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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;

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.


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

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;

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


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...)

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


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;

All the best


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.


Lastly lets keep this thread for Rpi A+ related discussion

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.


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


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


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


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.


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


Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:55:51 am »
I haven't got a model A yet but I was tempted to get one to see if it could run as a simple orbiter combined with the small adafruit touchscreen and placed in a wall box to control lights, set alarm status etc.

Not sure if the 256mb ram would run orbiter though but a web interface may work, I know this could be done with the model b but this a+ is quite a bit smaller now and more importantly in-wall its not as tall.

Just my ideas there so cheep you can afford to experiment:)

Well it certainly could run a normal Web Orbiter - that would be no problem at all in 256mb. Set it to auto-boot into your favourite Web browser and set the home page to the Web orbiter you'd added for it. Job done. I'm not sure if there would be any physical/technical issues using the A+ with a current Adafruit touch-screen - you'd need to check that out. But apart from that I cant see any reason that would not work very nicely indeed. We're thinking of a similar application but using our new Athena Web Orbiter UI in Dianemo - so I agree if you like in-wall/wall mounted touch-screens the A+ is just perfect.

As you say at $20 USD plus tax & shipping its go so many possible uses I can't count them all.

Let me know how your touch-screen idea progresses.

All the best


Users / Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:48:52 pm »
I've been testing some Raspberry Pi Model A+'s over the last few days and wondered if anyone else had been too?

The Model A+ is about half the size of previous Raspberry Pi's but has the same mounting holes (at the same centres) as the earlier models. It lacks the the LAN port, only has a single usb port and only 256mb of RAM. But in all other ways is totally compatible with the earlier models - I could boot a test Raspian SD card from a Model B on the A+ without modifications.

The Model A+ uses the same Application Processor as earlier models, has 40 GPIO pins, far better audio quality (uses a separate low-noice power supply) which is great for SqueezeLite applications, power consumption is about 25% less than the Model A. Then there's the very low price - $20 USD + Tax & shipping.

I've been testing the Model A+ with a usb wifi adapter to get it connected and this works really well - again just like previous Rpi's. The only area where the Model A+ falls short is running something like XBMC where the 256mb of RAM is a little on the light side. But for SqueezeLite its pretty much perfect and for everything else the Model A+ is a great choice.

Anyone else got a Model A+? Any feedback, experiences or views on it yet?

All the best


Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Is Dianemo 'Dumbed' Down?
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:16:01 pm »
I often get asked whether we 'dumb' down Dianemo or restrict what users can do with their systems. Of course the answer is no on both counts!

Our focus for the last several years has certainly been to make Dianemo as simple as possible to setup, configure and get working. In parallel with that effort we've also tried to make the whole Dianemo system more reliable and robust too. But neither of those objectives are in any way about 'dumbing' down or restricting what users can do with their systems at all. We don't stop you or get in your way if you want to do deep customisation of your Dianemo system - all the customisability is there for you.

What we have focused on is making sure that you can get to a working system as easily as possible 'right out of the box' so to speak. We've realised that in many situations there are other people - family members, boyfriends/girlfriends/partners who possibly aren't as 'sold' on Home Automation as you, and their sensitivities & concerns need to be addressed to. Making sure the system you install works without much fuss, and also importantly doesn't look like a jumble of cables in the corner of the room is important!

If you don't need to take other people into consideration before installing your system then making sure it simple to get your system initially installed (with direct support from our support team if needed) is still an important factor in considering what system your install. Of course ongoing support is also important and we provide that for free via the Forums here and if you need more personalised or hands on support then we're also provide a paid for remote assistance service too that you can always call on if you need some deeper help for example.

So whether your system is something you just want to setup & configure right away and just use, or whether its something you want to continue to customize and develop, Dianemo offers a great platform for you to do that on.

All the best


Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:11:58 pm »
A simple test would be to temporarily disable the external trunk and see if the phantom rings still happen.

doesn't that previous message already answers that option?

Actually it does...I hadn't noticed you mentioned disabling your provider. Glad the rings have stopped...and I hope they don't return! Does the log still show similar call activity now?

All the best


RaspCEC-Pi now supports all of the currently implemented/working CEC device types & all CEC command types;

- TV
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Power State, EPG Language, Cursor Control, Vendor ID
- Recorder1, Recorder2, Recorder3
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Play/Pause/FF/RW, Record, Status, Vendor ID
- Tuner1, Tuner2, Tuner3, Tuner4
Command/Query examples; Analogue/Digital Service Select, Status, Record, Vendor ID
- Playback1, Playback2, Playback3
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Play/Pause/FF/RW, Status, Vendor ID
- Audio System
Command/Query examples; Standby ON/OFF, Input Select, Vol UP/Down, Mute, Status, Vendor ID
- “Unregistered” if it’s the initiator address, “Broadcast” if it’s the follower address.

For LinuxMCE users you will need to create a custom GSD device to provide access to CEC control on your system. We provide details of how to create one yourself with each license. We are also working on a CEC GSD device that we will provide as part of your license that you can add to your system. The RaspCEC-Pi LinuxMCE GSD device should be available shortly and will be made available to all customers a no cost.

Install our RaspCEC-Pi firmware on a new Raspberry Pi Model A+ with a usb wifi adapter and use a spare usb port on your TV to power it.  No power adapter or CAT5 cables to run. Get full control of all the devices attached to your TV's HDMI ports anywhere in your home without needing to run any cables at all.

Any questions please contact me here by PM or email me here;

All the best


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