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====Media====
 
====Media====
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=====Controlling Equipment=====
 
* [[Have LinuxMCE automatically control the TV and Stereo]]
 
* [[Have LinuxMCE automatically control the TV and Stereo]]
 
* [[Control the media director's volume using either a receiver]]
 
* [[Control the media director's volume using either a receiver]]
 
* [[Use network audio players for a whole-house music solution]]
 
* [[Use network audio players for a whole-house music solution]]
* [[Watch TV using the built-in Myth PVR, and schedule recordings]]
 
 
* [[Use a satellite/cable box with the PVR]]
 
* [[Use a satellite/cable box with the PVR]]
 
* [[Control a TV or cable/satellite box]]
 
* [[Control a TV or cable/satellite box]]
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* [[Control regular A/V equipment]]
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* [[Control A/V equipment with RS232/USB/Ethernet]]
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=====Using Portable Media=====
 
* [[Watch a DVD/Listen to a CD]]
 
* [[Watch a DVD/Listen to a CD]]
 
* [[Rip a CD/DVD to the Core]]
 
* [[Rip a CD/DVD to the Core]]
 
* [[Watch/Listen to media stored on the Core]]
 
* [[Watch/Listen to media stored on the Core]]
 
* [[Play the same media in multiple rooms simultaneously]]
 
* [[Play the same media in multiple rooms simultaneously]]
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=====Media Attributes=====
 
* [[Flag media stored on the core as private]]
 
* [[Flag media stored on the core as private]]
 
* [[Flag whatever media I am watching now as private]]
 
* [[Flag whatever media I am watching now as private]]
 
* [[Catalog media with attributes]]
 
* [[Catalog media with attributes]]
 
* [[Search for media by attributes using the Orbiters]]
 
* [[Search for media by attributes using the Orbiters]]
* [[Control regular A/V equipment]]
 
* [[Control A/V equipment with RS232/USB/Ethernet]]
 
 
* [[Make LinuxMCE do something when I start media]]
 
* [[Make LinuxMCE do something when I start media]]
 
* [[Have my media follow me]]
 
* [[Have my media follow me]]
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* [[How are media files organized?]]
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* [[Use my own pictures in the Screen Saver]]
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====Climate====
 
====Climate====
 
* [[Control lights/climate using scenarios | Control Climate Devices with Scenarios]]
 
* [[Control lights/climate using scenarios | Control Climate Devices with Scenarios]]

Revision as of 05:38, 14 October 2007

LinuxMCE is the only all-in-one open source solution that seamlessly combines:

  • Media & entertainment with a server for music and video plus a PVR like TiVo or Sky+
  • Home automation to control everything from lights to heating with a touch-screen tablet or your mobile phone
  • Phone system with video conferencing
  • Security system that feeds live video to your mobile during a security breach

LinuxMCE is a complicated piece of software. Understanding the basics is very important to ensuring proper setup and ensures the user gets the results expected. CLICK HERE for a quick overview of the basics or CLICK HERE for an overview of the different software components used in LinuxMCE

If you have any questions you can visit our forums.

Understanding LinuxMCE

What is LinuxMCE

What can I do with LinuxMCE

Following is a list of things you can do with LinuxMCE. Each link takes you to a how-to page which has 3 parts:

  1. How to set it up
  2. How to use it
  3. Where to find the source code and how it works.

General

Media

Home Automation

Security

PC Computing

  • Have LinuxMCE's screen saver turn my regular TV off when there's no activity and back on automatically, like a PC monitor with power save
  • Browse web pages on the media directors
  • Browse web pages on the orbiters
  • Use open office on the media directors
  • Access a KDE/Gnome desktop on the media directors

Telecommunications

Hardware

Hardware can be a difficult decision, but understanding exactly what functions are needed can greatly simplify this decision. You can review several wiki articles relating to hardware HERE

Installation of Software Components

There are currently two methods of installation. The DVD installation which only requires the downloading and creation of a single installation disk, and the 3 CD method which requires 3 disks, but offers more flexibility in installation.

DVD Installation

CD Installation

Setting Up LinuxMCE

To get started you will want to read the documentation on Getting Started

AVWizard

The Audio/Video Wizard is designed to allow for easy setup of components which allow the Core or a Media Director to output content to the connected display, which can range from a simple CRT, to HCTV with component and/or composite inputs.

Setup Wizard

The setup wizard is an automated series of screen which allows the user to enter information and devices that LinuxMCE will control. The Setup Wizard is broken down in to two modes: Media Player Wizard and House Setup Wizard.

Media Player Wizard

House Setup Wizard

Using LinuxMCE Admin Website

Although there are automated wizards to assist in setup, the most robust system for setup is the LinuxMCE Admin Website. The user can create and modify any and all devices that LinuxMCE can control.

Using LinuxMCE

LinuxMCE is a complicated piece of software, so proper understanding of each of the components makes for a better experience. CLICK HERE for a quick introduction and description of the terms needed to understand most to best use LinuxMCE. The orbiter is the primary interface for controlling functions within LinuxMCE. This guide will follow the menu items listed on the orbiter

Orbiter Interface

Lights

There are only going to be options listed here if you have setup an interface and created lights. The lights are specific to a room, so that the orbiter for a room will only show lights within that room

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Media

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Climate

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Telecom

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Security

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Advanced

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General Usage Pages

Lights

Media

Controlling Equipment
Using Portable Media
Media Attributes

Climate

Telecom

Security

Advanced

LinuxMCE Admin Website

Other Items of Concern