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  • 1. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 1 of 20 Programming and setting up the Coolsat for Dummies By: Kuzco - version 1.0The following is a detailed explanation of the required steps to successfully setup aCoolsat 4/5/6000 Platinum receiver. The receiver can be new right from the box or apreviously configured Coolsat. If it’s new then only a few steps are needed.Before we start please familiarize your self with the Coolsat and the cable, open the boxand inspect the Coolsat. Look at its connections and read the back of the Coolsat box.This procedure is written around the Coolsat 4/5/6000 Platinum with one (1) typical,very popular dish setup: The Dish 500.Parts list that will be used during the programming processes1. Coolsat 4/5/6000 Receiver.2. PC with Windows OS system. Example, Windows XP, 98, 2000.3. Cable RS232 (this cable comes with the Coolsat and it is used for programming theCoolsat receiver)4. Coolsat v2.4 programming software (The software can be downloaded from theCoolsat website or equivalent source)5. Latest “Bin” software (version 120 for April 14, 2006, the software can bedownloaded; you might need to do a “Google Search” via the internet for this file).6. One free communications com port also known as RS232. Most PC’s have at least onecom port however, more and more laptops are doing away from RS232 and moving intoUSB. If this is the case with you’re laptop you might need to purchase a USB to RS232adapter. If you do not know what an RS232 connection looks like you might want totake a look at your PC and or read the manual that came with it. RS232 Cable used to program the Coolsat Coolsat programming software Coolsat latest “Bin” Coolsat 6000 software Figure 1
  • 2. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 2 of 20Bin software and the Coolsat programming softwareLet’s start programming the Coolsat.1. We need the RS232 cable. See figure 1.2. The current “Bin” file “NORW_120.stb”. The “bin” file is a firmware used to decodechannels on the Coolsat in other words removes the word “Scrambled” on your TV.3. The current Coolsat Pro Loader software. See figure 1. Note: For each Coolsat model there is a specific “Bin” release. For example, you can NOT load the same “Bin” file for the Coolsat 5000 to the Coolsat 4000. The files are specific to each Coolsat model. See “identifying the correct “Bin” file to use for your Coolsat model”.Loading the Coolsat with the new “Bin” fileFollow the simple steps below.1. Turn power OFF on Coolsat with the front button.2. Turn OFF rear power switch. See figure 3.3. Unplug the Coolsat (The power cord 120 volts).4. With all power OFF, connect the RS232 cable from Coolsat to PC. See figure B.5. Plug in the receiver (The power cord 120 volts).6. Locate and execute the application “Coolsat Pro Loader v2.4” software. See figure 2. Figure 2 Coolsat Pro Loader, the latest version is at 2.4Identifying the correct “Bin” file to use for your Coolsat model This is the release notes. It tells you what this version fixes are or the updates from the last version This tells you what model this bin file is made for. This tells you the latest release This is for the “Coolsat model 5000”. firmware version. “120”
  • 3. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 3 of 207. Turn power ON from the REAR switch located on the back of the Coolsat and turnON front power button. See Figure 3. RS232 cable connector to PC To Satellite Antenna Power OFF/ON Switch To TV Figure 3 The back of the Coolsat8. Locate the file for your Coolsat 4/5/6000, it would read “NORW_1.20.stb” or currentbin file. See Figure 4.Check Check Tab “Software”“ToReciever” Norw-120.stb Figure 4 Coolsat programming software version 2.49. Select the Coolsat 4/5/6000 “NORW_120.stb” file then click on the “Open” button.See Figure 5.
  • 4. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 4 of 20 Coolsat 5000 “Bin” file to load. Figure 5 Locating the “Bin” file10. Click the button “Auto Detect” to see if port setting is correct and your Coolsat iscommunicating to the PC. If port setting is correct, the Com port and current bin versionloaded to the receiver will show. See Figure 6. “Connect” sends the“Auto Detect” data to the Coolsatfinds the Coolsatand reads thelatest “Bin” file Figure 6 Communicating to the Coolsat
  • 5. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 5 of 2011. Click Exit to exit the Auto Detect. See Figure 7. Original “Bin” files from factory Click on “Start” to begin the programming Figure 7 Reading the current “Bin” version on your Coolsat12. Click on the Connect button another window will open then click on the Startbutton to continue the programming. You will see System Reset, Sending percent,Sending Ok and Erasing the bin. !Do not interrupt this process until the “Finish”window opens! The Finish window will show the prior version of bin loaded. Seefigure 8. Sending data to the CoolSat Figure 8 Sending the information and receiving the latest “bin” file14. Click on the “Finish” button to continue and exit.
  • 6. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 6 of 2015. Verify the “Bin” file by clicking on the “Auto Detect” button, the current version“bin” loaded will appear. See Figure 9. Latest “Bin” files. Figure 9 Reading the newest “bin” file that was just loading to the Coolsat16. Exit out of the Coolsat Pro Loader program by clicking on the “X” on the upper righthand application window.17. Turn OFF Coolsat with rear reset button.18. Disconnect RS232 cable from your PC. Back of the Coolsat PC 9 Pin Connector 9 Pin Cable (RS232) COM port 1 Figure B19. Install your Coolsat to your TV set. See figure A Dish TV Coolsat
  • 7. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 7 of 20 Figure A20. Unplug the power cord of the Coolsat.21. Reconnect LNB cable in and cable out to TV. See figure A.22. Plug in Coolsat.23. Turn ON rear reset switch.24. Turn ON front button and wait for clock to come on. If first time flash of receiverwait until you see 0000 to show up on clock.
  • 8. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 8 of 20Database Reset and Factory Set “Flashing”This process resets and accepts the new file that was just programmed to theCoolsat.1. Turn ON the Coolsat then the TV.2. Via the remote control do the following.3. Press “MENU” to “System Setting” then press “OK” on the remote and select“Database Reset” then press ok on the remote.4. For the pin number enter “0000” and scroll to select “Delete All Channels”. Press“OK” on the remote and all channels will be deleted.5. Next scroll to select “Factory Set” press “OK” on the remote.6. The current loaded flash will be installed.7. A message of “No Channels will be displayed”. Note: You need to perform a Factory Set so that the Coolsat will recognize the current “Bin” file. If you do NOT do this all of the Navigate from satellites will NOT appear in the satellite menu thus unable to Systems Setting to continue. Database Reset Figure 10 Main menu of the Coolsat
  • 9. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 9 of 20Channel configuration “Auto Scan”The next process configures the channels.1. Via the remote press the “MENU” button and select “Installation” then enter PIN“0000” next select “OPTIONS” then press OK on the remote.2. Verify that the following are checked; Use default CH name……………..ON Renumbering by SID……………...ON Sort by SID…………………………ON Sort by SID after Scan……………..OFF Beep on scan the signal…………...OFF Unlock lock CH after PIN………...OFF Renumbering BEV..........………….ON Auto CH/TP Update……………..ONThe Coolsat is now ready to be configured for the dish and LNBs being used.Channel configuration with template “No Auto Scan”If you plan to use a channel template for your local area set the followingparameters.1. Verify that the following are checked; Use default CH name……………ON Renumbering by SID……………OFF Sort by SID…………………….....OFF Sort by SID after Scan…………...OFF Beep on scan the signal…………OFF Unlock lock CH after PIN………OFF Renumbering BEV.………………OFF Auto CH/TP Update……………ONThe Coolsat is now ready to be configured for the dish and LNBs being used.
  • 10. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 10 of 20Dish alignment for Satellites 110 and 119Setup is for Dish Pro 500 antennasOn the TV screen a multi-language display will be shown select “English”. Note: Use channel up down volume up and down to navigate through menu.1. Via the remote press the “MENU” button and then select “Installation” then press“OK” on the remote. At the dialog box enter the PIN number “0000”.2. Select “Dish Setting” from the menu then press “OK” on the remote.Select the first satellite to setup let’s start with 119.0W then continue with 110.West.Using the remote keys press the right or left arrow until you see “119.0W Echostar 7”this will be the first satellite we will align.Enter all the information for the first Satellite 119. See figure 11.Do the same for Satellite 110 West. Satellites 119 & 110 West 119.0W-EchoStar 7 110.0West-EchoStar 6, 8 Coolsat setup A typical two satellite setup via Dish 500Azimuth: is the angle relating to the horizontal positioning of the dish. The angel isexpressed in terms of degrees, with North = 0 degrees, South = 180 degreesElevation: is the angle above the horizon and is also expressed in terms of degrees. Thisis the angle by which the dish must be “tilted” in the relation to the theoretical horizon,in the order to position it precisely for the desired satellite.Polarization: is the tilt of the dish on the skew axis, and is also expressed in degrees.This is the angle by which the dish must be “skewed” or rotated circularly to the changethe angle of the attenuator arm, in order to position it precisely to the desired satellite.
  • 11. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 11 of 20First Satellite 119.0W - EchoStar 7For DishPro Antennas (Dish 5000)Settings for 119.0W Satellite-EchoStar 7, the setup should be as follows: ------ Satellite 119.0W - Echostar 7 ------ LNB power………………..ON LNB Type……………….....OCS-DP LNB Freq………………….11250 22 KHz…………………….OFF DiSEqC Switch……………1.0 Committed 1………………MUST be “1” Legacy SW………………....OFF Note: If the dish is aligned properly, you should see a satellite ID banner in the upper right corner of the screen showing “Echostar 119.0 West”. If it is anything OTHER than that your dish is not aimed properly or incorrect settings have been entered.At the bottom, you should see a “green” bar chart showing the strengths of the signal;Level: ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 93%Quality: oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 91% Must display EchoStar 119 Must be set to 1 119.0 W EchoStar 7 OCS-DP Figure 11 First Dish Setting window, Satellite 119.0W Echostar 7
  • 12. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 12 of 20Second Satellite 110 - EchoStar 6, 8For DishPro antennas (Dish 5000)Settings for 110 Satellite-EchoStar 6, 8 the setup should be as follows: ------ Satellite 110 - Echostar 6, 8 ------ LNB power…………………….ON LNB Type…………………….OCS-DP LNB Freq……………………..11250 22 KHz………………………..OFF DiSEqC Switch……………….1.0 Committed 2………………….MUST be “2” Legacy SW……………………OFF Note: If the dish is aligned properly, you should see a satellite ID banner in the upper right corner of the screen showing “Echostar 110 West”. If it is anything OTHER than that your dish is not aimed properly or incorrect settings have been entered.At the bottom, you should see a “green” bar chart showing the strengths of the signal;Level: ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 93%Quality: oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 91% Must display EchoStar 110 WestMust be set to 2 110.0W EchoStar 6, 8 OCS-DP Figure 12 Second Dish Setting window, Satellite 110.0W Echostar 6, 8
  • 13. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 13 of 20 Scanning for channels Now you need to scan the Satellites for the Channels. 1. Click on the “MENU” button >AUTO SCAN >Scroll to 119.0W Echostar 7 Hit OK then right volume button on remote then Press OK, It will Scan the Satellite Just wait until it’s done EXIT and SAVE and then OK on the remote. Now do the same for the other Satellite and EXIT and SAVE. Always use Auto ScanStart with110.0W Echostar ALL6, 8 then finishwith 119.0West ON Press OK Figure 13 Auto Scan window scanning the first Satellite 110W TV Channels Radio Channels Figure 14 Finding channels and radio stations
  • 14. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 14 of 20How-to-load a Channel List into the CoolsatItems needed1. Channel list or template (This template can be downloaded via the Internet).2. Coolsat v2.4 programming software.This is a short section detailing the needed procedures to properly load a Channel Listinto the Coolsat.1. Via the remote press the “Menu” button and select “System Setting”. Next select“Database Reset” then press the “OK” button on the remote and select “Delete AllChannels” then press “OK” again. All channels will be deleted. Press "Exit" to leave the"Menu". A message will display of “No Channels”.2. Connect the RS232 (Programming cable) from the computer’s serial port on one endand other end to the Coolsat. See figure B.3. Execute the Pro Loader V2.4 application software and select “Channels” tab on theupper top application make sure “To Receiver” and "Normal Channels" are checked.4. Next, click the “Browse” button on the application and select the path/directorywhere the desired Channel list is located. When found highlight it and click on the“Open” button to continue. See figure C. Check Check “Normal“ToReciever” Channels” Figure C.5. Next, click “Connect” button. A dialog box opens and shows the current “Bin”version. If the Coolsat has the latest update then you will see “Version 120 detected”.6. Press the “Start” button to continue the programming processes.!DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS!7. After completion a dialog box will show “Writing 100%”. When “FINISH” displays,click on it.8. The Coolsat will reboot and in a few seconds.You have successfully loaded an external Channel list into the Coolsat. You can nowremove the modem cable and enjoy.
  • 15. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 15 of 20Dish 500 setup and receiver plug in Figure 15
  • 16. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 16 of 20Best location to install your DishTo get a signal, the satellite dish must be pointed directly at the satellite, with NOobstructions between the two. This means NO trees and NO buildings. Take intoconsideration future tree growth, house remodeling or additions and new constructionin your area. 1. Do you have at least one clear view to the satellite? Remember, no trees, leaves, or buildings can be between the dish and the satellite. 2. The satellite signal WILL NOT PASS through leaves or branches. Figure 16 TIP: You can fine-tune your dish by going back to the signal strength screen. While the signal bar is running, have someone out at the dish. He will need to loosen the collar that holds the LNB. This is done by slightly loosening the two screws that hold the collar together. Once these screws are loose, slowly twist the LNB a fraction of an inch. After each movement allow 5 seconds for the receiver to register the change and update your quality reading. If the quality readings immediately begin to get lower while the adjustments are being made, then the LNB needs to be turned in the other direction. Once the LNB fine tuning is complete, tighten the two screws on the LNB collar.
  • 17. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 17 of 20About CoolSat and FTA receiversFree-to-Air (FTA) is exactly what the name implies. Free-to-Air systems do not requirepackage programming; the channels are free to view and there are no monthlyprogramming charges. Free-to-air channels can be broadcast in either analog or digitalsignals. Currently there are hundreds of freely available channels many of which areinternational language channels; many others are special interests channels broadcast inEnglish.No contract is required and owners are able to view all the free-to-air channels that can bereceived without limitations. You can also view programming from various countries and ifyou are lucky you may actually get to view programming from your own home country ifyou happen to have been born outside of North America. You are not obliged to sign up to acontract.Overall the free-to-air systems are better, especially if you enjoy watching programming inother languages. You can rotate your dish to the satellite you want and watch as many free-to-air channels as you are able to receive.Free-to-air TV is clearly the choice if you are interested in multilingual broadcasts. Forexample, if you like to watch Greek broadcasts you have at least 3 channels to choose from;many of which are actually also broadcast over Echostar for a subscription. If you like towatch broadcasts in Italian there are over 5 Italian channels available. If you like to watchbroadcasts in Spanish there are well over 49 accessible in North America from variouscountries in the world. There are over 30 broadcasts in Arabic, and the list goes on.Free-to-air television is an excellent hobby that will keep you busy with endless hours ofentertainment without monthly subscription payments.
  • 18. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 18 of 20GLOSSARY OF TERMS•Analog A method of signal transmission in which information is relayed by continuouslyaltering the wave form of the electromagnetic current. Now used in AM radio or most voicetelephone circuits.•Backhaul Point-to-point video transmission from a remote site back to a central site forfurther distribution.•Bandwidth A range of frequencies on the electromagnetic spectrum.•Bird Slang for communications satellite.•Broadband A descriptive term for evolving digital technologies that provide consumers asignal switched facility offering integrated access to voice, high-speed data service, video-on-demand services and interactive delivery services.•CEMA Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association.•Common Carrier The FCCs class of transmission systems, such as telephone, telegraphand certain satellites, open to public use with uniform fees.•Compression A term used to denote reducing the amount of bandwidth needed totransmit video or audio, thus increasing the capacity of a satellite transponder.•CONUS Continental United States Continuous Wave.•C-Band The 3.7 - 4.2 GHz (Gigahertz) frequency band is used for the distribution ofprogramming by virtually all satellite/cable networks. There are 22 C-Band satellites inoperation over North America today. They range in power from 5-11 watts per transponder,requiring receive antennas of 5-12 feet in diameter. Beginning in 1992, the fleet wasgradually replaced with higher powered (10-17 watt) satellites. This allows the average sizeof a C-Band installation to be reduced to 90 inches in diameter.•Clarke Belt The name given in honor of Arthur C. Clarke, to the orbit 22,300 miles directlyabove the equator where satellites can maintain a stationary position in relation to the earth.Also called geostationary orbit.•dB, Decibel An analog unit of measure of signal strength, volume or signal loss due toresistance as expressed in logarithmic form.•DBS, Direct Broadcast Satellite The transmission of audio and video signals via satellitedirect to the end user by C-Band and Ku-Band receivers.•Demodulation The process for retrieving an information signal that has been modulatedonto a carrier.•Digital A method of storing, converting and sending data in the form of binary digits (i.e.,0 or 1).•Dish Slang term for antenna.•Dish cover A cylindrical weather protection device.•Downlink To receive from a satellite; also, the dish used for reception.•DTH, Direct-To-Home Official term used by the Federal Communications Commission torefer to the satellite television and broadcasting industries.•DVR Digital Video Recorders (same as PVR).•Encryption/ Decryption Encryption is the process of electronically altering a video and/oraudio from its original condition. Decryption is the process of returning the video and/oraudio to its original condition.•EPG Electronic Programming Guide.•Feedhorn The part of the satellite system that collects and focuses satellite signals reflectedby the antenna.•FSS Fixed Satellite Service.•GSO Geosynchronous Orbit; satellites in geosynchronous orbit travel around the earth inan area approximately 22,300 miles from the surface at the same rate that the earth turns,therefore completing one revolution every 24 hours.
  • 19. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 19 of 20•Headend A cable TV systems control center where incoming signals from satellites andother sources are put into the system.•High Definition Television Technology that significantly increases the resolution of digitalvideo signals offering vastly improved picture quality over the current NTSC standard.•Hybrid Satellite A satellite that carries two or more different communications payloads(i.e., C-Band and Ku-Band).•Hz, Hertz Cycle per second; a measure of electromagnetic frequency that represents thenumber of complete electrical waves in a second. One kilohertz (KHz) is one thousandcycles per second; one megaHertz (MHz) is one million; one gigaHertz (GHz) is one billion.•ICTA Independent Cable & Telecommunications Association.•IPG Interactive Programming Guide.•INMARSAT International Maritime Satellite Organization.•INTELSAT International Telecommunications Satellite Organization.•ITU International Telecommunications Union.•IRD (integrated receiver decoder) A device capable of receiving and tuning satellitesignals. The output of the receiver can be either baseband video for use with video monitorsor RF for use with standard TV sets.•Impulse Pay-Per-View Technology that allows the consumer to purchase a movie orspecial event instantly via a computerized order processing center. This technology allowsfor the processing of a high volume of orders in a short time period.•Ka-Band A higher frequency than Ku-Band, operating from 18 to 31 gigaHertz.•Ku-Band The 11.7-12.7 GHz (Gigahertz) frequency band. This band has been split into 2segments by the FCC. The first is the 11.7-12.2 GHz band known as FSS (Fixed SatelliteService). There are 22 FSS Ku-Band satellites in orbit over North America today. They rangein power from 20-45 watts per transponder, requiring a 3-5 foot antenna for clear reception.The 12.2 - 12.7 GHz segment is known as BSS (Broadcast Satellite Service). Satellites in thisband range in power from 100 - 200 watts per transponder, allowing the use of receiveantennas as small as 12-18 inches.•KHz KiloHertz.•LEO Low Earth Orbit; satellites placed in orbit less than 22,300 miles above the earth.•LNB Low Noise Block convertor. System devise used to amplify and convert satellitesignals into frequencies sent to the tuner.•MHz MegaHertz.•Modulation The process of superimposing an information signal onto a carrier fortransmission.•MPEG Motion Pictures Experts Group.•NAB National Association of Broadcasters.•NCTA National Cable Television Association.•Packet Data A process where stored data is transmitted in discrete units, called packets,allowing for more efficient use of channel capacity and reliability of transfer.•Pad Slang for transponder channel attenuation. It is an electronic device that addselectrical resistance to a circuit to protect a transponder from signals that are too strong.•Personal Video Recorder (PVR) Product that tracks viewing habits, records programs andhas other interactive features such as pause and rewind.•PCS Personal Communications System.•QPSK Quaternary Phase Shift Keying; a digital modulation scheme used in transmissioncommunications that allows increased sending capacity•RPM Revolutions Per Minute.•RBOC Regional Bell Operating Company.•SBCA Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association.
  • 20. Programming the Coolsat for Dummies Page 20 of 20•SCPC Single Channel Per-Carrier; an economical way to get multiple signals on onetransponder.•Scrambling Altering a video signal transmission so it can not be received without anauthorized operating decoder.•Satellite Antenna (Dish) A parabolic antenna that collects satellite signals. C-Bandantennas range in size from 5-12 feet in diameter; K-Band antennas range from 18 inches to6 feet.•Satellite Programmer A company that produces, packages or distributes video, audio,and/or data services for distribution to the home satellite dish and cable markets.•Smart Card Technology that allows for the upgrade of encryption security through the useof a consumer-installable card containing a new computerized security code.•SMATV Satellite Master Antenna Television; or private cable; a miniature cable systemthat receives programming by one satellite dish and serves an entire housing complex orhotel.•SNG Satellite Newsgathering.•Spread Spectrum A means of transmission in which encoded information is carried indiscrete packages of information, then spread over a wide bandwidth for transmission tospecific receivers that filter out the coded material.•Superstation A local TV station whose signal is satellite delivered to cable systems andbackyard antennas across the country.•Sun Outage When the sun passes behind a satellite in relation to the earth and it‰senergy momentarily interferes with the satellite signals. This happens two times each yearduring spring and fall equinox.•Tariff The usage fees charged for any given service.•Terrestrial In communications parlance, this refers to earth, land or ground-basedtelecommunications systems.•Transceiver A combination transmitter and receiver.•Transponder A satellite component that receives and retransmits a TV signal or perhapsmany narrower-band data or audio channels.•TVRO (Television Receive-Only) An industry term used to describe a home satellitesystem that only receives and does not transmit satellite television signals.•UHF Ultra High Frequency; the band in the 500 to 900 MHz range, including TV channels14 through 83.•Uplink To transmit to a satellite for relay; also, the dish used to transmit.•Value Added Service Provider In satellite communications, can refer to a third party wholeases capacity for resale.•Video Compression Technology that significantly reduces the bandwidth required totransmit a video signal, making possible the carriage of numerous NTSC quality signals.•VHF Very High Frequency; the band in the 30 to 300 MHz range, including TV channels 2through 13.•VSAT Very Small Aperture Terminal; the electronic devise attached to a satellite dish thatallows two way communications of video, voice or data between the dish and a specificsatellite; typically used in business applications, with expanding use for residential highspeed satellite internet services.•Zapping Changing the channel by remote control during a program to avoid acommercial.•Zipping Fast-forwarding through commercials when playing back a program on a VCR.