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Users / Re: rpi2
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:11:49 pm »
Because wifi is not meant to transfer large amounts of data. imho wifi is great for getting access, but not for using it with HD content transfers. For example, the current bandwidth used by a public HD broadcaster in Germany is 11MBit/s - now take two people trying to watch that broadcast. In everything but the most perfect situations, you will get a problem.

Well in my experience with a properly setup 802.11n or 802.11ac Wifi network with repeaters to fill in any dead zones etc we have regularly seen 5-6 simultaneous 11Mbts (or thereabouts some HD streams would be slightly higher here in the UK) being accessed without a problem. Of course you will get congestion and buffering if you push the LAN to its limits but there is no need to do that with modern Wifi router/LAN's. Yes you need a well implemented Wifi installation - a single router stuffed in the back of a closet is not going to deliver that. And the installation will be largely driven by what construction is used in the building etc. But all of those can be worked around by using multiple AP's strategically located.

Of course the other factor is that for most of the time, in most situations, there are not 5-6 HD streams being moved across the LAN.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Raspberry Pi2 Bencharked Against other Sub 2w Boards
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:21:42 pm »
David Hunt Benchmarks the Rpi2 against; Rpi1 B+, Beaglebone Black, Intel Edison, Imagination MIPS Creator C120; http://www.davidhunt.ie/raspberry-pi-2-benchmarked/

Interestingly the Intel Atom based Edison is not that far ahead of the Rpi2 in performance terms on any of the benchmarks but is at least 3x more expensive because of the requirement to add a Baseboard to the main Edison board, and of course it has no community/eco system at all.

Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced that they had shipped around 4.5million Rpi's just prior to announcing the Raspberry Pi2 in late Jan and have since announced that they are manufacturing (& selling) 20,000 Rpi2's a day currently which means that by April they will certainly have shipped over 6 million Rpi's.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: rpi2
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:07:51 am »
The same reason why you wouldn't want Wifi with a disked x86 MD apply to the rpi.

Why's that? We used to build MD's in that config in the distant past...2007-8 or there about.

Andy

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Dianemo-Rpi2 - the lowest cost Core available today
A New Era in Smart Home Technology

One of the the most exciting advantages of the Raspberry Pi2 (Rpi2) board is its low cost & small size. If you've been thinking of 'building' your own Core or have always wanted a 2nd Core to just play around with, or prototype with then the Rpi2 + Dianemo-Rpi2 license is the ideal way to do that. In fact it is the lowest cost Core/NC that is available today (even including the Dianemo-Rpi2 license)

You can see the Press launch of Rpi2 and some early reviews of the new board here;

http://www.raspberrypi.org/taps-monitor-is-this-thing-on/

So why would you want a Dianemo-Rpi2? Maybe to run Dianemo-Rpi2 alongside your existing LinuxMCE Core or Dianemo NC if you have one - no need to disturb them at all. Here is what our users are telling us they plan to do with their Dianemo-Rpi2;

  • Have you wanted a Core for ages? Now you can for a total cost of less than $150 USD
  • Always wanted a 2nd Core to prototype projects on? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal.
  • Always wanted to build a low cost Core for a family member? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal.
  • Always wanted a Core for your Daughter/Son to learn & experiment with? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal
  • Got an idea for a Smart Home project you want to prototype? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal
  • Is there a Rpi hardware project you want to integrate? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal

Of course the new Rpi2 offers an enormous increase in performance with it's 4x 900mhz ARMv7 cores and 1gb RAM this gives the new board about a 6x performance boost overall compared to the Rpi B+ (according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation). This page has a lot of posts & tweets from ordinary Rpi2 users who have been running their own benchmark test on the board too;

http://www.raspberrypi.org/benchmarking-raspberry-pi-2/

The Rpi2 is incredibly affordable so no one can complain about the hardware costs - $35 USD for the Rpi2. Its so small that it can be hidden away almost anywhere you have a power outlet - no one can complain about it taking up half the lounge! Its silent too so no one will complain about the annoying buzz of its cooling fan. Its super low energy too, using less than 5w in its basic configuration - so no complaints there either.

Dianemo-Rpi2 is the perfect 'invisible' Smart Home project that you can have up and running for a fraction of what a PC based system would cost. Simply take advantage of our ARM only Dianemo-Rpi2 license for $99 USD now and you will have the lowest cost Core possible today.

Get a Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview License now for $99 USD - see here for details; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14026.0

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo-RPi2 Preview Edition - for Raspberry Pi2 FAQ
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:20:14 pm »
Q: If I'm an existing Dianemo customer will I need a new license to get access to Dianemo-Rpi2?

Unless you have already been allocated a trial slot then yes you will need a new license. Dianemo-Rpi2 is our first ARM based product and will require a separate license to our current Dianemo X86 based product. The good news is that you can get a new ARM only license for a special $99 USD price currently.

Q: Will the current ARM only license price of $99 USD be available after you launch Dianemo-Rpi2?

The honest answer is we have not settled on our pricing yet for Dianemo-Rpi2. But we do see the current $99 USD price as a special introductory price prior to launch. So we would encourage you take advantage of this pricing now if your interested.

Q: How long will the current $99 USD ARM only license offer continue for?

The current ARM only license offer will only be available until we feel we have enough people for the trial testing period. So our advice is that if you want to participate in the trial or want an ARM based NC/Core then you should purchase an ARM only license soon.

Q: Will my Dianemo-Rpi2 license work with the final released version?

Yes it will. Any ARM only licenses purchased now are full licenses and will work as they should after we launch Dianemo-Rpi2.

Q: When will we receive the first preview release of Dianemo-Rpi2?

We are currently expecting to have the first builds ready for release to preview users in May 2015.

Q: Which OS will Dianemo-Rpi2 be compatible with?

Dianemo-Rp2 will ship on Raspian which is already ARMv7 compatible.

Q: What CODECS are available for the Rpi2?

Both the MPEG2 & VC-1 codecs are available for all models of the Rpi. The codecs can be purchased from here; http://swag.raspberrypi.org/collections/software

**Bare in mind you only need CODECS on RPi's that will be playing Video**

Q: Can I install Dianemo-Rpi2 on multiple SD cards?

Yes you can. Those SD cards will only work on your Raspberry Pi2 though - each license is restricted to one Rpi2. But you can do a bootable image backup of you SD card to your PC's hardrive - this will enable you to restore to your SD card if you need to. You could even have multiple SD cards with a copy of Dianemo-Rpi2 on each that has different configurations - you might do this if you were experimenting with several configs or want to test different 3rd party hardware projects etc. The only limitation is that your license can only be installed on your Rpi2.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support serial devices?

Yes we will support any USB serial adapters that are compatible with Rpi2. We will also support IP addressable serial servers/adapter such as the GC100 etc too.

Q: Will a Dianemo-Rpi2 Core/NC support a local MD & HDMI audio?

While the Rpi2 hardware will definitely support HDMI audio we do not currently plan to support MD functionality on the Core/NC itself. We don't think the performance will be adequate (we may revise this if tests prove performance is not a problem). But since adding another Rpi2 as an MD or as a UPnP Media player is simple and only costs an additional $35 USD we feel that’s an acceptable limitation.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support MD's?

Yes we will but probably not at first release. We also will almost certainly not support PXE booted MD's for performance reasons - MD's will boot from a local SD card image. Our updater scripts will manage the updating of MD's automatically for you.

Q: What hardware will I need?

For your NC you will need a standard Raspberry Pi2 board and a compatible USB Gigabit NIC (you will need both a LAN side & WAN side NIC). Obviously a Raspberry Pi compatible case would also be a useful purchase and a suitable USB power supply (2500ma or greater rated if multiple USB ports used). A 32gb or larger Micro SD card will be needed for the OS and Dianemo firmware. All of these items can be purchased from any Raspberry Pi reseller.

For MD's you will need either a Rpib+ or Rpi2. No 2nd NIC required. Again a suitable case is not required but is probably a good idea and a USB power supply (2500ma or greater rated if multiple USB ports used). A 8gb or larger Micro SD card for the MD OS and Dianemo MD firmware.

Q: Will I be able to access the Rpi2 GPIO pins?

Yes absolutely. If the Rpi supports it we want to too. One of the many advantages of the Rpi platform is being able to use all the I/O on the board either directly for simple projects or by using any of the many Rpi expansion boards that are available.

Q: What kind of system can be built around Dianemo-Rpi2?

Because MD's (if you use them) will boot from local SD storage and only Athena based UI skins will be supported the average load on the system will be much lower than with existing NC's. There will also be other architectural changes that will improve performance on low power ARM hardware too. Add all these changes together and we are confident that a Dianemo-Rpi2 NC will be able to support an average sized house. Part of the testing process during the trial will be designed to measure performance capabilities for a range of system configurations.

Q: What expansion limitations will there be?

The Rpi2 obviously lacks PCie slots so any expansion in the NC will need to be achieved without requiring those. But it does have 40 GPIO pins and both DSI & CSI expansion connectors for all manner of add on hardware (it's full compatible with Rpi expansion boards Etc). We hope that many standard Rpi expansion boards/projects will be integrated into Dianemo-Rpi2 by both you guys and also by us. The Rpi2 also has 4x USB 2.0 ports (although we use one of those for the 2nd NIC). Adding audio/video media storage is easily handled by adding a low cost NAS (or multiple NAS's even) to your LAN for unlimited media storage. Ripping disc based media can be done from a PC or by adding a USB optical drive. So all in all there are few if any expansion limitations that cannot be easily worked around.

Q: How many MD/MM's will Dianemo-Rpi2 handle concurrently?

Since MD/MM's will boot from local SD storage and will stream media from LAN based storage like a NAS the load imposed on the NC will be considerably lower. Also there will be no UI's to regen which also removes a large overhead. So our expectation is that Dianemo-Rpi2 will handle these loads comfortably but until we have the Preview underway we can't provide a definitive answer. My feeling is that in reality this will not be a limiting factor for most users.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support LMS and SqueezeSlaves?

Yes it will. Again as in the reply to the question re MD/MM's above we will need to test the limits of performance during the Preview. Clearly a Rpi2 Core will have a more limited capacity than a big Intel based Core but we expect for the vast majority of use cases this will not be a factor. For the most of the time our big Intel based Cores are barely being used and it's only during regens and PXE booting MM/MD's that there big processors are needed. So by removing these, and a few other performance hogging pieces of code, we can build a Core on Rpi2 that will perform well overall with far less hardware.




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Users / Re: Dianemo Installation
« on: March 20, 2015, 01:07:48 pm »
Glad we could help.

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview Video
« 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

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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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
« 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/

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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Marketplace / Dianemo Revealed - Why Dianemo-Rpi2 ?
« on: March 18, 2015, 02:26:14 pm »
Dianemo Revealed - Dianemo-Rpi2 for ARM v7
A New Era in Smart Home Technology

We've been looking at lower cost, small form factor & low energy hardware for Dianemo for a number of years now. In the very early days we looked at hardware based around VIA processors/chipsets which were early attempts at low-cost/low-energy hardware and then the Intel Atom processor arrived and of course a whole host of new small form factor hardware arrived built around it. But although these platforms represented big improvements over what we had before they were still not ideal and still often ran very hot.

Meanwhile the mobile world was evolving around ARM based processors and SOC's which were incredibly power efficient and ran without getting overly hot and delivered ever increasing amounts of computing power. Apart from desktop PC's and laptops everything else around us today has evolved around small low power processors and that means mostly ARM based hardware.

Out of this wave of tiny low power hardware has emerged the phenomenon that is Raspberry Pi (Rpi). The Rpi has sold millions of units and the hardware ecosystem and developer community that has evolved around it is now worldwide and incredibly vibrant. The release of the new Raspberry Pi2 (Rpi2) at the beginning of 2015 was a turning point, as for the first time we had enough performance and memory to envisage running a Dianemo NC software stack on a Rpi.

We see the Rpi2 as the perfect embodiment of what we have in the X86 PC driven world shrunk down to ARM footprint/cost; we have incredibly vibrant hardware add-on communities built around the Rpi architecture (and Rpi2 is backwardly compatible with almost all the Rpi hardware out there) and we also have an equally vibrant and dedicated software community too. So in Rpi2 we have not just an ARM based piece of hardware that for the first time has the performance we have been looking for, but we also have a ready built ecosystem too. Having that ecosystem is incredibly important when you analyse it because it means that we are not 'swimming' alone and can leverage the work going on in other parts of the Rpi community to amplify and extend our efforts and enjoyment. The 'our' in the last sentence applies to both Dianemo the company and to our software customers in equal amounts. There are other ARMv7 based boards out there that would also have the performance we are looking for but none of those hardware platforms have ecosystems like the Rpi. In the end you need a critical mass of other people, most of whom are not interested in Home Automation, but who all share a common enjoyment, commitment and love of a common hardware platform. Joining this community collectively benefits everyone in it too.

So here we are. I'm not going to talk about the specifics of what Dianemo-Rpi2 is or will be here today. That's for the future. But I am sure that ARM based hardware is where we need to be and that Dianemo-Rpi2 is going to be a very exciting platform for all of us to build around.

I'd encourage anyone with an interest in low cost/energy home automation that leverage’s the Rpi hardware/software ecosystem to get signed up for our Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview here;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14026.0

Thanks

Andy


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Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview Release for Raspberry Pi2
A new Era in Smart Home Technology

We are looking for people who are interested in getting early pre-view access to Dianemo-RPi2 -  our port of Dianemo to the new Raspberry Pi2 board. Yes we're talking about a full Core/NC running on a credit card sized Raspberry Pi2 board - the totally silent, tiny and low-energy Core many of us have been waiting for is actually here for just $35 USD! Dianemo-Rpi2 is a brand new platform that will receive exciting, leading-edge new technology updates regularly in the months ahead. Get involved now and help us shape a whole new era in Smart Home technology.

So if you would like to participate in the Rpi2 pre-view you can purchase an ARM only Dianemo license (see below for details) to join the trial. Joining the trial by purchasing a preview license does not obligate you to participate in any specific way - we would simply ask you, if you have the time, to take a few minutes to report any issues you experience during the trial period. Of course you also have to own, or be willing to purchase a new Rpi2 board too - its hard to get involved without one! All participants in the trial will receive a new Dianemo License for use on their Rpi2.

The Rpi2 hardware; http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi2?ICID=rpimain-feature-products
(*Click the Country flag in the top right-hand corner of the page to set your location*)
David Hunt Benchmarks the Rpi2 against; Rpi1 B+, Beaglebone Black, Intel Edison, Imagination MIPS Creator C120; http://www.davidhunt.ie/raspberry-pi-2-benchmarked/
(*Interestingly the Intel Atom based Edison is not that far ahead of the Rpi2 in performance terms but is at least 3x more expensive because of the requirement to add a Baseboard to the main Edison board.*)

Dianemo-Rpi2 ARM Only License - $99 USD - If you are only interested in Dianemo-Rpi2 then we are now making available an ARM only Dianemo license for $99 USD. This license is only for ARM hardware and will only be available at this price for a limited peiod. At the completion of the trial this license will function as a normal license and will continue to function normally for as long as Dianemo-Rpi2 is available.

To participate please send an email to inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo-RPi2 Preview' in the subject line. Please indicate that you want to purchase an ARM only license in the body of your email and also include you Paypal details.

Don't delay in responding as our ARM only license will only be available at the current price for a limited period.

All the best

Andy

PS If you are an existing Dianemo customer and have already been contacted and assigned a preview slot for the Dianemo-RPi2 Preview you need do nothing, as your interest in participating will have already been recorded. If you do not have a preview slot then you will need to contact us and purchase an ARM only Dianemo license as outlined above.

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
« 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/

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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The Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter is compatible with any modern HTML5 browser and the standard UI skin requires a minimum display resolution of 1024 x 768. We also provide a free iOS iPad App and will introduce a free Android App later this year too.

The following Android devices have been reported to support and work well with Athena Orbiter;

- Tesco Hudl 2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Android 4.4 Kitkat)
- LG G Pad 8.3
- Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
- Google Nexus 7
- Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
- Google Nexus 9
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
- ASUS Memo Pad 8 (Android Kitkat 4.4)
- ASUS Phone Pad 7 LTE (Android Kitkat 4.4)
- Sony Xperia Z3 (Android Lollipop 5.0)
- Google Nexus 6 (Android Lollipop)
- HTC One M8 ( Android 4.4 Kitkat + HTC Sense 6.0)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Android 4.4.4 Kitkat)

If you have used Athena with another device please let us know by posting here in this thread with Device model, OS Version & Browser version.

All the best

Andy


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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
« 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

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Marketplace / Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
« 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

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
« 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

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