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We still have a few Dianemo/Texecom offers available - 3 in fact as of this morning. So if you have not placed your order yet - please place your order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


If your thinking of installing an alarm then this offer is for you...

To mark the availability of our new integration with Texecom Alarm Systems we will configure new Dianemo installations with your Texecom Alarm system at no cost. Simply order your Dianemo License and mention 'Dianemo Texecom Offer' in the subject line or body of your email. This offer is only available to the first 5 customers who purchase licenses after 12pm on Feb 05 2015 (offer available worldwide)

For information about Dianemo;
For information about configuring Dianemo;

For information about Texecom Alarm systems;

A Dianemo license costs $399 USD. To purchase a Dianemo License and take advantage of this offer simply email your Paypal account details to;

Mention 'Dianemo Texecom Offer' in the subject line or body of your email. We will then send you a Paypal payment request and confirm you have qualified for the Texecom offer before you pay.

Thank you for choosing Dianemo.

Please Note: You must have a working Texecom installation and your system must have Texecom's ComIP module installed prior to our configuration work commencing. We cannot configure your Texecom Alarm system in any way - this offer only applies to the Dianemo side of the configuration. Once you have purchased your Dianemo License you can schedule the Texecom Configuration any time during the next 12 months.

Users / Re: Pulse Eight HDMI CEC - Port?
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:14:01 pm »
Hello there,

I bought the adaptor mentioned above.
I need help understanding ports and pipes in LMCE.

My MD ist connected to an AVR input, as well as my PS3.
The output of the AVR is connected to the TV (all via HDMI).

My actual channel setup in webadmin is as follows:

0000 TV
2000 AVR
2100 HDMI adaptor
2200 PS3

- Does the HDMI adaptor need an address setting?
- what about address setting Nr. 5 (instead 0) as mentioned in the the libcec documentation, when HTPC is connected to an Avr.



Hi Bernd,

We've found the following in our experience with lib-cec & CEC control in general;

- Not all TV's respond or work with HDMI-CEC. Its possible that your Panasonic is one of these.
- Do as Phenigma suggests and use lib-sec's terminal based tools to see if your TV's responds.
- Use lib-sec's terminal tools with another HDMI equipped TV and see if that responds.

If you get no response from either TV based on above tests then it cold be that your Pulse-8 is 'dead' - return it for a replacement (we've had two die on us - but it is pretty rare I have to say).

All the best


Texecom alarm systems are now directly supported by Dianemo. We support both, wired & wireless based Texecom installations. Your Texecom panel will need to have the Texecom ComIP network module installed.

Your Texecom alarm simply needs to be installed and configured/setup in the normal way - nothing has to be adapted for Dianemo integration. Your Texecom panel will need to be upgraded with the ComIP module , as we use that to communicate with the panel, and you will need to locate a network connection nearby.

We support both local and remote access to your Texecom panel via our remote access service. The combination of Dianemo Remote Access and your Texecom panel means that you can access, and completely control, your Alarm system from anywhere in the world - every feature of your Texecom alarm panel is replicated in Dianemo's Orbiter screens. If your considering an Alarm System for your home then Texecom are an excellent choice.

If you would like more information about Dianemo & Texecom Alarm systems please get in contact by sending an email to;

Marketplace / Dianemo - Two-Way Integration with Texecom Alarm Panels
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:29:51 pm »
We have just released our new device template & drivers for the Texecom range of alarm panels. We support full two-way integration with Texecom panels and the Orbiter can display all of the information and modes that a wall mounted Texecom panel display can (see the first Orbiter Ui screen image);

The Texecom configuration comes complete with new Athena UI screens (see examples in link above).

Dianemo will work with existing Texecom installations, or new installations, and can be easily retrofitted to properties that require secure remote access/monitoring of the Texecom panels status. Our new Athena iOS Orbiter App supports remote access to your Texecom panel from anywhere in the world allowing you to control your alarm system as if you were still at home.

Contact -

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: control video source switchers??
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:46:47 pm »
And other physical switchboxes - audio input sources, perhaps 'tape loop' processing sources, speaker outputs...  one major difference i've noticed between the last time I looked at LinuxMCE and something like the Crestron type stuff is if I want to use something other than a media source inside the computer itself - DVD drive, TV card, media file.

What i'd like to be able to do is to have the ability to control any combination of cascading switchers for inputs, outputs, processing loops.  For instance one touch might connect a a game console through several separate switchboxes (if there are alot of sources a 4 into 1 box isn't enough) to one of three TV's in a room.  Processing or amplifier loops would be relevant because of all the new audio formats and such that seem to be out now - I might prefer one receiver to be used for music listening and another for home theater listening, or more than one surround decoder being able to be used depending on source material.  I might have three sets of speakers hooked up at different positions and ideally want that a part of the macro.  An example being Dolby Atmos and Barco Auro 3D don't use the same speaker positions.

This isn't a gripey-type feature request, i'm just curious if this is on the roadmap, of interest to other people, how hard it would be to implement or add on to existing code, and similar...  it's a long term goal, i'm not against learning how to do some script or code eventually or if finances permit hiring someone else to write code beyond me for the eventual 'dream home theater', but whether or how it might be implimented might change other parts of the equation in terms of what hardware to consider.

Ideally i'd just like to modify existing pushbutton electronic switchboxes but perhaps only remote controlled ones would work within the framework for instance.  I'm not sure whether MCE needs to talk through some existing controller like a Zwave or IR code or if more homebrew solutions can also be interfaced.

If you hop over to this section of the Forum and post your question about controlling external switchers/matrices/zone amps there I can possibly help you as we have implemented a lot of functionality in Dianemo for controlling those kinds of external audio/video switcher devices;

All the best


Users / Re: best options for networked thermostat?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:56:51 am »
So i've got this long term desire and fantasies about home automation but obviously it all starts with single steps...

I need to replace my house thermostat anyways so that's coming first.  A few X10 modules for lights/presence simulation will come after, and probably working in a few security cameras i'm sure, but before anything else i'm just wanting to start with the climate bit...

One thing i'm concerned about is hacking, after I read stories of how easy it is for an outsider to compromise various things, my top priorities are something that is wired only ethernet, and fail safe.  For instance a thermostat shouldn't go sub freezing or shut off a heater entirely, but just control within a limited range (no less than 40 for instance) or maybe change a few programmed statuses.  Doesn't really see why it should have unlimited access to do it's job anyways since the biggest thing you're doing is checking the temp when away from home to notice things like a furnace failure/problem in winter, or to tell it to start warming the house up early because you're coming home early from work.


There are a few proprietary heating control systems available here in the UK that do have Wifi connected Thermostats that communicate back to a controller/hub. With these systems you would normally connect to the controller/hub rather than the Thermostat itself. The only generally available 'Thermostat' that uses IP for its control interface is the NEST as far as i know.

However what you are describing are features that are best delivered directly by whatever Thermostat you choose and not by LinuxMCE or any other Home Automation system. Let the thermostat do its basic job - that's what it was designed for and it can do that standalone even if your Core fails in some way (as they do that sometimes!).

If your LinuxMCE system has access to your Thermostat, and can not only read values from it (ie temp, target temp, mode etc) but also send commands to it, then obviously if your system gets compromised from outside any of those settings could be changed. There is only one protection from that that is un-hackable - don't connect your thermostat to anything externally. If there is no interface to the outside world then no one can attack your thermostat without breaking into your home.

Out in the 'real world' though I have never seen, or heard of, any Thermostat that was maliciously hacked so I think in reality the risk is pretty low to be honest.

All the best


Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:29:49 am »
Thanks for the info Andrew!  I will disagree with you on one statement though:

This is *very* possible in LinuxMCE, with a built in UPnP server.  I understand that your implementation will only work with your Dianemo systems though.

Thanks again!


I wasn't saying it wasn't possible in LinuxMCE - of course you could implement something similar. What I meant was it would not be possible to integrate our UPnP code without also integrating all of our other underlying changes to the media system - which would definitely break a lot of existing code.

All the best



we haven't used Firefox as embedded web browser extensively... But now my wife discovered few sites about cooking& recipes and now my task is to bring it to Dianemo (probably similar also applies for LMCE).

I wonder if I can make embedded Firefox more touch screen friendly ?  The biggest problems are small buttons, sliders at the side, etc...
Is there any possibility (config options) to increase those little widgets to be more usable on touch screen ? 
Any other workaround to bring web sites to main touch screen ?

Thanks in advance,

**Hmm...Posde pointed out I may have misunderstood your post originally. Having re-read it (while not doing 2 other things!) I think I did in fact misunderstand you as you are referring to how Firefox Embedded renders controls on a touch device for any Web page, and my original response was purely about our HTML5 based Athena UI. So I've removed my original post.

All the best


Users / Re: HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8 as core
« on: January 16, 2015, 05:13:40 pm »
I can't see anything obviously wrong with this HP's spec in light of what your planning to do with your system. The only thing I'd say, and I always highlight this, is the acid test of compatibility will be whether the system will boot from a Ubuntu 12.04LTS LiveCD (I would expect it would). If it does your good to go.


All the best


Users / Re: Video Standards.
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:56:46 pm »

You're UPnP suggestion is an interesting one.  I have been long awaiting the UPnP integration that you promised to be pushed into LinuxMCE in this message here: and here:

Your suggestion may actually be useful to LMCEers if that code were pushed into LinuxMCE. 

I know alot of us would appreciate your publishing the code for inclusion into LinuxMCE, as you have promised.


I haven't checked but from memory I think we did push some of our early UPnP code. But since then we've dug a lot deeper than we originally expected to need to do to integrate UPnP into Dianemo, so much so that now our underlying media system is quite different to that in LinuxMCE. One example of this is our internal UPnP server that converts an .iso or .dvd and extracts and streams on the-fly its content repackaged to UPnP media renders like SmartTV's or RaspBMC etc. This is only possible with our underlying media system.

If we do open source this code it will happen as part of us releasing the overall Dianemo code base under an Open Source License. We are still assessing if/whe/how we might do this.

All the best


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

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


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.

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


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 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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