So, I’m writing a plugin for SABnzbd (http://sabnzbd.org/) so that Vera is aware of the state of the downloads, etc. SABnzbd needs to be hosted on another computer, but Vera will be able to do some interesting things:
- Throttle downloads when I am in the house.
- Unthrottle when I am out or in bed.
Other stuff that will no doubt come to me over time
At present I have the following functions developed and working in Lua:
- Pause / Unpause Downloads
- Return current state (Paused, Unpaused)
- Throttle to k/bs
- Return current download rate
- Return items in the queue
And a few other useful items relevant to controlling downloads with SABnzbd.
I’m now up to wrapping it up as a LuuP plugin.
Questions I have:
I would like SABnzbd to appear as a device on the Dashboard - Is there a generic on/off appliance that won’t have a lightbulb next to it? Preferably just an on/off switch or similar?
I want to have the plugin periodically poll the state of SABnzbd in case the user has paused it with the native SABnzbd web interface. How can I make the Luup plugin call a function regularly and update the state of the device.
If I create my device as one of the standard UPNP types (Lightswitch for example), am I still able to have extra functionality hanging off of it - for example, I still want to allow the downloads to be throttled, etc. I assume these will show up in the Advanced section of the plugin when making scenes with it.
Fairly in depth questions I guess, but I would greatly appreciate any pointers or information that people can provide. For now I’ll be experimenting with some of the existing plugins.