your interested.

All the best

Andy

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Users / LightwaveRF support is being added to Dianemo
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:11:15 am »
We're adding support for the LightwaveRF (http://www.lightwaverf.com or for their product details http://www.lightwaverf.co.uk) range of wireless lighting, power and heating control products and we are looking for anyone who would be interested to join our Beta test program. If you are someone who already has some LightwaveRF installed in your home, or you are thinking of installing it and would be prepared to get involved, we'd be interested to hear from you. Our support for LightwaveRF is already in its late development stage (lighting & power products are our initial focus - energy & security to follow in our first update after release) and so your role would be to report any final issues you experience prior to release by simply using your System.

The only requirement to join the LightwaveRF Beta program is that you have, or plan to have a Dianemo system and have at least some LightwaveRF products.

Please email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'LightwaveRF Beta' as the subject line of your email if your interested.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:54:46 pm »
So, Andrew, if users just have the CEC from the RPI to power on the TV, does that mean they occupy one of the HDMI inputs on the TV just to do that? I'm presuming the RPI CEC can't "pass through" the signal from another device?

Pretty poor show that TVs with IP control don't implement WOL. So much for SMART.

Correct the Rpi has no HDMI pass-through on-board but other devices on the HDMI bus probably do. The HDMI device chain is in fact a 'bus' with device addresses for each device attached. So in theory your TV should be controllable wherever it is in the device chain even if the Rpi is physically connected to another devices HDMI port. However some older TV's (and possibly some new ones too) play 'free & loose' with implementing the CEC standard and this may cause the TV to not respond correctly when the Rpi is not directly connected to one of the TV's HDMI ports.

I agree re WOL not being possible on TV's is a pain. But currently its a general problem. See my earlier post though about manufacturers switching to SOC's that will enable WOL to be delivered - but its a few years away still apparently.

All the best

Andy

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Hi,

All Sony IP controllable TV's/BluRay Players require that the controlling device register with the TV/BluRay Player before reliable control can commence. You need to place the Sony device in 'Registration Mode' - a function that will be found in one of the Settings screens. You then need to register your control device by sending a 'register' command to the Sony device you want to control. In the Dianemo Sony TV & BluRay player device templates we have a 'Register' command implemented for this purpose. On receipt of the 'Register' command the BluRay player or TV should then confirm the registration on screen...and your all set.

Reading the thread above I can't see any mention of the registration process - without it you may get intermittent or unreliable control capability.

All the best

Andy


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Developers / Re: Open Source Dianemo
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:06:00 pm »
We've launched a Kickstarter Campaign today to fund the development of Open Source Dianemo;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100040#msg100040

Well our initial campaign was not terribly successful in the sense of meeting our campaign goal. However in other ways it was actually very successful in that we got some really very thoughtful and sincere feedback from you guys - very much appreciated indeed. We also learnt a lot of lessons about going about a Kickstarter campaign and we are looking at these alongside the feedback we received from everyone here.

We do plan to kick off a new Kickstarter campaign in the near future and we will be asking for your input here prior to finalising its make up and taking it live. I'll post here again as soon I can.

Thanks again.

Andy

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Users / Dianemo Athena UI Beta Test Program - More Invites Available
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:35:41 pm »
Hi al,

We're getting closer to being ready to open up our Athena UI Beta test program to invited participants. We've had an excellent response so far, and many of you have asked for an invite. Thanks. Today we're announcing a further 10 invites are being made available to enable more people to join the Beta program. These are being offered on a strictly first come first serve basis.

To be considered you must obviously own a Dianemo system. But luckily its never been cheaper to set up a Dianemo system - see here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221. Although its not a requirement, it would also be useful if you also owned either an Android/iOS device and/or a Rpi running Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC as we would like to get some feedback about using those platforms with Athena.

If your interested in joining the Beta program please contact us asap; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the Subject line of; "Athena Beta - Invite Request"

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:12:31 pm »
Not supporting WOL on any of the IP controllable AV devices isn't very clever. But I am sure there is a reason for it.

@Andrew: Most of the *current* JVC projectors are RS232 controllable.

My information is that the main reason for this is that with the LAN port active the standby energy usage on current generation devices would ruin the TV/Amp/Proj energy usage rating. This may change next year when a few manufacturers will start to transition that functionality over to custom SOC's - once that transition is under way serial ports will begin to disappear (a cost saving) from devices to be replaced by always on IP control. It's probably 3+ years out before that becomes standard though.

All the best

Andy


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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:57:33 am »
or find one of the few display devices that is controllable via RS232 :)

Yes if you have a TV with RS232 you could do that. But that's really only an option with an older TV.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:05:36 pm »
heh.  You are correct Andrew, the rpi will always have an SD card.  But we only use it to bootstrap u-boot.  The rest of the system starts by tftp'ing the kernel and nfs root mounting the FS the same way diskless MDs PXE boot within LinuxMCE, so this is very different than 'Installing your favourite OS and manually installing and configuring squeezelite'.  Simple, no hassle, minimal config in webadmin (I'm working on eliminating this too), and no on-rpi configuration required.  It is of course very fresh and minimally tested so far but the idea is to remove the manual manipulation and make things *much* easier for users.

J.

We've found that the optimal solution is often a Rpi on Wifi behind an amplifier or speaker system. Raspian + Squeezelite is incredibly easy to install configure too and will provide a flexible solution.

We used to use pxe booted devices for this in the past though.

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:14:56 pm »
Andrew the link you posted is returning a 404 error.

J.

Fixed. Thanks. Sorry I should have checked the URL before I updated my post.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:55 pm »
In fact a diskless rpi squeezelite device can be *mostly* automatically created following the Raspberry Pi information on the wiki: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/RaspberryPi  This is still in its infancy but the basics are there.

J.

You do need an SD card installed to boot from ideally. So it's not strictly 'diskless'. As for installing Squeezelite...well it's no different than on any other system.

You don't need to make it an MD at all. Just install your preferred Rpi Linux distro (we like Raspian) on a 4gb SD card and install & configure SqueezeLite.

This kind of application of the Rpi is where it excels.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Why CEC Control Your TV Using Your RaspberryPi?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:03:44 pm »
One of the most important uses for HDMI CEC is in fact to wake your TV up from 'Standby'. Why? Well almost all TV's when placed into 'Standby' mode unfortunately also power down their network interface chip too, which means you can't use IP control to wake the TV up. However HDMI CEC is always waiting for commands, and is never powered down when your TV is in 'Standby' mode - unless you set your TV to power it off in 'Standby' that is.

This means therefore placing an HDMI CEC controller behind your TV's - even your brand new SmartTV's, is about the only solution to powering them up from 'Standby' under control of your system. In fact we have many installations that simply use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi even with a brand new SmartTV, which has in own built uPnP media playback capability, to just to wake the TV up from 'Standby'. Even systems that have traditional Media Managers driving their TV's can use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software on Rpi to send on/off commands to their TV's.

Whether your planning to use your Rpi with Raspbmc-CEC firmware as a upnp media player and UI (ie a replacement for a Media Director) + CEC controller or purely as a CEC controller for your TV, you can use your Orbiters UI to send control commands to the Rpi to browse, select & stream media and also to power on/off your TV.

How many TV's support HDMI CEC control? In our experience if your TV has an HDMI port and was manufactured in the last 6 years it will almost certainly support CEC and specifically at least On/Off. So you may well have an older TV that has no RS232 or IP control capability but has an HDMI port - this almost certainly means HDMI CEC control is possible.

Find out more about Dianemo CEC Control for Rpi here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/ and info about Dianemo Licensing offers here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

Whether you have a LinuxMCE or a Dianemo Installation if you have any comments or questions about CEC control, or anything related to it, please post them here in this thread. You can also email or PM me - see the footer below for details.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo SmartHome App waiting for approval in the App Store
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:26 pm »
The new Dianemo SmartHome App that incorporates our new Athena HTML5 Orbiter technology is waiting for Approval in the iOS App Store. The new App will be free to download as with our original Dianemo iOS App (which will continue to be available in the App Store).

The Dianemo SmartHome App requires the new Athena architecture to be installed on your Dianemo NC for it to connect. We will be opening up our Athena Beta program in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andy

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