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Marketplace / Dianemo-Rpi2 for ARM FAQ
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:37:47 pm »
I've had many people ask in recent days whether there is an FAQ for Dianemo-Rpi2 for ARM - there is one here;


If the FAQ doesn't answer your question then please either post the question to the thread or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

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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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. These updates alone are going to be worth joining the trial for. 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 and for trial participants your license will allow you to install Dianemo-Rp2 on as many Rpi2's as you like (as long as they are owned by you)

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 period. Your trial license will allow you to install Dianemo-Rpi2 on as many Rpi2 boards as you like (the only limitation is that they must be owned by you). 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. Once we have enough users for the trial we will close the offer.

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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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 Revealed - Athena UI Performance Advantages
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:59:50 pm »
Athena Orbiters & Lower System Loads

One of the key advantages of the the Athena UI & Orbiter is that it places far lower demands on the resources of your NC. This manifests itself in several ways;

  • Regens are much faster as no Orbiter UI's need to be regenerated
  • Athena UI's are rendered 100% in the browser or App
  • Athena enables the use of small energy efficient NC hardware.

If you are building a new system then the above points will enable you to choose lower cost, low energy & small form factor hardware for your NC - something you could not do with a system using traditional Orbiters and/or traditional MD's for example.

However even in a situation where you are using Athena UI & Orbiters on an existing NC you will still be able to get some of these benefits by following these simple guidelines;

  • Only add new Athena Orbiters going forwards
  • Remove traditional Orbiters and MD's wherever you can and replace them with Athena Orbiters

So both in large installations, in say an up-market large house and in small apartment sized systems, you can improve system performance, energy usage, and in new installations system costs too, by using Athena UI & Orbiters.

All the best

Andy

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Adding an Athena Orbiter to your Dianemo Installation

This 'How-to' describes the process of adding an Athena Orbiter to your system. This is about as simple as it gets;

Configuration changes in Web Admin;
  • None required at all.
Now choose the device your want to use the Orbiter on (ie PC, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, Door Entry Panel, SmartTV or pretty much anything else with a browser) and simply do the following;
That's all there is to adding an Orbiter on any device with a Web Browser. Add as many Orbiters as you need - there is no limit. Dianemo keeps track of each one automatically for you. No Regens or configuration changes required at all.

See some example Athena Orbiter UI screens here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/

If you have a guest staying with you simply give them the Orbiter url above and they can add an Orbiter to their Tablet, Smartphone or PC too.

If you are an existing Dianemo customer simply run the Updater script to update your system and you all set with Athena. If you have never tried Dianemo before then take advantage of Dianemo+ and try before you buy for just $60 USD; See here for information on Dianemo+ and Try before you buy http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14005.0

Give Dianemo a try...it's literally is that simple.

All the best

Andy


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Athena UI & Orbiter Preview Release
free to all Dianemo users

Today we are pleased to announce that a preview release of the new Athena UI & Orbiter for Dianemo has been released - to all Dianemo customers as a normal update. We decided that it was better to release this preview release to everyone now rather than just to those who signed up for our proposed beta release - we've kept you all waiting long enough!

What does preview release actually mean though? In our case it means that Athena is broadly feature complete and stable. But there are still some areas where more work is required. The key take away is that Athena is stable and complete enough to use in real installations (some installers are already providing it to customers) and will only get better and improve as we release updates in the coming weeks (all of which you will receive automatically by running the updater).

Simply run the updater script to get all the new Athena packages installed. Once the update has completed go into Web Admin and do a reload to initialise everything. Also make sure that you fill in the Country, Region & City fields in Wizard -> Basic Info -> Installation in Web Admin too (this information is used by the Weather & Time widgets).

Installing the Athena UI does not effect your existing traditional Orbiters. Both types of Orbiters can exist on a single system quite happily.

You can access your new Athena Orbiters simply by typing the following into any Web browser installed on a PC, Laptop or Tablet connected to your internal LAN;

http://192.168.80.1/orbiter

No configuration or devices to add in Web Admin, no templates to add, no regens to do. Simple. Fire up your browser or install the iOS App on as many devices as you need - the rest is totally automatic and pain free! Add as many Orbiters as you need - have a tab on your laptop or on your Work PC (Requires a Remote Access subscription), on a tablet or any other device with a modern Web browser eg Door Entry panels or other embedded devices.

We have a new Free iOS App in the App store for you to download and use on your Dianemo system. The new Dianemo SmartHome App requires iOS 8 or later and is only compatible with iPad - an iPhone version is in development and will be available shortly. Download and install the new App on as many iPad's as you need there are no restrictions. We do plan to have an Android App in the future too but for now you can use Chrome to access the new Orbiter.

So if you have an iPad please download the new Free 'Dianemo SmartHome' App in the iOS App store - make sure you download the new App and not the standard 'Dianemo' App. To configure the Dianemo SmartHome App open it and then touch the 'ToolKit' icon in the top right corner of the iPad's display. You will now be in the Settings screen. Set the 'Allow use of mobile data' setting to on/off as required, select the 'Connection type' - Local when accessing your system from its LAN side Wifi network or Remote if accessing your system when away from home. Next touch 'Connection' and then the '+' button in the top right of the 'Connections' screen and then touch the 'i' icon next to your next connection. Each 'Connection' allows you to connect to a different Dianemo installation. As this is your first simply fill-in the 'Name' field to give your Dianemo system a name, fill-in your systems 'Installation number', next the 'Nerve Centre IP' on your LAN. Lastly fill-in the 'Remote Connection' section if you have purchased a Remote Access subscription from us; User name & Password (**leave these blank if you do not have a subscription**). Lastly touch the 'Save' button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Now touch the '< Settings' button top-left of the screen and then the 'Done' button if you have made all the changes you need to make.

After a few seconds you will see the new UI and it will ask you to select a 'Room' - select one and you will now be at the new 'Home screen' with the Weather & time widgets displayed. Across the top of the screen you will see the 'Button bar' (which can be dragged left/right to get at any buttons that are off the left or right extent of the display... Simply touch a button to select it. It should all look fairly familiar and will reflect the setup of your system.

As this is a preview release there is still some functionality missing and areas that may change (these will be delivered as they are ready as normal Dianemo updates). The preview release for example does not currently support Kmotion Security Camera access, language localisation (English only currently), UI Skins or other customisation features. All of these and more will be added through future updates - I will post a forum message when an update is available.

Anyway that's a quick overview...enjoy this Preview Edition of the Athena UI & Orbiter! Any questions please PM me or post to this thread.

All the best


Andy



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Dianemo has been optimised over the last 10 years for the needs of the professional installer. But what does that actually mean? It means in broad terms that we have focused on simplicity of installation, configuration and reliability once the system is configured.

Now while we know these are all features that professional installers demand from any home automation system they install we also know based on our experience here in the LinuxMCE Forum that those are the same features that the vast majority of our non professional users also want too. Whether you have experience with LinuxMCE or not getting your system to a working usable state as quickly as possible is incredibly important. Its important to you as it allows you to build confidence in your abilities quickly and its also often important to your family or partner too, as they often are only impressed by the system actually working. Once your system is working and usable for many of you that will be all you were looking for when you chose your system - but for a significant number of you the ability to keep customising your system is an important part of the enjoyment you get from installing a home automation system. So making your on-going experience of customising and extending Dianemo as smooth and rewarding as possible is clearly an important goal for you individually. Dianemo has been engineered to deliver on all these fronts simultaneously.

One key area that Dianemo is very strong in is its support for a wide range of AV equipment & lighting systems. For example we support the control of a wide range of traditional HDMI Video Matrices using serial & IP protocols and we also now support the exciting range of HD over IP video switching solutions (see; https://www.google.co.uk/urlhttp://www.justaddpower.com/) which offers unlimited expandability of sources/outputs and needs just a single CAT5/6 cable to any location. We also have had support for HDMI-CEC control of HDMI TV's and UPnP streaming & control of video to SmartTV's, Raspberry Pi's and most UPnP Media Players since 2011.

So if all of the above sounds interesting please take a look at Dianemo here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221 and note that we now offer a 'try before you buy' license option called Dianemo+ too which if your still a little undecided might be the option for you.

If you have any questions about Dianemo, its features or pricing or if you have some questions relating to your specific needs or installation then please get in contact here via PM on the forum or contact me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

Best

Andy

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We have a new way to get started with Dianemo that allow's you to try before you buy, spread the cost over a year and get enhanced support too. This makes owning Dianemo more affordable and also adds valuable new support services too;

Dianemo+ 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: After paying your initial $60 USD you do decide to keep Dianemo after your trial then you can choose to pay for the remaining 11 months subscription upfront instead of monthly. If you do that you only pay $300 USD (a $30 USD savings over paying monthly).

Subscriber Benefits -tutorials & 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.


Dianemo++ 12 Month Subscription :- you get a full copy of Dianemo+ right away for an affordable $60 USD per month for 12 months (billed monthly). At the end of 12 months you own the license (and can keep it and use it without additional subscription costs) and there is no obligation to continue with the Dianemo++ subscription service beyond the 12th month. You must complete 12 monthly payments to keep the software.

Subscriber Benefits - You will receive access to special monthly emailings, premium template snippets and tutorials, member exclusive templates, early access to new product Betas and priority support via email. We're also providing free access to our RaspBMC-CEC software for Raspberry Pi - install it on as many Raspberry Pi's as you like.

To order Dianemo++ please email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo++ Subscription' in the subject line and your name & Paypal email address in the body of the email.

Existing Dianemo Customers :- All existing Dianemo customers qualify for Dianemo++ 12 month subscriptions for $100 USD (paid in advance) or $10 USD per month (billed monthly)

To order please email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo++ Existing Customer' in the subject line and your name, Dianemo Installation ID & Paypal email address in the body of the email.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Texecom Alarm Offer for existing Dianemo Customers
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:53:56 pm »
If you are an existing Dianemo customer and are thinking about installing an Alarm system in your home then choose a Texecom system and we will configure your Dianemo system to work with your alarm for a flat $99 USD fee.

Simply install your Texecom Premier alarm system (or have it professionally installed by your installer) and sensors etc as you require and get in touch with us when the work is complete. We will then do the Dianemo side of the configuration remotely - it takes about 60-75 mins to complete. Even if your Texecom installation is months away you can take advantage of this offer now and simply let us know when your ready to have your system configured.

To pre-order your Texecom alarm system configuration simply email us with 'Texecom Configuration Offer' in the subject line and your Paypal details in the body of your email; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

PS Make sure that you specify that your Texecom Alarm panel has the ComIP module installed when ordering your Texecom System as Dianemo requires that module to interface to your system.

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If your thinking of installing an alarm then this offer is for you...

To mark the availability of our new integration with Texecom Alarm Systems we will configure new Dianemo installations with your Texecom Alarm system at no cost. Simply order your Dianemo License and mention 'Dianemo Texecom Offer' in the subject line or body of your email. This offer is only available to the first 5 customers who purchase licenses after 12pm on Feb 05 2015 (offer available worldwide)

For information about Dianemo; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221
For information about configuring Dianemo; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S

For information about Texecom Alarm systems; http://www.texe.com/int2/

A Dianemo license costs $399 USD. To purchase a Dianemo License and take advantage of this offer simply email your Paypal account details to;

inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

Mention 'Dianemo Texecom Offer' in the subject line or body of your email. We will then send you a Paypal payment request and confirm you have qualified for the Texecom offer before you pay.

Thank you for choosing Dianemo.

Please Note: You must have a working Texecom installation and your system must have Texecom's ComIP module installed prior to our configuration work commencing. We cannot configure your Texecom Alarm system in any way - this offer only applies to the Dianemo side of the configuration. Once you have purchased your Dianemo License you can schedule the Texecom Configuration any time during the next 12 months.

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Marketplace / Dianemo - Two-Way Integration with Texecom Alarm Panels
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:29:51 pm »
We have just released our new device template & drivers for the Texecom range of alarm panels. We support full two-way integration with Texecom panels and the Orbiter can display all of the information and modes that a wall mounted Texecom panel display can (see the first Orbiter Ui screen image);

http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF

The Texecom configuration comes complete with new Athena UI screens (see examples in link above).

Dianemo will work with existing Texecom installations, or new installations, and can be easily retrofitted to properties that require secure remote access/monitoring of the Texecom panels status. Our new Athena iOS Orbiter App supports remote access to your Texecom panel from anywhere in the world allowing you to control your alarm system as if you were still at home.

Contact - inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

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Secure Remote Access & Assistance Service
For LinuxMCE

We will be launching a new dedicated LinuxMCE Secure Remote Access & Remote Assistance service later this month. The Remote Access side of the service makes it possible for you to access your LinuxMCE system securely from any location with Internet access (mobile connections are supported) without the need to open special ports or make any other security reducing changes to your Core. We support SSH, HTTPS and most other standard protocols allowing you to securely SSH into your system or use a Web or any other kind of Orbiter remotely. You can use Remote Access as much as you like and on as many devices as you like while your subscription is active, and multiple family members can access the service simultaneously too. To access your system while you are away from home you simply login to our Cloud based service and our servers then handle the connection with your system - all communications are secure & encrypted.

While Remote Access is for you and your family to use when away from home Remote Assistance is about providing a secure access channel for our support team to use if/when you need any technical support or customisation of your system.

Remote Assistance provides a secure way for our support team to remotely access your LinuxMCE system if/when you need any remote technical support or help with your system. Only members of our Remote support team can gain access to your system - and strictly only with your permission. Remote Assistance is totally under your control - we provide you with a 'Master On/Off' switch in Web Admin so that you can control when remote access is available. You simply contact us when you need any assistance and we will quote you a simple fixed price for whatever you require.

We provide you with a simple software installer that adds our service to your Core. Nothing else in your LinuxMCE system is affected by our installer and your Core will function exactly as it did before.

There will be an annual subscription fee for each Core you connect to the service, with subscriptions starting at under $5 USD per month for an unlimited access 12 month subscription.

As we expect a high level of demand for this service when it goes live we are opening up for 'early bird' registration today - simply email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'RARA - Early Bird Registration' in the subject line. The first 50 'early bird' registrations will get discounted subscriptions and access to additional 'beta' features early too. You will not be charged until the service goes live. We will then notify you when the service goes live. So register right away!


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Dianemo Exposed is a series of posts that explore how Dianemo works and how its used by our customers all over the world;

Dianemo is a very flexible & customizable Smart Home system right 'out of the box' and our users are always impressing us with their ingenuity. But sometimes what they are trying to achieve is beyond their ability to customize the system or they simply don't have the time to do whatever the change is themselves. In these situations we can provide a service that will create new software or customize the system to suit your needs all for a fixed pre-agreed cost.

We were recently asked to implement a capability that would enable a customers Dianemo system to automatically switch ISP providers when a data-cap limit on the first ISP had expired. The customers primary ISP had a faster service but there was Data usage cap in place while his second ISP had no Data Cap but a slower speed connection. Our custom solution allows the system to use eth0 for its external connection to the Primary ISP and we monitor data usage on that NIC until we reach the Data Cap (we have a config setting so that we actually trigger the switch-over before the Data Cap is reached). When the Data Cap limit is reached our software switches to eth2 which connects to a second ISP without a Data Cap for the remainder of the current Month. At 00:01 on the 1st of the next month our software switches back to eth0 and starts monitoring data usage again.

The system basically continually swaps between the two ISP's automatically and transparently and therefore automating the switch-over of the ISP service in use. This is a great example of being able to shape Dianemo for a customer with a very specific need.

All the best

Andy

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