Lifeware All-in-One Server Includes Media Center, 5.1 Surround Sound and ZigBee

Out of the box, LMS-170 servers can control Centralite lighting and other ZigBee 2006-enabled devices.

Lifeware All-in-One Server Includes Media Center, 5.1 Surround Sound and ZigBee
Julie Jacobson · September 1, 2008

Lifeware is launching an all-in-one Lifemedia Server (LMS) that packs Windows Media Center, a 5.1 surround-sound amplifier, and ZigBee control technology into a single box.

The new LMS-170 series of media servers will debut at CEDIA Expo 2008.

“We think it’s perfect for a single room,” says Lifeware CEO Seale Moorer. “This is our in-and-out-without-a-doubt box.”

Moorer says that Lifeware, developer of home automation solutions based on Media Center, has received many requests lately for ZigBee mesh-networking capabilities. Rather than rely on a ZigBee dongle (“I don’t like dongles; they’re messy,” says Moorer), Lifeware decided to build the technology into a new entry-level box that also includes surround sound.

In particular, says Moorer, many Lifeware dealers are integrating Media Centers with ZigBee-enabled lighting controls from Centralite. With ZigBee built into the LMS-170 line, the servers can communicate directly with Centralite’s JetStream products, including dimmers, modules and switches.

While Lifeware dealers have always been able to incorporate JetStream into the Lifeware automation system, they had to install a bridge to get the two systems talking. With ZigBee built in, Lifeware can communicate directly with JetStream products and other ZigBee 2006-enabled devices.

Expected to ship in the first quarter of 2009, the LMS-170 Series will initially include two models.

The LMS-175 will include support for dual CableCards. It should sell for less than $4,000.

The LMS-172, which has dual NTSC/ATSC tuners but no CableCard support, will be “substantially cheaper.”

Although Lifeware is not adopting the new Media Center TV Pack across its entire line of servers, the LMS-170 Series will ship with the new feature set.

The entire feature set has not been finalized. Lifeware is considering adding other control protocols to the box.

Lifeware is at booth #410 at CEDIA Expo 2008.
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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