Web Orbiter

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A Web Orbiter is any device (such as a laptop, PC, etc.) that accesses the Orbiter user interface (UI) through a Web browser.


The procedure to setup a Web Orbiter is simple but the order of steps is important.

  1. First of all, add a new Generic Web Device as a Child Device for your Core:
    1. Goto the LinuxMCE Admin website-->Show devices tree-->CORE. The CORE's detail page should appear.
    2. Click 'Create Child Device'.
    3. In the Add child device window, click the button 'Pick device template'. The new pop-up window contained device templates will be opened.
    4. In the 'Device Category' dropdown list, choose 'Peripherals'.
    5. In the 'Device Template' dropdown list, find and select "Generic Web Device".
    6. Click the button 'Pick Device Template'. The Add Child Device Window will close, and the Generic Web Device will be added to the Core, as the updated Device Tree will show.
    7. A new Generic Proxy Orbiter will also be created automatically. Watch the Orbiter generation process on the Orbiters page: Wizard-->Devices-->Orbiters.
  2. Wait till the Orbiter generation procedure finishes. A message on an active Orbiter or on the Orbiter page will indicate when it has completed.
  3. Do a "Quick reload router". Otherwise, the Orbiter won't work properly.

Access to the Web Orbiter

  1. Type URL http://<core_ip>/pluto-admin/weborbiter.php in the browser address bar (for example:
  2. You will get a very plain login page. Input an existing user name and password, then click "Login".
  3. From the dropdown list of devices, choose Generic Web Device.
  4. A page that looks similar to this should appear:
    Web Orbiter.jpg


Connect failed

If you try to connect to the Web Orbiter and see this message: "Connect to proxy orbiter failed, please try again", this means that Orbiter generation hasn't finished yet, or that you forgot to do a quick restart of the router.


I was able to change the size of the rendered image in the Wizard-->Orbiters page. Find the Web Orbiter device in the list and resize it. After another orbiter regen, it was the right size for me.

Source http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3833.0

Problems with using a Web Orbiter across the Internet

The Web Orbiter setup listed here works great, and the web orbiter is functional.

I tested the web orbiter in my home and was very impressed with it. However, when I tested it from work, going through the Internet instead of from within my home LAN, it refreshed every 5 seconds, making it difficult to use. It had to repeatedly download the images each time.

I originally dug around on the orbiter screen in the web admin looking for a setting to remedy this, but could not find one...

Then I remembered that 2 devices were actually created.

If you look through the device tree, you should see Core->Generic Web Device. This is the device that contains the RefreshInterval device data (it is not stored on the Orbiter device itself). By setting this RefreshInterval to a higher value (I used 60 seconds for mine), it made the Web Orbiter usable across an Internet connection. --Jondecker76 (added 3-24-2008)