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Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:46:20 pm »
Andrew,

as you are the person doing DLNA a lot of times, I'd like to verify the statement of yours. Are you sure, that DLNA specifies what codecs and container formats the sending and receiving end need to have? Do you have a link?

Oh, and re live TV: I still watch live TV, and so do a lot of people I know :)

I'm not aware that DLNA specifies that as such but pretty much all UPnP/DLNA servers will do format conversion if needed and usually do that through Media Renderer profiles which describe what formats the Media Renderer supports and therefore which format conversion the server needs to use to stream to that Media Renderer.

Everyone is different in their LiveTV viewing habits - but I know from personal experience and also from feedback from customers that LiveTV viewing of broadcast channels is on a distinctly downward trend. In my case LiveTV from a over the air or satellite broadcast is only about <15% of our TV viewing - and often even LiveTV is viewed via a Media Player.

All the best

Andy

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LinuxMCE Secure Remote Assistance & Remote Access Service - FAQ

Q: Do I have to use Remote Assistance or can i just use Remote Access?
A: Using Remote Assistance is completely down to you - there is no obligation to use it at all. You can just use the Remote Access capability on its own if you prefer.

Q: What happens if I update my LinuxMCE installation or have to re-install from scratch?
A: Updates should not affect Remote Access or Remote Assistance at all. If you need to reinstall from scratch again then you can just install our package again and use your installation ID to authenticate your system with our servers.

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Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: January 06, 2015, 01:06:19 pm »
I'd love to be able to play mythtv live tv&recordings on a rpi and occasionally on an android device.

Personally I don't care much about apple: android is getting most of the market share and since they are much more affordable anyone able to buy an apple should be able to get a simple android device.

That said being able to play everything on every device is the best of course but probably not worth the efforts.

If you stream in a UPnP/DLNA compliant format then you can access that stream on iOS or Android, Rpi/XBMC devices without any problems (well a few now and then...but thats being picky!). You can also access MythTV's recordings using UPnP and it works very nicely too...I don't think it supports live streams though (but who watches live TV any more?).

All the best

Andy

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Secure Remote Access & Assistance Service
For LinuxMCE

We will be launching a new dedicated LinuxMCE Secure Remote Access & Remote Assistance service later this month. The Remote Access side of the service makes it possible for you to access your LinuxMCE system securely from any location with Internet access (mobile connections are supported) without the need to open special ports or make any other security reducing changes to your Core. We support SSH, HTTPS and most other standard protocols allowing you to securely SSH into your system or use a Web or any other kind of Orbiter remotely. You can use Remote Access as much as you like and on as many devices as you like while your subscription is active, and multiple family members can access the service simultaneously too. To access your system while you are away from home you simply login to our Cloud based service and our servers then handle the connection with your system - all communications are secure & encrypted.

While Remote Access is for you and your family to use when away from home Remote Assistance is about providing a secure access channel for our support team to use if/when you need any technical support or customisation of your system.

Remote Assistance provides a secure way for our support team to remotely access your LinuxMCE system if/when you need any remote technical support or help with your system. Only members of our Remote support team can gain access to your system - and strictly only with your permission. Remote Assistance is totally under your control - we provide you with a 'Master On/Off' switch in Web Admin so that you can control when remote access is available. You simply contact us when you need any assistance and we will quote you a simple fixed price for whatever you require.

We provide you with a simple software installer that adds our service to your Core. Nothing else in your LinuxMCE system is affected by our installer and your Core will function exactly as it did before.

There will be an annual subscription fee for each Core you connect to the service, with subscriptions starting at under $5 USD per month for an unlimited access 12 month subscription.

As we expect a high level of demand for this service when it goes live we are opening up for 'early bird' registration today - simply email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'RARA - Early Bird Registration' in the subject line. The first 50 'early bird' registrations will get discounted subscriptions and access to additional 'beta' features early too. You will not be charged until the service goes live. We will then notify you when the service goes live. So register right away!


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Marketplace / Re: Need Help Configuring/Setting up your LinuxMCE System?
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:32:50 pm »
Because of the common origins of LinuxMCE & Dianemo we can offer configuration/support for either system. The type of solution we describe in this post; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=13847.0 is in fact applicable to any Linux based system and so could be implemented on LinuxMCE too.

All the best

Andy

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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

Andy

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Marketplace / Re: Dianemo: Several spotify streams, multi source possible?
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:49:21 pm »
Using the https://github.com/mika-fischer/triode-spotify-clone 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

Andy

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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: https://github.com/mika-fischer/triode-spotify-clone

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

//Krister

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

Andy


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

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

Andy

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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

Andy

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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+.

J.

...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

Andy

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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 http://www.quietpc.com/int-nuc-de3815tykhe?gclid=Cj0KEQiAwaqkBRDHx6rzxMqAobgBEiQAxJazJ9ZrsIb5n_3kFicTc0I3m-b9KU8fEswtiMVNCvcHUggaAslN8P8HAQ

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 inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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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 inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com or
PM me here on the Forum.

All the best

Andy

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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.

http://youtu.be/t9WoMW7gY3c

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

Andy

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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.


microbrain

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

Andy

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