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Users / Re: zwave network lockups/delays
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:35:43 am »
ZWave is designed to route messages between the devices, so if one device is unplugged or there is a temporary radio communication problem, you will get a failed transmission. By default, a failed transmission will cause the ZWave driver to delay, to allow the network time to re-route the message. If the message is still failed, it will try to re-send it, and once again cause a delay if it fails. This delay can be tuned up or down, but experience has shown that some USB sticks require a high delay(30-40s) or they will lock up and need to be unplugged and replugged.

The best way to avoid this is to make sure your devices all know about their neighbour devices, so that they are well connected. (The messages are routed through a device's known neighbours). If you use LMCE 1204, there is the new Advanced ZWave page (in the Automation menu) that will display this clearly and provide commands to fix such problems (Heal Node / Heal Network).

Adding more devices between the usb controller and the problematic device can also help better routing to that device.


Users / Re: Many minor issues
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:40:16 am »
2. It might well be missing translations.. I never seen any problems using english.

3. It is a bit slow to start up,  but I can't say I've seen delays. I'm using it primarily on an old HTC Desire HD. It could be bad network reception as well.. Although, sometimes it seems to not register screen touches, but I'm not sure whether it's my fingers or something with qOrbiter.

5. I don't think the "new" squeezebox radio is branded as such, but it looks almost the same.

And, by the way, I use 1204, I don't know if there are any changes from 1004 to 1204 affecting your problems, but newer drivers etc. might help playback issues.


Users / Re: Many minor issues
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:08:41 pm »
Hello and welcome  :)

I have a few comments:
1. Do you by any chance have 50Hz TV transmissions? I suspect that the default setup of LMCE is to have 60Hz framerate, and I in some cases had to manually correct this to match it to the TV transmissions. (even after selecting 50Hz in the AV wizard - at least you should verify the framerate- I think it should be written in the xorg.log) Not sure if that still applies in 1004...

2. The titanium skins are the best afaik, and use V2 Normal Horizontal as UI.

3,4,5: I would use the new qOrbiter for android (phone or tablet). It is not complete, but I find the qOrbiter phone skin to work very well for a day to day remote, including media browsing. You might have a different usage pattern, but give it a try and report back what is missing for your use.
Also, I would use qOrbiter instead of remote controls, but that is my preference.
Logitech still sells a modified/rebranded Squeezebox Radio afaik, and this works well with LMCE (I have two).


In short, yes.

But it might take a while (perhaps 30 sec) because this is normally done by polling all the devices. Not all ZWave devices support sending state changes back to the controller.


Users / Re: Energy Monitor configuration?
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:35:38 am »
I'm not sure there are much documentation unfortunately. If there are any, it should be in the wiki.

But look in the lmce_datalog database, there are only a handful of tables there, so it should be fairly easy to see the connections.
The query you posted also references the main pluto_main database, more specifically, the Device and Device_DeviceData tables. It does this to look for devices with the "Energy Consumption" device data. (This coupled with the on/off state, as mentioned, is used to calculate total energy usage for that device.)


Users / Re: Energy Monitor configuration?
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:56:37 am »
If I remember correctly, the energy monitor uses state changes on devices coupled with the user-defined energy usage of said devices to calculate the energy usage. It is not equipped to show anything useful for devices that report exact energy usage.
So for your case, the energy device does not report any state changes, thus no data and you get an error.

If you feel up to it, we would appreciate someone digging into the code (its all in php) and try to get it to support both ways. (For instance, if no state changes are found, look for reported energy usage instead)


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:43:56 am »
Not out of the box, no.

Qorbiter is the new orbiter software, and has nothing to do with the other media director capabilities (like playback). On a standard MD other pieces of software will take care of the playback, with the orbiter simply acting as a controller/remote. How this will be for qOrbiter I'm unsure about. I know some built-in media playback has been discussed for qOrbiter, but if that is going to be the way, I don't know.

Other possibilities for android are DLNA or the "standard" android media player (standard as in every manufacturer are free to add their own...) Anyway, for it to be a complete MD (at least for playing audio) we need some way to control playback from the LinuxMCE.


Users / Re: Z-Wave USB Dongle
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:03:14 pm »
Maybe the usb ID of this dongle is not autodetected..?
Look at the output from the "lsusb" command and see if that id exists in the ZWave device template.


Installation issues / Re: Toshiba RAS-13 IR Codes
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:47:00 pm »
The IR code for this Toshiba air-con are generated by a LMCE GSD device. This means that there are ruby code that generates the IR code. When I first made this, I used an USB-UIRT to receive the IR signal and decode its meaning, then creating a program that generates equal IR code based on the commands from LMCE.

It has been a long time since I made this, so I can't really help except point to the Ruby code in the LMCE device template.


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Power consumption selection
« on: November 15, 2013, 05:39:29 pm »
The framework for power reporting exists in LinuxMCE, and is used at least by ZWave, where single devices report their energy usage. One of these devices can be the total for your house. But there are no display of this information in the Orbiter at the moment, only in the datalogger section in the web admin.

But there is no logic in place to turn devices on and off based on total usage. I you might be able to create a crude solution using  events.


Users / Re: Need some dedicated testers.
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:22:36 pm »
Some random feedback:
* latest build seem to crash on exit (log displays segfault)
* It would be nice to be able to force a device to use the tablet skins (ie. a table with 800x400 resolution will now use the phone skins, but I think the table skin would be more fitting)
* The floor list on the floorplan is only high enough to contain one list item. So when I have three floors, I only see the first one and have to scroll to reach the others.
* In the tablet default skin, when you are in a room without any lighting scenarios, there are no way to open the lighting floorplan.


Basically, it just involves doing a "select PK_Attribute from Attribute where FK_AttributeType = ? and Name=?", then check if that returned a PK_Attribute value. If it did, reuse that, if not, insert a new item.


Well, you have PK_Attribute and FK_Attribute, use one or the other ;-)

Another thing to consider is when to re-use an existing attribute.... You could keep adding attribute with the same name, but that would make duplicate attributes in LMCE, not sure you want that...


Developers / Re: Pictures - improvements to browsing and tagging
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:51:21 pm »
External sync:
* several photo services (including google) supports keywords. The PSS (photo screen saver) is a separate attribute and does not get stored in the file (haven't found a suitable exif attribute).
* I know some windows specification describes another way to tag persons, so that could be implemented if we wanted to....


Developers / Pictures - improvements to browsing and tagging
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:55:05 pm »
Hi all,

(This post is both to inform of recent changes, but also to ask for future direction regrading picture support)

I've recently been working on improving LMCE support for picture handling. I started with a ticket on trac, including code originally made by "chriss", modifying this, and adding that to updatemedia. Now LMCE will load and store a couple of attributes to and from picture files, most notably the keyword attribute. (but title, manufacturer and date is also supported, but not used in LMCE).
The orbiter is updated to browse images by keyword.
The screensaver page has been modified to do ajax/real-time updates of keywords and screensaver attributes. (no need to press 'save' at the bottom of the page)

So far so good.. I'm fairly pleased with the result so far. My goal all along has been to make it easy to add (and remove) keywords. This is achieved by using ajax and an all-keyboard approach to adding keywords.

But I'm not done yet. And that is where you come in. I already have some ideas, but I haven't decided 100% yet, so this is your chance to share your thoughts  :)

My current ideas are support for:
* changing the exif orientation of the picture from the screen saver/picture manager page (I have a camera that does not store any exif orientation data, so all pictures not taken in the cameras normal position will be displayed wrong - the file is missing the rotation to correct this, but only for image viewers that support it of course)
* share album/keyword as a folder on the local network. This idea arise from the need to use images in other programs, after being tagged. Say you tag all your Christmas photos in LMCE, and want to send all those to your grandmother, or import them into a photo-book program. Well, once you have done that in LMCE, you should not have to categorize them again in some other program or add them file by file in your email program.
The basic idea is to define some filter to get the files you want, and to make them available in a folder on the network. (This would also be possible to extend to other files types like audio and video, but that is another idea ;) )

I will have to mention that these changes are done in 1204, if you are on 1004, you'll have to wait ;)

So, what do you miss, what do you want, what do you prefer, etc... I have left out some details in my post to make it short, but just add what you want, and I'll consider it!

best regards,

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