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Users / Proposed forum rules
« on: May 11, 2008, 02:53:40 pm »
Danielk wanted me to post these to the forum for discussion. So, post what you think of them. Should anything be taken out? Added? Do you think we don't need the rules?

Lurk and get to know the forum before you post. Use the search function before posting. Chances are your question has already been answered. Read up before asking!
Don’t be afraid to post. If you're new to our community, taking the step for the first time to post publicly to a message board can sometimes seem intimidating. Don't be afraid to jump into a discussion. We have a very supportive community that serves up heavy doses of support, encouragement and enthusiasm. We love meeting new people and making new friends.
While we hope that you'll become an active participant and join in our discussions, you're welcome, of course, to simply hang out silently until you feel more comfortable posting a message.
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Users / Pictures
« on: March 12, 2008, 08:33:26 pm »
I was wondering if anyone was interested in there being a forum or just a thread for pictures of what people have set up. Partly just to show what they got going, but it may also help people put things together correctly if they can actually let others see what they are doing or follow what others have done. anyone else interested in that?

Users / 0710 Beta 3
« on: January 16, 2008, 08:05:10 pm »
What is the FTP logon we can use or where can we get one? I tried logging on anonymously and it didn't work.

Users / Could make a nice MD
« on: January 07, 2008, 05:06:26 am »
I havent checked on the specs it has but maybe this would make a decent MD.

Feature requests & roadmap / Instant Messaging
« on: December 10, 2007, 04:13:04 pm »
How about instead of SMS or email something was sent through an IM client like MSN,Yahoo, AIM or ICQ or something? Would this be very hard to implement? Would anyone else find it useful?

Users / Russound
« on: November 16, 2007, 10:25:33 pm »
Is anyone using any Russound equipment? Anything close to but not exactly the Cav 6.6, maybe the 6.4 or something?

Installation issues / trouble with App_Server
« on: September 14, 2007, 03:33:23 am »
has anyone else had any trouble with getting the App_Server to run? mine hasnt run ever since 1.0. i am beginning to think maybe theres something in my BIOS that i may need to turn off. when i try to run it manually i get a segmentation fault. when i look at the log it says "Device died... count=12/50 dev=15" with the count continually going up. i believe this is also keeping me from getting asterisk going.

Installation issues / Problem using Asterisk
« on: September 09, 2007, 04:57:49 pm »
I have recently gotten the 7970 going. I can see it as an orbiter and it is being registered in Asterisk. When i go to use the AMP flash panel it wont load. i get this error

Error loading configuration file variables.txt?aldope=41869

looking it up i found two references to pretty much the same thing.

i havent been able to find the or op_server.cfg files.

has anyone else had this trouble or any idea where these files would also says that in the .cfg files /var/www/html/panel/html should be referenced. i dont even see an html directory inside /var/www. could asterisk have not installed correctly or could these have been changed? thanks for any help anyone can give.

Users / Mobile Phone
« on: August 22, 2007, 10:01:04 pm »
According to this wiki, it only works with symbian for controlling it over a data service and not bluetooth. Is that still correct? It said that a windows app was expected in 2005...
I would like to get a Treo and us that....

"The mobile orbiter software right now only works with Symbian Series 60 phones, although a version for Microsoft smart phones is expected in September, 2005."

Feature requests & roadmap / Mail
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:28:43 pm »
Is there now or is there any plan for LinuxMCE have the ability to send mail? It would be nice to have it send me messages when events are triggered. I dont have a phone system set up yet.

Users / Thermostat
« on: August 21, 2007, 06:27:58 pm »
Would a Z-wave thermostat work? All I can find in the Wikis it lights and PIRs. Has anyone used one yet? If Z-wave is a no go, what kindof setup are people using now for thermostats?

Users / HA Designer Manual
« on: August 21, 2007, 04:45:37 pm »
I found a copy that i had if anyone needs it. Send me a message with your email and I can send it.

Users / Multiple Cores
« on: August 20, 2007, 10:57:02 pm »
Is it possible to have two cores that are interconnected? I would like to set up one to do just the security since i am running out of PCI cards and also wouldnt want it to bog down anything on the core i have now (CPU or HD space).

Users / Skins
« on: August 18, 2007, 08:30:30 pm »
Has anyone created their own skins the would be willing to share them? Anyone interested in doing skins for others? Anything like that?

Users / Floorplan
« on: August 17, 2007, 07:23:11 pm »
Is there a Wiki on editing the floorplan to add the devices and everything?

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