Now that the kernel for linuxmce is more stable and I have a core2 duo to spare I'm reconsidering Linuxmce again. I have a few question below, but I will describe my setup below to give you an idea of what I'm doing and a simple diagram of my setup
I have a Micasaverde Vera so I'm excited about dce communication.
For Zwave I Have: Wayne Dalton Z-Wave Thermostat, Appliance controller for Fan in my server room, 3-In-1 Multi-sensor (Turns on Fan when temp on the gets to high and detects motion and brightness)
For X10 I Have: Tons of Motion Sensors, Light Switches/Dimmers, Appliance Modules,Lamp Modules and other Stuff
Security: DSC 5401 for DSC 832 Security Sensor, X10 Motion Sensors, Zwave Motion Sensor, Analog, Composite Security Camera, Wifi Video Cameras, Dedicated Modulated Security Channel
Media: 2 TB of Movies, Music, and Recorded TV, Roku Media Player, Logitech Squeezecenter, Firefly Media Server on the Nas
Tuners: Hauppauge PVR-350,Hdhomerun, 2 Hauppauge HVR-1600s, 2 Pinnacle HD Pro Sticks, 3 Pinnacle 800e PCI Tuners, Motorola DCT-3416 via firewire,Moto DCP501 Tuner controlled via serial (always modulated to Channel 122, pvr-350 tuned to channel 122 and serial controlled to change channel on tuner via mythtv)
Storage: 2TB Promise Nas
Possible Core: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/User:Nswint Former Master Backend
Possible Media Directors: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/User:Nswint Slave Backends/Front End #2,#3
Questions that I know have:
*Can I have text to speech(incoming calls/announcements) pause media directors/squeezeboxes playing, finish announcement, resume playing music?
*Can I accept voip calls over a bluetooth headset?
*Can I accept voip calls on a orbiter/voip phone and have sound piped to rooms and speakers of my choice? Also can other rooms/microphones/media directors/orbiters/voip phones conferenced in?
*Voip video chat over media directors with cameras?
*Can I import my current mythtv recording database? I don't care about the tuners, I can always readd them in the order and priority that I want. I will mount my nas via nfs to access all the recorded tv shows.
*Is Linuxmce capable of all the conditions (date/time/dawn/dusk), and conditions I currently have in misterhouse? Like turning X10 controlled Christmas lights on after thanksgiving and before new years eve, and lights on/off at dusk.
*Can I turn off dhcp on the core, mount pxe images on my linksys router running dhcp via a nfs share on the core? and then manaully configure the wifi cams, orbiters, squeezeboxes, hdhomerun?
Reason being. I've had one of the nics on the core conk out and I lost access to my entire lan.
*Remote access to the core from the outside?
*Has the firewall page on the core been updated? It was very difficult to setup before
*Can you run on just one NIC instead of 2?
The setup that I dreamed of was this:
*Music, tv, movies always follow me with bluetooth or rfid proximity detection.
*I could take phone calls from anywhere. Music and movies would pause if a vip call my cell or one of the voip lines and simultaneously announce who the caller was. If not a vip have the callerid overlayed on a mythtv live or recorded show or over a movie/video being watched on one of the media directors.
*When someone rang the doorbell; I could get a Picture in picture display of who was at the door and possibly speak to them if I chose to thru mic/speakers or an outdoor voip phone.
*Take the headache from visitors trying to figure out how to Switch inputs on my tv via my universal remote and watch live tv on a free tuner and not change the channels of the Comcast Box while it is recording.
*Queue up movies, kids tv, and select kids movies on the Roku players for my nephews to keep them occupied.
I can almost do what I need to do via mythtv, misterhouse, vera, and Squeezecenter except the text to speech announcements. I can do partial whole house audio and video via the DCP501 because its a dvd player, FM Radio, and Cable Tuner all in one. Motorola would make a killing if they made a current hd model.