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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


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


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

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


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


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

regarding UI2. Dianemo reported, that they prefer using UI1, cause it's the same on all devices...,8880.msg97498.html#msg97498



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


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.


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


Users / Re: audio (dlna/upnp) client
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:04:00 pm »
Now that you explained it, and I read over it again it was not specific what exactly is implemented.

I (wrongly) assumed that the DLNA protocol was implemented both ways.

Best regards

EDIT: did anyone try using squeezeplayer on android ( could this work?

In Dianemo we use UPnP/DLNA SmartTV's and various devices including the Raspberry Pi running Raspbmc to stream & control devices over IP (Giving you vol +/-, Input selects, Standby On/Off and full transport control from your Orbiters) - that works for Music or video. The Raspbmc Rpi works nicely for this and can be powered from a TV's usb port if your stuck for suitable power outlets. Add a Wifi dongle and you can do all the above without a physical LAN. You could run Squeezeslave on the Rpi if you would prefer a pure audio solution based around Squeezecenter/Squeezebox technology (as Posde & Thom say they work great for audio and you can mix physical Squeezeboxes together with Squeezeslaves running at the Core & in IP connected devices).

All the best


Marketplace / Update Available - HeatMiser
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:50:02 pm »
We have released an update today that allows you to interface Dianemo to a Heatmiser  ( )heating management/control system. Simply configure your Heatmiser system as you require and then allow Dianemo to automatically pickup all your heating zones/devices. Then use your Orbiters to manage and control your heating.

As usual please use the Updater script to update your system with this update and any pending Ubuntu updates too.

All the best


Switching inputs automatically could be done but on the TV of course and the Rpi. However the TV has to support it.

As to RAM on Rpi I'm not sure as all ours are 512mb. I've no feedback on which Rpi XBMC Firmware is best.

We have not used UI2 for a longtime so none of our installers customers will have used it. When we still used MM's we decided to used a consistent UI on both MM's and Orbiters and that is UI1 running our Dianemo skin.

All the best


I want to be clear - we are using the Rpi as an UPnP media renderer that we can push video streams to and control. We are not using the Rpi as a traditional MM & MD.


thanks for info. Does this mean that Raspberry PI with xbmc can be used as a sort of light Media browser/player for Dianemo and that media can be pushed to it ?

How do you find Raspberry PI as media player? Can it cope with videos ?

Thanks in advance,

Yes installing RaspBMC on a Raspberry Pi essentially converts it into a UPnP media renderer (remember to purchase a video codec license to get accelerated video playback). You just simply add a UPnP device to your NC for each UPnP device you have  and allocate them to rooms just like you would with a Media Manager and your done (see the Dianemo Wiki page for details of how to do this). Once setup you can then push video to the Raspberry Pi from your Orbiter by setting the Orbiter to the room that your Raspberry Pi is in and then browsing to some video - again just like a MM (some video files may not seek on all UPnP devices - it depends on their support in firmware).

Essentially the Raspberry Pi is a way to 'upgrade' an older TV or video projector to have basic SmartTV capabilities. All the UPnP devices i mentioned in my earlier post above work the same way from the Web Admin setup & usage from the Orbiter perspectives. Performance on the Raspberry Pi when playing video with hardware acceleration is excellent and full 1080p.

If you think about it Media Managers or Media Directors these days are rarely used to their full capability ie all that hardware and i/o etc local to the TV for controlling stuff. And of course MM/MD's are complex to setup, have a big energy footprint and are physically huge compared to a Rasperry Pi or a SmartTV. We dont use MM/MD's any more in our commercial installations for this reason.

All the best


We have released an update that adds support for 'Follow me', Continued playback from where this movie was last watched to and FF & REW to UPnP devices that support these features. This brings UPnP devices such as Smart TV's & Media Players into line with traditional Media Managers in terms of supporting these key media playback features. In fact CHT, from Sept, is now only recommending Media Managers be used in Home Theatre's where the flexibility of i/o and other connectivity options offer some advantages.

We have tested our new UPnP software with Sony, Panasonic & Samsung Smart TV's, WD Media players and Raspberry Pi's running XBMC (RaspBMC - Other Manufacturers UPnP enabled products may also work too as we interrogate the device now to find out its capabilities. Please let us know your experiences if you have other UPnP based products.

As usual please use the Updater script to download this update and any others that your system may not have installed (including normal Ubuntu updates too).

All the best


Users / Re: Dusky Sky Controller
« on: August 08, 2013, 03:55:44 pm »
Hi Guys,

I was just looking for a little clarification on the Dusky sky controller.

when i search the wiki for sky i came across two separate wiki pages for the dusky

 http ://


 http ://

Now the first article states that only the serial controller is working not the USB and the second page is spawned from a large thread on the forum
 http http://://,11587.msg86946.html - which states that the USB version is now working but the serial version is untested.

So my question really was are both of these usb/serial supported?

Thanks in advance

NB I had to put a space in the links after http as i was allowed to post a link.  Sorry if this is against the rules but they are all internal links to linuxmce

Hi Damian,

Dusky have discontinued there USB models and they only manufacture RS232 models now. Dusky also make a controller that connects to the newer Sky boxes that have the new i/o control port and this unit is rs232 controlled too (we support all Dusky interface versions).

We also support the Sky Program Guide info emitted from the serial port on Sky boxes - this allows us to display the current program guide data on our orbiter screens for any Sky box that is being controlled.



Installation issues / Re: logitech usb music anywhere
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:15:04 pm »
What USB sound card have you got? I have the Startech Virtual 7.1 USB Audio Adapter (model No. ICUSBAUD107) and it is plug'n'play - if it isn't, then my understanding is that you need to install it first as you would with any Linux system, and then go from there. It might even be appropriate to make a template for it.

To get you started, you can check if it is being recognised with "lsusb", and then Google accordingly.

No idea how to stop it from defaulting to the internal sound card - blacklist the module for it perhaps? <-- Complete guess, proceed at your own risk.


We're using those successfully on some of our systems and they work very nicely indeed. In fact I'm just prepping one of our compact NC25's now with 2x Startech Virtual 7.1 USB Audio Adapters. Its streaming 8x Internet Radio stations on our test rig right now.

All the best


Wow. I didn't know the BDT-220 could be controlled via IP, is there a protocol sheet somewhere? :)


Thom - here's the command set for the currently available Panasonics. Basically if the device has an iOS or Android App then you can be sure it's IP controllable. Uplink has a setup that allows him
to sit in the middles between the App and the device and observe whatever codes/protocol is in use. However in this case I found most of the codes via Google. We then just verified them with Uplinks 'man in the middle' rig;

Host: An IP address specific to your device. I went with a static address
Port: 80
HTTP POST as follows:
POST /WAN/dvdr/dvdr_ctrl.cgi? HTTP/1.1
Content-Length: [length]

Where you would replace [command] and [length] with the following depending on the action needed:

NOTE: Please note that STOP does not work on my DMP-BDT110 and I am looking for a command for the Display button. Also, if anyone knows of any Status commands, that would be nice to know as well.

Action   [command]   [length]
1 (@.)   1D   33
2 (ABC)   2D   33
3 (DEF)   3D   33
4 (GHI)   4D   33
5 (JKL)   5D   33
6 (MNO)    6D   33
7 (PQRS)   7D   33
8 (TUV)   8D   33
9 (WXYZ)   9D   33
0 (-,)   0D   33
* (CANCEL)   CLEAR   39
# ([_])   SHARP   39
3-D   3D   33
REWIND <<   REV   35
FAST FWD >>   CUE   35
STOP   STOP   37
EXIT   EXIT    37
UP   UP   33
DOWN   DOWN   37
LEFT   LEFT   37
OK   SELECT    41
RED   RED   35
BLUE   BLUE   37
PIP   P_IN_P    41
(swipe in CW circle)   SHFWD2   41
(swipe in CCW circle)   SHREV2   41

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