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Marketplace / Re: Virtual Smart Home Expert - only $75 USD today
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:56:42 pm »
There is no expiry date on the package - buy it now and use it at any time in the future.


Marketplace / Virtual Smart Home Expert - only $75 USD today
« on: July 14, 2015, 04:08:40 pm »
The first 5 orders for our new Virtual Smart Home Expert package received today will be charged only $75 USD (normally $150 USD). For details see below;



Marketplace / Virtual Smart Home Expert - online training/consulting
« on: July 14, 2015, 12:43:12 pm »
We are very happy to answer your questions and informally discuss what you need to consider when planning to start a Smart Home installation business. But if you are serious about starting your business, and would like to dig a little deeper into the specifics, then I would suggest you sign-up for one of our 'Virtual Smart Home Expert' online training/consulting packages. The purpose is really to provide overall expert advice and support to you on-demand rather than to debug specific issues with installations (but there are no hard and fast rules).

Our 'Virtual Smart Home Expert' online training/consulting reviews are carried out interactively online with me. You get 6x 30 min interactive Google Hangout sessions with me where I will provide suggestions, recommendations regarding your overall business, hardware selection, training, marketing, installation skills or any other aspect that you need input on. Think of it as having a very experienced installation expert available whenever you need one. Ask any questions you like and you can also ask me to focus in on any specific areas you feel you need a better handle on.

You simply book sessions with me as you need them (up to the 6 provided in the package). There are no time limits on when you use your sessions, simply use them as you feel the need (please book them at least a day in advance though please). You can also purchase additional sessions later if you feel you need them.

- 'Virtual Smart Home Expert' online training/consulting package; $150 USD (6x 30 min sessions)

The $150 USD price is an introductory offer. Please PM me here to purchase your 'Virtual Smart Home Expert'.



We have released a new Dianemo Smarthome 1.1 App for iOS. This app only supports the Athena UI. Version 1.1 includes many optimisations for to make the experience of using the iPhone for controlling your system much better.

The new App includes support for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus and all iPad models. This release requires iOS 8.0 or later.

Dianemo SmartHome by Convergent Home Technologies Ltd



Marketplace / Re: Dianemo X86/ARM - Wordpress Integration?
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:13:25 am »
Think of Wordpress as another environment to build Athena UI's in - its not a replacement for Athena/Angular at all. We hope that Wordpress support will over time make it easier for everyone to develop there own custom UI's for Dianemo.


Marketplace / Dianemo X86/ARM - Wordpress Integration?
« on: July 08, 2015, 04:41:03 pm »
We are currently exploring integration of the Athena UI with Wordpress. This would likely take the form of plugins/widgets that could be drag/dropped into a WP page, combined with other plugins etc and be used to quickly build Dianemo Athena UI's. We would also likely provide documentation and integration at the code level so that any Wordpress developer could develop deeper code level integration and develop their own Plugins & widgets too.

The idea currently would be to make our Wordpress plugins and docs freely available to anyone who wants them.

The primary objective is to make building HTML5 Athena UI's as accessible and easy to build as we possibly can. This is in alignment with the main objectives of the Athena UI too.

I've passed this idea by some Wordpress developer friends and I received a very positive reaction. If you are a Wordpress site builder, have an interest or understanding of Wordpress plugins (ie you have created them), or you simply have experience with Wordpress i'd be pleased to get your feedback on the above here in this thread.



If you are looking to become a Smart Home installer then our Dianemo X86 Professional system is the perfect product for you. Read on to find out how you can begin your journey to becoming a professional Smart Home installer with one of our very affordable online Dianemo X86 Professional training packs.

Dianemo is all about providing a unique Home Automation platform for professional installers to build their businesses around. A platform that will allow you to build your business without the fear of another company selling exactly the same solution and simply under-cutting you. Dianemo X86 Professional has by far the lowest start-up cost for new installers in the industry - compare the start-up costs for any other professional system to ours. With other companies/systems you will have more expensive training, minimum amounts of hardware products that you must purchase and in many cases minimum stock levels to finance too. Typical start-up costs for new installers with other systems can be $15-25,000 usd and in some cases much much more.

Our only start-up requirements are that you have a demo/training system (you can use existing hardware for that) and that you undertake our Basic Dianemo Professional training. Basic Dianemo Professional training is delivered online and at your pace by one of our experienced installer/trainers. Basic training covers the principals of Smart Home installation, best practices in installation, typical configurations, example set-ups and remote support sessions. Your trainer is available for assistance after basic training is complete and during your first install too. We take training you very seriously and it is one of our key requirements to make sure that a high quality standard is maintained.

Dianemo X86 Professional is marketed directly to professional installers - we do no traditional marketing at all. We rely purely on reputation and 'word of mouth' amongst professional installers to spread our message. Our professional installers prefer it that way too in fact, as it allows them to build unique customised solutions for their customers, and maintain good margins at the same time. Most of our installers purchase our Dianemo x86 Professional software and integrate it with their own specialist hardware solution which again enables them to sell a unique system at much better margins. Being able to integrate our software with your hardware also enables you to build your own brand alongside ours - something we are very supportive of and happy for you to do too.

Compared to any other Home Automation system on the market (eg Control4, RTI, KNX solutions, Crestron or any other) we provide incredible flexibility to you the installer and we also provide a much lower cost of entry too;

  • You can choose your hardware solutions and integrate exactly which unique features will suit your market (we can assist in choosing which hardware to choose)
  • We impose NO minimum order quantities or quarterly sales targets on you at all - most other Home Automation system suppliers do.
  • We do not expect you to purchase expensive demo hardware from us or even stock our hardware - most other Home Automation system suppliers do.
  • Our software can be integrated with a wide range of hardware at a wide range of price points - from a $45 USD Raspberry Pi2 to a $2000 USD fan-less industrial PC. This enables you to build unique solutions at almost any price point and always maintain a healthy margin and good profits.

Please get in touch by PM here on the forum if you have any questions about becoming a professional installer or to find our more about our very affordable Basic Dianemo X86 Professional training packs (includes a Dianemo X86 Professional license + 8 hours of basic training with a trainer/installer).




I wonder if Zoneminder is integrated in same way as motion - that means that quad view and view camera screens work ?

Thanks in advance,


No currently it is not as ZM does not use motion. It is integrated into the Athena UI though, with Quad and individual cameras views, and it can also manage far more cameras for less load on the CPU than a motion based system can.



Marketplace / Clearview IP PTZ-889 - Configuration
« on: June 02, 2015, 03:42:45 pm »
I've posted below the rtsp configuration information for the Clearview IP PTZ-889 as several users have asked about setting up Clearview cameras on their Dianemo X86 14.04LTS installations. This configuration should work for most current Clearview cameras (let me know if it doesn't);

Remote Method: RTSP/Unicast

Source Path: rtsp://user:password@<IP address>:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&subtype=0



Smart Home Consulting
Helping you plan, program & configure your Smart Home

Alongside my long-term involvement with CHT Ltd I have always run my own consulting firm too. My consulting spans a lot of areas - from helping companies understand how mobile technologies will impact their businesses to individuals who are looking for someone to guide them about turning their home into a Smart Home.

While most people come to the forum because they want to do much of the planning and installation of their Smart Home system themselves, some of you may still be looking for advice or guidance. Of course there is plenty of free help & guidance available here in the Forum from members, including me, who respond to posts. That may be all you need.

But sometimes you may need a more specific, detailed and personalised input or may need some programming or configuration help. This is often the case if you are attempting a renovation project or building a house for example. Sometimes simply having someone show you how something is achieved will allow you to take-over and complete the rest of the work. My advice can be about any aspect of Smart Home systems or installations including LinuxMCE, Dianemo, Control-4, Crestron, Ago and many others.

My consulting rate is $65 USD and hour for projects delivered remotely online,  I will always try to provide you with a fixed price if at all possible. A small apartment or house might only need an hour or two of my time on the planning side, so the costs can be small and the benefits large.

So whether you need some advice about how to plan your Smart Home installation or help in the programming or configuration get in contact and I'll try to help.

To get in contact if you need help or advice on a project;



Dianemo X86 for Ubuntu 14.04LTS
A new Era in Smart Home Technology

Get a full Dianemo X86 14.04LTS installation ready and configured for you to use for just $199 USD - this deal ends on Wed June 3rd. We'll add/Configure your existing IP cameras and configure your existing media drives for you to make sure your existing audio/video media are available on your new Dianemo system right from the start.

Configuration includes;
  • Your existing media drives can be configured & added to Dianemo for you
  • Up to 4x IP Cameras configured in Zoneminder for you
  • 2x Athena UI Orbiters configured and added for you
  • Assistance included for adding/configuring your iOS Devices as Orbiters

Your Dianemo X86 license also enables full Remote Assistance support capability if you need more detailed support from us in the future. Remote Assistance allows our support team to remotely configure & access your system with your permission - giving you peace of mind that one of our team is always available to help you if you need them.

Please contact us by PM here or by email at to order. Please make the subject of your email; "Confiiguration Offer" and include your full name & Paypal details in the body of the email and we will then send you a PayPal Payment request.

Best regards


PS Buy two Dianemo X86 licenses for just $179 USD each (both licenses must be purchased at the same time)

On Friday we pushed an update out that contained a new device template call "Generic IP Device". What is the purpose of this device?

The "Generic IP Device", or template #2068 has been released to allow for any IP device to be added to dhcpd.conf (be careful, as it's just under "Generic IP Camera", which is for Motion Wrapper, so don't choose that when adding a Generic IP Device)

Any IP device added via the #2068 template gets an entry in dhcpd.conf and will mean that it will not change addresses over it's life-time in your system. Device Template #2068 should be added as a top level device ie at the same level inthe Device Tree as the Core.

An example of its use would be when adding Zoneminder cameras - add a Device template #2068 for each camera, adding the cameras IP/Mac address and click 'Save'. Now the cameras IP address will be fixed in dhcpd.conf.



We've built an alternate Squeezelite 1.3 package to compliment the Squeezelite 1.8 package we released last week.

Why have we done this? One of our customer systems has been experiencing very high processor loads for instances of Squeezelite. We don't have a full understanding of what causes this, and we only have a single instance currently too. However it seems that a build of Squeezelite 1.3 for 14.04LTS fixes the high CPU loads and therefore we're posting this here so that if you do hit the issue and want to fix it yourself you can install 1.3 instead;

Only do the following if you experience the high CPU load issue - Open a terminal and type to remove Squeezelite 1.8;

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sudo dpkg -r squeezelite <return>
and to install Squeezelite 1.3 type;

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sudo dpkg -i squeezelite-1.3 <return>
If you do experience this issue please let us know even if you apply the fix above yourself. We're also happy to apply the fix for you too (at no cost) if you would prefer that. PM me here on the forum if you need to report this issue on your system or to arrange for us to install the fix.



If you want assistance either updating your existing system, or you want to install from scratch on a new system, then we have slots available this weekend for you.

Contact me by PM here on the forum or via email at to book a slot or to get more information.



Marketplace / Zoneminder performance on Dianemo X86 14.04LTS
« on: May 29, 2015, 07:04:54 pm »
Just a quick update on Zoneminder and the kind of processor load you can expect; We seeing, and receiving feedback from customers, that with a modern I7 based Dianemo X86 NC/Core equipped with modern IP based cameras, careful configuration of cameras features/setup and zones (the areas of a video image that are processed for motion detection) its easily possible to run 10-12 cameras in 'modect' mode and only see about 15-20% processor load from ZM.

This is an incredible performance gain over our previous Dianemo X86 12.04LTS Kmotion based installations on the same hardware.

If you have any performance stats you'd like to share for ZM post them here of PM me.



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