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Dianemo-Rpi2 - the lowest cost Core available today
A New Era in Smart Home Technology

One of the the most exciting advantages of the Raspberry Pi2 (Rpi2) board is its low cost & small size. If you've been thinking of 'building' your own Core or have always wanted a 2nd Core to just play around with, or prototype with then the Rpi2 + Dianemo-Rpi2 license is the ideal way to do that. In fact it is the lowest cost Core/NC that is available today (even including the Dianemo-Rpi2 license)

You can see the Press launch of Rpi2 and some early reviews of the new board here;

http://www.raspberrypi.org/taps-monitor-is-this-thing-on/

So why would you want a Dianemo-Rpi2? Maybe to run Dianemo-Rpi2 alongside your existing LinuxMCE Core or Dianemo NC if you have one - no need to disturb them at all. Here is what our users are telling us they plan to do with their Dianemo-Rpi2;

  • Have you wanted a Core for ages? Now you can for a total cost of less than $150 USD
  • Always wanted a 2nd Core to prototype projects on? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal.
  • Always wanted to build a low cost Core for a family member? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal.
  • Always wanted a Core for your Daughter/Son to learn & experiment with? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal
  • Got an idea for a Smart Home project you want to prototype? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal
  • Is there a Rpi hardware project you want to integrate? Dianemo-Rpi2 is ideal

Of course the new Rpi2 offers an enormous increase in performance with it's 4x 900mhz ARMv7 cores and 1gb RAM this gives the new board about a 6x performance boost overall compared to the Rpi B+ (according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation). This page has a lot of posts & tweets from ordinary Rpi2 users who have been running their own benchmark test on the board too;

http://www.raspberrypi.org/benchmarking-raspberry-pi-2/

The Rpi2 is incredibly affordable so no one can complain about the hardware costs - $35 USD for the Rpi2. Its so small that it can be hidden away almost anywhere you have a power outlet - no one can complain about it taking up half the lounge! Its silent too so no one will complain about the annoying buzz of its cooling fan. Its super low energy too, using less than 5w in its basic configuration - so no complaints there either.

Dianemo-Rpi2 is the perfect 'invisible' Smart Home project that you can have up and running for a fraction of what a PC based system would cost. Simply take advantage of our ARM only Dianemo-Rpi2 license for $99 USD now and you will have the lowest cost Core possible today.

Get a Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview License now for $99 USD - see here for details; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14026.0

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo-RPi2 Preview Edition - for Raspberry Pi2 FAQ
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:20:14 pm »
Q: Will Zoneminder be supported?

Yes it will. This is still not set in stone, but it's likely that for anything other than a very minimal camera setup (1/2 cameras), we will recommend setting up a dedicated Rpi2 for Zoneminder. Zoneminder integration will be the same whether running on a single or separate Rpi2.

Q: Who can write Plug-ins for Dianemo-Rpi2 Base?

Anyone can create a plug-in and install it in Dianemo-Rpi2 Base. There are no restrictions on doing that at all. Plug-ins can be installed from a local zip file or added manually. When we launch we will also host a central library of Plug-ins, but anyone can host there plug-ins anywhere they choose. Plug-ins do not have to be registered with us.

Q: Do I need a Dianemo-Rpi2 Developer Subscription to write Plug-ins?

No you don't. A developer subscription is not required to write and create your own Plug-ins. However we hope that anyone who is serious about creating their own Plug-ins, or that wants to build a business around writing Plug-ins, or build a business Consulting on installations will become subscribers. A Dianemo-Rpi2 Subscription will deliver access to a lot of technical resources, direct technical support from us and a load of other benefits too; See here for details - http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14048.msg101427#msg101427 or email me here inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

Q: What is Dianemo-Rpi2 Base?

Dianemo-Rpi2 Base will be the freely downloadable version that will be available when we launch. This version will be fully functional but will not have any of the Plugins or Plugin Extensions that will come with the Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview. Think of Dianemo-Rpi2 Base like a basic install of the Wordpress software for managing and building Web sites. The additional Plugins and Plugin extensions that come with Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview will form part of the package of added value features and services you get when you become a subscribe to a Dianemo-Rpi2 Developer Subscription.

The Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview gets you early access to Dianemo-Rpi2 and includes a free life-time developer subscription once we launch. So overall its pretty good deal - and its our way to thank you to everyone who gets involved early with Dianemo-Rpi2.

Q: How will Dianemo-Rpi2 licensing work after launch?

See here for the details; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14048.0

The Dianemo-Rpi2 Base system will be GPL and freed to download by anyone. The monthly subscription gets you direct technical support and access to MD capability and special Plugin Extensions (both GPL too but with license keys) and a lot more too.

Q: Can I use Dianemo-Rpi2 in a commercial installation project?

A number of you have asked this question, or something similar. While Dianemo-Rpi2 is in preview mode I would not recommend using is for commercial installations as although it will be usable and stable we will still be adding features and making changes to its overall look and feel too.

But once we ship Dianemo-Rpi2 you can certainly install it commercially, build a business around it, offer consulting or other added value services, create and sell your own Device templates or other add-ons. In fact we'd like to encourage users who develop skills around Dianemo-Rpi2 to build business, small or large, around it. So the answer is yes be our guest!

We would also like to encourage anyone here on the forum who is thinking of starting a Home Automation consulting and installation business to get involved with the Dianemo-Rpi2 preview too. We'd love to get your feedback on the installation and configuration process in particular - and don't worry if you don't have much or any experience with Home Automation (if you do that's fine too though) we still want your input.

Q: Are you discontinuing X86 Dianemo?

No. The current X86 Dianemo will continue to be available and is in active development. See this announcement re Ubuntu 14.04LTS just this week; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14058.0

Q: Is the Athena UI & Orbiter the only Orbiter supported by Dianemo-Rpi2?

Yes it is. Traditional UI1 or UI2 style Orbiters require full UI regens to work and so these are not supported on the Rpi2 for performance reasons. The only UI/Orbiter supported on Dianemo-Rpi2 is the Athena UI & Orbiter. In fact one of the driving reasons to develop Athena was to reduce the impact of regens on NC's and to make the Orbiter + its UI skin very light weight so that they could be run effectively on devices with very tiny processors.

Q: Is my Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview license a one time cost?

Yes. For preview customers the $99 USD is a one time charge that gets you a continuous ongoing license to Dianemo-Rpi2, inclusive of updates, for as long as we release & maintain the software. Once we launch however we are looking a number of new ways to make Dianemo-Rpi2 available to customers and we may not offer a continuous license after launch. One possibility is that we may move to a subscription model in some shape or form with monthly and annual rates.

So if you want a continuous license at a low fixed cost then I would encourage you to purchase a preview license now.

Q: Where will Dianemo-Rpi2 differ from existing Dianemo software?

Dianemo-Rpi2 will share considerable commonality of features with the current Dianemo software but there will also be many areas where we will take the opportunity to have a re-think of our approach. One such area is in the way that you create device templates and interconnect devices with other devices or aspects of the system. In Dianemo-Rpi2 we plan to have a visual editor fro creating/editing device templates (both code and screen layouts) and for how you decide the interconnections between a template instance and other devices too. We want to make that process visual rather than simply a matter of editing text files of code or settings. We will support traditional editing too but we want to make creating and using device templates and devices much more accessible to users and we think this visual approach, dragging elements onto the screen and then connecting their inputs/outputs and adding logic etc, will make customising and extending Dianemo-Rpi2 by non coders much more accessible.

I'm not sure this feature will be in place for the first release but we will release it asap. There will be other differences and enhancements too and we will announce more details of those in the coming weeks.

Q: If I'm an existing Dianemo customer will I need a new license to get access to Dianemo-Rpi2?

Unless you have already been allocated a trial slot then yes you will need a new license. Dianemo-Rpi2 is our first ARM based product and will require a separate license to our current Dianemo X86 based product. The good news is that you can get a new ARM only license for a special $99 USD price currently.

Q: Will the current ARM only license price of $99 USD be available after you launch Dianemo-Rpi2?

The honest answer is we have not settled on our pricing yet for Dianemo-Rpi2. But we do see the current $99 USD price as a special introductory price prior to launch. So we would encourage you take advantage of this pricing now if your interested.

However whatever our eventual pricing is if you purchase your ARM only license now we will provide you with whatever features benefits we announce for Dianemo-Rpi2 at its launch - essentially you will be 'Grandfathered in'. So getting involved in the trial by purchasing an ARM license now will be a saving and will also get you any other benefits etc that we announce when we launch. So there is no risk to participating.

Q: How long will the current $99 USD ARM only license offer continue for?

The current ARM only license offer will only be available until we feel we have enough people for the trial testing period. So our advice is that if you want to participate in the trial or want an ARM based NC/Core then you should purchase an ARM only license soon.

Q: Will my Dianemo-Rpi2 license work with the final released version?

Yes it will. Any ARM only licenses purchased now are full licenses and will work as they should after we launch Dianemo-Rpi2.

Q: When will we receive the first preview release of Dianemo-Rpi2?

We are currently expecting to have the first builds ready for release to preview users in May 2015.

Q: Which OS will Dianemo-Rpi2 be compatible with?

Dianemo-Rp2 will ship on Raspian which is already ARMv7 compatible. We will also support Ubuntu 14.04LTS too - see this announcement http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14058.0

Q: What CODECS are available for the Rpi2?

Both the MPEG2 & VC-1 codecs are available for all models of the Rpi. The codecs can be purchased from here; http://swag.raspberrypi.org/collections/software

**Bare in mind you only need CODECS on RPi's that will be playing Video**

Q: Can I install Dianemo-Rpi2 on multiple SD cards?

Yes you can.  We've tried to make the license much less restrictive than previously. Each install will be associated with your License & details. With Dianemo-Rpi2 we allow you to install on multiple Rpi2's but they must be owned by you and be located at a single location as your license identifier will be on each install. You can also do a bootable image backup of you SD card to your PC's hardrive - this will enable you to restore to your SD card if you need to. You could even have multiple SD cards with a copy of Dianemo-Rpi2 on each that has different configurations - you might do this if you were experimenting with several configs or want to test different 3rd party hardware projects etc. The only limitation is that your license can only be installed on Rpi2's that are owned by you at a single location.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support serial devices?

Yes we will support any USB serial adapters that are compatible with Rpi2. We will also support IP addressable serial servers/adapter such as the GC100 etc too.

Q: Will a Dianemo-Rpi2 Core/NC support a local MD & HDMI audio?

While the Rpi2 hardware will definitely support HDMI audio we do not currently plan to support MD functionality on the Core/NC itself. We don't think the performance will be adequate (we may revise this if tests prove performance is not a problem). But since adding another Rpi2 as an MD or as a UPnP Media player is simple and only costs an additional $35 USD we feel that’s an acceptable limitation.

Your license will provide a separate Rpi2 MD image and a Rpi2 compatible UPnP media player install too.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support MD's?

Yes we will but probably not at first release. We also will almost certainly not support PXE booted MD's for performance reasons - MD's will boot from a local SD card image. Our updater scripts will manage the updating of MD's automatically for you.

Q: What hardware will I need?

For your NC you will need a standard Raspberry Pi2 board and a compatible USB Gigabit NIC (you will need both a LAN side & WAN side NIC). Obviously a Raspberry Pi compatible case would also be a useful purchase and a suitable USB power supply (2500ma or greater rated if multiple USB ports used). A 32gb or larger Micro SD card will be needed for the OS and Dianemo firmware. All of these items can be purchased from any Raspberry Pi reseller.

For MD's you will need either a Rpib+ or Rpi2. No 2nd NIC required. Again a suitable case is not required but is probably a good idea and a USB power supply (2500ma or greater rated if multiple USB ports used). A 8gb or larger Micro SD card for the MD OS and Dianemo MD firmware.

Q: Will I be able to access the Rpi2 GPIO pins?

Yes absolutely. If the Rpi supports it we want to too. One of the many advantages of the Rpi platform is being able to use all the I/O on the board either directly for simple projects or by using any of the many Rpi expansion boards that are available.

Q: What kind of system can be built around Dianemo-Rpi2?

Because MD's (if you use them) will boot from local SD storage and only Athena based UI skins will be supported the average load on the system will be much lower than with existing NC's. There will also be other architectural changes that will improve performance on low power ARM hardware too. Add all these changes together and we are confident that a Dianemo-Rpi2 NC will be able to support an average sized house. Part of the testing process during the trial will be designed to measure performance capabilities for a range of system configurations.

Q: What expansion limitations will there be?

The Rpi2 obviously lacks PCie slots so any expansion in the NC will need to be achieved without requiring those. But it does have 40 GPIO pins and both DSI & CSI expansion connectors for all manner of add on hardware (it's full compatible with Rpi expansion boards Etc). We hope that many standard Rpi expansion boards/projects will be integrated into Dianemo-Rpi2 by both you guys and also by us. The Rpi2 also has 4x USB 2.0 ports (although we use one of those for the 2nd NIC). Adding audio/video media storage is easily handled by adding a low cost NAS (or multiple NAS's even) to your LAN for unlimited media storage. Ripping disc based media can be done from a PC or by adding a USB optical drive. So all in all there are few if any expansion limitations that cannot be easily worked around.

Q: How many MD/MM's will Dianemo-Rpi2 handle concurrently?

Since MD/MM's will boot from local SD storage and will stream media from LAN based storage like a NAS the load imposed on the NC will be considerably lower. Also there will be no UI's to regen which also removes a large overhead. So our expectation is that Dianemo-Rpi2 will handle these loads comfortably but until we have the Preview underway we can't provide a definitive answer. My feeling is that in reality this will not be a limiting factor for most users.

Q: Will Dianemo-Rpi2 support LMS and SqueezeSlaves?

Yes it will. Again as in the reply to the question re MD/MM's above we will need to test the limits of performance during the Preview. Clearly a Rpi2 Core will have a more limited capacity than a big Intel based Core but we expect for the vast majority of use cases this will not be a factor. For the most of the time our big Intel based Cores are barely being used and it's only during regens and PXE booting MM/MD's that there big processors are needed. So by removing these, and a few other performance hogging pieces of code, we can build a Core on Rpi2 that will perform well overall with far less hardware.




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Users / Re: Dianemo Installation
« on: March 20, 2015, 01:07:48 pm »
Glad we could help.

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview Video
« on: March 19, 2015, 04:17:52 pm »
I've just posted a short (and very rough!) video of new iPhone Athena UI & App in action. You can see it at the top of this page;

http://wp.me/P4KgIc-aF

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy
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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
« on: March 19, 2015, 10:24:15 am »
I've posted some more early UI screens from testing we are currently doing with Beta builds of the new iPhone iOS App. This time I have two new images of the new responsive screen layout for the Sky TV STB Remote screens (this is a very popular European STB/PVR for accessing the Satellite based Sky TV service).. On smartphones with < 5" screens we implement a swipe left/right gesture to allow the user to navigate to all the screens related to this device. In most cases there are two screens. Swiping between the two is fast and a familiar gesture for phone UI's. In these screens we are testing the best size/scaling of the screen elements (all graphics are svg's so they can be scaled in real-time to any size required by the device the UI is rendered on). Note these screens and the others I have posted are still not finished and contain some layout errors - see the status area at the bottom of these screens for example.

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Revealed - Why Dianemo-Rpi2 ?
« on: March 18, 2015, 02:26:14 pm »
Dianemo Revealed - Dianemo-Rpi2 for ARM v7
A New Era in Smart Home Technology

We've been looking at lower cost, small form factor & low energy hardware for Dianemo for a number of years now. In the very early days we looked at hardware based around VIA processors/chipsets which were early attempts at low-cost/low-energy hardware and then the Intel Atom processor arrived and of course a whole host of new small form factor hardware arrived built around it. But although these platforms represented big improvements over what we had before they were still not ideal and still often ran very hot.

Meanwhile the mobile world was evolving around ARM based processors and SOC's which were incredibly power efficient and ran without getting overly hot and delivered ever increasing amounts of computing power. Apart from desktop PC's and laptops everything else around us today has evolved around small low power processors and that means mostly ARM based hardware.

Out of this wave of tiny low power hardware has emerged the phenomenon that is Raspberry Pi (Rpi). The Rpi has sold millions of units and the hardware ecosystem and developer community that has evolved around it is now worldwide and incredibly vibrant. The release of the new Raspberry Pi2 (Rpi2) at the beginning of 2015 was a turning point, as for the first time we had enough performance and memory to envisage running a Dianemo NC software stack on a Rpi.

We see the Rpi2 as the perfect embodiment of what we have in the X86 PC driven world shrunk down to ARM footprint/cost; we have incredibly vibrant hardware add-on communities built around the Rpi architecture (and Rpi2 is backwardly compatible with almost all the Rpi hardware out there) and we also have an equally vibrant and dedicated software community too. So in Rpi2 we have not just an ARM based piece of hardware that for the first time has the performance we have been looking for, but we also have a ready built ecosystem too. Having that ecosystem is incredibly important when you analyse it because it means that we are not 'swimming' alone and can leverage the work going on in other parts of the Rpi community to amplify and extend our efforts and enjoyment. The 'our' in the last sentence applies to both Dianemo the company and to our software customers in equal amounts. There are other ARMv7 based boards out there that would also have the performance we are looking for but none of those hardware platforms have ecosystems like the Rpi. In the end you need a critical mass of other people, most of whom are not interested in Home Automation, but who all share a common enjoyment, commitment and love of a common hardware platform. Joining this community collectively benefits everyone in it too.

So here we are. I'm not going to talk about the specifics of what Dianemo-Rpi2 is or will be here today. That's for the future. But I am sure that ARM based hardware is where we need to be and that Dianemo-Rpi2 is going to be a very exciting platform for all of us to build around.

I'd encourage anyone with an interest in low cost/energy home automation that leverage’s the Rpi hardware/software ecosystem to get signed up for our Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview here;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14026.0

Thanks

Andy


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Dianemo-Rpi2 Preview Release for Raspberry Pi2
A new Era in Smart Home Technology

We are looking for people who are interested in getting early pre-view access to Dianemo-RPi2 -  our port of Dianemo to the new Raspberry Pi2 board. Yes we're talking about a full Core/NC running on a credit card sized Raspberry Pi2 board - the totally silent, tiny and low-energy Core many of us have been waiting for is actually here for just $35 USD! Dianemo-Rpi2 is a brand new platform that will receive exciting, leading-edge new technology updates regularly in the months ahead. These updates alone are going to be worth joining the trial for. Get involved now and help us shape a whole new era in Smart Home technology.

So if you would like to participate in the Rpi2 pre-view you can purchase an ARM only Dianemo license (see below for details) to join the trial. Joining the trial by purchasing a preview license does not obligate you to participate in any specific way - we would simply ask you, if you have the time, to take a few minutes to report any issues you experience during the trial period. Of course you also have to own, or be willing to purchase a new Rpi2 board too - its hard to get involved without one! All participants in the trial will receive a new Dianemo License for use on their Rpi2 and for trial participants your license will allow you to install Dianemo-Rp2 on as many Rpi2's as you like (as long as they are owned by you)


Importnant news on how launch licensing will provide Preview customers with permanent zero cost subscriptions; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14048.msg101427#msg101427


Dianemo-Rpi2 ARM Only License - $99 USD **One time Cost**- If you are interested in Dianemo-Rpi2 then we are now making available an ARM only Dianemo license for $99 USD. This license works like our current X86 license in that it entitles you to updates and email support for the lifetime of the product. This license is only for ARM hardware and will only be available at this price for a limited period. Once we ship Dianemo-Rpi2 licenses will only be available on a yearly subscription basis. Your trial license will allow you to install Dianemo-Rpi2 on as many Rpi2 boards as you like (the only limitation is that they must be owned by you). At the completion of the trial this license will function as a normal license and will continue to function normally for as long as Dianemo-Rpi2 is available. It will also not require you to pay a yearly subscription.

To participate please send an email to inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Dianemo-RPi2 Preview' in the subject line. Please indicate that you want to purchase an ARM only license in the body of your email and also include you Paypal details.

The Rpi2 hardware; http://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberrypi2?ICID=rpimain-feature-products
(*Click the Country flag in the top right-hand corner of the page to set your location*)

David Hunt Benchmarks the Rpi2 against; Rpi1 B+, Beaglebone Black, Intel Edison, Imagination MIPS Creator C120; http://www.davidhunt.ie/raspberry-pi-2-benchmarked/
(*Interestingly the Intel Atom based Edison is not that far ahead of the Rpi2 in performance terms but is at least 3x more expensive because of the requirement to add a Baseboard to the main Edison board.*)

We'd be very pleased to have you join the Preview and get involved in contributing your input about the direction that Dianemo-Rpi2 is driven in.

All the best

Andy

PS If you are an existing Dianemo customer and have already been contacted and assigned a preview slot for the Dianemo-RPi2 Preview you need do nothing, as your interest in participating will have already been recorded. If you do not have a preview slot then you will need to contact us and purchase an ARM only Dianemo license as outlined above.

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & iPhone Orbiter Preview
« on: March 16, 2015, 04:27:20 pm »
I've posted some early UI screens from testing we are currently doing with Beta builds of the new iPhone iOS App;

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/

I'll post more of these images as we debug both the App and the Responsive Athena UI Skin for iPhone.

All the best


Andy

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The Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter is compatible with any modern HTML5 browser and the standard UI skin requires a minimum display resolution of 1024 x 768. We also provide a free iOS iPad App and will introduce a free Android App later this year too.

The following Android devices have been reported to support and work well with Athena Orbiter;

- Tesco Hudl 2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (Android 4.4 Kitkat)
- LG G Pad 8.3
- Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+
- Google Nexus 7
- Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
- Google Nexus 9
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
- ASUS Memo Pad 8 (Android Kitkat 4.4)
- ASUS Phone Pad 7 LTE (Android Kitkat 4.4)
- Sony Xperia Z3 (Android Lollipop 5.0)
- Google Nexus 6 (Android Lollipop)
- HTC One M8 ( Android 4.4 Kitkat + HTC Sense 6.0)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Android 4.4.4 Kitkat)

If you have used Athena with another device please let us know by posting here in this thread with Device model, OS Version & Browser version.

All the best

Andy


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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:43:02 am »
We've released another UI update over night. These are mostly small tweaks to layouts in various screens etc - no functionality changes.

As usual please run the Updater script to install the latest update & any pending Ubuntu updates on your NC.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Re: Dianemo from CHT - Professional Home Automation
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:53:42 pm »
Great update Andrew,  and all working as expected with Web Browsers and iPad app.

Is is a large update though, and even on FTTC internet connection and fast hardware, it took something like 30mins to complete the update.
(my last update was ~7 days ago)

Thanks. Glad your enjoying the new Orbiter's.

Strange that your download took that long. I've had no other reports of that from other users. I wonder if your update contained a lot standard Ubuntu updates too?

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Athena UI & Orbiter Preview - Updated Released
« on: March 05, 2015, 05:10:20 pm »
This update fixes a number of small bugs, fixes some layout issues in the UI and now supports Kmotion too. If you have configured Kmotion security cameras in Web Admin your new Athena Orbiter will display a 'Cameras' button in the top bar for any rooms you have elected to make them accessible in.

Please run the Updater script as usual to install this update and any un-installed Ubuntu updates too.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Extending MCE with custom protocols
« on: March 05, 2015, 02:28:43 pm »
Hi guys,
News about modbus rtu on linuxmce?

We've added support for modbus indirectly to Dianemo by adding a device template/driver for the Centraline HAWK Controller - http://products.centraline.com/en/ecatdata/pg_clhawk.html. The HAWK support numerous protocols such as modbus, bacnet and we can send data and get data from bus addresses on those bus's using abstracted devices in Web Admin ie we can address whatever bus is interfaced to via HAWK using the same abstracted child devices etc.

We took the route of placing the HAWK in the middle acting as a gateway because many HVAC engineers and commercial installers are comfortable using HAWKS and it allows us to build interfaces to several bus protocols in one hit. However the HAWK is not a low-cost piece of hardware so our approach may not make much sense if cost is an issue.

However there is no doubt modbus support could be added directly by creating a specific device template/driver for it in LinuxMCE but you would need a physical interface to modbus too.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Revealed - Athena UI Performance Advantages
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:59:50 pm »
Athena Orbiters & Lower System Loads

One of the key advantages of the the Athena UI & Orbiter is that it places far lower demands on the resources of your NC. This manifests itself in several ways;

  • Regens are much faster as no Orbiter UI's need to be regenerated
  • Athena UI's are rendered 100% in the browser or App
  • Athena enables the use of small energy efficient NC hardware.

If you are building a new system then the above points will enable you to choose lower cost, low energy & small form factor hardware for your NC - something you could not do with a system using traditional Orbiters and/or traditional MD's for example.

However even in a situation where you are using Athena UI & Orbiters on an existing NC you will still be able to get some of these benefits by following these simple guidelines;

  • Only add new Athena Orbiters going forwards
  • Remove traditional Orbiters and MD's wherever you can and replace them with Athena Orbiters

So both in large installations, in say an up-market large house and in small apartment sized systems, you can improve system performance, energy usage, and in new installations system costs too, by using Athena UI & Orbiters.

All the best

Andy

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Adding an Athena Orbiter to your Dianemo Installation

This 'How-to' describes the process of adding an Athena Orbiter to your system. This is about as simple as it gets;

Configuration changes in Web Admin;
  • None required at all.
Now choose the device your want to use the Orbiter on (ie PC, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, Door Entry Panel, SmartTV or pretty much anything else with a browser) and simply do the following;
That's all there is to adding an Orbiter on any device with a Web Browser. Add as many Orbiters as you need - there is no limit. Dianemo keeps track of each one automatically for you. No Regens or configuration changes required at all.

See some example Athena Orbiter UI screens here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/

If you have a guest staying with you simply give them the Orbiter url above and they can add an Orbiter to their Tablet, Smartphone or PC too.

If you are an existing Dianemo customer simply run the Updater script to update your system and you all set with Athena. If you have never tried Dianemo before then take advantage of Dianemo+ and try before you buy for just $60 USD; See here for information on Dianemo+ and Try before you buy http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=14005.0

Give Dianemo a try...it's literally is that simple.

All the best

Andy


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