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Ivan Fritz, AIS
2005-02-10, 18:15
Hi,

I am working on a large AV system for a clients house, and I am looking
at creating an estate music server using an Apple xserve with iTunes and the
squeezebox for clients. The players would be controlled via an AMX system :
http://www.amx.com/home.asp (a home automation system). My problem is AMX
likes to use RS232 to control devices, and the squeezebox doesn't seem to
have a way to do RS232.

Does anyone know if this has been done? I'm wondering how hard it
would be to do RS232 over TCP/IP....

Any help would be appreciated...

Thanks,

-Ivan

Jeff Coffler
2005-02-10, 21:09
Hi Ivan,

> I am working on a large AV system for a clients house, and I am looking
> at creating an estate music server using an Apple xserve with iTunes and
> the
> squeezebox for clients. The players would be controlled via an AMX system
> :
> http://www.amx.com/home.asp (a home automation system). My problem is AMX
> likes to use RS232 to control devices, and the squeezebox doesn't seem to
> have a way to do RS232.
>
> Does anyone know if this has been done? I'm wondering how hard it
> would be to do RS232 over TCP/IP....
>
> Any help would be appreciated...

I presume you were planning to use an AMX Axcent 3 as the controller?

If you picked up an AMX NetLinx controller (using the AMX controller as a
slave device), then you get some huge advantages:

1) Dramatically better performance (the NetLinx controllers have MUCH faster
processors),
2) Ethernet is built into the AMX NetLinx line of controllers, and
3) I'm working on a NetLinx module to control the Slim Servers. It's being
run by several people now, nearly complete and ready for release (it'll be
released open source), and basically allows you to put the Squeezeboxes in a
cabinet; they can be completely controlled via two-way panels.

For the cost of a NetLinx controller, this makes the most sense by far ...

-- Jeff

Fred
2005-02-11, 07:24
On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 06:05:06 +0100, Ivan Fritz, AIS wrote
> We are using NetLinx for sure. I'm very happy to hear about your
> project! Do you know when it might be released?

We do depend somewhat on SlimDevices official release schedule, on which I
can't comment.
From our perspective we are 95% ready now, so if you have some urgent need,
we can probably sort you out with some "tweaking" of the latest official
SlimServer release.

Fred

TAL_Neo
2005-04-16, 19:25
>3) I'm working on a NetLinx module to control the Slim Servers.
>It's being run by several people now, nearly complete and ready
>for release (it'll be released open source), and basically allows
>you to put the Squeezeboxes in a cabinet; they can be completely
>controlled via two-way panels.

Has this open source been released yet? I am extremely interested in this control method as I would like to implement it also.

Thanks.

Jeff
2005-04-16, 23:02
TAL_Neo wrote:


Has this open source been released yet? I am extremely interested in this control method as I would like to implement it also.The module is in late BETA testing. You can download B1.0 RC3 (release candidate 3) from:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/netlinx-modules/

You can also see some screenshots here:

http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=62827

As soon as it's "formal" (i.e. V1.0), I'll ask Slim Devices to host the module on their site as well.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions,

-- Jeff

Jeff
2005-04-17, 01:12
For those that download SlimServerMod RC3 (AMX NetLinx automation module), be aware:

RC3 *requires* SlimServer v6.0.2 (which isn't released yet). This means you need a 6.0 nightly on or after 15-Apr-2005.

Just to avoid any confusion ...