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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 now have one full Dianemo license available out of the original three that were previously installed on trade show booth hardware by a commercial partner. If anyone is interested in purchasing a license they are available for $150 USD ($399 is our current list price).

These licenses includes access to updates and are fully functional.

Either PM me here on the forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Ex Trade Show License' in the subject line and your Paypal details in your message. Only one license per customer please.

All the best 

Andy

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We're announcing today new way's to get started with Dianemo that allow 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.

Subscriber Benefits - tutorials, member exclusive templates, early access to selected new product Betas as well as 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 $40 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 / Ex Demo Dianemo License Available **Sold**
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:19:02 pm »
We have another full Dianemo license available today that was previously installed on demonstration hardware. If anyone is interested in purchasing this license it is available for $150 USD ($399 is our list price).

This license includes updates and is fully functional.

Either PM me here on the forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Ex Demo License' in the subject line and your Paypal details in your message.

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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Marketplace / Pre-Owned Dianemo Licenses Available - **All Sold**
« on: February 12, 2015, 01:51:55 pm »
We have two one full Dianemo license available today that were previously installed on demonstration/test hardware. If anyone is interested in purchasing these licenses they are available for $150 USD each ($399 is our list price).

Either PM me here on the forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Pre-owned License' in the subject line and your Paypal details in your message.

All the best

Andy

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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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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Building a super affordable Dianemo System
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:34:02 pm »
We're always interested to hear from customers about their experiences and projects they implement with Dianemo. Recently I spoke to a customer that had put together a system around an Intel NUC PC and several Raspberry Pi's and i thought that I would give you an overview of his system.

The Intel NUC this customer used is this one http://www.quietpc.com/int-nuc-de3815tykhe?gclid=Cj0KEQiAwaqkBRDHx6rzxMqAobgBEiQAxJazJ9ZrsIb5n_3kFicTc0I3m-b9KU8fEswtiMVNCvcHUggaAslN8P8HAQ

At just over £100 UKP this NUC PC makes for an incredibly affordable NerveCentre (our name for a Core). You need to add some memory, an SSD and a USB NIC to that but its still way affordable. The NUC is really tiny, just 190x116x40 mm in size, and it uses just 5w of energy when running which is incredibly low for an X86 based machine. The NUC is a completely fanless design and because you typically use an SSD with it there are no moving parts at all...and so it is truly silent in operation. This tiny, cold running & silent machine means you can basically locate it anywhere and it will not get in the way or make even a small bedroom buzz with fan noise.

Because this customers system was installed in a new, small 2 bedroom apartment it was decided that wifi was the way to go for all components of the system. Their are 4 Raspberry Pi's in this system - one is connected to the Living Room SmartTV for CEC control and audio and the others are used purely for audio streaming in the Kitchen/Bedrooms. All the Raspberry Pi's connect to the apartments Wifi network driven from the LAN side of the NC as usual. This system has a small NAS (not sure of the make) for streaming ripped video and iTunes via LMS - again nothing special there. There is also a sprinkling of ZWave devices in this system too - some lighting, PIR's and temp/humidity sensors.

The impressive thing about this system is that its doing all this on such affordable and energy efficient hardware and all over wifi too. Total cost of the hardware for this system was about £430 UKP (or about 675 USD) which is amazingly affordable.

For more information or questions pm me here or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Why choose Dianemo?
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:35:12 pm »
How valuable is your time?

Why purchase Dianemo? Below we have gathered together some feedback from real customers about why they chose Dianemo;

"Because you want the most advanced, open and reliable Home Automation system available. A system that can be installed easily. A system that comes with support to get your system installed and working and also support that will be there in the future too, if and when you need it.
You also want a system that you can customise and expand yourself using whatever LinuxMCE skills you have - but also one that if you hit a problem you know that there will be expert help on hand to help you should you need it.
If you have a family you want a reliable working system right from the get go that they can use easily. You also want one that can be discretely installed and aesthetically pleasing too."


We think they are all great reasons to choose Dianemo too!

For many the biggest single challenge is simply getting a Home Automation system initially configured working - this is true of all makes of system. Many here will know that from personal experience. Dianemo has been optimised to make initial installation as easy as possible - and now with our support team actively helping you built into the purchase price - it just got even easier.

LinuxMCE & Dianemo share common roots and much of the underlying technology is the same in both systems. So most of your LinuxMCE experience, knowledge and experience will be just as useful & relevant  with Dianemo. Everything in Dianemo is open to you to customise or adapt just as it is in LinuxMCE. We don't hide anything and all our source code is available to you too. So if customising your system is your thing then Dianemo is a great place to do that.

But if you just want to get your system installed and working, and that is your main objective then Dianemo is a great choice too.

Whatever your motivation for wanting a Home Automation system in your home, often the single biggest cost is a hidden one - your personal time. In very many cases this cost far exceeds the purchase cost of Dianemo in fact. but however you measure the value of your personal time, whether its monetarily or experientially, the less time you have to spend getting your system working the more time you will have to enjoy it in whichever way you choose.

For more information, or to purchase Dianemo contact us at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com or
PM me here on the Forum.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Need Help Configuring/Setting up your LinuxMCE System?
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:04:54 pm »
We are now offering support for LinuxMCE systems. Get help configuring/setting up/debugging your system from one of our support team (the team that support Dianemo systems). See below for details;

Between Dec 8 - Dec 15 if you purchase 2 Hours of support we will give you a 3rd Hour FREE OF CHARGE. This is a great deal and would make a great Christmas gift too! Order now and you can use your support hours at any time in the future.

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100609#msg100609

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Controlling a SmartTV using HDMI-CEC from your Dianemo System
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:41:13 pm »
Powerful HDMI-CEC Control without a Media Director

In this demo there is no Media Director being used. We simply have a SmartTV controlled by HDMI-CEC from the Dianemo Core with an Athena Orbiter running on a MacBook Pro (the Orbiter could be running on any device with a Web browser)

Here we show Dianemo being used to select a movie from the Movie Library, stream it to a SmartTV and then control the TV using HDMI-CEC control - notice how fast the UI is and how simple to use too;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0

Powerful, simple control of your home with the minimum of hardware. Yes you can use Media Directors if you want to, or just use them in one or two rooms. But in the main family rooms we've found that using SmartTV's usually makes installing Dianemo more acceptable to the rest of the family - the rooms look just as they did before Dianemo was installed. Typically in most homes that's a big win!

All the best for the holidays.

Andy

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

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100578#msg100578

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