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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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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.

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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.

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100609#msg100609

All the best

Andy

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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 support@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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.

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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

Andy

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.

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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;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0

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.

Andy

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See "Selecting External Sources from a Denon AVR Receiver" here;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100578#msg100578

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The external sources screen in Dianemo displays all of the external devices you have interfaced to your system in a particular room. Below I've provided a link to a real External Sources screen for a room that is part of one of our demo systems. I've used an image from the Athena HTML5 Orbiter to illustrate this screen but there are equivalent screens in our current Orbiter UI too and they work just the same way (they don't look as cool though!)

See here for the Orbiter screen images; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/smart-home-software-services/dianemo-athena-html5-ui-screens/

In the first example image (at the url above) you can see 6 rectangular buttons, each of which represent a particular device;

- AppleTV
- Denon Internet Radio
- Panasonic DMP-BDT330
- Sky+ HD Digibox1
- Sky+ HD Digibox2
- Sony Blu-Ray

All of these devices are attached to a Denon AVR AV Receiver. By selecting one of the buttons Dianemo will command the Denon to switch inputs to the selected device and the output of the selected device will then be displayed on the TV display that is connected to the Denon's Monitor HDMI output. At the same time all the control commands required to control the selected input device will be routed to it by your Dianemo Nervecentre and the Orbiter screen will change to one designed for controlling the selected device too.

Assuming you selected the 'Sony Blu-Ray' button in the external sources screen you would see the Sony Blu-Ray remote control screen on your Orbiters screen (see the 2nd image at the url above). Selecting sources and controlling them is as easy as that.

All the best

Andy


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Marketplace / New - Dec 2014 Dianemo Deals
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:34:50 pm »
Just wanted to highlight we've launched some new deals for Dec (they are available from today in fact though...)

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:31:13 pm »
That seems to stop the activity (see gap between 8:40 and 9:26) . How to prevent it without unplugging?  ;)

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2014-11-26 09:38:03 SIP 1006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-26 09:32:24 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 09:31:18 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-26 09:27:13 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 09:26:15 SIP 1006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 08:40:06 SIP 6000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 08:36:39 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:12
2014-11-26 08:35:39 SIP 6000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 08:30:26 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 08:28:39 SIP 6000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 08:24:30 SIP 10001 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 08:21:46 SIP 6000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-26 08:17:25 SIP 1005 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-26 08:11:42 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 08:08:45 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 08:07:58 SIP 6001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 08:05:56 SIP 1005 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:56:29 SIP 1003 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 07:54:48 SIP 1005 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:54:10 SIP 6001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:52:52 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 07:43:34 SIP 1005 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:40:43 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 07:40:33 SIP 6001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:33:44 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:12
2014-11-26 07:32:07 SIP 5000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:26:22 SIP 123456 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-26 07:20:56 SIP 5000 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-26 07:14:55 SIP 1101 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-26 07:12:39 SIP 123456 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01

Well it looks like ladekribs who posted about his issue with Gigasets might have a solution for you...but it depends if your using Gigasets I guess. His issue does seem similar to your though I have to say.

All the best

Andy

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One of the major directions Dianemo has taken over the last few years has been a drive for simplicity & reliability. That focus led us to the realisation that we needed to rethink how systems were configured and at the same time add some new technologies & capabilities to the overall system to make the goal attainable.

We started to look at the whole Dianemo system, much of which at the time still relied on configurations, setup and processes that we'd inherited from the Pluto days. One of the first things that hit us was that in the area of media distribution and delivery we needed to make some big changes. At the time we still used Media Directors but the world around us had changed and increasingly the TV's we were connecting to our MD's were SmartTV's with their own IP connections & integrated UPnP media players. It quickly dawned on us that by configuring MD's on system we were relegating the SmartTV's to being...well just dumb TV's. We weren't utilizing all the great hardware capabilities in these TV's at all. The original reason MD's were developed in the Pluto days was because there were no low cost media players back then so the Pluto guys had to build their own from PC components. There were also no Touch based tablets back then either, well there were but they were super expensive 7-8,000 USD devices that came with Crestron systems, so the only cost effective way to put a UI into a room was to create one inside an MD and use the TV to display it to users. But now we had very affordable small touch based tablets & smartphones that could display a much better UI and we have great UPnP media players built directly into SmartTV's and for older TV's we could use low-cost stand-alone UPnP media players for video playback. So we could move the UI to the customers tablet and use the SmartTV directly for streaming and all of those activities could be orchestrated over IP & UPnP by Dianemo's NerveCentre. If we needed any other local control/sensors then we could locate other low power/cost dedicated devices wherever we needed them for that purpose all connected back to the NerveCentre by IP.

As we worked through the ramifications of this though process we realised that moving away from MD's, together with some other related changes, meant that we could actually reduce the kind of hardware we needed in the NerveCentre because it was being asked to do far less heavy lifting. All of this meant we ended up with a far simpler more reliable overall system with a much lower energy burn. We could now deliver a good level of performance in smaller Homes using a low end Atom based NerveCentre. A typical small apartment/small house system would now be essentially a small compact Atom based NerveCentre, network switch + Wifi router, Some SmartTV's, Squeezebox devices for audio all controlled from a handheld touch based UI on a tablet. In functional terms this system could do everything the previous generation of systems had done but with possibly 60+ % less hardware and more than a 50% reduction in complexity and at least a 40% reduction in energy burn too.

The only real loss in this approach was the on screen TV UI. We didn't feel this was a great loss - it was only there through expediency and a quirk of circumstance that went back to the very limted hardware we had available in the early days. In fact over-hauling the UI was something we'd wanted to do for some time, and now we were free of the so called '10 foot' UI we could think about a new approach to UI's, and that was really the moment that our, soon to be released, Athena HTML5 UI was born.

So today yes we still have some older installations that use MD's and we still have some new customers who wan't to stick with MD's still too. But the vast majority of our installations, 80% or more, are now MD free and use SmartTV's or media players instead. That means more affordable & reliable systems with lower complexity too.

See here our current offers;
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:06:10 pm »
Don't know much about the A+ PIs but it seems to me that if you're looking for a wall-mount orbiter, you can get a cheap 7" android tablet for just a few dollars more. I guess if you particularly want it to be small and extremely low power then the PI is a good option but if it's a price-point thing, to me an existing tablet would make more sense. And it has the added advantage of being able to run Qorbiter and do other stuff if you want as well -  I have a $73 tablet that is wall mounted. It runs touch-orbiter but I use it primarily as a permanent IP camera viewer for my gate camera. It has been running for about a year and a half now as smooth as you like and the screen is on pretty much all day.

On occasion I take it off the wall (magnetic mount) and the children play games on it or I use it for the odd e-mail, to control my media, or I move it to the entertainment area if we're entertaining and expecting guests so I can keep an eye on the gate.

My only gripe is power- I have an ugly cable running to it from the power supply.

Good point - and we've gone that route in the past successfully. But that kind of solution never looks anything other than a tablet mounted on the wall. I think OP was looking for something that could be built into the wall and look more cosmetically agreeable. Would Qorbiter run on an A+ in 256mb of RAM?...possibly. I'm not familiar with the specifics of what it needs in terms of resources etc (hopefully someone else will post on this)

I do know that our Athena HTML5 Orbiter UI will definitely run very nicely on the A+ and will not need any special software or setup on the Rpi. It just needs a modern browser like Firefox or Chrome and your done. Of course the A+ + adafruit touch-screen + usb wifi adapter plus some power (at less than 500mw the A+ doesn't even get warm) into a wall box is all you need to connect into your Core whatever kind of Orbiter you choose.

Andy

Lastly lets keep this thread for Rpi A+ related discussion

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:18:28 am »
Actually that doesn't require a trunk to be configured, but it does require port 5060 to be forwarded to the core.

The hackers are hunting for externally accessible extensions with weak passwords, the call is just a result of a failed attempt & asterisk shunting the connection to the default incoming route. The number in the 3rd column of the log is likely the extension number they tried to connect as.

If there is no need for external SIP extensions, remove any port forwarding for port 5060, it shouldn't be required for trunk connections.

Regards,
Josh

Agreed re it not needing a configured trunk. That's why i suggested disabling his WAN side connection to see if the call traffic went away.

All the best

Andy

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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:20:13 am »
Hi Andy

Sorry just saw this. I have 2 devices so far. The 1st one is a switch and input device. The switch drives some 12 volt relays that can switch up to 120v ac but with a small amp rating at 120v ac. Great for irrigation or a gate etc. It could be coupled with a contactor for more current if needed. The inputs are digital (for now) that can be connected to say a rain sensor or a photo eye. I have some vehicle loop sensor connected. I am working on analog devices now like temp and moisture. Pretty straight forward.
The 2nd device is an audio switch that uses digital switches. The one I have take 16 inputs and can switch it to one or all of 12 outputs.
If you can make your own PCBs (which is pretty easy) the costs are very cheap for the switch. The audio switch can get pricey with each of the digital switches around $2.50US each. You need 1 for each output zone per channel with 8 inputs max. So 4 chips for each output zone for my setup with 16 inputs. This could start small and chips added as needed to keep the cost down.

I do have some extra PCBs if you are interested. I had some made in China.

I just started to work on a touch screen controller for lmce. Not an orbiter but basically a switch that would be tied to events. trying to get it to fit in a j box with a standard decora plate.

Sorry for the late reponse

Jim

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the reply.

Have you built some Core side devices/code that provides the logic for controlling the device switching? ie green house application. I guess you could do that with custom scenarios though in fact as you have all the time/season type logic available there etc.

In your original post you mention a Raspberry Pi - what are you using that for? I'll think about the PCB's - thanks.

The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ might be worth looking at for your touch screen controller - its much smaller than the B/B+ and only $20 USD + shipping/Tax

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:59:29 am »
Do you have port 5060 forwarded to the core?
If so, it is likely hackers trying to authenticate as an extension & make a call.
When that fails, the call is passed to the default inbound route, which makes your phones ring.

Regards,
Josh

Hmmm...well I don't think that can be it as he's disabled his telecom VOIP service provider. I guess they could be stupid hackers who can hack in but are too lazy to see if there's a working trunk/voip provider though!

...Esperanto why don't you run your Core for a period without a WAN side connection and see if the logs still indicate telecom activity?

All the best

Andy

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