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Users / Request your SIP provider for Automatic Configuration
« on: July 31, 2009, 05:20:26 pm »
I did some work this morning to sort out adding provider's for automatic configuration so that my Gizmo5 line would be properly supported.  I documented the process on the wiki for anyone interested:

It was pretty quick to add support so I decided to post here and see what all providers you guys are using and would like to have proper support for.  Please post the details to connect to your provider or a link to the information and I will do the work to get them supported for you.  Please understand that I do not have SVN access so will need to work with a developer to get the files reviewed and submitted once they are complete.  I also will not be able to test all configurations so you need to actually have the service so it can be thoroughly tested.

Let's get some requests growing here so we have more out of box support and can get more people up and running to properly test the telecom side of the system!

I've played with quite a few different options for telecom providers and have successfully gotten about 5 different ones and counting working with LMCE, but I need a point in the right direction to enable automatic configuration of new providers.  I am willing to put in the work to sort this out on my own, but if somebody already knows what direction to take there's not much point in me wasting time researching when I can be adding the support.  :)

Installation issues / Painless Upgrading
« on: July 14, 2009, 07:48:37 pm »
I am still in the process of building my system and know that 0810 is coming eventually and would like to update to it when it is available, but I have some questions.

I have a small system, but am adding devices constantly and it is growing quickly.  At any rate, I have a lot of time in configuring this system and don't understand what systems are in place to make upgrading to a new version painless by maintaining our current configurations.

Can someone who has upgraded and/or understands the system either explain to me how this process works or point me in the direction of this discussion/wiki?  I have searched both the boards and the wiki but have not had much luck in coming up with the information.

Developers / WIP: Windows Builds
« on: April 28, 2009, 09:40:02 pm »
Thom and I briefly discussed in IRC a few days ago that the Windows builds need to be sorted.  This thread will be the place for development and discussion to get the builds going.  I have looked briefly at the source and it appears we are missing several files from the source the are needed in order to get the builds running.

Thom: Were you able to recover any of the data from the drive you obtained out of the build server?  I can supply more information this evening about which files I was looking for.

Users / Paid Development in Open Source
« on: April 28, 2009, 09:22:31 pm »
First, I want to express my gratitude to the developers working to make LinuxMCE as good as it possibly can be.  I also want to point out that I have and will continue to make my contributions both in the form of documentation on the wiki and monetary contributions in the future.  That said, I am disappointed to see the trend of paid development going on within LMCE recently.  I don't see paid development as being in the spirit of open source and am afraid it will end up hindering the development in the near future.  I am curious how other members of the community feel about it.  I'd like to see the community and developers come up with a better way to get specific devices supported.  Personally, I think the first step is getting remote assistance working so that developers don't even need to have the device in most cases, just a user to support development. 

Feature requests & roadmap / Cellphone Notifications Enhancements
« on: April 27, 2009, 10:35:03 pm »
Currently there are a strict set of devices that can utilize the mobile orbiter.  You can use the web orbiter which, depending on the speed of your connection and the device can be a bit painful.  Now there is the POC of the iOrbiter which I have not yet been able to test, but will be doing so soon.  After talking this over, I understand that the mobile orbiter is not necessarily needed when the web orbiter is used, but I think the situation can be improved.  It would be great if cell phone notifications could be sent as SMS messages.  This way we wouldn't need to navigate through the web orbiter and could simply use a direct link to the camera the same way a mobile orbiter would do.  What are your thoughts?

Feature requests & roadmap / Telecom Plug-in Features
« on: April 15, 2009, 04:24:07 pm »
The following feature requests are just some things that have crossed my mind and I wanted to make a note of them here:

-Asterisk support for bluetooth trunks so our mobile phones can be integrated into the system.  I believe later versions of asterisk support this already.

-Ability to use orbiters as phone devices.  I actually feel that the orbiter should be able to do everything an MD can except playback video, I do think they should be able to playback audio as well since they are typically lightweight devices and while they wouldn't make great radio's, would serve their purpose well enough for things like talking to the intruder in your house.

-Plug and Play support for PSTN lines like VOIP lines already have.  I am running a Sipura currently and while the setup was not too difficult following JonDecker's guide, there is quite a bit of hacking around involved.  Thanks for the guide JonDecker.

Feature requests & roadmap / Orbiters as phones
« on: March 13, 2009, 07:01:45 pm »
It would be really nice to be able to use my orbiter devices that have a mic and speakers as phones, the orbiter is typically always near me so it makes sense to just use it when the phone rings, or when I want to call someone else in the house.  I'm a little confused too because for example the windows orbiter says place call from here, I'd assume that would mean from the orbiter, but it doesn't appear to be the case.  Can someone explain how this is supposed to work please?

Feature requests & roadmap / Floorplan Management
« on: March 08, 2009, 06:28:36 pm »
I've been playing with floorplans recently and have a feature suggestion, actually this is probably something I can accomplish if someone can point me in the right direction.  In my setup I have a problem selecting rooms in UI1 since I have more rooms in my setup than can be displayed.  I also have 3 floors that are to be controlled from LMCE and am currently using a floorplan for each floor.  I could divide this up to smaller sections, but to keep things simple I'd like to add a feature to make floorplan 'categories' and then make the floorplans a child of that parent 'category'.  So instead of having a single long list of the individual floorplans for each room I could divide them up like:

-Home theater
-Rec area
-Wet bar
-Utility closet 1
-Utility closet 2
-Basement bathroom
-Basement patio

First Floor
-Laundry Room
-Kitchen Bathroom
-Great room
-Office 1
-Master Bedroom
-Master Bathroom
-Master closet
-Laundry room porch
-Front porch

Hopefully you get an idea of what I am trying to convey, as my setup grows I am realizing that these floorplans are going to be packed with devices and using them on the floorplan is going to be cumbersome unless I have a better way to manage them and navigate to them quickly and easily.  I think this should be pretty simple to do in the code though, just need to add a new function to create a parent group for floorplans and a method to add children to it.  From there I guess the web admin would need to be updated and a designobj created to support it as well, is this correct and what area of the code is this type of thing handled so I can start looking it over?

Users / Videos/Live TV on orbiter?
« on: March 06, 2009, 10:40:41 pm »
I don't think it is currently possible, but is there any way to set it up so that I can view my media, be it videos, livetv, etc. from my orbiter devices?  What would need to be done to get this working if it's not already possible, are there plans for it?

Users / Zaptel drivers and misc. phone bugs
« on: March 06, 2009, 10:20:24 pm »
Just wanted to point out that on the wiki page here: it says that Zaptel drivers are already packaged with LMCE, but when I installed my x100p I had to manually install the drivers since they weren't there.  The interesting thing was the zapata.conf was present, however zaptel.conf was not.  It wasn't until after doing an apt-get install zaptel and having previously creating the zaptel.conf file that I was able to run the auto-config utility that comes with the zaptel drivers.  Is it possible to get these packed with 0810?

I've noticed a few other glitches with the phones too, such as I am not able to call any phones from my orbiter that have an IVR.  The reason is because once you call the number you aren't returned to the dial pad so you have no way to select any options in the IVR.

I found the same bug mentioned above about IVR's to prevent me from checking voicemails from the orbiter as well.  This could be that I am doing something wrong though as it would seem I should be able to hear the voicemails once I click the user under the telecom menu, but for some reason that doesn't seem to work either, any ideas?

Users / New Wiki Page...HCL
« on: February 26, 2009, 10:10:29 pm »
I know there has been discussion about a hardware compatibility list in the past and some things have been worked on already, but I opted to create a wiki page that the community can maintain/update for this.  The main reason I went this route is because most devices that are supported also have a wiki page to get them up and running.  It can be difficult at times to find the information you are searching for so I've started linking pages to the few devices I already added to the wiki.  Check it out and let me know what you guys think, add the devices you're using and drop a link to the appropriate wiki page.  Hopefully this is a step in the right direction to populate a list of devices which play nicely and give users a solid reference point to setup and configure their devices.

Installation issues / X10 Troubleshooting
« on: February 19, 2009, 04:06:39 pm »
I just picked up a CM11A and a few WS12A switches to test with, I was able to get everything setup on my system by following the wiki and I am pretty certain that I have it configured properly, but my device is not working at all.  How can I view the logs for this device to ensure that it is even attempting to communicate with my LMCE box?  I'm thinking I might have a phase issue, but I haven't found any information about how to determine whether a device is on a seperate phase or not and/or how to distinguish between the phases wired in your home.  Any information is appreciated.

Users / Super Cheap Wireless Indoor/Outdoor IP Cam w/PT & NV
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:10:36 am »
I will need about 12 cameras to run effective surveillance of my property, and running lines to every location is not an option.  I have tried a few of the cheaper cameras so far with decent results, but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for at under $200/camera.  I just found this site and was wondering if anyone has tried these before I order one for testing.  Surely you get what you pay for but at that price with the specs. you can't really go wrong.

EDIT: Thom, myself, and Ritmo2k have been working to get this device supported.  It is finally done and is to date the only fully supported security interface.  Remember the VistaICM supports dozens of panels, is affordable, and is ethernet so adding it to your network is a breeze.

  • Full control over panel modes from LMCE
  • LMCE monitors panel mode changes from keypads and acts accordingly
  • Zone monitoring
  • Trigger events from zone sensors
  • Virtually everything that works when using LMCE as your security panel is supported with this interface

Known Bugs:
  • When panel is in alarmed state LMCE's mode and the panel's mode can become out of sync
  • When panel is set to alarm stay LMCE stops monitoring packets and will not see zone faults
  • C++ device can crash randomly, more investigation needed to find out why

We need to get more people testing this to make sure it is completely bug free, especially since it is supporting a security device.  Post your interest in this thread.

I have posted about this in the past and have gotten several emails from other users who currently have one of the Vista series panels, it is important to note at this point that the interface device which is what I'm really looking to get supported would enable any panels it is compatible with to integrate with LinuxMCE as well.

A brief rundown of the setup, my panel does not have a network or serial connection natively so I needed to look at alternative methods and found the VistaICM module from In2 Networks.  It connects to the panel as a keypad and provides a nice web interface that communicates with the panel on the ECP bus.  The beauty of this method is that we can recieve all relevant information from the panel such as it's current status (arm - stay/arm - away/disarm/etc.).  We can also see the current state of each zone so we can monitor for zones to be faulted and trigger other events in LinuxMCE based on that event.  Along with that we have the capability to set the arm/disarm status on the panel from LinuxMCE so it is possible to make this a fully supported panel.

Diagram of connectivity:
Vista Series alarm panel - VistaICM - LinuxMCE network - Core

I had done quite a bit of research on the VistaICM device in my endeavor and have recently been directed to a link which thoroughly describes the technical workings of the VistaICM for interfacing with projects such as LinuxMCE.  This document provides all necessary information to get this panel working, all that we need now is a developer willing to put the DCE driver together for it.  The link can be found here:

Once I realized that the communications protocol was fully documented along with root access via telnet I dug into my panel and extracted the underlying javascript file that everything is operating on.  I do not have the required skillset to actually do anything with this, but I have attached the file to this posting in hopes that is will aid any developer interested.  (Filename: in2script.js)
Lastly, I have also found that this interface has already been integrated to HomeSeer using the same method as described above.  I contacted the author of their plug-in to find out more information and to get ahold of the source code.  He was more than willing to share his source, it is also attached to this posting.  Again this is posted as information for any interested developer.  (Filename:

Hopefully that is enough information to peak the interest of someone with the required skillsets.  I believe I've got all the needed information regarding communications rounded up at this point, please let me know if anything else is needed.

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