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  1. 1. TEST REPORT Wireless SmartcardSmartWi IIA CleverSolutionfor PayTVReceptionin MultipleRooms• PayTV providers typically give you only one SmartCard per subscription yet in most households this is simply not enough. In addition to the typical receiver in the living room, these days you could also find one in the bedroom, the kid’s room and even in the kitchen. 04-05/201 1 SmartWi II Technically sophisticated solution to providing multiple receivers in your home with PayTV TELE-satellite World Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫العربية‬ Indonesian Indonesia German Deutsch English English Spanish Español French Français Hebrew ‫עברית‬ Chinese 中文 Polish Polski Portuguese Português Russian Русский Turkish Türkçe Available online starting from 1 April 201162 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — 1
  2. 2. 1 Before the appearance that would ultimately end of HDTV, the signal from a up in the receivers. Hence PayTV receiver could eas- the name SmartWi: which ily be distributed through- stands for ‘SMART’ card and out the house or apartment, ‘WIreless’. either via coax cable from the built-in modulator or, for The SmartWi system is set example, via a transmitter up for a maximum of five re- that can take an audio/video ception cards that are mated signal and transmit it in very with the master station for good quality with a range of security reasons. Therefore, roughly 30-50 meters. But all a card that doesn’t belong to2 of these solutions only work the system will not work with with SDTV; with HDTV it’s a the system. Only those cards different story. The problem that were physically linked is that the high-resolution with the master station will HDTV content can’t be car- be able to decode the sig- ried by these kinds of analog nals. The entire transmission transmission systems. process is encrypted. If you want to watch HD- To decode a radio or TV quality PayTV in your home channel, the receiver needs on more than one TV, you a valid decryption key which might have a big problem. can be found on the Smart- A few PayTV providers allow Card that comes from the for the addition of a second provider. This key is ac- or even third subscription for cessed every ten seconds; if an end-user but this option the key is valid, the channel3 is not especially interest- is decrypted, if not, the TV ing either because of some screen remains dark. The technical limitations such as SmartWi system does noth- connecting each receiver to ing more than take these key a telephone line or because requests that appear every the added costs would be too ten seconds at the SmartWi high. cards inserted in the receiv- ers and transmits them wire- So, what’s the alternative? lessly to the master station. The answer is a clever solu- tion by the Danish company The master station then SmartWi: the wireless card reads the correct key from splitter. the original SmartCard and sends the reply back to the The idea behind a card reception cards so that the4 splitter is actually quite receiver can continue to de- simple: since most PayTV crypt the channel. providers only supply their customers with one card, The SmartWi system op- this card would simply be in- erates in the 868 MHz band serted in a card reader unit which is not as congested (master station) the con- and interference-prone as tents of which would then the 2.4 GHz range would be be forwarded wirelessly to and is therefore more reli- multiple reception cards able. The transmission range 1. The SmartWi box should be connected to the PC only after the software installation 2. SmartWi toolbox for configuration and updating the master station 3. Detailed information on the SmartCard in use 4. Transferring new software to the master station64 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — 1
  3. 3. 5 in enclosed rooms is around (green, red, orange) on the 15 meters which should be front side as well as a micro good enough for most homes USB port on the rear panel. and larger apartments. Walls should not hinder the signal The black finish on the box at all unless they happen allows it to fit in nicely with to be outside walls covered any TV setup. The original in aluminum siding on the PayTV card from the provid- exterior; that could lead to er disappears conveniently problems. into a port on the underside of the box. Although this The SmartWi system won’t port is fitted with slots for6 let you watch PayTV without two cards, only one of them paying for it nor will it allow can be used; the other is in- a large number of people to ternally blocked. Because of access the PayTV content. this, the SmartWi card split- All of this is guaranteed by ter can’t be used with two the pairing of the reception different PayTV cards at the cards with the master sta- same time. This feature will tion as well as the limited become available in subse- range of roughly 15 meters. quent versions. Additionally, SmartWi strict- ly adheres to the ISO 7816 The package includes two standard that is associated reception cards (up to three with the technology used. additional cards can be pur- chased separately), a USB According to the manu- cable for connection to a PC facturer, the SmartWi sys- and a power supply.7 tem supports the Seca Me- diaguard 1&2, Viaccess 1, 2 Operating the SmartWi &3, Cryptoworks, B-CAS as system is so simple that the well as the Conax and Ird- user manual supplied by the eto encryption systems. The manufacturer consists of latter two encryption sys- just a single page; it includes tems will only work as long all the necessary steps to as the SmartCard and re- put the card splitter into op- ceiver aren’t logically linked eration. together through the serial number. Also not supported Of course, the very first is any encryption system in step would be to insert the which a SmartCard is not original PayTV card into the used, in other words, a sys- card reader slot. After just a tem where the provider ac- few seconds, the orange LED cesses the receiver directly. begins to blink signaling that8 Nagravision and Videoguard the system is reading the are also not compatible with card and setting itself up for the SmartWi system. the proper encryption sys- tem. The green LED shows SmartWi has given its the current operational sta- newest product an elegant tus while the red LED would new look. At 90x56x23mm indicate a problem. the master box is rather slim and comes with three LEDs When the orange LED goes 5. The software update was successful 6. The Logger function provides valuable error information to SmartWi support 7. A variety of test functions are also available to the support team 8. Communication status between the master station and the reception cards66 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — 1
  4. 4. out, the original PayTV card and all of the channels that from the provider can be we tested were promptly removed after which the re- and correctly decrypted re- ception cards can be inserted gardless if the channels were one after the other into the SD or HD. And the type of master station. The orange signal (DVB-S/2, DVB-T/2 LED will once again blink for or DVB-C) didn’t matter to a few seconds while the re- the SmartWi system; it only ception cards are linked with transmits the necessary the master station and pre- key from the master station pared for use with the pro- to the reception cards and vider’s encryption system. leaves the DVB signal itself undisturbed. Once the reception cards are set up, the original Pay- Since there were misun- TV card is reinserted into derstandings in the past, we the master station while the want to make it clear once reception cards make their again: the SmartWi system way to the receivers. Un- only transmits the necessary fortunately, the reception keys for PayTV decryption to cards, with their on-board the reception cards; it does electronics, are larger than not provide each individual1 normal cards and therefore receiver with the actual TV will stick out from the CI signal (DVB-S/2, DVB-T/2 or slot or card reader prevent- DVB-C). The signal itself still ing in most cases the flap comes from an antenna or on the receiver from being via coax cable and must be 2 closed. SmartWi is working separately routed to each in- on smaller versions of the dividual receiver by the end reception cards that would user. then allow these flaps to be closed. Each of the encryption types supported by the For our tests we used three SmartWi system are in prin- receivers that we had lying cipal very similar but there around. We inserted recep- are slight differences and tion cards into the CI slots because of this it is neces- or card reader slots of these sary for the master station three receivers and began to know ahead of time what surfing through the PayTV encryption system will be channels. The first encryp- used and what information tion system we tested was is available on the original an ORF Cryptoworks card. PayTV card. Therefore, be- After that came an SRG Vi- fore the reception cards are access card followed by a programmed, the original SECA card. PayTV card from the pro- vider needs to first be in- No matter how hard we serted in the transmitting 3 put each of the three cards station. Also note that if a 4 to the test, we could not dis- different encryption system turb the SmartWi system comes into play or if a new original PayTV card needs to 1. Front of the SmartWi II with three control LEDs be used, the entire program- 2. SmartWi Client Cards ming process would have to 3. Smartcard slots on the base be repeated. of the unit 5 4. USB power connection 5. The SmartWi gets its power In other words, it’s not via USB, either connected to possible to first set up the a PC or to the power supply, which comes with the unit master station and the re-68 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — 1
  5. 5. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report:ception cards with a Crypto- also then be updated with SMARTWIworks PayTV card and then the newest software. Wireless Card Reader Producer, Denmark www.smartwi.netswap the Cryptoworks cardin the master station with a The SmartWi Toolbox isViaccess card. In order for a free program that can bethis to work, the reception used for master station up-cards would have to momen- dates; it takes care of all thetarily be inserted into the necessary steps to get themaster station so that they job done. In order for thecan be reprogrammed to the PC to be able to recognizeViaccess system. the SmartWi station, it is first necessary to install the In our tests we were able SmartWi toolbox softwareto achieve a range of around before the SmartWi box is17 meters in enclosed rooms connected via USB to the PC.with the signal having to In this way the necessarypass through several walls drivers are made available in our test labs. Out in which Windows can then au-the open its range is natu- tomatically activate.rally better. If the master Expert Opinionstation is placed on the bal- After starting the soft- +cony, the signals would have ware, you can not only up- With the SmartWi II system, the manufac-no trouble reaching a receiv- date the master station with turer has provided a reliable and sophisticateder in the backyard shed if it the latest software, but also card splitter solution that is compatible with awere more than 17 meters handle several additional wide variety of encryption systems. We wereaway. The SmartWi system settings as well. especially pleased with its ease of use and its Thomas Haring TELE-satellite Test Centeralso was not bothered by perfect, error-free operation. At no time during Austriaany other signal interfer- Up to five different trans- our tests were we able to recognize any interfer-ence. It didn’t matter if we mission channels are avail- ence or blackouts in the picture; each of the receivers behavedused a wireless headset, a able. If you happen to be us- as if they were using the original PayTV card. Thanks to theWLAN router or even a mi- ing more than one SmartWi simple update process, the manufacturer can easily react tocrowave oven that happened system, you can select dif- any encryption system changes by updating the software. Theto be right next to the mas- ferent transmission chan- system uses less than one watt of power and even if used allter station; we simply could nels for each one. You cannot disrupt the SmartWi also view details of the day would have a negligible impact on your electric bill.system. Communication be- original PayTV card as welltween the SmartWi compo- as name the individual re- -nents occurred at more than ception cards and also set Unfortunately, the reception cards are built in such a way30 Kbytes/s so that there up special options to match that any CI slot or card reader flaps on the receiver in mostcould be no interruption of the individual receivers. The cases cannot be closed. It is also not possible to use two differ-the decryption process due Logger function can be used ent PayTV cards at the same time. SmartWi is working on bothto a slow signal transmission to display the communica- of these points and will eventually provide a solution.rate. tion between the client cards and the master station; this Since SmartWi is con- would provide SmartWi sup- TECHNICALstantly working on improv- port with invaluable infor- DATA Manufacturer SmartWi International A/S Aabenraavej 1,ing and expanding their card mation should there be a 6340 Krusaa, Denmarksplitter systems, it pays to problem. You can also find Phone +45 70260031check their website www. out what special parameters Fax +45 from time to can be set up for your recep- Email to see if there happens tion cards. A valuable source Model SmartWi IIto be new software available of tips and tricks for your Function Wireless SmartCard Readerfor the SmartWi II box. And SmartWi system can also be Supported CAS systems Irdeto, Seca Mediaguard 1&2, Viaccess 1&2&3,thanks to the USB interface, found in the manufacturer’s Cryptoworks, Conax, B-CASany new software can easily discussion forums on its Max. receivers 5be transferred to the Smart- website. Nearly every pos- Max. distance about 17m (indoor)Wi box using a MS Windows sible problem has already Transmission band RF 868 MHzPC. When reception cards been discussed and solved Transmitter power -10, -2, +6 & +10 dBmare programmed, they would there. Power supply 5V DC — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 69