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Intro to my LMCE setup

I started playing around with the idea of LMCE late October of 2008. Mainly I just started putting the pieces together in my head and taking an inventory of all the spare pc's I had laying around in my house. I was previously using Windows MCE and a program called My Movies to catalog and play all my dvd's. I ran into a few issues I didn't like, one being I couldn't play dvd's through my system on my xbox, and also it was just a media center which offered no home automation. I have been wanting to experiment with home automation for a while but didn't want to shell out the big $$$ as it was more of a want than a need. So enter LMCE, a piece of free software that is highly configurable, and can bet set up to work with almost any pc laying around not being used. I watched the video and was immediately hooked, everything I wanted and I could get the basics up and running for free. I started out just running it on 1 pc as a core and have since added on multiple MD's. This will serve as a "documentary" of my experience.

Current Working Hardware

  • Dell Optiplex (Core)
3ghz, 4gb ram, 80gb HDD, Gb Nic
  • Gateway 4525gz
Converted to a digital picture frame, currently hanging on the wall in our living room


  • 4x IBM Lenovo Workstations (md)
2.8ghz, 1gb ram, no internal HDD
  • Linksys 4 port wireless router
External network
  • Dlink 4 port wireless router
Internal Network
  • Dlink 8 port 100/1000 switch
Internal network
  • Dlink 321 NAS
2x 1TB Seagate SATA HDD
  • 2x USB-UIRT
Home Theater room, Closet/Storage room on Core
  • 2x Sony AV Reciever
  • Samsung 50" Plasma- Home Theater room
  • LG 37" LCD TV model 37lg30

Currently Working PC Cards

Capture Hauppage PVR 150

Video EVGA 256-P1-N399-LX- 256 RAM chipset= Nvidia 6200 Fanless silent card. Works out of box with all UI's. Tearing is present in UI2+alpha EVGA N FX 5200 128-P1-N309-LX- 128 RAM Chipset= Nvidia 5200 (with FAN loud as hell) works out of box with all UI's Tearing in UI2+A

Sound card SOUND VTB|RIVIERA PCI 24-BIT W/DIG% - PCI sound card with optical out. Works out of box, had to turn the volume to 100% in alsamixer.

Hardware with issues

Dell Vostro 200 (md)- 2ghz, 1gb ram, 80gb HDD. Kernel panic when trying to net boot, have tried the e100 and e1000 module

Home Automation

  • Zwave
    • Wayne Dalton WDTC-20 - Z-Wave Enabled Thermostat (WAYWDTC-20)
    • Intermatic HA20C - Z-Wave 600W 3-Way/Single-Pole Dimmer - Toggle Style (INTHA20C)
  • IR
    • 2x USB-UIRT Controlling:
  1. Sony Stereo
  2. Emmerson Stereo
  3. Motorola STB
  • Serial

Controlling LG LCD

  • Parallel Port

Brainstorming on a project to use the LPT port on my core to control sprinkler valves for my lawn irrigation

Currently no security features or VOIP in use.

Projects in the works

Incremental Lighting with Z-wave

Irrigation with Parallel Port

Text to Speech