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Users / Re: Recommendations for server and station computers
« Last post by KirkD on August 24, 2014, 01:00:15 am »
We've been shipping Dianemo on Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop pretty much since Canonical released it and I can say without hesitation that I would recommend going with a 12.04LTS based installation. You can test your proposed hardware for 12.04LTS compatibility simply by testing if it boots from a Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop USB stick or LiveCD (Core & Media Directors). If they boot and you get a desktop and a network connection your pretty much good to go.

The hardware you choose for your Core will be largely dependent on how many rooms you will equip with MD's and how much media you will be streaming concurrently. The more MD's you have the more load you will place on your Core when everything boots (hopefully this is not something you will be doing everyday) and when you are streaming video to several rooms at once.

Another factor to consider, if you are going with traditional MD's, is where will they be located? Will they be located local to the TV's or will they be located in your central equipment rack? Any surround Amplifiers or other audio amplifers will either need to be located with the MD's centrally (with long speaker grade cable run to each room) or with the MD's locally in the rooms they serve. Either is ok...but in-room means you will need more well ventilated cupboard space in the room (but will have shorted speaker cables etc). In Dianemo we still support MD's but 95% of our installations now use upnp media players, SmartTV's or AppleTV's instead and we use small IP based controls to provide discrete control of devices in and around the house (something in the past we would have done via the ports on an MD). We're also, like LMCE, moving to a new style Orbiter which does not require UI regens ever - UI regens historically have always caused a lot of overhead on the Core's of larger installations in particular. Moving away from MD's and modern Orbiters all add up to requiring less powerful Core's that use far less energy than they did just a few years back.

Best of luck with your house & your installation.

All the best

Andy

Just saw this one, Andy.  For some reason I'm not getting notifications on this thread.  Hmmmm...

That is great info, and thank you very much.  I'm narrowing my options down quite a bit and I think I've settled on something like this for my core:

System76 Eland Pedestal.  It ships with Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server LTS, so I'm guessing it'll be AOK for this purpose.

Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 (3.10 GHz 8MB Cache - 4 cores)
16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz ECC
2x2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM in hardware RAID-1
Hot swap drive cage
CD-RW/DVD-RW Dual layer drive


The questions that stand out for this one are: 

Graphics are integrate Intel HD.  Is this enough for a core?  I assume the core doesn't need much graphics support.

I very much like the hardware raid setup - is this compatible with LinuxMCE?

No audio included, but there are extra bays for expansion.  I'll probably pick up an audio card or two, if they are needed.

As far as structure, I plan to have the core in a utility room in the basement.  I'll have Cat5e access there as well as all the house speakers will terminate there.  I assume I can either connect the speakers to audio cards in the core or to amplifiers controlled by the core.  (Those amplifiers would be in the utility room also.)  I'll have 2 rooms with 2 speakers each in the ceilings, and all those wires terminate in the utility room. 

For the media directors, I anticipate 2 rooms, maybe 3, and those will have small footprint computers in place next to the TVs.  I'm thinking something like this for the media directors:  https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-pocket-wee-gnu-linux-desktop  They have Intel 1080p HD video and audio support.

That's my current plan for hardware.  As always, any feedback is greatly appreciated.

-Kirk



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Users / Install libdvdcss2 for playing dvd's
« Last post by Govo on August 23, 2014, 10:17:58 pm »
Hi Folks

Just in case you are have problems playing DVD'S added the follow to your source list


deb http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/stable/ /
deb-src http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/stable/ /
And by running
wget -O - http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/videolan-apt.asc|sudo apt-key add

then sudo apt-get update
then sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

And for those wondering why I post this, my dvd's wouldn't play in my MD. error missing  libdvdcss so I need a quick fix

LMCE  10.4 fresh install

I crashed my live system and had to rebuild my system.

any ways hope this will be a helpful

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Itsik on August 23, 2014, 09:46:17 pm »
I also think that media directors are becoming obsolete. With the orbiters residing on smartphones and tablets, it is really a matter of running the wiring needed to control the Verious TV's and other devices.
BTW, the latest versions of XBMC have the ability to work as a front end to both MythTV and VDR. The only thing that remains in my view, is the complete control of XBMC from the orbiter, if that is accomplished I don't see any use for MD's.
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as UPnP player under Dianemo
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 23, 2014, 04:18:25 pm »
Hi,

I'm back to this problem. I intend to replace my MD with RPi and rasbmc image.

I've followed instructions on Wiki page closely, but I must be doing something wrong. I've added upnp plugin and upnp device...

Situation is like this:
- if I start media from within XBMC then I can pause it from Orbiter (if in correct room)
- but if I start media from Orbiter it won't start on RPi (nothing happens)

What I didn't clearly seen is that option of choosing upnp or samba mode when first going into Video or Audio browser. Also I don't know how to do this "... you would use either UPnP mode (set this in Web Admin)...".

There is something still missing here - please can you help me ? Media config is written above - is it right to setup upnp player device for both Audio and Video commands ?

Also another question: from inside XBMC - will it find media from Dianemo as upnp server or should I access media via samba server ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.

To set upnp mode from web admin;

Wizards->Basic Info->Installation->'enable upnp media browsing'

Make sure there is no MM in the room your RPi is in.

Yes Rpi can be set for video/audio commands if no controlled amplifier is in use in the room.

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 23, 2014, 04:04:16 pm »
I think the most important one is to be able to control the PVR to play tv and record etc since that would be something not possible with only the TV with upnp

Oh we do that too. We support IP control of SmartTV's and PVR/STB's, we also support CEC control over IP of TV's too. None of that requires any MD's at all.

All the best

Andy
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Esperanto on August 23, 2014, 03:48:40 pm »
As with most media players you can control Raspbmc using upnp control but that does not give you access to all of the XBMC UI. With upnp I can send go to a room with a Raspbmc device and stream some video content to it from my Orbiter, and I can control the playback of that content too - play, pause etc.
I think the most important one is to be able to control the PVR to play tv and record etc since that would be something not possible with only the TV with upnp
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by totallymaxed on August 23, 2014, 11:05:59 am »
Sounds good. Maybe the QOrbiter or HTML orbiter can be add as a plugin. You mean that you cannot control XMBC from another orbiter? That seems like important to be able to use TV or did you solve that differently?

What is then still missing if those 2 points are added? Maybe rs-232 and usb uirt control support? I suppose squeezeslite is already supported?

As with most media players you can control Raspbmc using upnp control but that does not give you access to all of the XBMC UI. With upnp I can send go to a room with a Raspbmc device and stream some video content to it from my Orbiter, and I can control the playback of that content too - play, pause etc.

Yes both SqueezeLite (supports Spotify Premium) and Squeezeslave is supported and full virtualisation of sound cards too so that you can virtualise a 7.1 card in 4x virtual stereo cards etc.

All the best

Andy
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by Esperanto on August 23, 2014, 08:34:38 am »
We already support Raspbmc in fact - the only thing on your list we don't have is an XBMC plugin to control Dianemo or the control from an Orbiter. But everything else is there. After all once you add Raspbmc to Rpi you have one of the best full featured & open media players you can buy.

Sounds good. Maybe the QOrbiter or HTML orbiter can be add as a plugin. You mean that you cannot control XMBC from another orbiter? That seems like important to be able to use TV or did you solve that differently?

What is then still missing if those 2 points are added? Maybe rs-232 and usb uirt control support? I suppose squeezeslite is already supported?
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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« Last post by bulek on August 23, 2014, 04:17:00 am »
Hi,

maybe I'm typical case matching Andrew's thoughts.

I gave up maintaining MD in living room and decided to go with RPi only as media player. Let me stress, that I don't use IP TV anymore, cause maintenance was continous headache - my ISP keeps changing setup. Now ISP provides web app to follow another IPTV stream and that is much easier. But before that, my vnc server setup was really performing well (central VNC server received iptv streams from dedicated network line and then served to any vnc client in LAN).

But now I'd just like to get simple media player working in my living room and make my TV only a bit smarter. Maybe new HTML5 Orbiter will work on RPi ? Then I could also control Dianemo system from this smart tv enhancement... It would be nice if I could make simpler version of HTML5 Orbiter with few basic commands that I need most of the time... If that fails, maybe XBMC plugin to issue those commands is a way to go...

Regards,
Bulek.
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Users / Re: Raspberry Pi as UPnP player under Dianemo
« Last post by bulek on August 23, 2014, 04:05:51 am »
Hi,

I'm back to this problem. I intend to replace my MD with RPi and rasbmc image.

I've followed instructions on Wiki page closely, but I must be doing something wrong. I've added upnp plugin and upnp device...

Situation is like this:
- if I start media from within XBMC then I can pause it from Orbiter (if in correct room)
- but if I start media from Orbiter it won't start on RPi (nothing happens)

What I didn't clearly seen is that option of choosing upnp or samba mode when first going into Video or Audio browser. Also I don't know how to do this "... you would use either UPnP mode (set this in Web Admin)...".

There is something still missing here - please can you help me ? Media config is written above - is it right to setup upnp player device for both Audio and Video commands ?

Also another question: from inside XBMC - will it find media from Dianemo as upnp server or should I access media via samba server ?

Thanks in advance,
regards,
Bulek.
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