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Feature requests & roadmap / New Home Automation groups
« on: August 26, 2011, 12:13:27 pm »

Today, almost all outputs relays (lights, power sockets...) must be in 'lights'.
Not so very clear if you're really interested in the home automation part.   ???
Posde suggested me to do some suggestion (topic power outlet) about possible groups. So with this topic, i want to start the subject if more groups are needed, and what the best groups would be.

These are different blocks I’m thinking about. These are in my eyes different things to make your home intelligent. Most are of course just in/output relays. But I personally think it would be clearer for everyone that you can arrange your devices (relays) in these groups.

Of course, I’ll be missing some things. So feel free to add/regroup/rename/… some of them.
Once the groups are defined, I’ll see if I can put some icons behind it.

  • Inputs
    Push button, on/off switch, sensor static (shock, motion, water, fire…), sensor dynamic (light, waterlevel, temperature…)

  • Lighting
    Chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, outdoor lights, wall sconces, floor lights, table lamps

  • HVAC
    Heating, ventilation, air conditioning

  • Power outlet
    Stand-alone, groups

  • Entry points
    Door, window, gate, garage door

  • Window covering
    Blind, solar shades, drapery

  • Varia
    Water tap, Gas valve

Thanks for your feedback!

Installation issues / [Solved] Generic Proxy Orbiter
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:40:59 pm »

I'm trying to get my android phone to be connected with linuxMCE.
I follow the procedure as seen on

I'm blocked on point 7.
Click the button 'Pick Device Template'. The Add Child Device Window will close, and the Generic Web Device will be added to the Core, as the updated Device Tree will show.
When i do a full regen of the specific orbiter, i got the space for the status. But no status. It seems to stop without doing anything.
A full regen of the default orbiter (fe OnScreen orbiter) is working correctly.

A bit strange to me, point 1-8 went very fast.
A new Generic Proxy Orbiter will also be created automatically. Watch the Orbiter generation process on the Orbiters page: Wizard-->Devices-->Orbiters.
When i look there, nothing special to see, a standard roaming orbiters is created.

When i check the server, nothing is listening on port 3461.
So i'm a bit stuck now...

Thanks for any hints, tips or tricks...

Feature requests & roadmap / Power outlets
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:47:34 pm »

I can find in linuxMCE a place where i can put all my lights.
But is there a specific place to add my 'power outlets'?

In my situation, i've put all my outlets behind a relay. The idea behind this is to safe power. Fe
  • when you leave your home for work, you can shut down all electric equipment.
  • when you go to sleep, shut everything, except your washing machine and so
  • You can control your fish tank (lights longer on sunday and so)...
So i want to create some scenario's where i can shut down my house with a specific button, from remote...
Is the idea that i put this is a light, or am i missing something?


Installation issues / mysql rights
« on: July 21, 2011, 05:12:26 pm »
You won't believe it, but i messed up my database right completely...
I was trying to install extra things on the server (like cacti, phpmyadmin...).

And somewhere, i messed up. I can't access the webmin anymore. It just returns a blank page.
When i stop the mysqld, and restart it with " sudo mysqld --skip-grant-tables", i can access it again.
So somewhere i messed up the rights.

Any idea how i can repair this? :$

Installation issues / Fixed IP
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:51:18 am »

All my network devices use dhcp.

Nice because this way i can change whatever i want (reason of dhcp).
Not nice because i don't find the option in linuxmce to assign fix ip's.

Several things in my network must be know by their ip to interconnect internally (fe printers, workstations with shares, IP-router of KNX...)
I found out that i can add fixed ip's in /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd-extra.conf, and it works (yeahhh).

more dhcpd-extra.conf
Code: [Select]
host {
  hardware ethernet 00:11:22:33:44:55;

And then a restart of the dhcp server
Code: [Select]
/etc/init.d/dhcp3-server restart

Works great, but now my question, is this the way to do it? Or will some things not work as supposed?

Installation issues / [Solved] KNX IP ROUTER 750
« on: July 18, 2011, 07:05:23 pm »

To control my home automation, i've got a KNX IP ROUTER 750.
Basically, this convert my ethernet network with the EIB.

Can you give me a hint how i can insert this into linuxmce in order to work?

Installation issues / Installation drops direct to initramfs
« on: July 13, 2011, 07:38:26 pm »

When i'm trying one of the latest versions (24147 & 24164), the installation stops almost directly into a prompt 'initramfs'. The only thing i can choose is the language and the next question (linuxmce, kubuntu...). I tried linuxmce or kubuntu, but both give the same result.
When i take an old version (fe 24012), the installation starts without any problem.

Any idea what goes wrong?

Installation issues / {extif} for second interface
« on: June 26, 2011, 04:43:19 pm »

I'm having troubles with my 2 network cards. These are 2 build in ones on a Dell poweredge server.

  • In the config, the first one (WAN) is tagged as {extif}, and doesn't get a IP from my provider. The second one (LAN) is seen correctly (fixed ip on eth0).
    So this isn't working.
  • When i now swap the cables and chooes 'swap interfaces', my new WAN-port is tagged as eth0 and gets a proper IP from the provider.
    The second one is now tagged as {extif} with a fix ip.

So it's working in situation 2, but i suppose that something isn't 100% correct here.
Any thoughts on it?

Feature requests & roadmap / Velbus: CAN bus
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:09:06 am »

A really nice (and not so expensive) domotica system is Velbus. It has been created by Velleman. Checkout
They've got almost a solution for all systems, and even a software center.
But this software center is 'too' expensive.
Once you like the opensource software world... ;)

Velbus is working on the system 'CAN bus'.
And i'm thinking to see how i can implement this in linuxMCE.

Is it difficult to do this?
Or is anybody willing to have look a it?

Installation issues / Dell PowerEdge 850; fresh install
« on: December 19, 2010, 11:55:08 am »

I'm trying to install the latest version of LinuxMCE (8.10-23535-i386) on a dell server.
First installation goes fine, but once i've got the desktop, i'm lost.

I can't find anywhere what tot do. Just a script on the desktop where i can run 'linuxMCE'.
A script starts to run, and after a while, i got an error 'Error - KdeSudo,   Command not found!'.
Only thing i can do is click 'OK'. The script goes on, but 'holds/freeze'.
I've got also the idea that some things aren't found to install (internet issue?). But the scripts runs on, so i think it's not a big issue?

Any idea what i can/must do now?

ps is it normal that in the boot menu of the cd, the options 'install kubuntu' and 'install linuxmce' gives the same result?  ???

Installation issues / Internal calls
« on: October 08, 2009, 06:09:16 pm »

Like you can read in another topic, i had some issues to get some cisco phones 7940 up and running. I think that i managed it now. They're registred with SIP and a new template. On the phone itself, i've got nicely a SIP screen with an extension (phone 1 = 201, phone 2 = 202). And in the admin site, i see them under the section 'Devices' - 'Phones'. Everything went nicely through the Oribiter screen (found no phone, reload router....).

But now my problem, i can't call from one phone to the other one.

Do i need to add some additional config? Like a dialplan or something? Or is this done automaticlly?
Has somebody a good walkthrough for this?  ???

Installation issues / Cisco 7940
« on: September 24, 2009, 11:15:00 am »

I'm trying to have a cisco phone 7940 working on LinuxMCE 710...

I follow this article as a guide line.
I think that the article is for an older release, possible?

For the MAC's, i tried to insert 00:15:13:00:00:00 till 00:15:14:00:00:00. After i apply, it change towards 151? Any suggestion what could go wrong?
Is it necessary to use the dhcp? Can't i fix the phone? If so, must i put in a tftp, cm...?

ps will i have problems when i try to use the 7970 template for a 7940?  :-[

Feature requests & roadmap / Demo Server
« on: September 23, 2009, 10:57:26 am »
Maybe a kind of demo server on the net?
This way, people can log in to the administration page, have a look around...
A screen like they can have on their orbiter, pocketpc...

And if there are any people with great knowledge of java (or so), and layout that you can actually light on or light off things...

Installation issues / Cancel the Wizard?
« on: September 23, 2009, 10:51:43 am »

Just tried to install LinuxMCE 7.10 on a 1HU server.

The installation started well, just a 'bug' when he tries to find the right BIOS drivers. But a few moments later, he tells me that the installation is finished. So i reboot then the machine, and the wizard starts.

In here, i select 1024 x 768 for my screen resolutions (works great) and no audio.
Then Sarah (?) comes to tell me congratulation. But since i don't have audio, i don't hear her...  :P
But then i tried to say next, and nothing happens. Cancel the wizard gives the same result. When i hit a bunch of keys, sometimes the 'admin window' of linux comes up. But later on, back in the wizard.
I tried to reboot it several times (2 times), but same result, back in the wizard.
Maybe an issue is that the buttons (next, cancel, repeat...) aren't on the right, but more in the middle. At first sight i want to see that the resolution isn't correctly lined up? So maybe i just push next to the buttons (i actually try that also)...

Any idea how i can bypass her? Sorry Sarah...

Since this machine will be used as a server somewhere in a cabinet, i don't need to have video/audio/... things on it. Or i'm a wrong?

Some things about the hardware:
- CPU: P IV 2,5
- Memory: 4GB
- Disks: 2x72GB SCSI RAID
- Audio: none
- Video: ATI Rage XL SVGA

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