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Installation issues / D-Link dcs-920 [SOLVED]
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:30:42 pm »
Alright so I was finally kind of successful getting a device to work with LMCE, my camera works, but it drops out and loses the connection after about 2 minutes of viewing.  Is there some explanation for why this is happening?  I can view it a long a I want going directly to its web interface but for some reason LMCE says "Connection lost to camera".

I set the camera up by adding a motion wrapper to my hybrid then adding a generic analog camera to the motion wrapper.  Please any advice would be greatly appreciated, I've checked everything I can think of so I'm hoping it is some silly setting I've missed.  :)

Users / What happened to this?
« on: December 17, 2008, 06:33:35 pm »
I'm running 710 but I don't have this splash screen...according the the site it says that it is included in releases after this outdated?

Installation issues / Another networking thread
« on: December 02, 2008, 08:43:01 pm »
Hey guys I understand how LMCE is supposed to be setup and want to make sure that the way I have my setup configured is correct.  Due to the fact that my LMCE core needs to be upstairs for experimentation I am not able to put it directly behind my cable modem so it is instead behind a switch.  Now I understand that this normally is not correct, but I set my switch to, turned off DHCP and have two lines running to the LMCE box.  I also shut down the firewall on the switch in an attempt to avoid conflicts with LMCE.  With my setup configured in this manner I believe I have a proper setup, but I would like to confirm with the experts as I do not have enough equipment currently to attempt pxe booting or anything like that which would undoubtedly tell the tale of whether I have a problem.

Installation issues / GSD Tutorial
« on: November 17, 2008, 10:37:02 pm »
I've got an alarm panel I'd love to add support for, I have spent a good amount of time reading the wiki, forum posts, etc. about the GSD and how to add devices, but I'm still struggling with some pieces of it.  How do I know what the commands available actually do?  How do I know what should be set and how they should be set?  When should Ruby code be used to support a device.

My scenario is this, I have a Vista-15P alarm panel, it is a Honeywell panel that does not have RS-232 or Ethernet natively on it.  I had to purchase a VistaICM module with connects to the panel as a control pad and then interfaces to the network via a web interface.  I know it should be quite trivial to set this up since I can control my panel by just going to specific sets of URLs.  For example to arm my panel I go sequentially just hit:

and to disarm I could sequentially hit:

This would at least give me some basic functionality of the unit, but I have no clue how to go about setting this up as a GSD.  I had a look over the existing device templates, but I still have not been able to get my head around how to setup something like this.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If I could even just set it up so that the buttons in the security screen would send these commands to my panel that would be great, can anyone elaborate on how the Destiny panel's device works?  Does it work as if LMCE were acting as you panel or just the buttons?

Users / Few questions about external receivers
« on: September 26, 2008, 03:05:56 pm »
I have some questions for those of you using external receivers as it is apparent the HDCP-20 is vaporware.  I'm now looking at other options using one of the new Hauppauge cards that caps component video.  In my opinion that is reasonable for HD since broadcast HD won't be above 1080i anytime soon and is rarely a 1080i source anyway, usually 720p sources rebroadcast at different resolutions...okay...before this turns into discussion about all that jazz here is what I really want to know.

I understand how the box is controlled by LMCE, but don't you end up with slop all over the screen with the box's GUI and menus then LMCE's GUI laying over the top of that or how is this situation handled?  It's something I've always just assumed could not be dealt with and so have never bothered to ask.  For me it was always a deal breaker so I've decided to look into this further and see if maybe I've just been ignorant to some simple solution to this problem.

Feature requests & roadmap / GUI Improvements
« on: September 20, 2008, 07:35:57 pm »
Is it just me that notices that nothing seems to work properly in the GUI?  Text does not fit on the buttons properly, most screens look like buttons are missing, when actually using LMCE it frequently allows you to realize that you are in fact using several different programs.  I know that is how it works, but the point is the GUI is incredibly sloppy.  I find it frustrating that the devs are apparently hell bent on keeping their obviously broken system for creating GUI's.  I would gladly help out if the current system was not so horribly difficult to use.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, look at XBMC's skinning engine to see how it is supposed to be done!  Look how many people are creating skins for their software, meanwhile LMCE cannot seem to get a single person to fix the obvious bugs with theirs that gives any demo the general impression the LMCE is clunky and sloppy at best.  Feel free to slam me and tell me how I am bitching and not contributing anything, but the fact is some serious changes need to happen to make LMCE usable and to get it to a stage where it can even be tested properly.  I've been following the project for about a year now and simply find it incredible that nobody is even concerned that their software looks so sloppy.  Sure, there was that whole UI3 "discussion", but what the hell happened to that?  Media organization is simply awful, and the devs concensus is they are doing it "the right way"...again...look at XBMC to see how it is supposed to be done.  For god's sake I even talked to the developer who does all the code on their skinning issue and he said he'd be willing to consult with you guys about the way your UI is created and possible improvements to it.  You know what happened there?  Absolutely nothing, because nobody contacted him from LMCE, they expected him to chase them down.  When you're seeking advice you go get it, you don't wait for it to come to you.  Oh well, I'm over it, perhaps in another year someone will have realized that the general consensus of the clunkiness and sloppiness of LMCE is to great to be ignored or brushed off as people bitching.  When you decide to take a sensible approach to the GUI let me know and I'll gladly contribute something, but until then good luck, I'll be watching.

Help Wanted / $$$ for Device Template
« on: July 31, 2008, 12:36:23 am »
Alright, I can't seem to wrap my head around Ruby, GSD devices, etc. so I'm willing to pay whoever can get my alarm panel working with LMCE.  If you are an official LMCE developer or well known on the boards I am willing to pay a deposit upon starting work, and the rest upon completion.  I will do whatever I can along the way to help out with this whether it is providing remote access to my setup, talking over IM/IRC, etc. while working on it, seriously whatever I can do to help.

Okay so my alarm panel is a Vista-15P, I have a VistaICM that emulates a keypad, connects the panel to the network, and provides a web interface.  The web interface has a keypad, when you press each button on the keypad it triggers a specific URL and sends the appropriate button press back to the panel.  The VistaICM can view the status of the alarm and various sensors connected so I should be able to use the sensors connected to my panel in LMCE this way.  I can provide more information if someone is actually serious about taking this on, ditching my existing panel is not an option so integrating is my only option and something I have made a priority before I go further with LMCE.  Soooo....if anyone out there can help, name your price.

I am assuming I'm not alone here in that I have been unsuccessful in wrapping my head around GSD and device templates and ruby and all that jazz, so I've been trying to come up with ways to help.  I understand this is open source and the general consensus is if you want something then buckle down, read, and learn, but what about this.  I think everyone would agree there are regularly posts about support for xx or yy hardware on the boards that come up, some get resolved by the community, others just forget about it and give up, and some scrap their existing hardware in favor of buying supported gear.  That said, are any of the regular developers would be interested in getting paid for adding support for xx or yy hardware?  I know I'd be willing to put down $50 and could provide remote access to help aid the development to save me having to buy a whole new alarm panel or buying a bunch of GC100's and re-wiring/scrapping my existing panel.  I can only imagine there are several others that would be willing to do the same.  I'm know there are people here that could care less what my opinion is since I'm not really an established member, but I'd like to see the development turned toward hardware support for awhile to get a broader range of support running to make setup easier and more versatile to what people already have.  That said, the only way I see to attract someone to work on development for something they don't care about and aren't getting paid for is to pay them for their time and help where I can. I the only one who would be willing to pay to get xx or yy hardware supported?  Are any regular developers interested in this route?  Should we pull together and get a list going of hardware we'd like to see support for/how many people have xx or yy hardware and the pools involved for each?  If this is something that takes off, can LMCE's long-standing developers hold funds in a pool until development is complete so that nobody will get shafted on their money (I mean both users and developers)?  Just some questions that would need definitive answers to them if this is going to happen, let me know what you think.

Installation issues / Vista-15P
« on: July 11, 2008, 05:23:25 pm »
I have a Vista-15P alarm panel with a VistICM adapter installed, I know this device is not on the supported hardware, but I think someone must have written a GSD plug-in for it because I re-ran the setup wizard in LMCE the other day and it automatically detected my Vista-15P panel and added it as a device, but it displayed a message that it was not monitoring any devices or something to that effect.  I'm curious as to what I need to do to complete the setup of this as it is in fact installed and working.  So my question is really when using any type of external panel, what configuration settings need to be done in LMCE to get it fully working?  Mainly what I'm interested in getting done is being able to control the panel from LMCE as if it were one of my security screens I would normally use to arm/disarm, etc. the system.  I also want to get LMCE to see the status of the security panel (ie. armed, disarmed, triggered, etc. so that I can create scenarios as demod in the 704 video).  I hope this makes sense, if anyone can help point me in the right direction I'd greatly appreciate it.

Installation issues / Asterisk and PSTN only
« on: July 05, 2008, 09:40:15 pm »
I'm having trouble getting this working I have an X100P card from Digium, but I can't seem to get it working properly.  I am pretty sure I have this thing setup properly and have attempted to follow a dozen tutorials, but none of them seem to be quite the same as what I've got.  I just want to get this thing where it will answer and make calls from just one box for now, but all these tutorials I see are way more complex.  I try to make a call and I get "All circuits are busy now"  I've done some research and it seems this can be caused by an infinite amount of things, can someone please help, I really don't even know where to start explaining where I'm lost at.

Feature requests & roadmap / Establish KISS
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:20:15 am »
I have been attempting to get LMCE running and integrated for about two months now and have gotten it installed, but that's about it.

I'm choosing to hold fire on setting up TV functionality for now as hardware limitations are a major concern of mine with quality.  I'm a DirecTV customer so I'm anticipating the release of the HDPC-20 and hoping that LMCE will be able to support it in the future.  That said I am also a cable subscriber and do not see any good hardware available for that at the moment either.  Sure there are QAM cards and some that will accept a cablecard, but you are still limited quite drastically from a conventional box.  There is also the other route of using a cap card with the box, but I have two issues with this setup, mainly HD is not really an option (yes I'm aware there are HD cap cards out there now, but they're few and far between).  The other issue I have with this is that you also end up with a double UI because most boxes won't let you turn off their UI so it will be displayed through the cap card along with LMCE's UI.  To be clear, this is not my gripe, I understand these limitations are hardware and until a proper hardware solution is available software can't fix the problems presented.

If you use VOIP then setup is straightforward, but what about people who are using PSTN lines?  Is it not possible to have a built in option to just select a PSTN line without all the troublesome setup I still have yet to figure out?

There seems to be a general consensus amongst those with fully working setups (again, few and far between that have fully working least not many are documented).  There are several people wanting to integrate with their existing panels, and from what I've seen most people have the same unsupported panels, but they're told time and time again, just buy a GC-100 and do away with your existing panel.  I wouldn't exactly call that integrating the system, it's more like fixing something that isn't broke.  I've looked at and attempted to use the GSD setup, but it is complicated, not documented well, and makes perfect sense why NOBODY seems to have had any success integrating their existing panel.

Home Automation:
I haven't even attempted this area yet after failing miserably with the other categories.  I've decided before going any further I need to get my existing projects working, namely phone and security.  If those configurations have been any indication of what's to come I'd just be throwing money away investing in hardware anyway.

My Conclusions:
I decided to give LMCE a try because it seemed to me it was being targeted for the average end user, but after researching and attempting to get some things working, it is apparent I was gravely mistaken.  I've seen a few productive users here on the forums answering questions and trying to help, but for the most part I've seen a negative attitude and not many resolutions here on the boards.  I agree that what is done currently is probably more robust than an easier and simpler setup/configuration, but what good is robust if nobody can use it without months of work to get it going.  In my opinion the development track of LMCE should be re-thought, and should be put on a feature freeze until better hardware support can be implemented along with a more intuitive setup.  There is just so much custom work and admittedly so many variables that each user could possibly have that answers to questions almost come across as "code it yourself".  I guess my point is that from my experience I almost feel like you have to be a programmer to get it going, and this is coming from someone who's been working with 3 other IT experts who have been in the industry for over 15 years each.  Of that accumulated experience we have not been able to decipher or make heads or tails of half of what LMCE is supposed to be doing, it's just not clearcut.

That said, I am going to continue trying to get it working, but I would like to get other people's opinions on whether or not they think LMCE is on the right development track or if they should start adopting the KISS philosophy to attract and actually keep more users as it seems to me on a weekly basis people come and go from the boards, straying away from the complexity that is LMCE.

Installation issues / Zaptel PSTN problem
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:59:16 am »
I don't understand this, I've read several articles about getting asterisk working with a PSTN line, but I still can't get it working.  The line is never answered by my LMCE box and I cannot dial out from the LMCE box either.  Why can't there be a default option to use a PSTN line like there is defaults for all these different VOIP providers?  I've read on the wiki that zaptel drivers are supposed to be included with LMCE, but no matter what I try it doesn't seem to work.  I've posted about other issues several times, each time never really getting a concise answer, instead I'm directed to an article which I am usually unable to decipher.  I'm new to Linux so please forgive my ignorance on some things, I haven't quite grasped the concept of installing things and generally need a line by line when it comes to getting things working.

Feature requests & roadmap / Forum Restructuring
« on: May 19, 2008, 12:13:19 am »
I was reading another post in the user forum where the topic of restructuring the forums came up and I agree that division can get too specific, but I also think that it is a little too vague currently.  I haven't posted much on these boards, but I have been around for a few months and have found that researching the current boards is doable, but can be somewhat difficult, especially if you're just searching generically without looking for a specific question (ie. where search would work perfectly).  Anyways, I've always had this in the back of my mind and the following layout is what I think would be a good compromise between a little more division then we currently have without going overboard.

-Bugs (All Categories, users encouraged to use bug tracker)
-Home Automation

-Home Automation

Feature Suggestions
-Home Automation

I think users would be able to sort out the proper place to post in boards with that layout.  Some standardization could be put in place so people would be encouraged to use topic names like:

[Version] Topic Name
[7.10 b3] Asterisk Issues

Of course I understand that not all users would follow that standard of posting, but once people start doing it and people see it all over the place they are likely to follow suit and use the same standard.

Users / FXO Card
« on: May 05, 2008, 06:33:28 am »
I've searched around and found some thread and info similar, but haven't been able to find any concrete answers on this.  I have an X100P card that provides one FXO interface.  I do not and will not be using VOIP in my setup.  What I'm needing to do is accept my POTS line to my core then connect to it with SIP phones and other media directors.  How do I configure LMCE to use the POTS line?  I poked around in the advanced FreePBX pages on the web admin, but couldn't get it working.  Any help as to how the configuration should go?

Installation issues / nvidia 7600gt woes
« on: April 12, 2008, 02:54:20 am »
I read in the wiki about the avsetupwizard configuring with a blank screen, but it doesn't work with my setup.  I'm running 0710b4 with an nvidia 7600 card.  Svideo works, but my display is a santo plv-z4 projector that's native 720p so svideo is lame.  I tried component at 720p and get a flicker then no signal, I tried a dvi d-hdmi adapter (2 different brands even) and can get video on it but it has a purple tinge (other hdmi sources work fine though.  Any ideas, I'm pulling my hair out with this issue.

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