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Users / Re: MCE and PLC
« Last post by phenigma on November 26, 2014, 12:18:43 am »
No one has added any DTs that would permit that currently, but it is doable.

J.
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Users / Re: CT100 ZWave Thermostat Fahrenheit vs Celcius
« Last post by posde on November 25, 2014, 07:15:16 pm »
Sounds like a feature request.
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Marketplace / Dianemo Exposed - Keeping it simple (your installation that is!)
« Last post by totallymaxed on November 25, 2014, 05:46:45 pm »
One of the major directions Dianemo has taken over the last few years has been a drive for simplicity & reliability. That focus led us to the realisation that we needed to rethink how systems were configured and at the same time add some new technologies & capabilities to the overall system to make the goal attainable.

We started to look at the whole Dianemo system, much of which at the time still relied on configurations, setup and processes that we'd inherited from the Pluto days. One of the first things that hit us was that in the area of media distribution and delivery we needed to make some big changes. At the time we still used Media Directors but the world around us had changed and increasingly the TV's we were connecting to our MD's were SmartTV's with their own IP connections & integrated UPnP media players. It quickly dawned on us that by configuring MD's on system we were relegating the SmartTV's to being...well just dumb TV's. We weren't utilizing all the great hardware capabilities in these TV's at all. The original reason MD's were developed in the Pluto days was because there were no low cost media players back then so the Pluto guys had to build their own from PC components. There were also no Touch based tablets back then either, well there were but they were super expensive 7-8,000 USD devices that came with Crestron systems, so the only cost effective way to put a UI into a room was to create one inside an MD and use the TV to display it to users. But now we had very affordable small touch based tablets & smartphones that could display a much better UI and we have great UPnP media players built directly into SmartTV's and for older TV's we could use low-cost stand-alone UPnP media players for video playback. So we could move the UI to the customers tablet and use the SmartTV directly for streaming and all of those activities could be orchestrated over IP & UPnP by Dianemo's NerveCentre. If we needed any other local control/sensors then we could locate other low power/cost dedicated devices wherever we needed them for that purpose all connected back to the NerveCentre by IP.

As we worked through the ramifications of this though process we realised that moving away from MD's, together with some other related changes, meant that we could actually reduce the kind of hardware we needed in the NerveCentre because it was being asked to do far less heavy lifting. All of this meant we ended up with a far simpler more reliable overall system with a much lower energy burn. We could now deliver a good level of performance in smaller Homes using a low end Atom based NerveCentre. A typical small apartment/small house system would now be essentially a small compact Atom based NerveCentre, network switch + Wifi router, Some SmartTV's, Squeezebox devices for audio all controlled from a handheld touch based UI on a tablet. In functional terms this system could do everything the previous generation of systems had done but with possibly 60+ % less hardware and more than a 50% reduction in complexity and at least a 40% reduction in energy burn too.

The only real loss in this approach was the on screen TV UI. We didn't feel this was a great loss - it was only there through expediency and a quirk of circumstance that went back to the very limted hardware we had available in the early days. In fact over-hauling the UI was something we'd wanted to do for some time, and now we were free of the so called '10 foot' UI we could think about a new approach to UI's, and that was really the moment that our, soon to be released, Athena HTML5 UI was born.

So today yes we still have some older installations that use MD's and we still have some new customers who wan't to stick with MD's still too. But the vast majority of our installations, 80% or more, are now MD free and use SmartTV's or media players instead. That means more affordable & reliable systems with lower complexity too.

See here our current offers;
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

All the best

Andy
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Users / Re: Asterisk Hacking Attempts, Firewall letting attack through somehow?
« Last post by cfernandes on November 25, 2014, 04:15:20 pm »
Hi ,

in my installation  i use  fail2ban to protect from brute force

you can use this steps  to configure

http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Fail2ban_-_A_tool_against_brute_force
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Users / Re: CT100 ZWave Thermostat Fahrenheit vs Celcius
« Last post by davegravy on November 25, 2014, 03:06:36 pm »
Response from manufacturer:

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Hi, sorry, but no there is no way to adjust how the thermostat communicates through zwave. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

So... About translating set point values into Fahrenheit on the LMCE side... :)
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Users / Re: MCE and PLC
« Last post by falcorn on November 25, 2014, 02:57:09 pm »
Hi guys,
any news about controlling a PLC based home automation with linuxmce?
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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« Last post by SBCC on November 25, 2014, 02:43:08 pm »
Hi Andy

I do have devices/code for the core/pc. They are written in Ruby. I do have one written in C++ but kept having problems with the device becoming disabled after a Quick Reload and switched back to Ruby. I know it's something I'm doing but just lost patience with myself. Everything is still pretty much event driven still with the hardware having a parent GSD device on any PC (including the RPI) handling the serial communication, then children under it like a door sensor or an on/off switch. This is pretty basic. I would like to put together an irrigation controller that would be a bit smarter. I was waiting to see what happens with the weather plugin and see if I can use that to effect zone times based on recent climate data. I am also adding functionality to handle analog inputs like temperature sensors.

The audio switch is a bit more complex but still basically event driven. The parent device handles serial communication with the hardware and then I adapted the audio zone template #1867 as child devices. The event would be something like "listening to music in bedroom - turn on audio switch bedroom input to bedroom output". I create some custom scenarios where I can set up a group of output zones to be connected to a single input. The last being the reason for building it.

For the RPI I use it in remote locations. At the end of my driveway (which is 600' long) I have one of my switches connected to it. The hardware is connected to roadway and photo eye sensors. I have a directional wifi bridge set up that also sends an IP camera's RTSP stream. (I wrote an adapter so LMCE could handle the RTSP stream). I have the same setup at the garden/green house.

Funny you mentioned the RPI A+ I saw that and I received a touch screen for the RPI ($25US) and plan on using it with the A+. It looks real interesting but I think it will need a custom J-box plate. Not the end of the world and it would be a lot more powerful than the micro controller type I was thinking of and I think a bit easier to get to the end product. I will keep you informed on the progress with that.

Take care

Jim
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« Last post by totallymaxed on November 25, 2014, 01:06:10 pm »
Don't know much about the A+ PIs but it seems to me that if you're looking for a wall-mount orbiter, you can get a cheap 7" android tablet for just a few dollars more. I guess if you particularly want it to be small and extremely low power then the PI is a good option but if it's a price-point thing, to me an existing tablet would make more sense. And it has the added advantage of being able to run Qorbiter and do other stuff if you want as well -  I have a $73 tablet that is wall mounted. It runs touch-orbiter but I use it primarily as a permanent IP camera viewer for my gate camera. It has been running for about a year and a half now as smooth as you like and the screen is on pretty much all day.

On occasion I take it off the wall (magnetic mount) and the children play games on it or I use it for the odd e-mail, to control my media, or I move it to the entertainment area if we're entertaining and expecting guests so I can keep an eye on the gate.

My only gripe is power- I have an ugly cable running to it from the power supply.

Good point - and we've gone that route in the past successfully. But that kind of solution never looks anything other than a tablet mounted on the wall. I think OP was looking for something that could be built into the wall and look more cosmetically agreeable. Would Qorbiter run on an A+ in 256mb of RAM?...possibly. I'm not familiar with the specifics of what it needs in terms of resources etc (hopefully someone else will post on this)

I do know that our Athena HTML5 Orbiter UI will definitely run very nicely on the A+ and will not need any special software or setup on the Rpi. It just needs a modern browser like Firefox or Chrome and your done. Of course the A+ + adafruit touch-screen + usb wifi adapter plus some power (at less than 500mw the A+ doesn't even get warm) into a wall box is all you need to connect into your Core whatever kind of Orbiter you choose.

Andy

Lastly lets keep this thread for Rpi A+ related discussion
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi Model A+ Experiences
« Last post by jamo on November 25, 2014, 12:46:45 pm »
I haven't got a model A yet but I was tempted to get one to see if it could run as a simple orbiter combined with the small adafruit touchscreen and placed in a wall box to control lights, set alarm status etc.

Not sure if the 256mb ram would run orbiter though but a web interface may work, I know this could be done with the model b but this a+ is quite a bit smaller now and more importantly in-wall its not as tall.

Just my ideas there so cheep you can afford to experiment:)

Don't know much about the A+ PIs but it seems to me that if you're looking for a wall-mount orbiter, you can get a cheap 7" android tablet for just a few dollars more. I guess if you particularly want it to be small and extremely low power then the PI is a good option but if it's a price-point thing, to me an existing tablet would make more sense. And it has the added advantage of being able to run Qorbiter and do other stuff if you want as well -  I have a $73 tablet that is wall mounted. It runs touch-orbiter but I use it primarily as a permanent IP camera viewer for my gate camera. It has been running for about a year and a half now as smooth as you like and the screen is on pretty much all day.

On occasion I take it off the wall (magnetic mount) and the children play games on it or I use it for the odd e-mail, to control my media, or I move it to the entertainment area if we're entertaining and expecting guests so I can keep an eye on the gate.

My only gripe is power- I have an ugly cable running to it from the power supply.
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