A introduction into LinuxMCE

LinuxMCE is a whole home automation suite.
It the 'digital glue' between your media and all of your electrical appliances.
It includes full featured solutions for:


  • Organize media with special metadata tags
  • View/Listen to media in any room
  • Media automatically follows you through your home
  • New media is automatically detected - even if it's on other devices like another computer on your network or Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Control all your A/V gear through LinuxMCE
  • (using HDMI-CEC, IR, USB, Ethernet, or RS-232) including automatically powering everything on and setting the proper inputs on each device


  • Monitor sensors and trigger events
  • Monitor security cameras


  • Use VoIP phones anywhere in your home with minimal setup
  • Voicemail, call forwarding, advanced caller ID

Network Management

  • Take the place of a standard home router
  • Advanced firewall
  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) to make sure your bandwidth is used effectively 
  • (especially important for VoIP)
  • Manage networked storage (such as NAS devices)

Home Control and Automation

  • Control climate and lighting throughout your entire home


LinuxMCE provides all this functionality by controlling 

all kinds of devices throughout the home including:

  • LinuxMCE Core Computer
  • LinuxMCE Media Director Computers
  • LinuxMCE Orbiters (Fancy remotes)
    • Nokia 770/N800/N810
    • Various PDAs (such as IPAQ 5550 and IPAQ hx2410)
    • Various Bluetooth capable mobile phones
      (including Nokia E65, N70, N73, 6620, 7650)
    • The Web Orbiter
    • Various other devices
  • Networked storage (including Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices)
  • A/V Equipment (TVs, Receivers, Cable Boxes, etc)
    • HDMI-CEC
    • Using Infrared (IR)
    • Using RS-232 (Serial)
    • Using Ethernet (Network)
    • Using USB
  • TV Capture Devices
  • Lighting Automation
    • Using X10
    • Using Z-Wave
    • Using Insteon
    • Using various other protocols
    • See also: Automation
  • HVAC (Climate Control)Automation
  • Security Systems or Individual Sensors
  • Surveillance Cameras (IP, Firewire, video capture board, etc)
  • VoIP Phones and Service Providers

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