My SAT>IP Server
I bought a SAT>IP Server to bring my satellite TV into my WLAN. I want this because my satellite's connection is in another place in the room than my TV.
First learning: You need a SAT>IP Server, not a SAT>IP Receiver. A SAT>IP Server receives signals from the LNB. A SAT>IP Receiver receives a connection from the SAT>IP Server and transforms it into an HDMI stream (for example). As SAT>IP Receiver you can also use the VLC software which will just display the video stream. When buying, make sure you buy a server.
Second learning: The latest Kathrein EXIP 418 SAT>IP Server did not work with my setup. It needs a multi-switch between the LNB and the server. When buying, make sure you understand the setup. Mine looks like this:
So I settled for a Telestar TwinBit SAT>IP Server.
LaptopTo watch TV on my Windows Laptop, I download VLC and start it. Click View->Playlist. Point it to Universal Plug'n'Play, and wait 6 minutes, 47 seconds, and the server appears:
To change this (thanks to https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=96425):
- point your Windows Explorer to your home directory (e.g. c:\users\thorsten)
- enter AppData (hidden folder) -> roaming -> vlc
- edit vlcrc, set qt-advanced-pref=1
Now I can choose channels, and when I double-click on them, they play:
I got the TwinBit SAT>IP receiver to work with my Panasonic TV. I had to select "TV" on the remote control, then wait several minutes, then start a channel search. It was unclear first that waiting would help.
Now, when I switch on the TV, I can watch Satellite TV over the WLAN by
- clicking TV on the remote control
- selecting TV>IP from the menu
- waiting 12 minutes, 41 seconds
- after the TV program shows, switching channels works like a charm
How much Watts does the thing eat?
Why do I have to wait so long before the program shows up?
Why do I have to wait so long before I can do a search on TV?
Why is a search on TV needed?
Why are German programs first in VLC's playlist, there should be so many others?