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  1. 1. TEST REPORT IPTV GatewayNetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x 0.98Now You Can Bean Armchair TV Director Too!Up until a few years ago TV via Internet or Ethernetwas beyond our imagination. Today, however, high-capacity fibre-optic cables and the continuing rollout 10-1 1/2010of broadband connections right to the living room NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x Perfect ease of use, combined withhave become a reality. IPTV is one option out of many reliable technology – ideal for IPTV providers.and these days competes against satellite and cable On the front panel you findtelevision. Have you ever thought about how content is a two-line LCD display indicat-actually distributed via IPTV? ing the current mode of oper- ation and providing valuableTo answer that question we looked at the DVB-IP help during initial installationgateway offered by NetUP, which is the ideal system for of the network interfaces.small systems like at hotels or hospitals, but also for Speaking of which, thereprivate users or anyone else, who wants to distribute TV are a total of six such inter- faces, all of which can be setcontent on the Internet. up individually. Above theseThe NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x is a professional product, connections there are 10 LEDs and to the right five but-which means all technology is packed into a 19-inch tons allow direct control of thehousing. On addition, all important connection interfaces unit. Apart from the network interfaces mentioned aboveare located both on the front and rear panels, which there are two USB ports foris another clear indication that the gateway is not for hooking up external storage media and an RS-232 port forpresentation next to the TV, but should rather be installed putting out status informationin a dedicated server cabinet or professional 19-inch rack. to an external console.12 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/2010 —
  2. 2. Four satellite IF inputsstrike us when looking at therear panel. They are requiredto receive the signals for fur-ther processing. As we’re talking about aprofessional device here itgoes without saying that eachtuner input is equipped with adedicated Common Interfaceslot. This means a maximumof four CI modules can beused in connection with thisgateway, which also comeswith a mechanical powerswitch. ■ Diagram of an IPTV network All components boastextraordinary build quality, of a standard vacuum cleaner. a network connections has to be selected in the PC’s webwith the integrated power Watching TV next to the gate- be established. browser. As soon as the firstsupply unit alone letting most way is virtually impossible IP address is assigned to thecompetitors turn pale by com- – but as mentioned previ- To this end one of the six gateway, all you need to doparison. The modulator comes ously, the gateway should be available network interfaces is enter this address in yourwith 2 GB of flash memory located in a dedicated server is connected either directly browser’s address line toand a 1 TB hard disk. room anyway, where the fans with a PC or with a router, access the built-in web server. can buzz away happily. and is assigned an IP address. Professional use in most The five buttons on the front You need to enter correctcases means permanent use, The manufacturer ships this panel come into play here, as user name and password,so a sufficient number of system with a full range of well as the LCD display. which is set to standard valuesinternal fans is paramount to mounting accessories so that by default. We strongly rec-breathe in a steady stream of the housing can be fitted into In theory, you can set IP ommend setting an individ-fresh air. Without these, many any standard 19-inch rack or addresses for all three net- ual user name and passwordsensitive components would server cabinet. The manual work interfaces directly to make sure the gateway isrisk overheating, which ulti- that comes with the gate- on the unit; for the sake protected from unauthorisedmately would result in failure. way has a very user-friendly of simplicity we do recom- access. design and should answer mend to start with one port Here too, it is more than any question that might ever and deal with the remaining The web interface isevident that this gateway is arise. five through the web inter- extremely easy to use andnot designed for use in the face that becomes available resembles MS Windows – soliving room, as the fans create Before being able to access once the first port is hooked it will be familiar to most. Innoise that easily equals that the gateway for the first time up. This way all settings can the main menu there are five — 10-1 1/2010 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 13
  3. 3. TELE-satelliteother Download this report in World from the Internet: specifications, however, the we have come to expect from Arabic ‫العربية‬ Indonesian Indonesia NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x receivers for use at home – Bulgarian Български will also be able to receive such as automatic search, Czech Česky German Deutsch DVB-T, DVB-C and analog sig- extensive DiSEqC options, English English Spanish Español nals, with reception modules blind scan and other techni- Farsi ‫فارس ي‬ French Français being exchanged similar to cal gadgets – are not avail- Hebrew ‫עברית‬ Hungarian Magyar Plug&Play hardware compo- able, as this is professional Mandarin 中文 Dutch Nederlands nents. equipment focussing on an Polish Polski altogether different scope of Portuguese Português Romanian Română The manufacturer is cur- application. Russian Русский Turkish Türkçe rently working feverishly on Available online starting from 1 October 2010 implementing this feature, With the NetUP DVB-IP 1items (Files, IPTV, SystemAdministration, SystemConfiguration and SystemStatus), with configurationand administration drawingmost attention, of course. 2 With the help of this inte-grated web interface all sixnetwork ports can be man-aged separately, and usage 3data for each of the ports canbe retrieved as well. In case you’re wonder-ing why a total of six Eth-ernet ports are available,when a single one should do,the answer is quite simple: 4With several Ethernet portsit is possible to distributechannels on various differ-ent levels, which means thatone level might supply chan-nels that are not available onanother distribution level. Thus it is possible to createup to six different chan-nel packages, which are allreceived and processed bythe same gateway, but canbe made up of completelydifferent channels and whichcan be distributed, marketedor sold individually. In addi-tion, each network adaptorcan be assigned different IPaddresses so that severallevels are available within thesame network architecture.Finally, there is also the ques-tion of bandwidth as high- four DVB-S2 tuners, which because right now only satel- ■ 1. Main menu of the web serverdefinition content may call for means we were able to lite tuners are available. 2. The manual is stored right in the gateway as PDFdistribution on more than one receive, process and distrib-connection. ute satellite signals. Each of the four DVB-S2 3. Four tuners are available for indi- tuners can be set up and con- vidual configuration Our test device came with Depending on customer figured individually. Features 4. Setting reception parameters14 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/2010 —
  4. 4. 1Gateway 4x it is possible to setindividual LOF parameters foreach tuner, as well as definingsimple DiSEqC 1.0 configura-tion and activating the 22 kHz 2signal. In addition you needto key in the required trans-ponder frequency, symbol rateused and polarisation – com-plete with the correspondingpower supply for the LNB. As soon as the gateway 3has detected an active trans-ponder based on the suppliedparameters, five green blocks(for signal, carrier, FEC, syncand lock) appear. If there arereception problems, one ormore blocks is/are colouredred, giving an indication ofwhere the problem lies. Channel selection comesnext. Once the tuner hasidentified and locked a signal,a dedicated menu item is 4used to display the completetransponder content. Eachdetected channel (no matterwhether TV or radio) is shownwith all its technical specifica-tions (audio and video PID). If more than one PID isprovided (in case of multipleaudio tracks, for example) youcan define which PID is to bedistributed. It is then neces- 5 ■ 1. All found channels are listed and can be individually configured 6 2. Several multicast addresses and Ethernet ports can be defined for each channel 3. DVB-S2 transponders? No pro- blem! 7 4. Thanks to four CI slots encrypted channels can also be received and processed. CI data is displayed right in the settings menu 5. The current configuration can be saved onto an external storage medium 6. Software updates are managed through the web interface – talk about convenience! 7. All six Ethernet ports can be confi- gured individually16 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/2010 —
  5. 5. 1sary to assign a multicast IPaddress, a port and one ofthe six Ethernet interfacesto each selected channel. Itis also perfectly possible thata channel can be assigned tomore than one Ethernet inter-faces and multicasts or ports,in order to distribute it onseveral levels. It goes without saying thatthe NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x 2is able to handle EPG data ofreceived channels, which isforwarded to the middlewarefor further processing andthis way provided to the IPTVset-top boxes. In our test setup we choseto send signals from fourdifferent satellites to thegateway. In detail, the sig-nals came from the following 3transponders: BBC on ASTRA28.8° East, MBC on NILESATat 7° West, ORF on ASTRA19.2° East and a fourth trans-ponder on TURKSAT at 42°East. Even when pushing 4the tuners to the limit with arather weak signal from ABS1at 75° East all four of themwere able to put out flawlessvideo and audio. We simplycould not ask for more! Altogether we arrived at an ■ 1. Precise statistical data is collec- ted for each Ethernet portimpressive 32 TV channels able to zap up and down a list meant we had to devise a testwhich were bundled into a of 32 channels in next to no that would give the gateway 2. Network routingmulticast using the IP address time at all. Of course there’s the hardest time imaginable. 3. A MySQL server as well as a time224.200.200.201. We also no point in setting up such What about transmitting Brit- server are also availablecould have left the port with an IPTV network for a single ish TV to a colleague in Thai- 4. Lots of VOD content can be stored1234, for example, and distrib- client receiver, which is why land via IPTV? on the built-in 1 TB hard diskuted the individual channels we expanded our installa-using separate IP addresses tion to include various PCs in Off we went and started offers uploading speeds insuch as, our editorial office for IPTV with setting up a VPN con- excess of 20 MBit/s. Anything224.200.200.203 and so on. access. nection using two Netgear less would not be sufficient VPN routers at each end for high-resolution content. At At the receiving end we The VLC player software before turning on the IPTV any rate, our Thai buddy wasused an AzBox Ultra HD (see (available at www.videolan. gateway. Only seconds had overwhelmed by the audiotest report in previous TELE- org for various operating sys- passed before our colleague and video quality as well assatellite issue 08-09/2010), tems) has turned out to be a contacted us on Skype to let zapping speed of the IPTVwhich currently is one of only handy solution for IPTV recep- us know that our attempt was package we sent to him.very few receivers capable tion on the PC, and no matter successful.of processing IPTV alongside how hard we tried, there Thanks to DVB-S2 sup-DVB-S2. Setting up the AzBox was no way we could ever For what it‘s worth, we do port the gateway is not onlyfor receiving the channels of make the gateway falter. As have to mention at this stage capable of receiving and dis-our very own IPTV network a matter of fact, there wasn’t that we have very fast Inter- tributing SDTV but also HDTVwas a breeze and we were even the slightest hiccup. This net access at our office, which MPEG4/H.264. We detected18 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/2010 —
  6. 6. no fault when playing back the operating mode last used. In most cases, however, here again we can say withHDTV content via IPTV. In Voltages from 90 to 240 VAC the DVB-IP gateway will be conviction that the manu-addition, the gateway auto- and 47 to 63 Hz can be han- used as an integral compo- facturer does not offer half-matically detects and adjusts dled by the power supply unit, nent in a much more com- hearted solutions: Both theto technical parameters such which allows for global use of plex IPTV network. To this DVB-IP Gateway 4x and theas modulation and error cor- the gateway. When running end the gateway is connected IPTV Combine 4x with built-rection, which is a feature we the NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x to middleware which creates in middleware are based oncannot praise highly enough. draws approximately 100 W a provider-specific graphic exactly the same hardware. of power. OSD and presents channels So if a client already oper- The overall impeccable processed by the gateway in ates the DVB-IP Gateway 4ximpression of the NetUP While the NetUP DVB-IP an easy-to-use and visually and needs to upgrade hisDVB-IP gateway is further Gateway 4x is one component pleasing design. Operators system to IPTV Combine 4xcomplemented by a number of many that make up a fully- may even add VOD (video with built-in middleware andof routing options, the inte- fledged IPTV network, it can on demand), billing or other VOD services all he needsgrated 1 TB hard disk as of course also be used for its customer-specific features, to do is purchase extendedwell as a very user-friendly own sake, just like we did in which make such an IPTV software to magically unlocksoftware update feature. All our test setup. It is respon- network a perfect system for all Combine 4x features with-it requires is to download sible for processing and con- hotels, hospitals, apartment out having to change a singlethe latest firmware from the verting a DVB signal into an buildings or similar fields of hardware component.manufacturer’s website and IPTV compatible format and application.then transfer it to the NetUP thus serves as an interface This upgrade option isDVB-IP Gateway 4x via the between DVB input signal and We should add at this stage also one of the reasons whynetwork using FTP. It imme- IPTV network. that NetUP does not only every DVB-IP Gateway 4x isdiately appears in the update offer its gateway as a single shipped with an enormousmenu, complete with exact Client receivers, on the component, but also com- 1 TB hard disk in the firstversion number, and can be other hand, simply switch plete IPTV systems by way of place. Its full capacity isloaded and installed with a between channels and pack- turnkey solutions. These may only required once the gate-simple click. ages using different IP include corresponding mid- way has turned into an IPTV addresses and ports. With dleware and VOD, apart from Combine 4x with VOD, when All six Ethernet ports are this approach in mind the the gateway at the core of the the hard disk is filled with10/100/1000 Mbit LAN com- gateway might act as a con- network. content for users to watchpatible, which means they venient backbone for supply- whenever they feel like it. Wesupport the current maximum ing signals to several monitors The IPTV Combine 4x is believe you can gather fromthat is technically feasible. within a building, and – natu- one of these systems, and what you have read so farThe gateway itself is capable rally – for distributing sat-of simultaneously processing ellite, cable or terrestrialup to four transponders with signals via a network or thean overall bandwidth of up to Internet. Speaking of which,240 MB/s. With its dimension it yet remains to be seenof 430x44x411 it exactly fits whether we will be allowedinto a standard 19-inch rack to disconnect our test gate-or a server cabinet, and its way, as our Thai colleagueweight is a whopping 11.5 kg seems to have become a BBC(mainly due to its high-end addict in the meantime. He ispower supply unit). As you strongly opposed to us endingwould expect from profes- this test, as the BBC channelssional equipment, the gateway he can receive at the momentautomatically reboots after are not available otherwise in AzBox HD Ultra channel list consisting of both DVB-S and IPTV channelspower failure and returns to Thailand.20 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/2010 —
  7. 7. that we were truly impressed NetUP uses very low thresh- ENERGYwith the DVB-IP Gateway 4x old tuners which deliver a DIAGRAMduring our test. Extraordi- stable signal even under farnary build quality and perfect from perfect reception condi-ease-use are among its key tions. Apparent Powercharacteristics. Thanks to a total of six Eth- Active Power While you have a com- ernet ports output signals canprehensive and well written be freely configured and dis-manual at hand at all times, it tributed on different levels.would probably even be pos- An additional highlight is Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 100 W 98 W 0.98sible to set up and run the hidden behind the convenientsystem without it. Naturally, update feature that can easilytechnical details and useful turn the gateway into an IPTVhints can only be found in the Combine 4x with built-in mid-written documentation. dleware and VOD. Expert Opinion + Glossary: Excellent build quality DVB-IP Gateway Easy to use Converts DVB signals received via satellite, cable or antenna Low threshold tuner Versatile network optionsso that they can be distributed via an IPTV network. SDTV and HDTV reception Thomas Haring TELE-satellite DVB-S2 compatible Test Center Middleware Austria Upgrade option to IPTV Combine 4x standard Takes care of displaying content in a visually pleasing way.Creates on-screen menus for IPTV receivers and thus provides -a graphic interface for end users. Fan noise VOD TECHNICAL Allows permanent access to stored multimedia content. DATAUsers are able to start, pause and stop playback at any time, Manufacturer NetUP, Olof Palme Street 1, Floor 7 resp. Postbox 87, 119311 Moscow, Russiawithout being restricted to scheduled times. Fax +7 499 143 5521 E-Mail Model DVB-IP Gateway 4x Function IPTV Gateway for DVB Signals Tuners 4 Max. simultaneous Transponders 4 Max. bandwidth 240 MB/s DiSEqC 1.0 Ethernet ports 6 x Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 MB/s CI Slots 4 USB Connector yes (2) RS232 yes Dimensions 430x44x411mm Power 90 ~ 264 Volt, 47 ~ 63 Hz MBC4 via IPTV on the AzBox Ultra HD Weight 11.5kg Consumption ~ 100W — 10-1 1/2010 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 21