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Post by skiv71 on Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:02 pm

Hi

Just wanted to let users know, I'm currently working on (and almost finished) a new interface called 'hosts'.

The purpose of this interface is to scan the local network once a minute to discover network devices.

This data is pushed to the BMS Link system automatically and is in the form of <mac address>=<ip address>.

You can then add your devices, like mobile's etc. to the system and it will then know when your home.

This data can then be used to enhance your automation possibilities.

examples:

1/. when my son's here to stay, enable heating in the annex

2/. if there are no users home, disable the heating.

3/. automate the setting of the alarm system.

lots of possibilities Smile

Previously, this functionality was restricted to users with a ddwrt router on the LAN, but now anyone will be able to have the functionality, regardless of router or router firmware.

Thanks

Neil


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Post by pete252 on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:24 am

Nice One !!
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Post by skiv71 on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:32 am

Hi Pete,

Yes indeed.

However, during my testing, I have found a problem Sad

Not with my software, but with the Apple iOS system.

It seem's that they enforce wifi disconnection (whilst not being charged) when the device enter's sleep mode.

This, in effect, renders the scanning process useless for such devices.

So nice of apple NOT to give the users the ability to actually override this setting (as you can with Android and Windows Mobile).

Anyway's, all is not lost Smile

I have an iphone 5s here running iOS 8.1 and a quick jailbreak and installation of insomnia does the trick.

Job's a good un Very Happy
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Post by pete252 on Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:40 pm

I have had issues with this with my phone and I couldn't understand why!! All is revealed now, it's an IOS thing. The ddwrt kept losing my phone even when still near the router, once woken up it found it again, D'Oh!!
Having to jailbreak the phone is a bit extreme though. I'm sure there will be a way around it without jailbreaking.
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Post by skiv71 on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:00 pm

Sorry Pete, there isn't.

It would require Apple to enable the feature within the OS themselves and I don't see this happening, but we can hope.

Regarding the JB, it's just a few mins job, like installing an app.


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Post by pete252 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:28 am

OK Cool, typical Apple though, either you do it our way or go elsewhere.
Does jailbreaking invalidate guarantees with iPhones and iPads? Not sure whether they would look kindly to a jailbroken device even with a hardware fault.
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Post by skiv71 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:35 am

Nah, it's easy to return the apple device to stock and leaves no traces Smile
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Post by Moreno5 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:57 am

I have to say in my opinion this is worth doing the jailbreak for, but beware that in my experience jailbreaks have caused issues. In nearly every case, my phone has slowed over time (more so than normal).

The jailbreaks nowadays are so simple, literally connect your iphone and go to a certain website. I have actually seen some done directly from the phone. Very simple to revert from a backup, just remember to do before you go to Apple for support.

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Post by skiv71 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:18 am

I used the pangu JB and it was very simple. Only installed insomnia to give persistent wifi and all is well, no noticeable differences.
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Post by pete252 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:07 pm

Thanks, great advice. I suppose I'll wait until I see a need for it in my case though.
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