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EtherneTV-STB

Set Top Box

STB v3.7.2d Admin Guide

VBrick Systems, Inc.

 

12 Beaumont Road

March 23, 2006

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA

4410-0099-0004

Copyright

© 2005 VBrick Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. 12 Beaumont Road

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA www.VBrick.com

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FCC Notice

This equipment carries the CE mark and is UL listed in the U.S. and Canada. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense. This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numerique de la Classe A respecte toutes les exigences do reglement dur le materiel brouilleur du Canada.

About VBrick Systems

Founded in 1997, VBrick Systems, an ISO 9001 certified vendor, is a privately held company that has enjoyed rapid growth by helping our customers successfully introduce mission critical video applications across their enterprise networks. Since our founding, VBrick has been setting the standard for quality, performance and innovation in the delivery of live and stored video over IP networks—LANs, WANs and the Internet. With thousands of video appliances installed world-wide, VBrick is the recognized leader in reliable, high-performance, easy-to-use networked video solutions.

VBrick is an active participant in the development of industry standards and continues to play an influential role in the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), the MPEG Industry Forum, and Internet2. In 1998 VBrick invented and shipped the world's first MPEG Video Network Appliance designed to provide affordable DVDquality video across the network. Since then, VBrick's video solutions have grown to include Video on Demand, Management, Security and Access Control, Scheduling, and Rich Media Integration. VBrick solutions are successfully supporting a broad variety of applications including distance learning and training, conferencing and remote office communications, security, process monitoring, traffic monitoring, business and news feeds to the desktop, webcasting, corporate communications, collaboration, command and control, and telemedicine. VBrick serves customers in education, government, healthcare, and financial services markets among others.

Contents

Preface

Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Related Documents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

1. Installation

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Using the Command Prompt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Using pman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Initial Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Connecting to the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Setting the IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

PAL Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Model Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2. Configuration

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Login. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Saving Changes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Video Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Network Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Display Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

General Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

3. Local Configuration

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Accessing the XML Configuration File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

XML Configuration Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

4. System Upgrade

Upgrading from v3.71 or Higher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Installing the Download Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Before You Begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Running ETV-STBDownload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Editing a Configuration File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Logging Upgrade Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Upgrading from v3.70 or Lower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Creating an FTP Server with IIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using a Web Browser to Run the Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Additional Upgrade Steps for Local Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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5. Serial Port Passthrough

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

How Passthrough Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Serial Port Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Using Telnet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

6. Using the Set Top Box

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Start Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Local Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Local-Fullscreen Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

MCS Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Using the IR Remote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Using the Wireless Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Accessing the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Contents

Preface

VBrick's EthernetTV-STB Set Top Box is a leading-edge digital set top box that provides a low-cost standalone decoder for high-quality MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video assets. It's an ideal MPEG decoder for cost-sensitive installations that require large-scale deployment. The user-friendly set top box is controlled like a cable TV receiver using an IR remote control. It can be used to access live streams, to request stored content from a video- on-demand server, or to access the Web. The STB is a component in VBrick's EtherneTV Media Distribution System. Other key components include:

EtherneTV Portal Server – The ETV Portal Server is a video portal, permitting end users to view live and on-demand MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 and other streams on a PC, Macintosh, or set top box.

EtherneTV Video-on-Demand Servers – Provides all standard video-on-demand (VoD) features including support for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4.

VBrick Hardware Encoders/Decoders – Rugged, reliable video appliances that can reside anywhere on your network to provide either distributed or high-density centralized encoding/decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video.

Organization

Installation – provides an overview of the EtherneTV Media Distribution System and instructions for initial STB setup and configuration.

Configuration – explains how to login and how to set customizable configuration parameters for your particular environment.

Local Configuration – explains how to modify the xml file used when the STB is configured for Local mode. In Local mode, the program listings are hard-coded in an XML file.

System Upgrade – explains how to download and install software when there is updated STB code available from VBrick.

Serial Port Passthrough – explains how to use the serial port to control external devices such as cameras or networked devices.

Using the Set Top Box – explains how to get started using the system. It explains how to navigate, how to use the interface, and other basic STB concepts.

Font Conventions

Arial bold is used to describe dialog boxes and menu choices, for example: Start > All

Programs > VBrick

Courier fixed-width font is used for code elements (C++, HTML) as well as filenames, directories, etc.

Bold Courier fixed-width font is used to indicate user input in keyboard commands, scripts, etc.

Web addresses are displayed as hyperlinks in the format: http://www.VBrick.com

Italics are used to emphasize specific words or phrases.

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Related Documents

The following documents describe key components in VBrick's EtherneTV solution.

EtherneTV-STB Quick Start Guide

EtherneTV-STB Release Notes

EtherneTV Portal Server User Guide

EtherneTV Portal Server Admin Guide

EtherneTV-NXG VOD Quick Start Guide

EtherneTV-VOD W Quick Start Guide

EtherneTV-VOD WM Quick Start Guide

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Preface

Chapter 1

Installation

Overview

EtherneTV Media Distribution System provides the ability to view live streams and stored assets directly on a television or monitor by using the EtherneTV-STB Set Top Box decoder. The EtherneTV Set Top Box is integrated with the EtherneTV Portal Server and the EtherneTV-NXG Video on Demand server to enable viewing of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 pre-recorded and live streams. The EtherneTV-STB can also be deployed as a standalone decoder without the need for an MCS. The STB can be configured to operate in one of three modes: MCS, Local (standalone), Local-Fullscreen (standalone). See Start Mode on page 10 for details.

When the installation of set top boxes includes an ETV Portal Server, the set top box is directed to the portal server for user control; the graphics and user interface reside on the ETV Portal Server. When the set top box is deployed independently of the portal server, it comes equipped (in local mode) with a user interface and internal graphics. The Set Top Box can be configured through a web browser on a PC in either Local mode or MCS mode.

Topics in this chapter

Overview

Using the Command Prompt

Initial Setup

Figure 1. Ethernet-TV Media Distribution System

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Using the Command Prompt

You can use a Command Prompt interface to quickly perform a variety of tasks related to STB configuration and connectivity using the pman configuration utility. There are three ways to open a Command Prompt interface on the STB. Use whatever method is comfortable and available. Once connected, they all work the same way. You can use:

Wireless keyboard – Type Ctrl-Alt-F1 to access the command prompt using the wireless keyboard (or a standard keyboard connected to the PS/2 port); type Ctrl-Alt-F2 to exit.

Terminal emulation – Connect a terminal (or a PC running terminal emulation software) to the serial port; refer to Serial Port Passthrough for pinout details. Note that you cannot modify serial port parameters using this method. VBrick recommends using Hyperterminal Private Edition 6.3 from Hilgraeve. (The configuration utility works poorly using the Hyperterminal application shipped with Windows.) When using Hyperterminal as a terminal emulation program, configure as follows:

1.Open Hyperterminal and go to File > Properties > Settings.

2.Set "Function, arrow, and control keys act as" to Terminal Keys.

3.Set Emulation to VT220 or VT320.

4.Click the Terminal Setup button.

5.Configure 25 rows by 80 columns.

6.Set Terminal Mode to Cursor keypad mode.

7.Click OK twice when done.

Telnet – Connect to the STB from a PC running terminal emulation software. Vbrick recommends using PuTTY version 0.56 Windows-based freeware or the standard Telnet client shipped with RedHat Linux. (The configuration utility works poorly using the Telnet client shipped with Windows or with Hilgraeve Private Edition 6.3).

Table 1. Common Command Prompt Actions

Command Prompt Action

Type

 

 

Reboot the STB

reboot -f

 

 

View Network Configuration

ifconfig

 

 

Edit the Local UI

cd /wfs/localui

Configuration File

vi stbLocalUIData.xml

:q! (to exit vi)

 

 

 

Test Network Connectivity

ping <ip_address>

 

 

Clear the Screen

clear (or Ctrl-L)

 

 

Change TV Resolution

setres (see PAL Configuration on page 6)

 

 

File Transfer

ftp

 

 

Get Current Software revision

tasteversion

 

 

Modify STB Configuration

pman – This program provides command line access to

 

the same configuration parameters as the management

 

interface described in the remainder of this document.

 

See Using pman below for a brief overview.

 

 

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Using pman

pman is an text-based configuration program that runs from the Unix shell on the set top box. Its functionality mirrors the web-based configuration tool and you can use pman to set or edit all STB configuration parameters. In a typical scenario, you use a keyboard (wireless or PS/2) to open a Unix shell and you launch pman from that shell. You can also run pman using terminal emulation or Telnet.

TTo run pman using the wireless keyboard:

1.Type Ctrl-Alt-F1 to access the Unix shell using the wireless keyboard (or a standard keyboard connected to the PS/2 port).

2.At the VBrick-STB login: prompt, enter the username and password (root, admin).

3.Then type pman to launch the text-based pman configuration utility.

4.Navigate using the arrow keys; select fields or apply changes using the Enter key.

5.Select <...> to exit to a higher level in the menu.

6.When done, type Ctrl-Alt-F2 to exit.

Initial Setup

The VBrick EtherneTV Set Top Box is shipped with Audio/Video, S-Video, and power cables, and a handheld IR remote control unit. (An optional wireless keyboard is also available from VBrick.)

Table 2. STB Front Panel – Left to Right

Infrared Sensor

Above LEDs. Used for IR remote control and wireless keyboard.

 

 

Waiting

Blinks red during initial start-up.

 

 

Transfer

Blinks white when accessing flash memory.

 

 

Power

Steady green when power is applied.

 

 

On/Off

On/Off push button.

 

 

Table 3. STB Rear Panel – Left to Right

Power Plug

Connects to power cord.

 

 

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VGA Port

Used to view video on a VGA monitor.

 

 

Serial Port

Used for Serial Port Passthrough or to open a command line window.

 

 

PCI Card Slot

Not used.

 

 

S-Video

Connect to standard TV.

 

 

Video

Composite video out.

 

 

Audio Left/Right

Audio out left and right.

 

 

USB Ports (2)

Connect USB mouse and/or keyboard.

 

 

SPDIF

Digital audio. Not supported.

 

 

LAN1

Connect to local area network.

 

 

LAN2

Not used.

 

 

PS/2

Connect PS/2 keyboard or mouse.

 

 

Connecting to the Network

TTo connect the set top box to a TV and the network using the cables provided:

1.Attach the set top box video-out to a TV using the left (yellow) connector or the S-Video connector.

2.Connect the set-top box audio out (left and right) to a TV.

3.Connect the set-top box to the network using the LAN1 port.

4.Connect power cord to a power source.

Setting the IP Address

You need to know the IP address (or host name) in order to run the web-based STB Admin Configuration application. (If the host name is not available, either because it has not been configured or because it is configured for retrieval by DHCP and the DHCP server has not provided it, the STB will default to a host name based on its MAC address.) By default, the set top box is configured for DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) and will automatically retrieve an IP address from a DHCP server if present. If a DHCP server is not available, you can configure the set top box with a static IP address. The STB is set to a default IP address of 172.17.11.111 as a convenience. In most cases, this should be changed to avoid conflicts. You can find this IP address using a keyboard connected to the PS/2 port or by using a terminal connected to the serial port as explained below.

Note By default, DHCP is used to retrieve a dynamic IP address for the STB. If you are not using a DHCP server, you must configure the STB to use a static IP address; the default static address is 172.17.11.111.

TTo determine the STB IP address:

1.If a DHCP server is present, go to Finding the DHCP IP Address to determine the IP address of your STB in DHCP mode.

2.If a DHCP server is not present, go to Assigning a Static IP Address to manually assign an IP address other than the default.

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Finding the DHCP IP Address

TTo determine the IP address of the set top box when configured using DHCP:

1.Connect a keyboard and TV monitor to the set top box and apply power. (Use the optional wireless keyboard or a PS/2 keyboard). Wait for the box to completely power up before continuing.

2.Press Ctrl-Alt-F1 on the keyboard to open a command line window.

3.At the prompt type ifconfig and press Enter. This shows the IP address, the network interface configuration, and other parameters.

4.Reboot by powering the STB on and off using Power push button on front of unit.

Note If DHCP is enabled and DNS via DHCP is configured to yes, the configured domain searchlist and domain name servers are ignored. The DHCP server must provide the IP address of the DNS server for host name resolution to work properly. If the DHCP server does not supply a default domain or domain searchlist, fully qualified domain names must be used wherever an IP address or domain name is configured (for example in the MCS Location, Receive Address, Local UI location, or home page location on the Video Setup configuration page).

Assigning a Static IP Address

TTo assign a static IP address using a command line window:

1.Connect a keyboard and TV monitor to the set top box and apply power. (Use the optional wireless keyboard or a PS/2 keyboard). Wait for the box to completely power up before continuing.

2.Press Ctrl-Alt-F1 to open a command line window.

3.To enter the setup program, type pman and press Enter.

4.Select Parameters (using the arrow keys and Enter).

5.Select Network > Ethernet.

6.Change DHCP Enable to Static

7.When prompted, enter the default (case sensitive) User name and Password: root and

admin

8.Click Enter to reach OK and then click Enter.

9.Change DNS via DHCP to No.

10.Change Hostname via DHCP to No. For entries indicated with an asterisk (*), use the arrow keys to move the cursor to the correct entry and use the spacebar to select the new option.

11.Select IP address using the down arrow and the Enter key. Using the keyboard, enter the IP address obtained from your network administrator and press Enter.

12.Select and enter the NetMask, Gateway addresses, and Hostname using the same procedure as selecting the IP address above.

13.Leave the Ethernet interface Mode of operation at the default Auto (auto-negotiate). (Other options are selectable but in most networks you should only select a different option if necessary to interoperate with your network equipment.)

14.Enter the IP address of the Nameserver as follows:

a. Select Network (using the down arrow and the Enter key).

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b.Select Network again.

c.Select Domain NameServer IP Addresses and enter the Nameserver IP addresses. (If

there is more than one, separate the entries with the pipe character (|), for example

172.16.1.11|172.16.1.10.)

15.When done, use the up arrow key to reach <. . . > and select using the Enter key on each screen. Answer Yes when prompted to apply changes and Exit to return to the user prompt level. Wait until the changes are applied and the interface returns; otherwise the changes may be lost.

16.Reboot by powering the STB on and off using Power push button on front of unit.

PAL Configuration

The setres command than can be executed from the Linux shell. This command lets PAL users change the screen resolution. Although this command can be executed from the Command Prompt or from Telnet, it is designed to be used from the serial port since a PAL user without an NTSC or VGA monitor has no other choice if the STB IP address is unknown. The syntax of the setres command is:

setres pal <username> <password> setres ntsc <username> <password>

Model Numbers

The STB model number is shown on a label attached to the bottom of the unit. The functionality in the following table is cumulative. The model at the bottom of the list inherits all features and functions from the previous model. Any firmware is compatible with any model; all models support MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 streams.

Model Number

Enhancements

 

 

8000-0044-0000

Base model.

 

 

8000-0044-0001

Improved MPEG-1 quality.

 

 

8000-0044-0002

Serial port added.

 

 

8000-0044-0003

Closed caption support added.

 

 

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Chapter 2

Configuration

Overview

The STB configuration application is used to change the default settings for the STB. Once the IP address is obtained through the Command Prompt interface (see Setting the IP Address on page 4), you can access the set top box by typing the IP address into the Address field of a web browser, such as Internet Explorer. When the first page is displayed, select

from the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Topics in this chapter

Overview

Configuration

Login

TTo login to the set top box:

1.Enter the IP address of the STB in a browser and click Log in when the first page is displayed.

2.Enter the User name and Password and click Start. This displays the Administration window. This window is used to access all system parameters. Most commands described in this document are accessed via the Configuration button.

User name

Default User name: root. Lower case, case sensitive.

 

 

Password

Default Password: admin. Lower case, case sensitive.

 

 

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VBrick_Host_Name

Logout

Exits the configuration application.

 

 

System Information

Provides system-level information including version number,

 

networking configuration, and memory usage. Note that the version

 

number is shown in the upper-right corner of each window.

 

 

System Time

Use to set system time.

 

 

System Update

Use to update the software. See System Upgrade on page 27.

 

 

Configuration

Use to set all configuration parameters described in this document.

 

 

Saving Changes

Once logged in you can navigate and change Configuration parameters as necessary. Each of the configuration screens has the same options at the top. When done, click Apply to save any changes you have made. Do not click Apply after each change.

Log out

Logs out the current user. You can log back in as a different user if

 

necessary.

 

 

Apply

Saves any configuration changes.

 

 

Refresh

Refreshes the window with the last saved information.

 

 

Exit

Returns the Administration page from anywhere in the application.

 

 

Configuration

Once you are logged in, click Configuration to display the four sub-categories of configuration settings for the set top box. Note that the shown on the

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following screens is a configurable option; see Network Settings on page 14 for more information.

Video Settings

These settings generally relate to the video stream, for example Start

 

Mode, MCS Location, Receive Address, etc.

 

 

Network Settings

These settings include Network, Ethernet, and Management SAP

 

settings.

 

 

Display Settings

These settings let you adjust the resolution of your monitor.

 

 

General Settings

These settings include Serial Port, Security, System Update, etc.

 

 

Video Settings

Start Mode

MCS Location

Receive Address

STB Admin Guide

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Local UI Location

Home Page Location/Home Page Enable

Main Volume/Line 1 Volume

RTSP Streaming

Data Buffering Seconds

Buffer Check for Underflow

Lowest Bitrate for Buffer Check

Audio Data Port/Video Data Port/CC Data Port

RTP Data Port

Proxy Type, HTTP Proxy Host and Port

Options Panel Login

Aux1–Aux8

Start Mode

The EtherneTV STB can operate in one of three modes described here. Use MCS mode if there is an ETV Portal Server (formerly MCS) installed on your network. Otherwise you must

select Local or Local-Full Screen mode.

MCS

 

Use if the installation includes the EtherneTV Portal Server.

 

 

 

Local

 

Use if the installation does not include the EtherneTV Portal Server.

 

 

If Local, the site administrator must configure the Program Guide. See

 

 

Local Configuration on page 21 for more information.

 

 

 

Local-Fullscreen

 

Use if the desired operation is to set the unit to decode one channel

 

 

and operate in full screen mode at boot up. If you select Local-

 

 

Fullscreen mode, you must also enter a Receive Address; see below.

 

 

 

MCS Location

 

 

 

MCS Location

 

When the start mode is configured for MCS, this parameter

 

 

determines the IP address of the ETV Portal Server that the STB will

 

 

obtain its program listing information from. Enter the IP Address of

 

 

the portal server. The format is 172.12.12.12.

 

 

 

Receive Address

 

 

 

Receive Address

 

When the Start mode is configured for Local-Fullscreen, this

 

 

parameter determines the IP address of the stream to be decoded. The

 

 

choice of receive address/program info and stream type of the desired

 

 

video must be entered here and must follow the syntax examples

 

 

shown in Table 1, Receive Address Syntax. Note that you can use a

 

 

hostname or numeric IP address wherever an <ipaddr> is called for if

 

 

the hostname is entered in the local DNS server.

 

 

 

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Configuration

 

 

Table 1. Receive Address Syntax

 

 

 

Multicast MPEG-1

RTSP@MULTICAST_MPEG1://group:port/

 

 

Multicast MPEG-2

RTSP@MULTICAST_MPEG2_TRANSPORT://group:port/

 

 

Unicast or Multicast MPEG-4 with

http://<ipaddr>/<path_to_remote_file>

Remote SDP File

 

 

 

Unicast or Multicast MPEG-4 with

RTSP@ISMA_SDP_FILE:///wfs/<path_to_local_file>,

Local SDP File

e.g. RTSP@ISMA_SDP_FILE:///wfs/mpg/currentmp4.sdp

 

See Local-Fullscreen Mode with MPEG-4 Multicast for

 

information on how to FTP the SDP file to the set top

 

box.

 

 

Unicast MPEG-1

RTSP@UNICAST_MPEG1://#dataPort=<port>

 

 

Unicast MPEG-2

RTSP@UNICAST_MPEG2_TRANSPORT://#dataPort=<port>

 

 

RTSP MPEG-1 for Video on Demand

RTSP@KASENNA_MPEG1://<ipaddr>/program

(EtherneTV NXG only)

 

 

 

RTSP MPEG-2 for Video on Demand

RTSP@KASENNA_MPEG2_TRANSPORT://<ipaddr>/program

(EtherneTV NXG only)

 

 

 

RTSP MPEG-1 for Video on Demand

RTSP@INFOVALUE_MPEG1://<ipaddr>/program

(EtherneTV VoD-W only)

 

 

 

RTSP MPEG-2 for Video on Demand

RTSP@INFOVALUE_MPEG2_TRANSPORT://<ipaddr>/

(EtherneTV VoD-W only)

program

 

 

 

RTSP MPEG-4 Internet Streaming

RTSP@ISMA://<ip addr>/program

Media Alliance (ISMA)

(e.g. RTSP@ISMA://172.22.117.2/vbrickvideo1 --or--

(Live or VoD)(

RTSP@ISMA://172.22.119.119/Complete-Movies/

 

 

enterprogramname)

 

Video can be streamed over UDP or TCP. See RTSP

 

Streaming on page 13 for options.

 

 

Local-Fullscreen Mode with MPEG-4 Multicast

Note If necessary you can FTP the SDP file to the set top box as described here. However the recommended method is to retrieve the SDP file via HTTP.

To decode multicast MPEG-4 in Local-Fullscreen mode, you can put an SDP file on the set top box using the set top box internal FTP server as shown in the sample FTP session below.

TTo decode multicast MPEG-4:

1.First, obtain an SDP file for the MPEG-4 multicast stream. When streaming from an MPEG-4 encoder, see the VB4000-5000-6000 Administrator Guide for information about SDP files.

2.Use an FTP client to place the SDP file on the set top box. A sample FTP session to use an set top box with the IP address of 172.22.117.70 is shown below. (Server prompts are shown in bold.)

STB Admin Guide

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C:\> ftp 172.22.117.70

User (172.22.117.70:(none)): root 331 Password required for root.

Password: admin

230 User root logged in ftp> bin

200 Type set to I. ftp> cd wfs/mpg

250 CWD command successful. ftp> put vbs1d1.sdp

200 PORT command successful.

150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for vbs1d1.sdp

226 Transfer complete.

ftp: 739 bytes sent in 0.12 Seconds ftp> bye

Local UI Location

Local UI Location When the start mode is configured for Local, the STB will allow static listings and previews of multiple channels on the network. You can use this setting to create a custom user interface.

When the Start Mode is configured for Local, the STB will display static listings and previews of multiple channels on the network. These listing are configured in an xml file. The xml file must be modified for each network installation so that IP addresses, port numbers, encoder types and program listings correspond to actual network settings. This file is edited for local mode installations only and does not apply when operating in MCS or Local-Full Screen mode. For detailed examples of how to edit the xml file, go to XML Configuration Examples on page 23.

Home Page Location/Home Page Enable

Home Page

This parameter determines the location of the home page that is

Location/Enable

displayed when the WWW button is pressed on the IR remote control.

 

When this option is disabled, the Home page will not be loaded when

 

the WWW button is selected.

 

 

Main Volume/Line 1 Volume

In MCS mode, when the volume has been manually turned down using the remote (and the configured audio level is significantly higher), there will be a brief burst of higher volume when switching views between preview and full screen. Reduce the configured audio level to avoid abrupt changes in volume.

Main and Line 1 These parameters determine the initial volume level the STB will Volume provide to the TV or monitor. Set both to same value. The volume can

be changed using the IR remote control but will revert to the configured values at start-up.

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