Sonicview iHub Setup Guide July 2009 - PDF by eev20631


									Sonicview iHub Setup Guide                   

         Sonicview iHub Setup Guide (July 2009)

We are so glad you decided to join the rest of us that are testing the Sonicview
iHub RS-232 Serial to Ethernet Converter available for the popular Sonicview
360 Premier, Sonicview 360 Elite and Sonicview HD 8000 FTA receiver models.

In July of 2009, the procedures for configuring and updating both your receiver
and iHub device have required a few changes in the Setup procedures outlined
in the first version of this guide.


Although the Sonicview iHub has made viewing of Nagravision 3 encrypted
television signals viewable for many who have joined the Beta testing of the
iHub, the files and the servers supporting this solution remain officially in a
BETA testing status at this time.

While in BETA status, it should be expected and considered completely
normal that there will be periods when the server and files will not
function as intended. This may include periodic or constant freezing,
blackouts or other unexpected malfunctions and consequences.

Use at your own risk.

    Special thanks to Vesarious of FFA for the original version of the
Sonicview iHub Manual, you helped many of us get to where we are today.

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           Connect the Sonicview iHub to your Receiver
                    and Local Home Network

To begin, first turn off your receiver and connect the Sonicview iHub to the
receiver by plugging it in directly to the serial port as show below:

Connect the Ethernet port on the Sonicview iHub using Category 5e straight-
thru network cable with RJ45 connectors directly to your home network’s
available router, switch, modem, wireless bridge or powerline adapter Ethernet

Provided your home network equipment is properly configured and cabled
correctly, the green light on your Sonicview iHub should appear.

 An amber light will blink when your Sonicview iHub detects data traffic to and
from your local network. If you do not see any lights on your Sonicview iHub or
indicators on the device at the far end of the Ethernet connection, something is
likely wrong with the cable, connectors or the device you have connected it to.

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                      Upgrade the Sonicview iHub
                     Firmware to the latest version

Download the latest Sonicview iHub Firmware Update file.

Download, install and launch the WIZNET Configuration Tool for Windows.

If you are using Windows Vista, you will likely need to turn off your Windows
Firewall temporarily, and you will need to check the box on the bottom that says
“Direct IP Search”.
If you are using Windows XP, the application should find the Sonicview iHub
without requiring that you know the IP address it has been assigned.

Click on the Search icon at the bottom to find your Sonicview iHub. If you have
more than one, each will have its own unique IP address and MAC address.

You should see something similar to the following:

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If the search fails without specifying the IP address, you may need to check your router or other
device’s information to find the IP it may have assigned to your iHub or find this information
manually in the IP Config section of your receiver. Newer releases will not include this
information, so you may need to install an earlier version to set and or retrieve the IP

                         Configure your Sonicview iHub
                            Network Configuration

Most of you will be using the default DHCP configuration. Others will need to
manually modify the network settings for your specific network environment.

If you are unsure, it is very likely you are in fact using a DHCP configuration on
your local home network and you should not need to modify any network

When you are comfortable that your network settings are correctly configured,
you should move on to the next step.

Select the most recent Sonicview iHub Firmware update file found on

Upload the latest firmware you downloaded from us for the Sonicview iHub
using the Upload icon.

After the upload processing is complete, repeat the search as you did above.
You should then see the latest firmware version information.

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At this point the firmware for your Sonicview iHub RS-232 Serial to Ethernet
dongle has been completed and your supported Sonciview 360 Elite, 360
Premier and/or Sonicview HD8000 can use the latest files.

               Upgrading you Sonicview FTA Receiver
                     With the Latest Software

If you are using software released in July of 2009 your Sonicview iHub
must be updated to the latest firmware release discussed earlier in this

Download the appropriate software that corresponds to your receiver. You can’t
use the device on other machines than the units the software is particularly
designed for.

Unzip the file after downloading and copy the file to your USB stick. Remember
to properly release the drive from your PC and Windows before unplugging the
drive from the computer.

Open the menu and go to your PVR Menu. Select the corresponding socket
that you plug your USB drive into. The file should appear in the screen as
shown below.

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Push OK and allow the receiver to load the file. Don’t touch anything and allow
it to reboot when the receiver prompts you.

The receiver will reboot and there is a chance that the video output may have
been changed to PAL rather than NTSC. If this is the case, press the Yellow
Button, Up arrow, and Left Arrow to change to the correct video format.

The Sonicview iHub RS-232 Serial to Ethernet adapter should be firmly plugged
into the serial port on and the cable connected.

You should see a brief message that the module is connected.

If it doesn’t appear then turn off the box with the remote and turn it on again.

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If you have been unable to discover the IP Address for your Sonicview
iHub you may need to install an earlier release for your model. You will
need the Installation - IP Config menu to appear for you to see and alter
your network settings.

In the Installation menu, IP Config should appear at the bottom. And then you
should see this menu:

If using DHCP (Default method), Setting Type should be “DHCP”, Use DNS
should be set to: "Yes”, Use the Domain =, Server Port
1920. If using a “Static” configuration you will need to ensure it is configured
properly for you environment.
Do not use for the Domain! – We do not operate the IKS server

Input the serial number in the slot and make sure it correctly matches your iHub.
If you do not have a valid serial number, you may be using a cloned unit and
should return the device to whoever sold it to you.

Click Apply.

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                          Your Sonicview iHub
                        Should Now Be Working!

You should be able to test your connection to the iHub IKS server by going to a
channel that is posted on the most recent official working channels list. If the
server is running and your equipment is correctly configured you should be able
to enjoy the benefits of IKS and have working video and audio.

In the User Options menu, at the bottom you can select IKS, Card less, or both.
If the channel works in IKS mode but not in cardless mode your iHub is
completely functional.

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                              Sonicview iHub

If you are unable to get video and audio on the posted working channel list or
you are experiencing freezing, the server may be down, under maintenance,
under heavy load, or you may be having network related problems.

Verify the status of the iHub IKS server by checking or
discussing with other users on or live on

Using a Command Prompt on your computer, you should be able to use the
“ping” command to verify that your iHub is responding on your local network.

ping <Local IP>
(The Local IP is the network IP address assigned to your Sonicview iHub)


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for
  Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

If your displayed results show any loss, there is a problem with the iHub
network configuration or your network connection is faulty.

*This section will be expanded shortly as new troubleshooting assistance is now
also available using the new WIZNET Configuration Tool for Windows.

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