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==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<br>
* Browse web pages on the media directors<br>
* <i>Browse web pages on the orbiters</i><br>
* <i>Use open office on the media directors</i><br>
* <i>Access a KDE/Gnome desktop on the media directors</i><br><br>

Revision as of 06:25, 21 May 2008

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)

The list is not complete, and many of the topics do not yet have documentation. Not all documentation pages have screen shots and pictures. Feel free to add your own documentation into the wiki.

Most of the articles reflect tested procedures (even if the documentation is not written). Items in italics describe modules still in development or that have been only partially completed. Items with an * have been coded, and should work, but have not been fully tested.


Add/edit the online documentation, wiki-style.


Home Automation



  • Make phone calls using a VOIP provider
  • Make phone calls using a regular phone line (POTS), ISDN or T1
  • Do video conferencing

You can control your whole house with a mobile phone, a touch-screen tablet or a web-interface. A LinuxMCE system is like an appliance - not a computer. It is self-configuring, maintaining and updating. No technical skills are required to use or install LinuxMCE. LinuxMCE is above all simple. The devices are all plug and play. LinuxMCE is also an open platform, offering unlimited expansion potential, and requiring no special cabling. This is LinuxMCE: a complete, comfortable and secure solution for your home.


Network Attached Storage

You can extend your core's storage with a Network Attached Storage device, or NAS. LinuxMCE can recognize this and use the NAS for saving your files or reading from them (including your music and video collection).


  • Use Orbiters to arm, disarm, monitor sensors, and view video cameras.
  • Immediate notification of any alerts on your mobile phone with live video.
  • Auto arming/disarming of the alarm based on schedule or triggered events.
  • Mark rooms as off-limits to anyone but authorized persons.
  • The instant anything important happens at your home, such as a security breach, fire or even someone ringing the doorbell, your mobile phone will beep and show you a live video feed.
  • Because LinuxMCE is able to distinctly recognize each family member and determine who is coming and going, LinuxMCE can automatically turn the alarm off and unlock the door when it detects you approaching the house, and automatically lock and arm when everyone has left. You don't have to worry about forgetting to turn the alarm on.
  • Tell LinuxMCE that only certain people are allowed in certain rooms. When LinuxMCE detects the presence of an authorized person it will automatically shut off the alarm sensors in that room. It's fully automatic. If an unauthorized person enters, you will be notified on your mobile phone.
  • Tell LinuxMCE if you leave the children at home with a baby sitter. LinuxMCE will notify you whenever someone comes and goes from the house, and show you a picture so you can be sure there are no unauthorized visitors. You can push a button on your phone to turn on the surveillance cameras and check what's happening at any time.
  • Monitor surveillance cameras
  • Arm or disarm the alarm using the Orbiters
  • Arm or disarm LinuxMCE's alarm using proximity sensors
  • Automatically take pictures when sensors are disturbed
  • Have LinuxMCE notify me of security alerts


  • Effortless video conferencing - answer and dial just like normal
  • Tie all your homes together as one phone system
  • Always routes your calls to the extension nearest you
  • LinuxMCE automatically turns all your TVs into video phones. If somebody calls you from a video phone, it rings on the phones in the house just like normal. You can transfer the call to someone else, whether or not they have a video phone. You can still put the call on hold, and pick it up on your mobile phone or cordless.
  • With LinuxMCE, whenever you're on the phone, the nearest Orbiter will automatically show you pictures of each family member. If you want to transfer, or conference, just touch the person's picture.
  • If you have multiple residences, just tell your LinuxMCE rep to join them. LinuxMCE will automatically sense what home you're in. Anytime someone calls any of your homes-anywhere in the world-the call is automatically put through, unless you're sleeping. LinuxMCE uses voice-over-ip, so there are no long distance charges.
  • LinuxMCE's 'follow-me' keep track of what room in the house you're in, and your phone calls automatically ring on the extension nearest you.
  • LinuxMCE remembers who normally calls for whom and route the call automatically, based on the caller ID. When your daughter's school friend calls, it will automatically ring in your daughter's room if that's where she is - without disturbing anyone else in the house. If she's out, it will go automatically to her mobile phone if you wish.
  • As you add names to your personal phone book, be sure to check off which ones are priority people, like friends and family. When you press the button on your mobile phone to go to sleep, LinuxMCE adjusts your phone settings. Somebody who calls will automatically get voicemail, except for your priority callers who will be told that you are sleeping, and given the option of waking you. If they choose to do so, LinuxMCE will put the call through to the phone by the bed so as not to disturb others in the house.
  • Make phone calls using a VOIP provider. Currently the follow Providers are supported with minimal setup.
  • Make phone calls using a regular phone line (POTS), ISDN or T1
  • Do video conferencing
  • For a more detailed disscussion of how LMCE integrates the telecom feature see:

How LinuxMCE Telecom Works

Home Automation

  • Your mobile phone turns into a remote control for lights, climate, etc.
  • Effortless, "follow-me automatically" automation
  • Self-configuring and maintaining. NO programming or tech skills needed
  • Home automation systems are usually controlled by a slew of expensive touch-screen tablets needed everywhere you want control. Only LinuxMCE turns your mobile phone into a comfortable remote, making the tablets optional.
  • Your mobile phone not only becomes more comfortable and useable than any type of remote control on the market, it works anywhere in the world you have cellular data coverage. Control everything, monitor your cameras, accept deliveries, etc. It doesn't matter if you're in the living room or in Lithuania. When you're at home, the mobile uses Bluetooth to communicate. When you're away, it automatically switches to the cellular network.
  • LinuxMCE can recognize each family member and automatically set up the room according to his preferences. Just keep your mobile phone in your pocket. It compares the relative strengths throughout the house to calculate exactly where each family member is. It works for your lighting, climate, media, as well as security settings.
  • With LinuxMCE, everything is plug-and-play, self-configuring, and no programmer will ever come to your home. All you do is go to a simple web site, and answer multiple-choice questions about your lifestyle.
  • With LinuxMCE, you get zero-touch automation. If you have a DVD you want to watch, just put the disc in the nearest media director. LinuxMCE will analyze what type of disc it is, and setup all your TVs and stereo equipment automatically. LinuxMCE will even feed the DVD Menu directly to the nearest mobile phone or Orbiter. You don't have to touch a single button.
  • Control lights/climate using scenarios
  • Control lights or climate with a floorplan
  • Adding support for home automation devices
  • What if you don't have a driver for my home automation device
  • Make things happen at sunrise/sunset
  • Make things happen when I enter a room
  • Have my lighting or climate settings follow me
  • Have external devices control LinuxMCE