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Users / Re: What options available for a condo door?
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:51:06 am »
In my research there are two things that you want to do:

1. Confirm the door is closed (the latch in the locked position is no good if the door is not closed  ;) )

2. Confirm the door is locked

so in addition to the lock you'll need a door sensor.

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. 

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