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Marketplace / **NEW** Black Friday Special - Dianemo Bundle **NEW**
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:41:13 pm »
Don't miss our great Thanksgiving / Black Friday deals that start today;

See "Selecting External Sources from a Denon AVR Receiver" here;

Marketplace / <<Dec 2014>> Dianemo Special Offers
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:37:31 pm »
Just to highlight that we've launched some offers for Dec today;



One of the major directions Dianemo has taken over the last few years has been a drive for simplicity & reliability. That focus led us to the realisation that we needed to rethink how systems were configured and at the same time add some new technologies & capabilities to the overall system to make the goal attainable.

We started to look at the whole Dianemo system, much of which at the time still relied on configurations, setup and processes that we'd inherited from the Pluto days. One of the first things that hit us was that in the area of media distribution and delivery we needed to make some big changes. At the time we still used Media Directors but the world around us had changed and increasingly the TV's we were connecting to our MD's were SmartTV's with their own IP connections & integrated UPnP media players. It quickly dawned on us that by configuring MD's on system we were relegating the SmartTV's to being...well just dumb TV's. We weren't utilizing all the great hardware capabilities in these TV's at all. The original reason MD's were developed in the Pluto days was because there were no low cost media players back then so the Pluto guys had to build their own from PC components. There were also no Touch based tablets back then either, well there were but they were super expensive 7-8,000 USD devices that came with Crestron systems, so the only cost effective way to put a UI into a room was to create one inside an MD and use the TV to display it to users. But now we had very affordable small touch based tablets & smartphones that could display a much better UI and we have great UPnP media players built directly into SmartTV's and for older TV's we could use low-cost stand-alone UPnP media players for video playback. So we could move the UI to the customers tablet and use the SmartTV directly for streaming and all of those activities could be orchestrated over IP & UPnP by Dianemo's NerveCentre. If we needed any other local control/sensors then we could locate other low power/cost dedicated devices wherever we needed them for that purpose all connected back to the NerveCentre by IP.

As we worked through the ramifications of this though process we realised that moving away from MD's, together with some other related changes, meant that we could actually reduce the kind of hardware we needed in the NerveCentre because it was being asked to do far less heavy lifting. All of this meant we ended up with a far simpler more reliable overall system with a much lower energy burn. We could now deliver a good level of performance in smaller Homes using a low end Atom based NerveCentre. A typical small apartment/small house system would now be essentially a small compact Atom based NerveCentre, network switch + Wifi router, Some SmartTV's, Squeezebox devices for audio all controlled from a handheld touch based UI on a tablet. In functional terms this system could do everything the previous generation of systems had done but with possibly 60+ % less hardware and more than a 50% reduction in complexity and at least a 40% reduction in energy burn too.

The only real loss in this approach was the on screen TV UI. We didn't feel this was a great loss - it was only there through expediency and a quirk of circumstance that went back to the very limted hardware we had available in the early days. In fact over-hauling the UI was something we'd wanted to do for some time, and now we were free of the so called '10 foot' UI we could think about a new approach to UI's, and that was really the moment that our, soon to be released, Athena HTML5 UI was born.

So today yes we still have some older installations that use MD's and we still have some new customers who wan't to stick with MD's still too. But the vast majority of our installations, 80% or more, are now MD free and use SmartTV's or media players instead. That means more affordable & reliable systems with lower complexity too.

See here our current offers;

All the best


Users / Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:48:52 pm »
I've been testing some Raspberry Pi Model A+'s over the last few days and wondered if anyone else had been too?

The Model A+ is about half the size of previous Raspberry Pi's but has the same mounting holes (at the same centres) as the earlier models. It lacks the the LAN port, only has a single usb port and only 256mb of RAM. But in all other ways is totally compatible with the earlier models - I could boot a test Raspian SD card from a Model B on the A+ without modifications.

The Model A+ uses the same Application Processor as earlier models, has 40 GPIO pins, far better audio quality (uses a separate low-noice power supply) which is great for SqueezeLite applications, power consumption is about 25% less than the Model A. Then there's the very low price - $20 USD + Tax & shipping.

I've been testing the Model A+ with a usb wifi adapter to get it connected and this works really well - again just like previous Rpi's. The only area where the Model A+ falls short is running something like XBMC where the 256mb of RAM is a little on the light side. But for SqueezeLite its pretty much perfect and for everything else the Model A+ is a great choice.

Anyone else got a Model A+? Any feedback, experiences or views on it yet?

All the best


This Dianemo License special offer is almost sold out - we will close the offer by 3pm GMT today. If you were planning to purchase a Dianemo License with configuration included for the special price of $179.95 USD then please get in contact before the deadline;



RaspCEC-Pi now supports all of the currently implemented/working CEC device types & all CEC command types;

- TV
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Power State, EPG Language, Cursor Control, Vendor ID
- Recorder1, Recorder2, Recorder3
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Play/Pause/FF/RW, Record, Status, Vendor ID
- Tuner1, Tuner2, Tuner3, Tuner4
Command/Query examples; Analogue/Digital Service Select, Status, Record, Vendor ID
- Playback1, Playback2, Playback3
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Play/Pause/FF/RW, Status, Vendor ID
- Audio System
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Input Select, Vol UP/Down, Mute, Status, Vendor ID
- “Unregistered” if it’s the initiator address, “Broadcast” if it’s the follower address.

For LinuxMCE users you will need to create a custom GSD device to provide access to CEC control on your system. We provide details of how to create one yourself with each license. We are also working on a CEC GSD device that we will provide as part of your license that you can add to your system. The RaspCEC-Pi LinuxMCE GSD device should be available shortly and will be made available to all customers a no cost.

Install our RaspCEC-Pi firmware on a new Raspberry Pi Model A+ with a usb wifi adapter and use a spare usb port on your TV to power it.  No power adapter or CAT5 cables to run. Get full control of all the devices attached to your TV's HDMI ports anywhere in your home without needing to run any cables at all.

Any questions please contact me here by PM or email me here;

All the best


Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Using Wifi for Audio/Video & Control
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:29:44 pm »
A Series Highlighting How to Configure your Dianemo System

With the availability of good quality Wifi 802.11g/n routers & devices in recent years using wifi to connect your devices to your Core/NC has become a reliable solution. There are many situations where running new CAT5 cables in a property is not possible. It might be because the property has been recently re-decorated, the property might be rented or it might simply be that you just don't have CAT5 in the right places. In all these situations and many more too using Wifi is a viable solution in the vast majority of cases.

In smaller properties, or apartments, a single wifi router may be all that is required to get good signal coverage. But in larger properties you may need to consider using wifi extenders to extend the range of your wifi LAN to more distant locations. Wifi extenders are readily available now if you need them and are very affordable too.

The main advantage of using wifi is that you can locate your wifi device wherever you have a power outlet. Below a TV or Audio Amplifier for example or in the case of devices like Raspberry Pi's tucked behind the equipment you need to send audio to or control is possible too.

As a company we have a lot of experience with wifi in installations through both our professional installers and software license customers. I have several Raspberry Pi's around my home and they are all connected over Wifi. In my case i'm using wifi connected Raspberry Pi's for  CEC control, XBMC video and SqueezeLite audio. We have customers who also have SmartTV's connected over Wifi too.

Clearly if you've invested in CAT5 to each room then use it. But if you haven't or if you forgot to run that now very important last run of CAT5 to a guest room then go with Wifi for sure.

If you have any questions about wifi in general, Dianemo, Raspbmc-CEC, RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi then please just PM me here or contact me at;


The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ combined with our RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi firmware is perfect for discretely tucking away where you don't have any CAT5. Simply add a usb wifi adapter and you have the smallest most energy efficient audio/CEC control solution there is. See below for more details;

All the best


A Series Highlighting How to Configure your Dianemo System

Configuring controllable AV amplifiers is very easy in Dianemo. This section of the Dianemo Wiki page explains how to configure your Denon AVR amplifiers for control by Dianemo;

All the best


Dianemo delivers high quality multi-room, synchronised music to every room in your home, with real-time playlist updates & complete control from any Orbiter.

Getting your Music library working with Dianemo is super easy. Dianemo uses Logitech Media Server (LMS) as its streaming music server and we've built tight integration with LMS directly into our software. Wherever your Music comes from LMS will index and stream it for you - even iTunes. You Music library can be on your Core's hardrive, on your laptop/PC's hard drive, on a NAS or on Spotify. We leverage all the capabilities of LMS to manage your Music, provide you with sophisticated PlayList support including dynamically updated iTunes Playlists, integrated Internet radio station presets, support for multi-source Spotify streaming (paid Spotify account required) and full support for the thousands of great LMS plugins too.

Simply follow our LMS setup guide below to get your music wherever you want it in your Home;

Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Getting Help using Remote Assistance
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:15:31 pm »
Every Dianemo installation has our Remote Assistance service built into it. Remote Assistance allows our support team to remotely connect to your Dianemo system to diagnose problems or fix issues. You are in control of when Remote Assistance is turned on and can change that setting from Web Admin;

Initial configuration of Dianemo systems from one of our support team has proved to be a big hit with Pro Smart Home Installers so now we thought we'd make this available to you guys - but at a remarkable price;

We've announced support for CEC control of HDMI Switches for LinuxMCE & Dianemo;

See here;

All the best


See our 24Hr Special pricing on a limited number of Dianeem licenses;

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