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Users / LightwaveRF support is being added to Dianemo
« on: Today at 10:11:15 am »
We're adding support for the LightwaveRF (http://www.lightwaverf.com) range of wireless lighting, power and heating control products and we are looking for anyone who would be interested to join our Beta test program. If you are someone who already has some LightwaveRF installed in your home or you are thinking of installing it and would be prepared to get involved we'd be interested to hear from you. Our support for LightwaveRF is already in its late development stage and so your role would be to find any final issues prior to release by simply using your System.

The only requirement to join the LightwaveRF Beta program is that you have, or plan to have a Dianemo system and have at least some LightwaveRF products.

Please email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'LightwaveRF Beta' as the subject line of your email if your interested.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:54:46 pm »
So, Andrew, if users just have the CEC from the RPI to power on the TV, does that mean they occupy one of the HDMI inputs on the TV just to do that? I'm presuming the RPI CEC can't "pass through" the signal from another device?

Pretty poor show that TVs with IP control don't implement WOL. So much for SMART.

The HDMI device chain is in fact a 'bus' with device addresses for each device attached. So in theory your TV should be controllable wherever it is in the device chain. However some older TV's (and possibly some new ones too) play 'free & loose' with implementing the CEC standard and this may cause the TV to not respond correctly when the Rpi is not directly connected to one of the TV's HDMI ports.

I agree re WOL not being possible on TV's is a pain. But currently its a general problem. See my earlier post though about manufacturers switching to SOC's that will enable WOL to be delivered - but its a few years away still apparently.

All the best

Andy

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Hi,

All Sony IP controllable TV's/BluRay Players require that the controlling device register with the TV/BluRay Player before reliable control can commence. You need to place the Sony device in 'Registration Mode' - a function that will be found in one of the Settings screens. You then need to register your control device by sending a 'register' command to the Sony device you want to control. In the Dianemo Sony TV & BluRay player device templates we have a 'Register' command implemented for this purpose. On receipt of the 'Register' command the BluRay player or TV should then confirm the registration on screen...and your all set.

Reading the thread above I can't see any mention of the registration process - without it you may get intermittent or unreliable control capability.

All the best

Andy


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Developers / Re: Open Source Dianemo
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:06:00 pm »
We've launched a Kickstarter Campaign today to fund the development of Open Source Dianemo;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100040#msg100040

Well our initial campaign was not terribly successful in the sense of meeting our campaign goal. However in other ways it was actually very successful in that we got some really very thoughtful and sincere feedback from you guys - very much appreciated indeed. We also learnt a lot of lessons about going about a Kickstarter campaign and we are looking at these alongside the feedback we received from everyone here.

We do plan to kick off a new Kickstarter campaign in the near future and we will be asking for your input here prior to finalising its make up and taking it live. I'll post here again as soon I can.

Thanks again.

Andy

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Users / Dianemo Athena UI Beta Test Program - More Invites Available
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:35:41 pm »
Hi al,

We're getting closer to being ready to open up our Athena UI Beta test program to invited participants. We've had an excellent response so far, and many of you have asked for an invite. Thanks. Today we're announcing a further 10 invites are being made available to enable more people to join the Beta program. These are being offered on a strictly first come first serve basis.

To be considered you must obviously own a Dianemo system. But luckily its never been cheaper to set up a Dianemo system - see here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221. Although its not a requirement, it would also be useful if you also owned either an Android/iOS device and/or a Rpi running Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC as we would like to get some feedback about using those platforms with Athena.

**Note new email address below**

If your interested in joining the Beta program please contact us asap; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the Subject line of; "Athena Beta - Invite Request"

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:12:31 pm »
Not supporting WOL on any of the IP controllable AV devices isn't very clever. But I am sure there is a reason for it.

@Andrew: Most of the *current* JVC projectors are RS232 controllable.

My information is that the main reason for this is that with the LAN port active the standby energy usage on current generation devices would ruin the TV/Amp/Proj energy usage rating. This may change next year when a few manufacturers will start to transition that functionality over to custom SOC's - once that transition is under way serial ports will begin to disappear (a cost saving) from devices to be replaced by always on IP control. It's probably 3+ years out before that becomes standard though.

All the best

Andy


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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:57:33 am »
or find one of the few display devices that is controllable via RS232 :)

Yes if you have a TV with RS232 you could do that. But that's really only an option with an older TV.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:05:36 pm »
heh.  You are correct Andrew, the rpi will always have an SD card.  But we only use it to bootstrap u-boot.  The rest of the system starts by tftp'ing the kernel and nfs root mounting the FS the same way diskless MDs PXE boot within LinuxMCE, so this is very different than 'Installing your favourite OS and manually installing and configuring squeezelite'.  Simple, no hassle, minimal config in webadmin (I'm working on eliminating this too), and no on-rpi configuration required.  It is of course very fresh and minimally tested so far but the idea is to remove the manual manipulation and make things *much* easier for users.

J.

We've found that the optimal solution is often a Rpi on Wifi behind an amplifier or speaker system. Raspian + Squeezelite is incredibly easy to install configure too and will provide a flexible solution.

We used to use pxe booted devices for this in the past though.

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:14:56 pm »
Andrew the link you posted is returning a 404 error.

J.

Fixed. Thanks. Sorry I should have checked the URL before I updated my post.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:55 pm »
In fact a diskless rpi squeezelite device can be *mostly* automatically created following the Raspberry Pi information on the wiki: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/RaspberryPi  This is still in its infancy but the basics are there.

J.

You do need an SD card installed to boot from ideally. So it's not strictly 'diskless'. As for installing Squeezelite...well it's no different than on any other system.

You don't need to make it an MD at all. Just install your preferred Rpi Linux distro (we like Raspian) on a 4gb SD card and install & configure SqueezeLite.

This kind of application of the Rpi is where it excels.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:03:44 pm »
One of the most important uses for HDMI CEC is in fact to wake your TV up from 'Standby'. Why? Well almost all TV's when placed into 'Standby' mode unfortunately also power down their network interface chip too, which means you can't use IP control to wake the TV up. However HDMI CEC is always waiting for commands, and is never powered down when your TV is in 'Standby' mode - unless you set your TV to power it off in 'Standby' that is.

This means therefore placing an HDMI CEC controller behind your TV's - even your brand new SmartTV's is about the only solution to powering them up from 'Standby' under control of your system. In fact many people use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi even with a brand new SmartTV, which has in built uPnP media playback capability, just to wake the TV up from 'Standby'. Even people who have traditional Media Managers driving their TV's often use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software on Rpi to send on/off commands to their TV's.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo SmartHome App waiting for approval in the App Store
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:26 pm »
The new Dianemo SmartHome App that incorporates our new Athena HTML5 Orbiter technology is waiting for Approval in the iOS App Store. The new App will be free to download as with our original Dianemo iOS App (which will continue to be available in the App Store).

The Dianemo SmartHome App requires the new Athena architecture to be installed on your Dianemo NC for it to connect. We will be opening up our Athena Beta program in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:32:16 pm »
What is this new potential solution?
I was leaning towards Hue as they will shortly have GU10 bulbs.

thanks,
-Coley.

This is a good review of the current state of play in connected lighting; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/2014/10/the-smart-lighting-battle-smartlighting/

Belkin are the latest entrant in this market. They look to have some nice solutions too.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:28:37 pm »
...how about a Rpi running Squeezelite? You can build a very low cost little Rpi box + wifi usb dongle that runs Squeezelite and tuck it behind a pair of powered speakers or a small Amplifier. We've used these on a few installations to ge audio into legacy audio systems etc.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Last lmce-squeezeslave update give me an error
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:48:00 pm »
Yes I am also surprised that it does not work properly.

I tested a few parameters (-a 200 for example) but without success yet.

And it's not sync the problem, I have the same without it.

I'll keep looking.

Philippe

What kind of sound card(s) are you using? Are they USB2? Onboard sound cards?

All the best

Andy

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