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Users / Re: What options available for a condo door?
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:41:30 am »
This looks like a perfect fit for the deadbolt replacement by Kwikset
There are some great deals on ebay for these.

IF (and its a big if) we can get the zwave encryption working.

See this link for a previous conversation about it.,12277.0.html,12277.0.html

Users / Re: Kwikset SmartCode Deadbolt Door Lock - Supported or not?
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:40:26 am »
Hari, as a newbie I'm a bit hesitant to ask this question however I'll stick my neck out there:

Any pointers as to where to start with getting the encryption protocol added to the LinuxMCE setup.  I installed one of these locks the other day and the WAF was through the roof (she wants me to put one on the other two doors.)  I probably will never understand all of the innards as the powers that be but if there is a chance of tweaking the driver and testing, I think I could pull that off.

I have some scripting experience and decent common sense so I think this may be a project I dare take on.

(Please protect me from the wrath of Thom  :-[)

I'm a noob here but from what I've read you will already have a "Media director" in place on the core to do the initial setup (AVWizard, etc) After that, the configuration is done through the web admin interface.

So technically no, but you will have one anyways on the core.

Users / Re: Another commercial LinuxMCE variant
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:23:14 pm »
Quick google translate:

Personal Message (Offline)

Re: Another commercial variant LinuxMCE
«Reply # 12 on: Today at 06:27:53 PM»
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23rd Oct (1 day ago)
Dear Wollny

Unfortunately, this product called "UNIQ" is still in an early stage of development and a market not yet in sight to some extent.
Available brochures were brought unfortunately too early in circulation.

Sincerely / best regards
i A.
Uwe Sczepanski
Uwe Sczepanski | Schneider Electric | Global Operations | Germany | Team Leader Infoline
Phone: +49 2261 702 ext. 235 | Fax: +49 2261 702 680
Email: infoline.merten @ | Site: | Address: Schneider Electric Ltd, c / o Merten, Fritz-Kotz-Straße 8, 51674 Wiehl
Headquarters: Ratingen | District Court Dusseldorf | HRB 47852 | VAT Reg. DE225673854
Director: Dipl.-Ing. Rada Rodriguez (CEO), Dipl.-Ing. Clemens Blum | Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Marc Coroler
*** Please consider the environment before printing this email

Paulo Wollny
22.10.2012 18:11
    DE-Merten infoline @ Europe
    Re: Merten - New Contact Request

Dear Sczepanski,
I mean the solution which I, 12933.0.html and what I've seen your website.
Furthermore I would like more information.
With kind regards,
Paulo Wollny

On 22 October 2012 10:16 <> wrote:
Very geehrer Mr. Wollny

said MCE - Pluto Home - system is known to me, but unfortunately, with any of our products comparable.


Sincerely / best regards
i A.
Uwe Sczepanski

Users / Re: Another commercial LinuxMCE variant
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:59:09 pm »
Would it be possible to post a link.  maybe its me but i'm having a hard time find anything other that "we offer this system" on SE's website but no details.  I wonder if it is because i am coming from the US.

As well, I can't seem to find any pricing

Users / Re: Linux MCE beating as the heart of whole house automation
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:55:18 pm »
Echoing what several have said, enjoy the flexibility to wire the place 'til it looks like charlette's web.  And run extra.  The great thing about cat5/6 is you can get a balun to run just about anything over it.  A few things to keep in mind.

  • Set aside enough space in your wiring closet to lay everything out.
  • Learn how to use a punch and punch down blocks.  With this much wiring it needs to be kept neat.
  • Dedicated power circuit for the wiring closet with your equipment.Run the light fixture in the closet off of a separate circuit. (In case you have to do power work in there, you still have light to work by)
  • Don't run cat5 and romex parallel next to each other.  Try to leave at least a bay width of 16" apart during runs. 
  • New LED lighting is coming out that will allow lights to run using a standard POE switch and be controlled by it.  I would venture to run some cat5/6 to the light fixtures or at least nearby.
  • Run a neutral everywhere, many controllers need the ability to power themselves without trickling power through the device.  This includes at the light switches.  Instead of running the power to the fixture and then a switch leg to the switch, run the power to the switch and then up to the fixture.  If you have a neutral available you'll save yourself from many forehead scars from beating your head against the wall. ("If only I had . . . ")
  • Label EVERYTHING, both ends (Otherwise, get to know a toner/test set well)
  • Have a blast

Users / Re: SabNZBD+ - Couch Potato - and SickBeard
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:30:50 pm »
I had heard of some of these previously but never had time to investigate them.  These could be a very useful set of packages that really are providing a "crowd sourced" PVR.  Amazing.  I love it!

+1 . . . . .+2

Users / Monster MCC AVL300-S
« on: June 06, 2012, 04:31:35 pm »
Has anybody tried using this Z-Wave enabled remote?  It has a Z-wave extension RF-IR repeater called the Monster Control Omnilink.  It controls many, many Z-wave items and can also take on two different personalities (two different systems/rooms).

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Radio Thermostat Publishes API
« on: January 29, 2012, 06:23:19 am »
I can't wait to try this out!  8)

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Radio Thermostat Publishes API
« on: June 30, 2011, 07:31:38 am »
In the states Home Depot carries a version of this for $99 that is wi-fi.  It works alone or one can program to work with the api.

Thanks for the sneak peak.  Looking forward to seeing the finished product.  

Some video of the rack and everything working together would be wonderful! ;)

Installation issues / Re: Mame Installation Issue
« on: May 27, 2011, 08:43:47 pm »
First off, I do know this is an old thread and since there hasn't been a 'real' solution posted, I figured I would update it just in case anyone else comes across this issue as I did. 


this method will also show the progress, time remaining, etc.



Thanks herb.  It's wonderful to see how little pieces like this will make the difference for others. 

Feature requests & roadmap / Radio Thermostat Publishes API
« on: May 25, 2011, 03:52:14 am »
(links to follow)

Radio Thermostat just published the API set for their Wi-Fi connected thermostats. These thermostats work with all kinds of HVAC systems and can connect via Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and Zig-Bee
Radio Thermostat has two models available the CT-80 ($250) and CT-30 ($140)

The CT-30 is also available for $99 at any Home Depot in the states as the Filtrete Mod#3M-50 and it comes with the Wi-Fi module.

It can be controlled via their web site, iPhone App, Windows Program, or API

I'm trying to figure out how hard it would be to write the interface or how to allow the current interface to control the device.  Maybe some pointers as to which files to start with.  My knowledge of programming is limited but I can handle scripting. According to the opening paragraphs of the API documentation:

The Radio Thermostat API is an HTTP API that enables client programs to query the thermostat state, and to manage/control the thermostat operation. In the HTTP terminology, the thermostat will be a server that will respond to HTTP requests from client devices. The API is designed with a RESTful architecture in mind.
The API is expected to be used by a variety of client applications such as graphical interface applications running on Windows, MAC, or iOS devices. It can also be used by programs such as curl to facilitate control via non-interactive client applications. Further, the HTTP GET APIs can be exercised using a browser.
The Radio Thermostat API provides a set of operations on a typical thermostat device and has been designed to be independent of the underlying implementation of the thermostat.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Attitude of COOPERATION.
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:53:08 pm »
This is AWESOME.  8) I'm giddy with glee.  :o  I've have been using both platforms and have wondered the same thing.  Both have some work to be done.  (especially with regards to full asterisk integration) but they are two wonderful products that together would be tremendous. 

I well laid out home these days is like a small business with multiple computer integration/control and a central server needed to consolidate data (whether it is documents or media).  I could see the install of ebox including an additional "role" of LinuxMCE on the main install page.  Right now at one small business, we were working on the best way to install a music system for the owner (its a car dealer and he wants to be able to jazz up the lot on weekends) so that he or the manager can control it from the desktop and still leave the music server in the rack.  I kept thinking to myself LinuxMCE along side of the ebox.

I would be willing to help out where needed. I see this as a win-win situation for everybody.

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