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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


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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


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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; is in fact applicable to any Linux based system and so could be implemented on LinuxMCE too.

All the best


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


Marketplace / Re: Dianemo: Several spotify streams, multi source possible?
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:49:21 pm »
Using the 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


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:

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


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


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

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


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