I started identifying all twin tuner DVB-S2 enigma2 satellite receivers:

Then opted to buy the cheapest i could find- AB IPBox 9900HD for £200 on eBay. If i can see myself completely dropping the Amstrad DRX890 i may invest in one of the more expensive receivers.

It took quite some time to get the hang of it- i got through a number of firmware images before finally settling on the SWF 3.8 (found on http://www.sat-world-forum.com)- this seemed most stable and to provide the best plugin/extension/emu/cam abilities.

I ran a scan and picked up all 1000+ channels but could only view the free to air ones… seems i need to configure a softcam to use the sky viewing card. I tried all of them not really knowing what i was doing but eventually pieced together bits of various guides to get oscam working with the following configuration files:

# oscam.conf
#---
[global]
nice = -1
WaitForCards = 1
ClientTimeout = 5
CacheDelay = 120
logfile = /usr/local/etc/oscam.log

[dvbapi]
enabled = 1
au = 1
boxtype = ipbox
user = user
pmt_mode = 0
request_mode = 0

[webif]
httpport = 16002
httpuser = root
httppwd = swf
httprefresh = 10
httpallowed = 127.0.0.1,192.168.0.0-192.168.255.255
#---

# oscam.server
#---
[reader]
label = SkyUK
Protocol = internal
detect = CD
device = /dev/sci0
Group = 1
EMMCache = 1,3,2
#BoxID = 001F1F1F
CAID = 0963
ident = 0963:000000
#---

# oscam.client
#---
[account]
user = user
pwd = password
group = 1
au = SkyUK
CAID = 0963
#---

The HD channels didn’t work at first… but removing the BOXID=XXXXXXXX line from the oscam.server file fixed that!

Now i was ready to tidy up the channels- i found a bouquet on http://www.digital-kaos.co.uk (just search for sky uk channel bouquet. Then using DreamBoxEdit (http://sourceforge.net/projects/dreamboxedit/) open and upload to the IPBox (you will need to configure your box’s IP, ftp username/password in DreamBoxEdit- default username= root & password = swf)

The EPG wasn’t really showing a lot so i did a little research and it seems CrossEPG is recommended (available on http://crossepg.googlecode.com). It didn’t seem possible to download directly on the box so i ftp’ed it to /tmp and installed from the “setup -> software management -> install local extension” menu. After installation you need to reboot and can then access the CrossEPG setup menu- enable the OpenTV Sky UK (Astra2 on 28.2) provider and hit download. Your EPG should now be populated. I still don’t like the look of the EPG so need to do some more research!

Live TV can be streamed on the network easily using VLC media player and recorded programs can freely be moved around the network- love it!

Seemed to have a problem with network connectivity being lost a few times- restarting the network in the setup -> system -> network menu seemed to work but not too sure why it dropped yet…

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