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Installation issues / Re: New to LMCE, Would like some direction
« on: November 28, 2013, 02:09:34 pm »
Hey there

I have taken a look at the wiki and over a few forums but would like to know if anyone has a blog I can follow to do a simple home automation lighting control setup with Linux MCE and the z-wave modules.

I have installed MCE within a Virutal machine and seems to work ok.

BUT

I was following the wiki and some of it for me doesnt make sense (sorry im not that technical)

I need some direction with
Installation checks with MCE
Hardware to buy for controlling lights in the house
Best way to connect to the mce server  -> there is a section about connecting via USB?

Ive clicked around the wiki and the pages I was looking at for zwave has no info

This is my first post, so apologize if this has been asked, but I cant seem to find any direct answers.

Any experts with a good starting point please send my way!

Oh also Im in the UK for 240v units would be required.


As Posde says we have a software only product that you can install on your own hardware and we're based in the UK. We support Zwave, Mode, Rako lighting too. See the footer of this post to get a link to our thread in the 'Marketplace' section of the forum.

All the best

Andy

PS And I should have said we support KNX too ;-)

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Users / Re: LightWaveRF
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:13:53 pm »
I am in the process of gutting and re-doing my room (plaster, ceilings and floor) and am hoping to deploy some home automation.

I have downloaded MCE and started playing with it but have a question around LightWaveRF. After searching the forums I found the post where (Sorry I can't post links) someone had asked and were told about the transceiver by RFXCom. If I were to purchase an RFXCom transceiver would I able to control LightWaveRF devices - I am interested in controlling/interacting with a LightWaveRF 2 gang 13 amp socket plug.



We plan to add support for LightwaveRF devices to Dianemo in the first quarter of 2014 if that's of any interest to you. I can't give you anything more concrete right now. The update will be free to anyone with a Dianemo system.

All the best

Andrew

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Marketplace / Update Available - Fix for Spurious DHCP Requests
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:22:17 pm »
We have released an update today that fixes a long standing and irritating bug that would periodically display spurious Orbiter announcements about new devices having been added to a system. These messages should now only appear when a new IP device is actually added to your system.

This fix was pushed to the LinuxMCE SVN at the same time as this bug has been around since the Pluto days.

As usual please run the Dianemo Software Update script to install this and any pending Dianemo or Ubuntu updates to your NC.

All the best

Andrew

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What were the changes? would they be of use to LMCE?

-Thom

Thom - I understand from Uplink that he has already given you access to his tree and the ticket that relates to these changes... all the changes are there. As to whether they will be useful without additional work I cant say.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Update Available - Updated DCErouter
« on: November 11, 2013, 05:55:45 pm »
We have released an updated DCErouter package that fixes a number of bugs and allows the router to be more tolerant of certain device conditions. There are no end-user facing changes in this update.

As usual please run the Updater script to update your system with this update and any other pending updates for either Dianemo or Ubuntu.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Fios and LMCE
« on: October 08, 2013, 04:42:15 pm »
I have my components in the basement and the tv in the living room. In cold weather I get some issues with hdcp handshake meaning the screen flashes on and off. I am using 25ft mono price inwall rated net jacket HDMI cables. I am going to add ferrite beads and possibly a HDMI repeater. The other thing you will notice is that long HDMI cables are heavy and put strain on your HDMI ports. Take a look at mono prices strain relief adapters that are tighter than the spec and screw into the screw above your port to ensure a strain relieved connection

Run a single CAT5E/CAT6 from the Basement to the Living room and use an HDBASEt CAT5/6 transmitter/receiver to send the HDMI to the room. 25 feet is really at the very limit of what you can reliably do with even very expensive HDMI cable - if its more 2m (6 ft) we always use CAT5/6 and HDBASEt.

All the best

Andrew

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Users / Re: Low energy MCE configuration?
« on: October 08, 2013, 02:14:39 pm »
I'm looking to control lighting and monitor energy in my low energy solar powered house, and in a manner that uses very little energy. I currently have a Dell Mini Inspiron 1012 (Atom processor, 2G memory) that I am planning on using, as it is extremely low energy for a laptop (and I happen to have one available).

With the very limited requirements stated above, can I even get in the ballpark on such a platform?

I'm a Linux lightweight (have used Ubuntu for about 7 years, have worked with Unix/Solaris workstations in the past), so I know my way around Linux in a minor sense.


We have many installations on Atom based hardware and these work particularly well if you don't use any MD's. Typically most modern Atom based hardware has an energy footprint of between 15-23W. If you are'nt running pxe booted MD's, not interested in the LinuxMCE firewall and your not worried about Plug n Play then you can run single NIC and save some energy/complexity. So I would say your Dell mini sounds fine to me for the purposes you want to use your system for.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: CEC - Anyone (for Denon AVR 1909)
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:47:57 pm »
Thanks Andrew, that's good news and interesting info. Are you using the pulse 8 CEC injector to CEC-enable your Rpi's and other devices?


We used to use Pulse-8's but now we just use Rpi's as they have a CEC enabled GPU. So if we just need CEC control we use a Rpi to do power ON from stand-by on say a SmartTV or on older TV's with no UPnP we use a Rpi with to also provide UPnP capability as well. We have an in-house developed customised Raspbmc image that we use for both these situations.

All the best

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Dianemo and ASUS EB1501 power control
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:42:01 pm »
Hi Andrew,
Was this issue resolved?

I can also confirm issues with two Asus EB1501. Neither can be controlled from orbiter. In particular I am also having strange shutdown issues, ie. on screen orbitor will state powering down, then cycle back to confirm shutdown.

Have checked and rechecked WoL etc settings are all enabled. Running 12.04lts with latest updates. Openelec installed on Hdd of both.

Thanks Garath



Hmm... so you are PXE booted as an MM but you are launching Openelec from the internal hard drive too? Have i understood you right? If that's the case then it may be that the powering down process is getting hung because of the locally launched software.

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Adding auto tagged to Dianemo
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:18:20 pm »
Hi Andrew,
I appreciate that Rpi's are being used in this way. This doesn't relate to orbiter information though. My question was in regard to the metadata and tagging of tvshows and the like and improving the manner in which tv show data is added to media grids and whether the auto tagging tool can be added to a dianemo install. I note another Dianemo user made reference to doing this. My reference to xbmc is only to illustrate that the tvdb scrapper is able to reference tv shows tagged appropriately. The upnp function of dianemo yes can reference an xbmc library, but This doesn't deal with the metadata issue.

We don't support the autotagger currently - It may well work but I suspect it may rely on specific LinuxMCE features or may use hard coded paths to certain files etc (a guess i could be completely wrong on that). If TV shows are recorded via MythTV then they will have good metadata and this can be browsed via UPnP either directly on a SmartTV (or Rpi) or via an Orbiter.

All the best

Andrew

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Installation issues / Re: Dianemo and ASUS EB1501 power control
« on: October 02, 2013, 03:55:57 pm »
Hi Andrew,
Was this issue resolved?

I can also confirm issues with two Asus EB1501. Neither can be controlled from orbiter. In particular I am also having strange shutdown issues, ie. on screen orbitor will state powering down, then cycle back to confirm shutdown.

Have checked and rechecked WoL etc settings are all enabled. Running 12.04lts with latest updates. Openelec installed on Hdd of both.

Thanks Garath



We've had no other reports of this so I cant advise on how to resolve the power issues. What are you using Openelec for?

All the best

Andy

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Installation issues / Re: Adding auto tagged to Dianemo
« on: October 02, 2013, 03:52:18 pm »
Hi all,
I am wondering if someone can give me some help.

There is an earlier post suggesting that lmce auto tagger will work with Dianemo. I am running 12.04 and would like to make using tv shows easier via orbiter in Dianemo with episode info cover art etc. I have been using xbmc for tv show management on dianemo share but really want it all to be integrated through orbiter so am looking for some help installing the auto tagger package.

Alternatively if there are users controlling and using xbmc clients through Dianemo how are you using them ie through Upnp etc. I have tried the upnp approach and generally find it unintuitive.

Thanks everyone
Garath

We have lots of installations where Rpi's running Raspbmc firmware are being used. The Rpi's are being used as UPnP media renderers in these installs replacing traditional Media Managers (Media Directors).

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: CEC - Anyone (for Denon AVR 1909)
« on: October 02, 2013, 03:42:15 pm »
Hi all...

Been looking out for a bargain AV receiver for a while and there's a pretty good deal on a Denon AVR 1909. I know it's not the newest model out there and doesn't sadly, have IP or RS232 control, but I think in all other areas it will do the job I require -
  • upscale from analog video - for my old cable box input
  • 3 hdmi inputs should be plenty
My only concern is on the control side. I see it is supposed to work with CEC so I was thinking of getting one of those pulse-eight injectors to turn it on and off, switch inputs and change volume.

Has anyone had any luck with those?

I really want all my hardware to be controllable via my orbiters/remotes. TV just needs to go on and off which I can do with IR blasting. But volume and input switching needs to happen on the amp so I need those functions...

thoughts, advice, criticism?

Re CEC Control;

We use CEC in most installs now as pretty much all AV Amplifiers, Blu-Ray players & TV's are CEC enabled. Typically in a 'traditional' CEC installation you will have a chain of devices connected together via HDMI 1.3/1.4. The TV will be the master device at one end of the HDMI chain. All devices in the chain can be controlled from lib-CEC or from the master devices remote. So for example if you hook up a Rpi running Raspbmc to your TV and enable the CEC setting in your TV to 'On' then you can use the TV's remote control to control the XBMC UI running on the Rpi (it feels like magic the first time you see this working!).

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Question about UI
« on: October 02, 2013, 03:27:13 pm »
Hi,

regarding UI2. Dianemo reported, that they prefer using UI1, cause it's the same on all devices...

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php/topic,8880.msg97498.html#msg97498



HTH,

regards,
Bulek.



Yep that's absolutely right. We took the view that we wanted the same UI running on all Orbiters. Therefore UI2 was out both because it needs much more GPU goodness and even more importantly it is not touch UI friendly.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Question about UI
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:14:10 pm »
how come Dianemo uses LinuxMCE and why can't we use their user interface.  Just a question.

Hi,

Thom is totally correct in what he says. Our UI is not something we provide back to the LinuxMCE community - partly because our UI skins depend on new features that are not available or in some cases have not been integrated into LinuxMCE. We do make the vast majority of our code changes available to LinuxMCE but there are some parts that we don't. In some cases the changes we have made are at odds to the direction of LinuxMCE and so our changes don't make any sense in the context of LinuxMCE.

all the best

Andrew

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