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Users / Re: Power saving topic
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:54:08 pm »
Andrew, I'm intrigued, when you say "upnp media players", is this standalone hardware that you're referring to?

If yes, would I be right in saying that this isn't integrated with LMCE in the true sense, i.e. it's controlled separately, and merely plays remote media that's made available to it?

Cheers,
Matt.

Yes its a stand alone upnp media renderer (thats the technical description) and that would include media players, BlueRay player and in fact most SmartTV's too. In Dianemo installations now most customers are using SmartTV's or media players (if they are not replacing their TV's). All these devices are controlled over IP to varying degrees ie play/stop/fwd/rew/chan up/down/input select/vol up/down/Mute/standby on/off

How tightly integrated this is in LMCE currently I'm not sure but to some extent it would be. In Dianemo we have device templates for most major brands of media players, BlueRay players & SmartTV's too.

All the best


Andy

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Users / Re: thinking about new av receiver
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:39:48 pm »
Nope. thats what I was thinking off. In theory is very easy if you only need one ethernet cable and then can use that to control the device and distribute the audio. I thought that with 9.2 surround devices you can create 4 stereo and one mono channel (for toilet or whatever ;-) ). I tried analog as you suggested using usb but that is to limited in regards to distance. On locations where the amp is close to a core/md hdmi can be used but I want it a bit further away without the need to have a md turned on.
tough guy ;-)

The IP connection on a receiver is just that. Any IP based audio services the Receiver can access itself will output audio to any of the onboard audio outputs that can drive speakers - those audio outputs do not go via the RJ45 network connection.

all the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Power saving topic
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:34:03 pm »
With power efficiency getting more and more a popular topic I thought it might be interesting to post a thread where people can post any suggestion they have to make a LinuxMCE home as power efficient as possible. I recently read some general power saving threads and there people aim at about 1000 kWh per year for a household. How nice if we can also achieve similar results without limiting the home automation and media comforts...

all ideas welcome!

The best advice here is to not use MD's but use upnp media players if your system is delivering video content. This decision means that you make a terrific energy saving over each MD (eg Atom based MD @ say 20W verses Media Player @ say 0.7W) and you can also down-size your Core too as the media players place far less load on the Core. So you might now be able to choose an Core that uses maybe 60% less energy than before. Obviously these are generalised savings and your specific mileage may vary but you will definitely make big savings with this approach.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Recommendations for server and station computers
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:26:22 pm »
I'm comfortable in Linux, but was planning to go with 1004.  How compelling is the improvement in equipment options for 1204 relative to the liklihood of a lot of fixes?

I'm in Colorado, USA.

We've been shipping Dianemo on Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop pretty much since Canonical released it and I can say without hesitation that I would recommend going with a 12.04LTS based installation. You can test your proposed hardware for 12.04LTS compatibility simply by testing if it boots from a Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop USB stick or LiveCD (Core & Media Directors). If they boot and you get a desktop and a network connection your pretty much good to go.

The hardware you choose for your Core will be largely dependent on how many rooms you will equip with MD's and how much media you will be streaming concurrently. The more MD's you have the more load you will place on your Core when everything boots (hopefully this is not something you will be doing everyday) and when you are streaming video to several rooms at once.

Another factor to consider, if you are going with traditional MD's, is where will they be located? Will they be located local to the TV's or will they be located in your central equipment rack? Any surround Amplifiers or other audio amplifers will either need to be located with the MD's centrally (with long speaker grade cable run to each room) or with the MD's locally in the rooms they serve. Either is ok...but in-room means you will need more well ventilated cupboard space in the room (but will have shorted speaker cables etc). In Dianemo we still support MD's but 95% of our installations now use upnp media players, SmartTV's or AppleTV's instead and we use small IP based controls to provide discrete control of devices in and around the house (something in the past we would have done via the ports on an MD). We're also, like LMCE, moving to a new style Orbiter which does not require UI regens ever - UI regens historically have always caused a lot of overhead on the Core's of larger installations in particular. Moving away from MD's and modern Orbiters all add up to requiring less powerful Core's that use far less energy than they did just a few years back.

Best of luck with your house & your installation.

All the best

Andy

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We've had a few inquiries recently that have hi-lighted some possible confusion about support & configuration. So I thought I'd post something on this here;

Support is always handled via the Forum (not this thread though). The best way is to post your question/issue in the appropriate section of the Forum making sure to add 'Dianemo -' to the title of you post so that lmce users can differentiate them from posts relating to lmce.  If its something you need an urgent response to the pm me too please. Support is always free of charge,

If you need help configuring your system, adding devices, creating a new device so that your system can interact with a new, but currently unsupported, piece of 3rd party hardware or anything else where you require us to carry out configuration/setup for you then please PM me directly. This type of activity falls under the category of Consulting and is a charged for service. Generally speaking in most cases we will be able to provide you with a fixed cost for whatever you require. However in some cases it may be impossible to price the assistance you need on a fixed price basis due to either complexity or because other factors outside our control will affect the work thats needed. In these cases we will charge you in stages until the job is completed (at anytime you can cancel further work). We always try to minimise any consulting costs to you. All Consulting fees, whether fixed, or staged must be paid in advance before we commence work.

If you have further questions then please contact me via pm here on the forum.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Update - New HTML5 Orbiter & UI Preview
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:36:52 am »
Here is a sneak peek at our exciting new Orbiter UI that's currently in development. The first image is of the audio media browser screen, the second of the Sky Box STB control screen (all screen-shots are of live working screens and are not mockups). The UI is built using HTML 5 which makes it much easier to build and design for than with our standard UI. HTML 5 also allows for dynamic UI elements like sliders, scrollable lists and other animated controls too. Customising and localising the UI, using standard HTML5 page layout tools, will be much easier too and the UI does not require any regens either.

Please note this is work in progress and our standard UI may change before we release this. All customers will receive the new UI as a free update when it is released later this year.

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Marketplace / Update Available - Spotify Premium Support
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:40:05 pm »
Dianemo has been updated so that it now supports the Spotify Premium streaming service. This is a much requested feature. You can now access your Top 100 list and your saved Playlists directly from the Dianemo iOS App and have that stream playback in any audio enabled room or in multiple rooms simultaneously.

All Dianemo updates are free to existing customers. As usual please use the Dianemo update script to update your system with this update and any others that may not have been applied yet.

If your a fan of Spotify Premium you will want to get this update! We hope this increases your enjoyment of your Dianemo system.

All the best

Andy

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Developers / Re: hide mouse cursor on orbiter on joggler
« on: May 13, 2014, 02:47:55 pm »
Those changes do not appear to exist on LinuxMCE's Orbiter.

Posde check with Uplink on that. I'll mention it to him.

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Developers / Re: hide mouse cursor on orbiter on joggler
« on: May 13, 2014, 12:30:37 pm »
In Dianemo we have the capability to hide/show the mouse pointer and the cross hairs cursor in the on-screen Orbiter on an MD. See http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Show.2FHide_The_Mouse_or_Cross_Hair_Cursor for details. Basically if the file /etc/pluto/orbiter.disable.mouse exists then the Orbiter will not display the mouse pointer or the cross hairs cursor.

I'm sure the changes to the Orbiter source to support this were pushed back to you guys ages ago. Thom check with Radu on this and if you don't have the changes he can provide them to you.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Wiki page updated
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:15:58 pm »
Just a note to say that the Dianemo Wiki page has been updated with additional information relating to the control of TV's and Smart TV's;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#TV_Control_In_Summary

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as UPnP player under Dianemo
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:03:56 pm »
Hello,

I'm trying to setup RPi with raspbmc as UPnP player that can be controlled  from Dianemo.

Have three short questions :

1. What do I put into /etc/pluto/media_config.conf for RPi ? Is this right ?
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#XBMC RPi
Room=12:        AudioDev=412; VideoDev=412; KeepScreenOnForOSD=no

2. How to troubleshoot setup it it isn't working ?

3. If I want to start media from XBMC GUI - what is the proper way to get media from Dianemo ? UPnP server LS doesn't provide video files, also music files are not working for me, should Samba be used for this ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.

See http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_Media_Config for details of media_config. If the Rpi is attached to a TV and the audio will come from the TV's onboard speakers then the AudioDev would be the TV device as you will want the audio commands to be sent to the TV (ie CEC or IP control of TV). If the TV is not controllable then you can use the AppServer device in the room that the Rpi/TV is located as this has a facility to react to audio commands and route those to Alsa. If the audio will be routed via an amplifier, and the amplifier has rs-232 or IP control then you would use the dev ID of the Amplifier as the audio control commands would need to be routed to the Amp. In all cases the VideoDev would be the the Rpi.

In most cases any problems can be resolved by double checking that you are routing the appropriate commands to the correct devices.

To pull media from XBMC's GUI you would use either UPnP mode (set this in Web Admin) or you could use Samba. UPnP is usually better because the UPnP server will organise your media for you. When you pull media from XBMC Dianemo will not know that media is 'playing' so you will not get any indication of this on your Orbiters. However if you set your Orbiter to the room where media playback has been started via XBMC's UI you should be able to control the playback from your Orbiter still.

If you use our Rpi firmware you also get CEC control integration to from Dianemo.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: SIP Video intercom
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:29:23 pm »
Hi,

I'm currently looking for a SIP video intercom and I found the product "NovoSIP" on the internet which sounds interested but I don't know much about video intercom so I would like to know if someone knows about it or what you think about it ?

Thank you :)

The NovoSIP is interesting as its based on the Rpi. But its about 380 Euros (without the Rpi) which is still not particularly cheap.

Any SIP based Door phone will work with Asterisk - some may need a few simple config changes to get working though. So I cant see any reason why the NovoSIP would not be configurable at a basic technical level. The rest is down to the firmware etc... but as most SIP devices do not have wonderfully engineered firmware I would not hold that against the NovoSIP either! Its not clear whether NovoSIP uses Door-Berry but it looks like in principal that would be an option too.

All the best

Andy

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If I control my zwave switches using orbiters the status (as shown in the advanced device page for the light, and on my floorplans) correctly updates

however if I use the light switches manually the status does not change, it does not appear that the zwave switches send status updates back to linuxmce... is that expected behavior?  Should linuxmce update the status when a light switch is operated manually?

Well the floorplan code, as far as I recall, just updates the status of the floorplan icon before it sends the on/off or dim up/down command. Whereas if you turn on/off a mains powered Zwave light switch then this requires the light switch to send an updated status and this may take 30 secs or more to be sent. In addition if your Zwave network is fairly large, you have some nodes that are not communicating properly or your Zwave networks routing table is not updated then these staus updates may never arrive. In addition using a battery controller to remotely turn on a wired ZWave light switch (ie a load controller) will also not always cause an updated status to be sent by the load controller. All these issues are improved by configuring your Zwave installation using SIS mode in most cases - based on my experience.

Hope the above helps.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Remote Asterisk Install
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:02:00 pm »
Is it possible to install Asterisk on a remote server and retain full integration with LMCE, or is Asterisk wrapped up to integrate on a local install only?  I ask because I'd prefer to run Asterisk out of a secure data center so I can get 5 9's on my phone service.  Also, I think its a great idea to monitor the home core server from an outside source, and then if tampering is detected (ie, the internet goes down, or the power, etc), the remote Asterisk can send out an automated response.  I realize some of these services are already available vis-a-vi dnsmadeeasy.com, but I think Asterisk is probably the most mission critical asset in the install.

I'm welcome to any ideas or suggestions.

Yes you could have an Asterisk box remotely located and do what posde suggests. If your not interested in using on Media Director softphones and other Media Director telephony integration then that doesnt pose too many issues. In Dianemo we don't configure systems to use any of the Media Director telephony features as we've found that end customers prefer to use real phones to make and receive calls ie physical SIP phones or SIP clients on a SmartPhone etc.

All the best

Andy

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Does this mean that LinuxMCE/Dianemo will be able to control Zwave encryption items? Specifically door locks?

In this scenario, does the Vera issue the commands to the ZWave devices or does the Dianemo box.

As mentioned on the wiki we currently only support lighting & heating devices from Dianemo via Vera. As far as i know Vera does support Zwave encryption and therefore Zwave locks should work (Please check with Vera to verify that your locks are supported though). If the Vera supports a particular type of ZWave class or type of device then we can support it by adding a new device template in Dianemo. If you need door lock support then we would be happy to add this support if you are willing to help with your time & access to the Zwave Door lock hardware.

All the best

Andrew

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