Installation

Windows

You need Python 2.7
Install this Python Setup

Mac OS

You need the driver
Get it here

Linux

Nothing special

Software

Get the software

Here

Test

unzip all and start
hello.py

On Windows or Linux, you can start the program by double-clicking on hello.py. On Linux, select run in a terminal so you can easily stop it.

On a Mac, after getting the zip file, open Terminal app and go to the unzipped directory. This should be probably something like :
$ cd Download/HomeTicker-master/
$ ./hello.py

Run all programs

There are many others useful demo softwares provided in this package. such as:

  • a GUI for many cryptos prices : GUI_crypto_prices.pyw
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum infos : crypto_infos.py
  • Bitcoin and Lightning infos : btc_infos.py
  • Bitcoin price in many currencies : btc_currency.py
  • a clock with date : clock.py
  • Stock exchange ticker : stocks.py
  • Weather status in a given city : weather.py

There are many examples provided as ".py" and ".pyw" files. You can edit as you want, some even needs to be setup in their file code directly (weather city, stock tickers,...). Some are just examples to assist you in developing your own program to display your needs on the HomeTicker. In case you make many changes but keep some major portions of code, remember they're provided under GLPv3 software license.

Just double click on these files or start them in a terminal on a Mac.

Help

Please read carefully the Support section hereunder in case you are facing any issue.

Support

Windows

If the python installer fails to install because your system is not compatible, you need to install the 32 bits version available here.

When you connect the HomeTicker in your Windows machine the first time, you have to wait some minutes, the time that Windows initializes this new device.

Windows systems normally auto-download and install the appropriate driver. This should be the case on Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 & 10, Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2 & 2016 (32 and 64-bits). Still, if your Windows version is not installing automatically (XP SP3, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003) or this capability is disabled, you can download and manually install the driver for Windows here.

Mac OS

Mac OS High Sierra 10.13 has introduced a new feature that requires the user approval before loading new drivers.
Go to : System Preferences - Security & Privacy and click Allow. [ More details here ]

On older MacOS such as 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion or 10.6 Snow Leopard, you need this driver here.

Linux

The driver of the HomeTicker communication chip is included in the Linux Kernel since version 2.4.31 (June 2005). Check that your kernel is not that too old.

The only package required is python and eventually python-tk for the GUI (v2.7.x). These packages are very often native parts of the Linux distribution, just check they are part of your installed packages, install them if needed.
$ python2.7 -V

For security and access restrictions sense, the following command is often required on many Debian / Ubuntu / RHEL / Fedora systems:
$ sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER
You need to logout/login the session or reboot the machine to enforce this command.

Still not working?

Anyway, if the HomeTicker is not working, start the program in a terminal (command line / shell).
$ ./hello.py
The error message should give you a hint about the issue.

If you saw an issue with our systems, in case of any trouble and you need assistance, you can directly reach our support team at support@hometicker.shop .

Source

Our control software is open source (GPLv3). You can see the public web repository here.