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Users / Re: LMCE & security
« on: November 24, 2012, 08:35:16 pm »
You can always put another firewall in front of LMCE. Please be aware that the system is quite open to attacks from the inside, too. The underlying communication protocol DCE has no security at all. No authentication and no encryption. If you control sensitive things like door locks, garage door openers and such via LinuxMCE, make sure that you don't have a patched CAT5 wire in your garden :-) (I'd recommend to use 802.1x anyway). Rebooting the core via a DCE command would also disable the security system for a while..

Users / Re: AW: Funding Drive: ZWave Door Locks
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:05:46 pm »
All current dongles should work

Users / Re: Funding Drive: ZWave Door Locks
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:58:29 am »
I'm working on a new Z-Wave DCE device together with Sambuca that uses the OpenZWave library. OZW was inspired by our work and got in a pretty decent shape already. The current code in LMCE is not well structured and would need a massive overhaul. It lacks too many things to support encryption. Initially it was just a proof of concept. It just worked quite well so it went into production :-)
While OZW does not yet support encryption in the main branch, there is some work done already. When the new DCE device works well with OZW, we're looking at the encryption bits.

br Hari

Users / Re: Taps talk
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:10:57 pm »
installation done, should work now (it does on my phone)

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:25:45 pm »
it is just another networked device. For multimedia it will control existing players like XBMC, WD TV Live and other UPnP players and probably squeezeboxes. For TV the plan is to support the VDR remote control protocol and set top boxes running enigma (Dreambox, ..). More devices might come in the future but we have to start somewhere :-)

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: November 10, 2012, 11:04:59 am »
ago control is written from scratch, so it currently lacks a lot of the features offered by LinuxMCE. This is the major drawback right now. On the win side, there is the following from a "core" perspective:

- much easier to understand code base with modern architecture
- does not use DCE/DCERouter for messaging but the AMQP protocol via the apache qpid daemon. This provides enterprise class messaging with things like authentication, fail over (high availability), encryption, very easy integration into many languages like c++, python, Java and more. Messages use english language like 'message["command"] = "on"'. So you don't need to know that command id 192 means on like in DCE. Do you know the parameter number for set level? In ago control it is 'message["level"] = ..'
- loose coupling between components, so no central database with ugly things like sqlCVS or sql2cpp. If you restart a single component, you don't have to restart everything (like when quick reloading the DCERouter in LinuxMCE). Device schema is held in a yaml structure so user interfaces know easily what controls to provide to the user. No hard dependencies on components and easy replacement of them. No need for "plugins" that share the DCERouter memory space, everything is just another daemon. You don't have to rely on services like the "resolver", it is just helpful to map device UUID to name and such.
- very leightweight, runs on many embedded systems like the raspberry or a plug computer
- cloud features, you can log in to the ago control cloud and control your devices even when you're not at home. Without any complex VPN configuration

In my dreams this will become LinuxMCE 3.0. It has the potential. Of course there is a huge amount of work to do to get feature parity with the current LMCE 2.0. Currently there is no such thing as an orbiter, the user interface options are:

1) Web admin
2) access via cloud
3) simple android app, much work needs to be done in this area, but it allows on/off control of devices and scenarios
4) meloware iphone app

On the home automation side there is a scenario handler and an event handler. So you can make "command groups" via scenarios, and also add delay in between commands. You can respond to events like sunset, device level change or do timed events. They can be edited via the web admin. Needs some polishing but basic functionality is there. Next step will be enrichment of event criteria, like states of other devices and "global" state like day/night.

On the device support side the things are improving daily. Z-Wave support via OpenZWave (much cleaner design than the LinuxMCE driver, better support for enhanced protocol features), KNX support will be ready in a few days (via eibd, so running in parallel with lmce works fine), EnOcean is under construction, about 50% done. 1wire works fine for temp, humidity, brigthness and I/O sensors. Chromoflex USP3 is also supported. Onkyo EISCP just needs a few more lines of code to implement more than on/off.

There also exists a bridge from LinuxMCE to agocontrol. It still needs some work to automatically announce devices to LinuxMCE and support more commands than on/off/setlevel. This will allow you to run LinuxMCE and agocontrol in concert. You might ask yourself "why?" - e.g. you could use ago control for basic automation and only power on your LinuxMCE system when you need media. This will save a lot of energy when you're running ago control on a low power ARM computer.

So much for a short overview. Volunteers for coding, testing, and using? ;=)

I did add motors to my existing roller shades recently. Nothing homebuilt, I did just put a somfy motor (Ilmo 40 WT) into the existing shaft. I also had to swap the shaft adapters from flexible ones to fixed. That allows the Somfy Ilmo to detect the end position without any switches.

Users / Re: Help me price and spec this luxury condo!
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:08:45 pm »
or 1wire or PLCBUS or EnOcean

Users / Re: Help me price and spec this luxury condo!
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:19:18 pm »
and with ago control :-)

Marketplace / Re: Books, Manual, Training
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:15:47 pm »
Just be aware that parts of the code are licensed under the Pluto Public License, and the current copyright holders have an exclusive deal with a big vendor. So chances to get a bunch of licenses from them are basically NIL, nada, null, VOID. If you want to sell licenses maybe talk to Dianemo. They did get their licenses before Pluto sold the copyright. I don't know how many they have left, but this is probably the only currently possible approach to get some.

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:26:51 pm »
packages are on the mirror, more details can be found on

Installation issues / Re: ZWave installation problems
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:14:13 am »
the orbiters will display a pop-up with the z-wave node id when a new node is added in SIS mode. You can also watch the log file and look for "network change" messages. And usually the node id is just counting up with every addition.

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: October 31, 2012, 06:48:24 pm »
I'll prepare current raspberry packages. Catch me on IRC tomorrow.

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:03:49 pm »
I'm searching alpha testers with a debian wheezy installation and a z-wave dongle.

Users / Re: Welcome
« on: October 25, 2012, 09:07:19 pm »
ago control is an open source home automation system. It was inspired by LinuxMCE, but uses enterprise components like an AMQP message broker to implement messaging (data, commands, events).

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