LinuxMCE Admin Website
The LinuxMCE Admin web site is used to setup and configure your LinuxMCE system. It also allows you to do a lot of other tasks, like checking your voice-mail, organizing your media and so on. The web site runs on your own LinuxMCE Core, and you can access it from a Web Browser on the Core, or any other computer in your home connected to the same network. By default, the LinuxMCE Admin web site is not accessible outside your home--everything is stored on the Core in your home, and you can only access the web site from the computers in your home. This makes the system completely secure, however, it prevents you from accessing the web site outside the home via the internet. You can turn on internet access, allowing you to access the web site anywhere, however, for your security, we recommend you first read about the Security & Privacy Issues.
Normally, from within your house, you access the website by opening any web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, etc.) on any computer and going to http://dcerouter/ Note this assumes that the name of your core is dcerouter, which is the default name if you use a Kick-Start CD. Otherwise, substitute the real IP address or name of your core instead of "dcerouter".
LinuxMCE is a very modular platform with a wide variety of optional modules and devices to do just about anything. Plus you can have lots of media director computers connected, all with their own mix of modules too. Generally, each module will have one or more web pages to configure or use that module. The LinuxMCE Admin web site has a pull-down menu that lets you quickly access any of those pages. So, the menu options for your particular home will be unique to your own configuration. If, for example, you have a LinuxMCE telephone system, then your LinuxMCE Admin will have menu options to setup your phones, check your voice-mail, and so on. Someone else who does not have a LinuxMCE phone system will not have those options. Note that there is only 1 LinuxMCE Admin web site for the whole house, and it is used to configure any device within the house. If you have a media director in your den, for example, and there is a camera attached to it, you will control and view that camera using the same LinuxMCE Admin web site running on the core. The Media Directors do not have their own sites--everything runs on the Core.
The 2 menu options that you will always see no matter what modules you have in your installation are "Wizard" and "Advanced". The "Wizard" is the normal way to configure and setup your LinuxMCE system. When you choose Wizard, you will see a series of steps. What steps you see will depend on what devices you have in your home. However, all the pages in the Wizard section are intended to be simple for the average user and allow you to start using LinuxMCE with minimal effort and no technical skills. If you are a techie or want to do development, there are more low level options under the "Advanced" level. But regardless, you should always complete the wizard first since it's the fastest way to get going.
The rest of the menu options are all specific to your particular mix of modules: security cameras, phone systems, etc.
For a general overview of how the "Wizard" works and what is involved in setting up your LinuxMCE system, Wizard Pages. If you have a question about any page or form on the website, just click the "Help" button in the upper right part of the screen. It is context sensitive, so it will take you straight to a help page that explains whatever you currently see on the screen.
LinuxMCE Admin Website Sections
- Wizard Pages
- Basic Info
- Advanced Pages