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RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - maxlan - 04-04-2010 06:09 PM
I've just bought your application some weeks ago and starting to use it.
I'm experiencing an issue with network resources.
I've set up a fix resources that is an NFS resource.
When I choose "startup from NETWORK" the resources are seen but if I try to access some of them, the app says "empty directory".
If I access to the resource before using the remote control, then I could access also using the app.
It's like the first "nfs mount" is not done if the first access is done using the app
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - Touch Conners - 04-04-2010 09:22 PM
Similar to others on this thread, I really enjoy this app and have integrated it's workflow into my theater. Though a few of the "hang ups" have already been pointed out here, I'd like to share my experience and suggestions for this great app!
By far, the least intrusive of setups is the one in which the code is on a USB stick, then inserted into the A-100. Placing all three files downloaded from this location (http://erlis.se/PCH/telnetd-usb.zip) at the root of my USB stick worked flawlessly and did not require me having to install a HDD in my box.
As I too have my media stored on my servers (obviously, with no HDD installed) I set up NMTRemote as follows...
Startup 1st field = "Network"
Startup 2nd field = left blank
busybox26 Location 1st field = "USB A"
busybox26 Location 2nd field = "/"
The results were...
- The application looks to the USB A stick (root) for the busybox26 file.
- The root of my network is the source of my media files.
(All is good here)
Since you pointed out something that I think people forget (the PCH can only mount one share at a time), browsing share to share and seeing the media within all is not currently possible. This is something I'm going to suggest as an upgrade to the app in a minute.
When the PCH has a share mounted, it's contents show up for my nearly immediately within the app and I can play with no problem.
Bravo on adding the "Enter" button and for the smart layout. The buttons are a bit small, however. Even though I have small fingers it can still be challenging not to hit the wrong button as they are very close together.
Overall Suggestions for Improvements:
- Setup: I would suggest a similar wiki to the overall setup of this application, similar to the Lundman one (if not including that source as part of the setup). I believe this would more resourceful than possibly having to answer the same questions many times on this forum.
- Media: With many users storing and accessing their content from servers, you may want to look into solving the issue of how you app integrates with the PCH workflow of accessing network shares. If only one share can be mounted at a time, like the factory remote, the NMTRemote should be able to mimic the network share selection. That is to say, selection of a folder within the apps UI, should replicate the selection of mounting the respective share. Now, I'm not a developer. However, with a lifetime of experience installing home automations controls, I can say that deeper integration with the PCH's native function will vastly increase the value of this app.
Another suggestion for increasing the richness of this application's functionality would be to look into providing IMDB or similar database programs to associate and integrate with the content on people's servers. Imagine having all of your movie's meta data along with thumbnails right within this iPhone app.
- UI: Having a design background myself, and having used hundreds of remote environments, I can tell you that ease of use and comfort are right up there with the importance of functionality. Your current remote layout is very functional and effective. However, utilizing the iPhone's capabilities would be to everyone's advantage for future versions.
Consider using multiple pages to set default or user customized button layouts. If customization is too much to develop right away, at least least consider changing your default layout (one screen with all buttons) to two or three screens. Note the original PCH remote is divided into three basic sections: Top - Power, function and numeric features. Middle - Navigation. Bottom - Playback.
Consider the usefulness and frequency of use with your current layout...
- Power button: Pretty much useless as the PCH does not require a power cycle except reboot.
- Volume: Nearly 100% of user's volume is controlled through their amplifier.
- Audio: Again, the amplifier controls.
The rest are very applicable, but in a layout that is very cramped.
Other functional buttons to consider for the future...
- Reboot: Very useful and could basically replace the Power button.
- Page Up/Down: Absolutely necessary in browsing through lots of content.
A wonderful first couple of version of what I know will be an application I'll use everyday. Please let me know if there is any addition help I can pass along. As I mentioned, I have some experience in this area, but you've done a wonderful job creating this! I look forward to future version.
Sorry for the length of this review.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - temm - 04-05-2010 08:02 PM
Thanks Touch for your great input. Your points are spot on.
In the upcoming versions i do want make the media function concerning network shares more useable.
I like your idea of haveing multiple pages for the remote. Custom remote would be a pain right now, but adding a few pages with more specific remotes is great.
Since you do have a design background, i would be glad if you suggested some specific remote layouts.
I don't want to remove the full remote since in my line of work when you remove a function that you think no one uses then you understand how many people where actually using that.
I am working on an update this week but it will be only to support the HDX1000 and the continuous play function which is not working 100%.
I will try to sort out the media function if i have enough time.
I'm also working on the new 200 series but i still have problems.
Feel free and send me a private message with your design layout suggestions. I am very interested in this and anything else in the futrure.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - dvkempen - 04-08-2010 11:53 AM
I have multiple nmt's (HDX1000 no harddisk, egreat no harddisk, c200 with hardisk) Will the App allow me to switch between them based on IP adres or something?
All my media files are stored on a NAS.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - temm - 04-08-2010 12:11 PM
(04-08-2010 11:53 AM)dvkempen Wrote: Hi temm,
First support for HDX1000 will be out this week.
The App right now does not support multiple connections to different nmt's nor multiple configurations. So you need to change the ip in order to connect to the one you want.
Why do you have 3 nmt's? Are these connected to different TV's/Projectors?
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - dvkempen - 04-08-2010 03:54 PM
Different rooms, different tv's, same network
Is this something you might consider implementing.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - temm - 04-08-2010 08:22 PM
(04-08-2010 03:54 PM)dvkempen Wrote: Different rooms, different tv's, same network
Sure. Unified remote for all nmt devices. But after i get 200 series working.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - mahashaem - 04-09-2010 08:34 PM
Can someone tell me how to make telnet-installer.cgi be executable please?
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - Touch Conners - 04-10-2010 12:14 AM
(04-09-2010 08:34 PM)mahashaem Wrote: Hi all
Changing the name to "script.cgi" seems to work.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - rkriekaard - 04-10-2010 01:35 AM
(04-09-2010 08:34 PM)mahashaem Wrote: Hi all
login using lundman shell: nc "pch ip address" 2222
cd "directoryname where cgi resides"
chmod 777 "filename" (command to change file to executable)
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - temm - 04-10-2010 08:40 AM
New version 1.6.13 is in review.
HDX1000 Support Added
Continuous play working 100%
UTF-8 Support working 100%
I'd say HDX1000 is beta since i can't actully test it and it's done from user feedback (thank you)
The auto mount feature for Network Shares has a bug so it will for the next week.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - biggo - 04-10-2010 10:43 AM
Sounds great! Looking forward to it.
I have another feature request: Changing the font size would be great. The current font it way to big, and doesn't alow you to see much of the filenames.
Another issure is still reading folders with many files, causing the app to shut down.
Keep up the good work :-)
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - ething - 04-10-2010 05:49 PM
Not sure what I'm doing wrong but I can't get it to work. I install through the latest version of CSI. The Meditankcontroller file is placed under /Apps/ and noting is placed under root (is this correct). I then get the 404 File not found error when following the instructions "192.168.1.6/mediatankcontroller_web" in safari. Any ideas what might be going wrong here?
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - David Barr - 04-10-2010 10:08 PM
Just upgraded to the latest version (1.5.12) and I'm glad to see the addition of the Enter button. Unfortunately, I'm still experiencing the same issues with missing subdirectories and duplicate listings that I sent the detailed email about, again, only on the Network source volume. A new issue ( I believe) has cropped up also. If I play a video via direct access from a Network volume (Samba share) via the Media tab, it plays fine. However, when I hit stop, the Popcorn does a little reboot (it looks like it's just been started, but the time is much shorter than a regular cold restart).
I'd like to add my voice to those requesting a Unified remote for all nmt devices.
Lastly, it would be extremely helpful to have a full alphanumeric keyboard available to be able to enter the Samba login info.
RE: NMT remote iPhone native app. - riibu - 04-11-2010 08:23 PM
I just downloaded this app and am trying to get it to work.
First off, I have the A-100 and am running the required code from a USB stick. My media is networked through myiHome and is located on external drives connected to my main computer. I got the app to connect to the network, but now am having trouble getting it to locate my media.
What should my startup path be to get to the "My Videos" folder on my computer?