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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


Marketplace / Re: Dianemo: Several spotify streams, multi source possible?
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:49:21 pm »
Using the to install several Triode plugins in Dianemo/LMS, each with a separate Spotify Premium account will work fine. Selecting which account to use for a specific Squeezebox/SqueezeLite could be fixed based on the room/zone too.

The only limitation then, which has nothing to do with Dianemo obviously, is what broadband bandwidth you have available and any data caps that might be part of your ISP's service plan. Assuming these are not an issue then this route to multiple Spotify Streams will work fine.

All the best


Marketplace / Re: Dianemo: Several spotify streams, multi source possible?
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:01:59 pm »
Hi Andy

Thank You very much for your answer.
I am intrested in getting a complete solution for media and home automation and is looking into Dianemo.
Today i am running LMS with the spotify plugin from Triode and have added several entries of the spotify plugin with different spotify accounts (spotify family subscription). Ex:

As i only use spotify for music it is of great importance to be able to use multiple streams.


Hi Krister,

Well we use the Triode plugin for Spotify Premium access inside LMS and we do not modify or change LMS at all. So I can't see why if this Triode-Spotify-Clone version is already working for you currently in LMS that it would not work equally well in Dianemo + LMS too.

How do you choose which account to use when streaming to a specific Squeezebox?

So my feeling is that this should work without problems in Dianemo - and if there are any they could be fixed easily.

Let me know if you have more questions.

All the best


Marketplace / Re: Dianemo: Several spotify streams, multi source possible?
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:24:02 pm »

I wonder if it is possible to configure different spotify accounts, eg one for each user or if it is possible to play for ex one spotify stream in one room and another spotify stream in another room.

Best Regards Krister

Currently we support multiple spotify premium streams from a single account ie two different streams played simultaneously...but support for this capability seems to 'come and go' from Spotify. So the reliable answer is 'your mileage may vary'.

Playing a single Spotify Premium stream, using a single Spotify Premium account, to multiple Squeezeboxes works fine though.

Supporting multiple Spotify Premium accounts on a single system is not supported currently. Implementing that capability would need some thought as we have no UI to choose or arbitrate between the two accounts currently and I'm not sure that a single LMS server would be able to support multiple accounts either - in fact I strongly suspect it would not. That's not to say it would be impossible to implement...just that it would not be as simple as it might seem!

Does that answer your question? If not let me know.

All the best


Users / Re: Airplayer device as Audio for a room?
« on: December 12, 2014, 05:26:22 pm »
Oh I see airplayer provides a destination for other non-Linuxmce devices...? Turns out the cheap devices (soundmate M1) run openwrt, I just have to get squeezeslave and alsa compiled for them.

Cheers, yeah it would be a good future feature, but after watching the weather temperature demo (very well explained), its out of my league.

One limitation with Airplay audio is that it has no audio synch capability ie you can't stream to several devices and have them stay in synch. LMS & SqueezeLite will do that very nicely.

I'd suggest SqueezeLite rather than Squeezeslave as it supports the Spotify LMS plugin and this opens up Spotify streaming.

All the best


Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: December 12, 2014, 05:22:16 pm »
I have run orbiter on an Adafruit touchscreen.  The screens are much too small to be usefull as a full orbiter, a minimal version *could* work but that is a lot of effort.  Running a weborbiter or something similar, as totallymaxed suggests, is likely the best option for the A+.


...we're looking at custom Orbiter UI layouts for very constrained resolution displays. These might just display say lighting controls and maybe audio/TV sources on the small display in-the-wall. It would be a full Athena Orbiter but the UI would limit it to delivering specific control functionality. That Ui change would be customisable for each Orbiter installed in a system just by editing the HTML5 code & CSS.

You could do something along these lines with the current LinuxMCE/Dianemo UI1 Orbiters too... but you'd need to design & implement a new skin in HA Designer and that is non trivial unless you know what your doing (and even then its still not easy!). Not sure about Qorbiter but I assume you could do something again along these lines in that too...

All the best


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

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

All the best


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 or
PM me here on the Forum.

All the best


Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI Update - Lighting Screen & Scenarios
« on: December 09, 2014, 03:05:27 pm »
I've uploaded a short video today that shows some new lighting UI objects and discusses the separation of Web Admin config/functionality and UI design/layout/representation. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks again for the kind words about Athena a number of you have sent me in recent weeks - they were very much appreciated.

All the best


Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:14:44 pm »
Currently playing with PI-A+ with a  Capacitive 2.8" PiTFT  (touchscreen for Raspberry Pi). Hoping to replace the screen with a 5-8" screen once we get it all working with LMCE. Using the A+ version mainly to test the ability to use as a portable (remove from wall) because of lower power consumption. Will be designing a in-wall mount that will include a charger for the 1200mAh Lithium Polymer battery we hope will work as a portable power source.

Will post later the results, if any.


What LCD are you planning to use for the 5.8"? The Rpi A & B+ have been used in many battery powered applications so the A+ should be no problem at all - and will be much kinder on the batteries too.

Keep us posted!

All the best


Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:07:13 pm »
Since the sip was not working I was not using the system and therefore had just a default install without any password modification. The passwords I noticed on the phone devices page are all something like: "ng1jaa7m4ccyaomc". So if that is an issue then I think a default install might be unsave.

Hmmm...I'd tend to agree with that.

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.

All the best


Marketplace / Tech Support for LinuxMCE Users
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:31:25 pm »
LinuxMCE Remote Support

Over the years we've been asked many times about whether we offer paid for Tech Support for LinuxMCE. We've thought about it a few times but in the end have always decided that we wouldn't offer such a service. We obviously do participate in the Forums actively and we do help LinuxMCE users many times each month, but that help is better characterised as 'advise' rather that 'configure and fix' ie we have never remotely logged into LinuxMCE users systems and figured out what was wrong and fixed it (something we do for Dianemo customers if they need it).

But recently we decided we could offer a support service to LinuxMCE users who request it. So from Dec 5 we will offer a support service to LinuxMCE users who feel they need it. Apart from helping you get your system working or configured in a particular way, another value you get from our support is learning how to configure your system - to be clear we're not offering training - but seeing how someone has configured your system is an effective way to learn how to do that task yourself.

See the FAQ below for details. If you have a question that is not covered in the FAQ or would like to arrange some support for your LinuxMCE system then either PM me here on the forum or contact us at

All the best


LinuxMCE Support FAQ

Q: What does your support cost?
We will always try to provide you with a fixed cost for whatever assistance you need before we start - usually we can do this because we've seen most issues many times before. In situations where providing a fixed cost is not possible we will charge an hourly rate with an agreed limit to the number of hours charged - currently our rate is $60 USD per hour. All payments must be made in advance by Paypal.

Q: Can I just purchase support as a gift?
Yes you can. You can purchase support in advance as it never expires. You simply purchase the number of hours you want to give as a gift and the recipient of your gift provides a unique code and your email address to redeem them.

Q: Can you provide some examples of the kinds of support you provide?
Well it could be pretty much anything related to your system that can be carried out remotely by one of our team. If it involves some hardware then you will need to be involved to do whatever physical work there might be (often just plugging whatever it is in or connecting cables etc). So here are a few examples of the kinds of support we can provide;

- Configure & Setup a Hard Drive from a previous Core on your new Core so that your old media directories are available. (Typically this costs $90 USD)
- Configure & setup NFS/SAMBA share on your Core from a NAS. (Typically this costs $120 USD)
- Configure & add an IP Security camera to your system. (Depending on Camera model this typically costs $60 USD)
- Debug a configuration problem on your Core and correct it. (no typical price for this)
- Resolve/Debug audio, video or some other system level config. (no typical price for this)

The are just a few examples - get in touch and let us know what your problem or issue is.

Q: Can you diagnose a problem remotely?
Yes in most cases we can diagnose a configuration problem and fix it remotely. Obviously if the problem involves your Core not booting or not connecting to your Internet connection then all we can do is provide some suggested actions you can take to get your Core back on-line again - until its booted & connected to the Internet we cannot access it.

Q: I've done something to my Core and now it doesn't work correctly. Can you help me?
Yes in some cases we can help to restore your Core to a normal working state. But sometimes the best thing to do is to simply reinstall from scratch - we will advise you on this too.

Q: What experience do you have?
We've been involved in supporting Pluto (the original system LinuxMCE was developed from), LinuxMCE and Dianemo for around 10 years now. So we have a lot of experience in supporting users remotely on Linux and the Pluto/LinuxMCE/Dianemo family of related systems.

Q: Why should I pay for support?
You don't have to pay for support. There are many people here on the Forum who can help you or help you to help yourself. But if your time limited, need a fix in place quickly or you have tried support from the Forum before and it has not worked out - then you now have another option too. Contact us - if we can help you we will.

Q: What is your lead time?
Usually we can schedule your support session within a few days and sometimes we can do it right away. It depends on our workload at the time you contact us. If it's an emergency then we will do our best to help you asap.

Marketplace / Dianemo Remote Configuration
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:37:36 pm »
Booking your Remote Configuration slot

With Christmas getting ever closer & our Black Friday deals available I just wanted to remind anyone that has not booked a remote configuration slot for their Dianemo system that they should book a slot as soon as possible. We have plenty of slots so don't panic but if you can book early then we are more likely to be able to offer you a slot that suits you.

So please get in touch and book your Remote Configuration slot for Dec as soon as you can. Thanks


PS Obviously if you have purchased a Dianemo license as a gift then there is no need to book your slot until you are ready for installation.

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;

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.


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