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by elsmandino
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B

To be fair, £25.00 isn't too bad. If I cannot get the Pi working, this weekend, I think I might just go for one of those - I really want to get my Pi working with this now, just out of interest. One thing that is bugging about me the instructions is the use of IP addresses. My router IP address is 1...
by elsmandino
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B

Apologies for the confusion - I did indeed mean to write that the room with the TV has no network sockets in it. The reason for my query is that I am thinking of hard-wiring my home with ethernet but it is going to take a few months before I am able to get round to it. My son would like to use the s...
by elsmandino
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Re: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B

Thanks very much for that - if I do exactly what the instructions say, will this get things up and running?

I am very new to programming and am slightly worried that there are parts that I need to adapt for my own use, for example, what to add under Ethernet Static IP.
by elsmandino
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B
Replies: 8
Views: 684

Connecting Smart TV to internet with RPi1 Model B

Hello.

I have a Samsung Smart TV that has ethernet only, in a room with network outlets.

I have a spare RPi1B to hand, with a USB wireless adapter attached.

Is there any way I can connect the TV to the Pi and then have the Pi connect to my home network?
by elsmandino
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Do you still need force_turbo=1?
Replies: 0
Views: 188

Do you still need force_turbo=1?

Hello. I have a number of RPis that run Libreelec. I still have a couple of B1s that I use and whilst they are not the fastest, they are definitely usable. I was just looking through the config files and note that I have force_turbo=1 Do I still need this setting. I seem to recall that when these ea...
by elsmandino
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Advice on using Pi as TVHeadend headless backend.
Replies: 3
Views: 1353

Re: Advice on using Pi as TVHeadend headless backend.

Thanks for that, guys - much appreciated.

I am going to give it a whirl and see how I get on.
by elsmandino
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Advice on using Pi as TVHeadend headless backend.
Replies: 3
Views: 1353

Advice on using Pi as TVHeadend headless backend.

Hello. I have just been looking into the possibility of using the latest raspberry Pi for recording, with TVHeadend. I am curious as to how TVHeadend affects the SD card, used for the Operating System. Does TVHeadend constantly write to the card (with EPG updates, schedule updates etc.) or does it r...
by elsmandino
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Is using a Pi as a security camera the best option?
Replies: 5
Views: 41902

Is using a Pi as a security camera the best option?

Hello, I am looking to install a video camera to the front and back of my house for a bit of added security. I have a Linux server that runs 24/7, so my initial thought was to connect a couple of RPis (running motion) and record to the server. I was just wondering whether, in practice, this is the b...
by elsmandino
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Can you control a USALS satellite rotor via a Raspberry Pi and a USB DVB-S2 tuner?
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Can you control a USALS satellite rotor via a Raspberry Pi and a USB DVB-S2 tuner?

I have managed to track down a similar product from TBS.

It does specifically say that motorised dishes are supported, so the external power supply must supply enough power.
by elsmandino
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Can you control a USALS satellite rotor via a Raspberry Pi and a USB DVB-S2 tuner?
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Can you control a USALS satellite rotor via a Raspberry Pi and a USB DVB-S2 tuner?

Hello, I have been messing around with installing TVHeadend on on a Raspberry Pi and it seems to work really well. TVHeadend supports USALS and I was just wondering whether there was any way I could get the Pi to move a satellite to pick up the various channels. I have done some research and this tu...
by elsmandino
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Which SAT>IP Server?
Replies: 3
Views: 2938

Re: Which SAT>IP Server?

Definitely - there are lots of people that are successfully using them with either Librelec/Openelec or Openmediavault and then installing TVHeadend for PVR purposes. You can then record directly to a USB HDD. Whilst the Pi's lack of Gigabit ethernet does potentially limit the number of HD streams t...
by elsmandino
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Which SAT>IP Server?
Replies: 3
Views: 2938

Which SAT>IP Server?

Hello, Has anyone have any experience/knowledge with SAT>IP Servers? I want to put one on my network but there are a couple on the market at the moment: http://www.conrad-electronic.co.uk/ce/en/product/944064/Sat-IP-server-Telestar-DIGIBIT-R-1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Triax-310101-Converter-Server-W...
by elsmandino
Mon May 22, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Use a Pi to wake a server for TVHeadend scheduled recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: Use a Pi to wake a server for TVHeadend scheduled record

So you reckon it is possible to somehow pass the schedule list from TVHeadend to the cron list on the Pi and then have the Pi use this to wake the server (if it is not already awake) for recordings? Powerwise, it should save me quite lot. At the moment, my x86 server sits in an idle state (using abo...
by elsmandino
Mon May 22, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Use a Pi to wake a server for TVHeadend scheduled recordings
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Use a Pi to wake a server for TVHeadend scheduled recordings

I am currently running TVHeadend on Openmediavault on my home server. I wanted to save some power by having the server resume to sleep mode when not being used, but then wake up automatically for scheduled recordings. Unfortunately, this is proving more difficult than I had hoped. Is there any way I...
by elsmandino
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using the Pi to cut power to TV and amp when not used.
Replies: 6
Views: 1397

Re: Using the Pi to cut power to TV and amp when not used.

Thank you. https://energenie4u.co.uk/catalogue/product/ENER002-2PI This definitely looks like a workable solution. If I plug my amp and TV into the socket, it should be possible to have turn the socket off after, say, a minute of the screen dimming and then to turn it back on whenever an input is re...
by elsmandino
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using the Pi to cut power to TV and amp when not used.
Replies: 6
Views: 1397

Using the Pi to cut power to TV and amp when not used.

I have been struggling with this problem for ages and would be really grateful for any pointers. At the moment, I have a Raspberry Pi2 (running LibreElec) connected to an a/v amp and then into my TV. Ideally, I would like to have it whereby whenever the Pi goes into screen saver mode (which is about...
by elsmandino
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 2444

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Give us a simple example of one of the things you'd like some sort of control over - something you really want not something plucked out of the air :) That is a very sensible thing to suggest.; A few things I have been thinking about: 1. Lights Certain light come on automatically when it gets to a ...
by elsmandino
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which Power Supply and SD Card for RPi 3?
Replies: 3
Views: 1616

Which Power Supply and SD Card for RPi 3?

Hi, I am going to buying a RPi3 shortly and was wondering what the current advice is as far as what the best power supply and microSD card to get with it. I did read, sometime back, that an 8GB Samsung Evo was the way to go with the card. Is this still the case? All my current Pis have been 1B+ and ...
by elsmandino
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 2444

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Whoops - sorry, I did not mean to refer to which OS to use (though thank you for clarifying that Raspbian clearly is the obvious choice).

What I meant to ask is what actual home automation software is recommended.

Thanks
by elsmandino
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 2444

Beginner advice on home automation

Hi,

I am really interested in experimenting with a bit of home automation with RPi and Arduino and would be really grateful for any beginner advice.

In particular, what OS should I use? There seem to be loads of options.

Any pointers would be much appreciated.
by elsmandino
Mon May 16, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Home security/automation advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1798

Re: Home security/automation advice

Thanks everyone.

I did a bit more research over the weekend and openHAB seems like the most complicated bit of software I have ever come across - I am pretty good with computers but I think I shall be out my depth with it.

Are there any decent alternatives that are easier to install and set up?
by elsmandino
Thu May 12, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Home security/automation advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1798

Home security/automation advice

Hi, I am trying to make my home "smart" and was hoping for some beginner's advice. My current plan is to have a central Raspberry Pi controlling everything via my Smartphone. A few ideas for things I would like to incorporate: * Notifications when doors and windows are opened. * Turning lights on au...
by elsmandino
Thu May 12, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2007

Re: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Thanks you both for that - the Pi Zero does seem to be the perfect way to go (especially if you can keep clustering them together) - is a shame that they seem to out of stock everywhere at the moment. For the time being, I will stick with a Pi1(Mod B) and see how I get on with it. I do have a few fu...
by elsmandino
Mon May 09, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2007

Re: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Thanks for that - I shall indeed, therefore, use the Pi3 for my main TV.

Do you think I should then use the Pi2 in my bedroom (the second most used TV) and then use the Pi1 for the home automation?

The Pi1 is quite limited, but I assume that it is more than capable for home automation.
by elsmandino
Mon May 09, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2007

Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Hi, I am thinking of putting together a home automation/security project, using a Pi as a central hub, connected to an arduino in each room in my house. Which model of Pi should I use? Should it be the most powerful one available? The reason I ask is that I have a Pi2(Mod B) connected to my living r...

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