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  1. 1. TEST REPORT Two Tuner HDTV Satellite PC Card NetUP Dual DVB-S2-CI Two Tuners in HDTV in one PC Card A specialist company in the area of IPTV is NetUP from Moscow, Russia. They offer all kinds of products for the distribution of IPTV signals including DVB Gateways, Conditional Access Systems and even Billing Systems for IPTV networks. Their latest development is a professional high- density satellite reception card, which is mainly targeted at the professional market in DVB-IP gateways, home theaters and satellite Internet systems. Their card not only comes equipped with two DVB- S2 tuners, but also with two Common Interface slots, and all this packed into one single card fitting in a PCIe slot. Since it’s a card aimed at the professional market it’s running on Linux. Mainly this card will be used in rack mounts. Usually, Even though this is a pro- Installation fessional card, it is as well these can house two cards. With a regular very attractive for the satel- The card comes without any software or installation PC Card this would mean handling 2 lite watcher, who would like to instructions. On NetUP’s sup- channels. But using this new two-tuner watch his local football team port page (http://www.netup. grabbing the European cup in card a single rack can manage 4 channels full-screen HD while at same t v/e n-E N /dual _ d vb -s2- c i _ card.php) it’s stated that this in one rack. time keeping an eye on what card has “drivers for Linux OS”. happens in the latest episode My next step was to check the of his favorite show. The sat- chipset used on board: it is TELE-satelliteother Download this report in World from the Internet: ellite enthusiast hunting sat- ellite feeds might even have a Conexant CX23885. Armed with this piece of information Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ more fun with this card, now Indonesian Indonesia I checked if the card is sup- Bulgarian Български that he can track two differ- Czech Česky ported by video4linux (v4l for German Deutsch ent DVB-S2 feeds at same short). To do this, I went to English English Spanish Español time. There are many ways Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳﻲ‬ French Français how this card can be of good Hebrew ‫עברית‬ Greek Ελληνικά use for the real enthusiast as Croatian Hrvatski Italian Italiano well as for the real profes- Hungarian Magyar sional. To be really happy with Mandarin 中文 Dutch Nederlands the card, I recommend using Polish Polski Portuguese Português a high-end PC, because the Romanian Românesc Russian Русский card does not include a dedi- Swedish Svenska Turkish Türkçe cated H.264/MPEG2 hardware Available online starting from 29 January 2010 decoder. 24 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 02-03/2010 —
  2. 2. the main source for DVB-S(2) my spare PC, which runs on tion only one command was computer and checked again cards, which is the LinuxTV Ubuntu 9.04. After power on needed: the status of the card detec- Wiki at http://www.linuxtv. and logging in, I would have $ sudo apt-get install tion by using dmesg. Bingo! org. After two mouse clicks expected the card to be auto- mercurial meld (Pic.2). The card was detected this matically detected. But dmesg time with both of its tuners, said: No (Pic.1). So it seems After this I entered the com- as can be seen in (Pic.3). that the default version of mands suggested in LinuxTV v4l bundled with Ubuntu 9.04 Wiki, which resulted in the Now, after the card was is not able to use the card. required kernel modules and detected, all that was left to Luckily, in the card’s page on programs to be built: do is to install a player that’s LinuxTV Wiki there’s a hint on $ hg clone http://linuxtv. able to open a DVB device how to make it work: you need org/hg/v4l-dvb/ and play the corresponding to check the latest source from $ cd v4l-dvb stream. The easiest software v4l repository. The repository $ make > /dev/null 2>&1 to use is Kaffeine, which can is based on mercurial source $ sudo make install > be fastly installed by using control system. Naturally, in /dev/null 2>&1 this command: order to be able to check out $ sudo apt-get install the source you need to install Time to check if everything kaffeine it. Under my Ubuntu installa- is in order. I rebooted the Kaffeine depends heavily on I found what I searched for: the card is indeed supported! index.php/NetUP_Dual_DVB_ S2_CI Having finished these pre- liminaries, I switched on 02-03/2010 NetUP Dual DVB-S2-CI The best PC card we ever tested — 02-03/2010 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 25
  3. 3. going to the “DVB” menu and into persepctive: it means then to “Channels”. The inter- that the power of the useful face for channel scanning is signal is twice the power of the pretty intuitive and Kaffeine is noise, thus making the tuner able to scan a whole satellite in the NetUP card one of the by using the NIT information most sensitive available. contained on some transpon- ders. Doing this, after a couple In practice of minutes the complete list of The lock time for the card channels is displayed (Pic.5). is pretty good, averaging 4minutes and 47 seconds for However, Kaffeine can not a full scan of HOTBIRD at 13E. display two tuners and is This card even offers a hidden therefore of not much use highlight: it can receive 16APSK with this sophisticated card. DVB-S2 channels! This modu- The solution is to use a more lation is used by some chan- (Pic.1) The card is not recognized by Linux advanced piece of software, nels to hide themselves away like for instance MythTV, VLC from regular viewers. Unfor- or MPlayer. But before to tunately, my 90cm dish is too switch to another DVB viewer small to get a decent signal at I checked the quality/signal my location for HOTBIRD but strength indicator in Kaffeine. I was still able to get at least Though it is not really accurate some macroblocks from these (it reports either 3% or 98%) transponders. If you are closer I managed to correlate these to main beam of HOTBIRD try two figures by using a satel- 11.334H, 11.373H and 11.432V lite signal meter and was able for such transmissions, which to determine that the SNR for trade off error correction for Anixe HD is 6 dB. To put this quality (Pic.6). (Pic.2) Mercurial gets installed (Pic.3) The NetUP card is successfully detected some KDE libraries and it will with the welcome screen in install more packages than (Pic.4). expected. But one is miss- ing, which I selected manu- Watching TV ally: libxine1-ffmpeg This is In the Kaffeine menue I needed for software decod- clicked on “Digital TV” which ing of H.264. After the instal- resulted in an interface resem- lation is done (which takes a bling ProgDVB under Windows couple of minutes) I went to (albeit with less features). The the “Application” menu and to next step is to scan for all the “Sound and Video”. I clicked receivable channels. This can on “Kaffeine” and was greeted be done by pressing “C” or 26 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 02-03/2010 —
  4. 4. The NetUP two tuner card Linux and needs some soft- Expert Opinion is highly interesting for the ware background for the one serious satellite enthusiast who installs it, but after this + Two independent tuners on same board. and is a must for the profes- hurdle is overcome perfor- Very stable performance due to Linux. sional user of satellite signals mance of the NetUP card is as Exceptional good tuner sensitivity. in DVB-S2. It’s tuner sensi- perfect as a satellite PC card Dual standard DVB-S and DVB-S2. tivy is exceptional. It requires can be. Alexandru Porosanu - TELE-satellite Test Center Card comes with no software support from man- Romania ufacturer. No hardware acceleration for MPEG2 or H.264. TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer NetUP, Olof Palme Str. 1, Sect. 7, Moscow, Russia Phone +7 495 510 1025 (ext 0) - general questions +7 495 510 1025 (ext 1) - technical support Fax +7 499 143 5521 Email Website Model NetUP Dual DVB-S2-CI Function Two Tuners DVB-S2 PCIe card Frequency Range 950 - 2150 MHz Systems DVB-S, DVB-S2 (Pic.4) Welcome screen of Kaffeine, a DVB viewer program Transmission Modes MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (software) Demodulator DVB-S QPSK Demodulator DVB-S2 QPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK, 32APSK DiSEqC up to 2.0 CI Slots 2 for any professional CA modules (PowerCAM Pro, Aston Pro Solutions, etc.) Connectors 2xF Software Linux Technical Information (Pic.5) After a couple of minutes the menu shows all channels received General Overview * 4 Layer PCB * 2 x CI slots * Long PCI-E board Components Overview * 1 x STM STV 0900B – Dual demodulator that can handle DVB-S QPSK, DVB-S2 QPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK (all the standards currently used for broadcast in Digital Television, both in Europe and USA); also employs a lower voltage requirement (3.3V) * 1 x STM LNBH24 – Dual LNB supply and control; compatible with DiSEqC 2.0 feedback signal specification by employing a 22 KHz tone detection; supports unfiltered DiSEqC signal output * 2 x SCM Microsystems’ CIMaX SP2L – CI interface driver (Pic.6) A unique feature of the NetUP card is its ability to receive * 1 x Conexant - PCI Express Broadcast Audio/Video Decoder, sup- 16APSK, which is used by some broadcasters, porting two MPEG transport streams like Italia 1 HD from Italy on HOTBIRD 13E 28 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 02-03/2010 —