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Users / Re: LinuxMCE suddenly rings
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:31:37 pm »
LMCE suddenly started ringing. I have tons of unknown entries in the call log but non on the specific ring times. Any ideas what it might be and what might cause it? Also what are all those entries?

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2014-11-14 07:03:44 SIP 5001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:58:35 SIP 10001 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:55:09 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:52:05 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:49:39 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:49:24 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:34:47 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:27:28 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:22:45 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:22:26 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:19:59 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:47 SIP 10001 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 06:07:03 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:02 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:07:00 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:59 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:06:57 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:56 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:06:54 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 06:06:53 SIP 102030 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 06:05:29 SIP 4001 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:59:44 SIP 100 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:53:10 SIP 100 Congestion s ANSWERED 00:13
2014-11-14 05:51:59 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:58 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:01
2014-11-14 05:51:57 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:56 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:55 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:54 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00
2014-11-14 05:51:53 SIP 2006 Answer s ANSWERED 00:00

Do you have an external trunk connected to a telecome provider? Can inbound external calls reach your system? It could be a auto-dialer from an external source. Another possibility is that you have accidentally created or triggered a 'rogue' telecom scenario or possibly created a scenario that accidentally calls the main call group every 10 mins.

Just some ideas....

All the best

Andy

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Dianemo License Special
Offer Includes Remote Configuration by an Installation Engineer

**All Sold - This Offer Has Closed.**

Now you can get you're own Dianemo system up and working in just a few hours - because one of our support team will be there to help you do it!

Note; We're adding Q&A entries below as they come in so please scan for new entries below if you see this post has been updated

We're offering a limited number of full Dianemo System Licenses at the very low price of $179.95 USD per license. The big news is that these licenses also come bundled with our Remote Assistance Configuration Package included for free. We connect to your Dianemo system remotely (you activate Remote Assistance in Web Admin to authorise this) and we configure whatever you require. The aim is to get your Dianemo system into a working & useful state as quickly as possible. The added benefit for you is that you will learn from our support engineer about configuring your system too.

Q: What is your Remote Assistance Configuration Package?
A: You complete the basic installation of Dianemo using our simple installer. We then provide up to 4 hours of our secure Remote Assistance from one of our support engineers to get your System configured in any way you like. This is essentially the service we sell as an extra cost item to Pro Smart Home Installers for over $200 USD. Our Support Engineer can securely access your Dianemo Web Admin & ssh Terminal to get your system configured. You then can disable Remote Assistance again in Web Admin to disable our access.

Q: Why should I choose Dianemo over LinuxMCE?
A: Most of our home users choose Dianemo because they simply want a working system as quickly as possible and with the least amount of effort & fuss. Dianemo gets you there quickly because that's what we as a company have focussed on. Many of you will probably value that too. Pro installers certainly do - if they want to build a profitable business and have happy customers. The current phase of Dianemo's development is more about adding advanced features and simplifying how UI's are built for Orbiters. Some home users are looking for this too - as again are Pro Installers. If you are more focussed on the process of getting your system working, and your enjoyment is centred in that process, then LinuxMCE is probably what you should go for.

Q: Do I get all the same features in Dianemo that Pro Installers get?
A: Yes 100%. Pro Installers simply get a different package of support services from us that is designed to support their installation businesses. That is why Pro Installers pay a very considerably higher license fee. In many cases Pro Installers also purchase our hardware products which have Dianemo pre-installed on them and are pre-configured to suit the customer installation they are destined for.

Q: How easy is Dianemo to install?
A: The simple answer is incredibly easy. I can't remember the last time we had to help a customer install Dianemo on their hardware in fact. Just follow the simple process described on the Dianemo Wiki page and that's it ( http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Installing_from_scratch_on_12.04LTS ). And with the Configuration Package, that is part of this special offer, you only need to do the basic install and you can then let us do the basic configuration for you (you may have to plug some hardware in eg a Camera or SmartTV etc).

Q: Will Dianemo Install on my hardware?
A: Almost certainly yes. If you can boot your hardware with a Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop LiveCD ( See here; http://releases.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-12.04.5-desktop-i386.iso ) then Dianemo is definitely compatible with your hardware.

Q: What happens if I do hit a problem on installation?
A: If you do have any problems then contact me and we will help resolve the problem for you.

Q: How is the Remote Assistance Configuration Package different to your normal support?
A: The Configuration Package that we are offering free with this Dianemo License special offer is for 1:1 personalised configuration of your system carried out remotely by one of our support team. Its as close to having an installer visit your house as we can get without actually visiting your house. Our Remote Configuration package is an added value provided with this current special offer and should not be confused with our normal product support, which is where we answer or resolve questions after you purchase your Dianemo system. Product support is always free via this forum for any Dianemo customer.

Q: When can the configuration be carried out?
A: We will schedule a time with you after discussing what you need configured. Usually the work is completed in a single session of 4 hours but if required can be split over 2 or 3 sessions too. There is no time limit to limit to when we configure your Dianemo system - it might be immediately (support engineer availability permitting) or at any time that suits you.

Q: What can be configured?
A: Pretty much anything - Security Camera, Streaming Audio, Virtualized Sound Cards, Internet Radio stations. Basically anything that will help you get your system up and working for you.

Q: How much can be configured in 4 Hours?
A: A lot. But it does depend on what you'd like to be helped with. eg Security Cameras can be quickly configured in say 20-30 mins per camera if you choose a make/model that we have experience of (see the Dianemo Wiki page). If its a new make/model of camera that we haven't worked on before then it might take longer. Internet Radio is normally about a 30 min task for example. While adding an iOS/Web Orbiter takes about 15 mins and a SmartTV about 20 mins. Good planning and preparation is important to maximise the value you get from our engineers time ie make sure you have all your Security Cameras available and that any cabling or connections have been made (our engineer will obviously need your input for anything physical).

Q: Can I still configure and customise my Dianemo system myself?
A: Yes absolutely. Dianemo is as customisable as LinuxMCE and no area of the system is blocked or hidden from you in any way. Dianemo is supported and developed by CHT and has been optimised to make it simpler and easier to configure and setup 'out of the box' by you. Our Configuration Package, that comes free with this offer, simply provides you with access to a skilled installation engineer who will make the configuration process even easier for you.

This is a great deal that will allow you to build your own Dianemo system for an unbelievably low cost and get it working in your home quickly. So don't delay purchasing one of these as they will sell out very quickly. All orders must be paid by Paypal and this offer is strictly on a first come first served basis.

To purchase please PM me asap here on the Forum or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Virtualising Multi-Channel Sound Cards
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:22:48 am »
Dianemo has powerful inbuilt support for virtualising multi-channel sound cards. A 7.1 sound card can be virtualised into 4x stereo cards enabling you to send stereo audio to 4 separate audio zones. Learn how to virtualise a sound card here;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Configuring_a_multi-channel_sound_card_as_multiple_Virtual_Stereo_cards

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Marketplace / Configuring the Foscam FI8908W IP Camera
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:04:26 pm »
I've updated the Kmotion2 section of the Dianemo Wiki page to detail how to configure the Foscam FI8908W IP Camera;

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_S#Foscam_FI8908W

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Automatically Adding Internet Radio Stations to Dianemo
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:55:35 pm »
As this seems to be a hot topic right now...Just a reminder of how easy it is to add Internet Radio stations to Dianemo's Internet Radio Orbiter screens;

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

Once you followed the setup process on the Wiki (which takes about 5 mins) you can add a new Internet Radio station from Web admin at any time and have it available on all your Orbiters inside 20 secs. No Regens are required for this even with the current Orbiter as these stations are added dynamically and all Orbiters are updated immediately.

If you hit any issues on this or need some help let me know.

All the best

Andy

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We've announced support for CEC control of HDMI Switches for LinuxMCE & Dianemo;

See here;
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100507#msg100507

All the best


Andy

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All of our HDMI-CEC compatible products, Raspbmc-CEC, Raspsqueeze-CEC and RaspCEC-Pi (just provides CEC control), now support the control of the HDMI-CEC enabled HDMI Switches listed below using our simple but powerful Restful Web API for CEC Control. Our software makes it extremely simple to interface any CEC enabled device to LinuxMCE, Dianemo or any other Home Automation or Smart Home system in fact;

We support the following HDMI-CEC Enabled HDMI Video Switches;

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=6259&seq=1&format=2

http://www.cypeurope.com/store/store/app/product/EL-C41C/4-Way-HDMI-Switcher-with-CEC-Control-and-RS-232

http://www.cableuniverse.co.uk/newlink-4-port-hdmi-splitter-4k-x-2k-and-3d.html?language=en&currency=GBP

If your HDMI Switch is not listed above then it may still have CEC support built in. I'll post more info on specific CEC device support here as we test units or get feedback from customers.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase any of our HDMI-CEC software for Raspberry Pi then either PM me here or email me at inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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The url below points to a new Web page I've created called 'HDMI CEC Guide' that will cover all things HDMI-CEC related. The 'HDMI CEC Guide' page is not about our CEC software but will be focused on universally useful bits of information to do with HDMI-CEC in general. I'm still dumping my scribbled notes into the page so expect it to grow considerably as I do that (I have far more scribbled notes than even I expected!).

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/hdmi-cec-guide/

Please take a look at the page if you are into HDMI-CEC or related stuff. I hope you find it useful.

All the best

Andy

PS If you spot any mistakes or have something you think I should add let me know. Likewise contact me if you have HDMI-CEC related questions that are not answered by the 'HDMI CEC Guide'

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Users / Re: NAS - FreeNAS, LMCE or something else?
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:11:17 pm »
I'm looking for a reliable and easy way to store my data so that I can access it from any of the devices in my home while automatically backing up data. I'm in the process of learning about FreeNAS and I like what I see but I'm having a hard time determining if it's a good fit for me.

In order of priority, this is what I'm looking to do:
Critical Data Storage – I currently have ~30GB of data that I would consider critical and irreplaceable. Normally new content is added rather than changed. I currently use a combination of Dropbox and google drive to protect that data but I would prefer something a bit more seamless.

Replaceable Data Storage – The bulk of my content is recorded TV shows or movies for LMCE. That content is generally removed after consumption. It is not irreplaceable but would be a PITA if lost.

Usenet Download Server – I've recently started using sabnzbd, couchpotato and sickbeard on an old P4. I can see myself digging more into them and expanding into more related applications which are available as FreeNAS plugins. I suspect that if I didn't do FreeNAS that I'd be able to run these applications on my LMCE core. (right?)

I like the RAIDZ2 reliability in FreeNAS but considering my limited needs, it seems like it will be overkill...plus the cost of a FreeNAS box with four matching HDs is significant.

What options should I be looking into?

Thank you,
B34N

We used to build & sell our own FreeNAS based NAS's but eventually we realised that it just didn't make commercial sense (and it wasn't very 'Green' either) and now we just recommend that our installers purchased a respected, branded commercial NAS ie something like a Synology. We also always recommend using raided NAS's over internal hard drives as we've found this to be the most reliable solution by far. As posde says backing up your stuff is essential and rsync is almost universally the solution for doing that even in small commercial NAS's these days.

However...if your building your own system then its very likely that building your own NAS too is something you'd like to do. So I would say going FreeNAS etc on your own hardware in that case looks like a nice solution still (commercial rules don't apply in this case!)

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: What do you think of this as Server?
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:38:59 am »
Are you guys running/testing your installation 12.04 or 14.04 on SSD?
Is anyone using SSD for lmce?

Sorry to ask these questions, I am planning to collect hardwares this season(thanks giving sales) ;)

We've shipped Dianemo 12.04 systems with SSD boot drives for over 2 years now and have seen no reduced reliability or any issues specific to the use of SSD's. Our SSD based systems typically use NAS's with tradiyional spinning drives for bulk media storage.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: What do you think of this as Server?
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:35:37 pm »

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Users / Re: What do you think of this as Server?
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:56:09 pm »
The thing with hardware is: It changes so rapidly, that there is no real value in setting up a sub category. And as I tried to point in my first message, most hardware will work as a core. The only thing that could hinder it would be the network interface, and that can be amended by using PCI(e) NICs. For MDs it is a different story, but the first sentence still applies.

The one thing that would be useful is a wiki page that simply lists the hardware and whether a 12.04LTS desktop LiveCD will boot to the desktop. Simple and sweet.

All the best

Andy

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We've just announced a new Restful Web API for the HDMI-CEC control of devices attached to your system. The software installs on a Model B or B+ Raspberry Pi and is compatible with Wifi or wired network connections. Simply attach a  Raspberry Pi to the same HDMI bus as your MD, TV, AV Receiver, DVD, Blu-Ray Player and you can control them using our Web API from a device template. Below are some example uses of the rest-cec API;

- Get a list of the available HDMI devices;
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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/
- Send a Volume Up command to the AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/vol/up
- Turn on the TV in your HDMI chain;
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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/tv/on
- Select Input 2 on your AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/input/2
See the post below for more details;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100457#msg100457

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All of our HDMI-CEC compatible products, Raspbmc-CEC, Raspsqueeze-CEC and RaspCEC-Pi (just provides CEC control), now support a Restful Web API for CEC Control that makes it extremely simple to interface them to LinuxMCE, Dianemo or any other Home Automation or Smart Home system in fact.

For LinuxMCE systems you simply add your Raspberry Pi to the HDMI device chain you want to control using a spare HDMI port on your TV or AV Amplifier. Your MD typically would then be either connected to another HDMI port on your TV or if you have an AV Amplifier it might be connected to an HDMI input there. Other device such a Blu-Ray or DVD player would be connected to other HDMI ports on the TV or AV Amplifier too. The Raspberry Pi can be connected to your LAN by Wifi so you don't need extra LAN ports near your TV/AV system. Your LinuxMCE system then needs a simple GSD device created that will allow your system to send commands to RaspCEC-Pi (for example) using simple HTTP GET and POST methods - See here for the basics of creating your GSD CEC device; http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/How_to_add_your_own_GSD_device. Any of your Orbiters can then be used to control your HDMI devices - Change HDMI inputs on your TV or AV Amplifier, Mute the Audio or Power all your HDMI devices Off at once with a single command.

See below for some example CEC commands that can be sent using our Restful API  with simple HTTP Get & POST methods.

We have revised and simplified our pricing for all our Raspberry Pi software too - we now offer two very affordable simplified licences;

- $99.95 USD; Install on up to 4x Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)
- $159.95 USD; Install on unlimited numbers of Raspberry Pi's (on a single LinuxMCE/Dianemo System)

The spec of RaspCEC-Pi is the same as for our RaspCEC-Pi Pro (for Professional AV/Automation System installers)  http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspcec-pi-hdmi-cec-control-interface-with-web-api/ but does not include professional level support and therefore costs far less.

We also now provide a Web configuration page on each Raspberry Pi running either Raspbmc-CEC, RaspSqueeze-CEC or RaspCEC-Pi. Simply type the url below into a web browser;

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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077
The Web configuration page enables you to scan the CEC bus that your Raspberry Pi is connected to so that all the HDMI-CEC enabled devices can be discovered and the configuration displayed. This information can be used when configuring or debugging the control of your HDMI-CEC devices.

When creating an external Device Template or Driver to enable your system to control your HDMI-CEC devices our new Web API supports the following CEC control features;

- Supported HDMI-CEC Devices - TV, Recording Devices (ie DVD, BD, PVR Etc), Playback Devices (ie DVD, Blu-Ray Etc), Tuner Devices (ie STB's), Audio System
- Supported Commands Power On/Off, HDMI Input Source, Vol Up/Down, Mute On/Off, Play/Stop/FF/RW/Pause,

Using our simple Web API device templates for LinuxMCE can be easily created allowing for the control of TV's, AV Amplifiers, PVR's, DVD, Blu-Ray and Sat Boxes that are connected to the same HDMI-CEC bus. Simply connect your Raspberry Pi to a spare HDMI port on your TV (or any other device in the HDMI chain) and connect to it over wifi or your wired LAN (I always use wifi personally) and your ready.

Below are some examples of how you can control the HDMI-CEC devices connected to your TV;

- Get a list of the available HDMI devices;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/
- Power Off all HDMI devices in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/off
- Send a Volume Up command to the AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/vol/up
- Turn on the TV in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/tv/on
- Pause the currently playing disc in the Blu-Ray Player in your HDMI chain;
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http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/playback1/pause
- Select Input 2 on your AV Receiver in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/avreceiver/input/2
- Query the TV's power state in your HDMI chain;
Code: [Select]
http://<RaspberryPi IP>:8077/rest/api/v1/cecdevices/tv/
We expect to add support for more HDMI-CEC devices and additional commands soon.

This update is free to existing customers with Raspbmc-CEC or RaspSqueeze-CEC and is available as part of any new license purchased.

Please contact us for additional information inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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Both Raspbmc-CEC and Raspsqueeze-CEC, our HDMI-CEC compatible products, have been upgraded to support a Restful Web API for CEC Control that makes it simple to interface them to LinuxMCE, Dianemo or any other Home Automation or Smart Home system for control.

This upgrade supports the following CEC control capabilities which are available via the Rest based Web API;

- Supported HDMI-CEC Devices - TV, Recording Devices (ie DVD, BD, PVR Etc), Playback Devices (ie DVD, Blu-Ray Etc), Tuner Devices (ie STB's), Audio System
- Supported Commands Power On/Off, HDMI Input Source, Vol Up/Down, Mute On/Off, Play/Stop/FF/RW/Pause,

Device templates for LinuxMCE can be easily created allowing for control of TV's, AV Amplifiers, PVR's, DVD, Blu-Ray and Sat Boxes that are connected to the same HDMI-CEC bus.

- Example; Turn on the AV Amplifier and select its HDMI input 2
- Example; Select TV HDMI input 1 and Mute the sound.
- Example; Power Off all HDMI devices on the bus.
- Example; Control Blu-Ray Player with Play/Stop/FF/RW/Pause

We expect to add support for more HDMI-CEC devices and additional commands soon.

This update is free to existing customers and is available as part of any new license.

Please contact us for additional information inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

All the best

Andy

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