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Hello, I'm starting to reading everything about openremote. I need some help understanding what I need to start in terms of hardware and software. I'm not understanding the diference between the BOSS controller software and the OpenRemote Controller. I would like to make an openremote system for my home. Need some help to start. Anyone have skype, maybe will help some chat?

I would like to control knx devices, 1-wire sensors, alarm system, etc.

BOSS controller is an older term that is no longer used. There's only one OpenRemote Controller.

Hope that clears things up a bit.

Posted by juha at Dec 23, 2011 08:04

Thank you. Now is clear.

I will try to install the controller on UBUNTU. Will be back here with questions if any issue appear.

Posted by aerodolphin at Dec 23, 2011 09:22

For now, just one more question.

What will be better/stable to control my home?

  • Synology DS212J;
  • Asus Eeebox PC;
  • Normal PC;
  • Other solution.

Till now I'm more orientated to the synology solution, because I can have also a storage/backup system.

Posted by aerodolphin at Dec 23, 2011 09:26

They're all possible solutions.

You may want to start with Normal PC or EeeBox to experiment and learn the installation and your setup. Once you've got everything in more or less ready, then move it to Synology for more permanent use.

Synology should be just like most other Linux distributions but it is currently supported by community and none of the core team has the hardware so you're better off trying on a normal PC first to debug issues. That way you will know that issues that might come up with Synology are something specific to their software distribution, and are then easier to isolate.

Posted by juha at Dec 23, 2011 09:43

Ok. I will do it first on a normal PC. I will install it on Ubuntu. The instructions in "Install OpenRemote 2.0 Controller" about ubuntu installation are complete? With that instructions I can make it work on Ubuntu?

Posted by aerodolphin at Dec 23, 2011 09:52

And about the hardware to start. I don't understand the diference between KNX IP Interface and KNX IP Router.

IP Interface devices are cheaper that IP routers, but is sufficient to control a complete house? Or has a lot of limitations?

I think Siemens N146 and N148 are discontinued. They where the cheaper ones out there. Any alternative?

Posted by aerodolphin at Dec 23, 2011 10:10

KNX Ip gateway (interface) usually only allows a single concurrent connection to the KNX bus – this limits you to use a single piece of software to access your KNX installation at a time, for example ETS, OpenRemote Controller, OpenRemote KNX, or some other app that might access the KNX bus.

Note though that you can have multiple OpenRemote panels even though you're using a single connection gateway. All the OpenRemote panels share a single connection to KNX gateway through the OpenRemote Controller.

KNX routers usually allow more than a single concurrent connection to the KNX bus.

Posted by juha at Dec 23, 2011 10:20

Thank you for the explanation.

Now I have a starting point.

Merry Christmas for everyone.

Posted by aerodolphin at Dec 23, 2011 10:53
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