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How "Follow Me" works?
« on: August 13, 2007, 04:00:57 pm »
Hi,

As I know the LinuxMCE offers a nice function - "Follow Me". I understand the main idea of it but I don't understand how it works. If I have two MDs. One is in Living room. It's switched ON and displays some TV channel. The second MD is placed in the Kitchen and it's switched OFF  (sure I have mobile phone with loaded Mobile Orbiter). When I move to the kitchen the media should follow me. But how system identify where I am if the second MD is not running. Bluetooth dongle works only with run PC.

The same scenario can be with FiireChief remote. Because it uses wireless adapter and the work-floor is the same as for Bluetooth.
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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2007, 05:03:28 pm »
Hi,

As I know the LinuxMCE offers a nice function - "Follow Me". I understand the main idea of it but I don't understand how it works. If I have two MDs. One is in Living room. It's switched ON and displays some TV channel. The second MD is placed in the Kitchen and it's switched OFF  (sure I have mobile phone with loaded Mobile Orbiter). When I move to the kitchen the media should follow me. But how system identify where I am if the second MD is not running. Bluetooth dongle works only with run PC.

The same scenario can be with FiireChief remote. Because it uses wireless adapter and the work-floor is the same as for Bluetooth.


With follow-me under bluetooth you need to have the MD that you moving media too already booted soiexpect it will be the same for Gyration enable remotes like the Fiire one too.
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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 07:28:53 pm »
With out the machine on, you will have no joy. What i do is if the machine isn't on is just use the orbitor and click on the room i've moved to. The core then uses Wake on LAn to wake up the MD in that room and the media will start up, it takes about 30s as i have my mds set to suppend and not power off. I guess if you have wake on USB and had a usb device like a wireless mouse/keyboard that could wake the md aswell. If the gyro remotes run as standard input devices then maybe the pc will see that as a keyboard for wake-on events. not got one to try :(

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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2007, 08:29:58 pm »
Thanks for your answers, guys. So, if MD will be suspended core should wake-up it when I move to the its room.
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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2007, 09:49:05 pm »
Just to clarify, I don't think the core will wake it up until you take some action to do so (i.e. clicking on that room in a orbiter.  There is no way for the core to know that you moved into that room until you do so.

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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2007, 11:38:37 am »
Yeah you have to trigger a Wake event. Either via a click on the orbiter, or via a hardware wake event. Wake on LAn can be some what tricky to get working as it should do so be warned.

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Re: How "Follow Me" works?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007, 12:55:42 pm »
Just to clarify, I don't think the core will wake it up until you take some action to do so (i.e. clicking on that room in a orbiter.  There is no way for the core to know that you moved into that room until you do so.

Exactly. And of course if you use the Fiire Gyration Remote to initiate a 'follow-me' you must have a 'Fiire' remote enabled MD in the room you are being 'followed' to otherwise the system has no way to know that you have arrived in the new room.
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