Archive for June, 2008

New 2008 xLobby Brochure

xLobbys new 2008 bochure is available in printed format and in a PDF file download. the new brochure shows xLobby with integrated Lighting systems and Russound integration as well as some new Hardware and Software information.

Download Link to PDF:
http://www.xlobby.com/pdf/xLobby%20brochure%202008.pdf

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Front Cover

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Back Cover

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Calrad is pleased to announce our new 40-1073 In-Wall Designer style HDMI over 2 Cat5e or Cat6 cables, HDMI Ver 1.3, HDCP compliant Balun system. These devices can provide much longer cable distances then conventional HDMI wiring using new or pre-existing inexpensive solid conductor UTP Cat5e, Cat6 cables. Sold in pairs Reciever and transmitter, this design requires an external 5Vdc power supply on the transmitter side for power. The built-in EQ circuit automatically adjusts for short to long cable distances. The units low profile provides for easy installations into single gang outlet boxes.

Download the 40-1073 product brochure below:

40-1073 Product Sheet

40-1073-product-sheet.pdf

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xLobby control of Beyond TV

xLobby can control Snapsteams Beyond TVs interface directly thru xLobbys window send message commands. The Beyond TV Group and events are posted in the My xLobby Add-Ons download section.

1. Control Beyond TV from xLobbys interface

2. Control Beyond TV with Beyond TVs menu window visible

3. Control Beyond TV with xLobbys thin client

4. Control Beyond TV with xLobbys Xnet

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xLobby events to control Beyond TV

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xLobby Main Menu with Beyond TV launch button

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xLobby Beyond TV Remote Control Overlay

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xLobby Beyond TV Remote Control menu with Beyond TV running in window mode

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xLobby Beyond TV Remote Control Menu

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Samsungs Q1 running xLobbys thin client to remote control Beyond TV

Some interesting communication possibilities can be achieved. If you come up with other ideas or create some additional applications using this you can post it on the forum below.

http://xlobby.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=45674#45674 

Using the new webserver command will allow you to send Beyond TV remote control commands to other xLobby machines on a network. The example belows provides the concept but for music playback control.

5. Web Server Command: This is a much needed command and will provide users the ability to send events from any xLobby machine to another with individual password protection. xLobby Machine 1, For example under F2, XNet, start the webserver on any machine you want to send commands to, write down the Server started ip address and port numbers. Now on another xLobby machine connected on the same network, lets say xLobby Machine 2 create a test menu and add 5 new buttons for testing labeled add 5 new events called 1. Next Track, 2. Track Previous, 3. Play Album, 4. Volume Up, 5. Volume Down . So now lets say we want to play and album and then change the track selection or volume on xLobby Machine 1.

xLobby Machine 2, under F2, Skins, create a new group label it Remote Server Command xlobby Machine 1, add 5 new events called 1. Next Track, 2. Track Previous, 3. Play Album, 4. Volume Up, 5. Volume Down . Under commands goto Web Server Command enter the IP address and port number into the first field from xLobby Machine 1, in the next field add the server password from xLobby Machine 1, now add the next field add the event group you want, example (Music) and in the next field add the Event Name you want to execute (Play Album, Next Track, Mute, etc). So lets create the event to trigger start play album on xLobby Machine 1, enter the server and password information, now in the Event Group field add Music, in the Event Name field add Play Album. Next goto your test menu and in the skin editor select the Play Album button, under the event tab of the skin editor, click event add the event for Play Album. Exit the Skin Editor and the press the Play Album button on the menu and Music should begin to play on xLobby Machine 1.

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xLobby Multi-Room Setup Diagram

The image and Pdf file below shows how xLobby clients are connected to xLobby servers and to NAS devices on a network. I will be posting more of these type of diagrams to show various setups and other configurations between different xLobby hardware.

Pdf file: xlobby-multi-room-2.pdf

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Andy Grooby  is working on a new skin for xLobby V3 and I wanted to share some early shots of what he has created so far. We expect to release at least 3 different skins with the final release of V3, including this one. Updated screenshots 6-11-08.

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Main Menu

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Main Menu More

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Movie Menu

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Movies Flow

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Movies Search

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Movies Jump

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Media Player

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Music Generic

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Music Views

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Music Search

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Music Tracks

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Music Show

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Music Playlist

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Music Now Playing

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Music Multi-Zone Audio

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Overlay Controls

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Music Ambience

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Web Browser

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RSS News

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IP Radio

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Lighting

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Weather

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CCTV

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Russound Menu 1 of 3

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Russound Menu 2 of 3

When the skin is finished I will post further details. Thanks Andy for all your hard work.

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Calrads new passive Balun provides a simple way to use UTP cat5e, Cat6 cable to provide transmission of HDTV video, Analog-Digital audio, IR. See the attached images and PDF file below. This device requires no tools for assembly. Perfect for use with xLobby hardware, Component video, Digital + Analog audio for single or Multizone Audio or IR repeater systems.

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Download the PDF product sheet here: 40-da02-product-sheet.pdf

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