This document explains configuration of MB230 client devices. In following sections; starting-up MB230 IPTV devices for application development will be described.
- Hotel TV Menu : Purpose and operational usage of Hotel Mode and OSD Disable parameters will be explained.
- Setting Up Initial Parameters : In this section setting up configuration parameters will be detailed.
- Channel List Preparation : This part explains channel list creation and updating clients with channel list.
Hotel TV Menu
Figure 1 shows “Hotel TV Menu” which could be opened by key combination “Key_UP + Volume_UP + Program_UP + Volume_DOWN + Program_DOWN”. Please visit Hotel TV Menu page for more details. Under this menu, “Hotel Mode” and “OSD Disable” parameters should be taken care of.
Note: In the following sections, “Volume_UP + Program_UP + Volume_DOWN + Program_DOWN”” combination will be referred as “Pattern”.
Hotel Mode : Enables/disables Visual Solution features for end-user. Regardless of the status of Hotel Mode, browser is always open and runs any application. When Hotel Mode is ON, network options can be accessed in the main menu.
OSD Disable : Enables/disables to display Menu screen of your TV, variables are described below.
- Disable Setup Menus: If end-user presses “Key_RIGHT + Pattern” buttons on remote control, screen displays a limited version of the TV menu.
- Disable All Menus: No menu items will appear if end-user presses “Key_RIGHT + Pattern” button on remote control. (With this setting, screen will be able to display only Hotel TV menu.)
- Off: If end-user presses “Key_RIGHT + Pattern” button on remote, all of the menu items will appear.
Note: Also, after USB firmware update, OSD Menus will not be shown by default, in order to enable it please switch “OSD Disable” as “Disable Setup Menus” as shown in Figure 1.
Setting Up Initial Parameters
VS clients are designed to fetch an HTML Application from a given “starturl” on startup. Necessary configuration items such as “starturl, channel list URL, NTP server, timezone, and FTP parameters” could be set via specific configuration files that are located in the client devices.
- Starturl: Starturl is the webpage that will open when client turned on.
- Channel list URL: Channel list URL is the XML configuration file that has the channel list.
- NTP Server: Client gets the date-time information from that server.
- Timezone: Value that describes timezone.
- FTP Parameters: That describes your FTP configurations to client.
Following sections describe all of the configuration methods.
- Configuration via USB: Configurate initial parameters by using USB
- Configuration via Bootcaster: Configurate initial parameters by using Bootcaster
- Configuration via DHCP: Configurate initial parameters by using DHCP
Configuration via USB
MB230 model VS clients have another option that’s generally for field usage. It’s possible to set the necessary parameters by importing configuration files located in the USB Flash Drive. It may contain these files listed below.
After plugging the USB Flash Drive, press “Key_DOWN + Pattern” to open “Service Menu” (if it’s not working, “OSD Disable” would be switched as “Disable Setup Menus” or “OFF“) then select “USB Configurations”. This operation is going to import the configuration files to client device. A restart is needed for the client to take the effects.
Configuration via Bootcaster
Bootcaster is a useful application for VS clients in order to set key configurations by UDP Multicast streaming. Bootcaster application runs over “udp://126.96.36.199:22222” multicast address. UDP Multicasting and IGMP snooping have to be enabled on network switches to use this feature. When bootcaster is enabled, all of the VS clients in the same LAN are going to listen to this UDP address on bootup. Bootcaster software could be reached from the support website. Sample Bootcaster configuration is below:
# Bootcaster configuration file
Configuration via DHCP
In some cases target network has limitations where IGMP snooping is not possible (such as Wireless setups) or DHCP is a preferably solution over Bootcaster. By using DHCP options “Nis Domain Name” and “NTP Servers”, we can teach VS clients these key parameters. There should be only one space between below texts:Nis Domain Name => STARTURL CHANNELLISTURL TIMEZONE
Figure 4: Automatic Configuration via DHCP
Channel List Preparation
VS clients are capable of displaying DVB-IP, DVB-S, DVB-T, DVB-C, and Analog channels. Channel configuration for each different input and also satellite configurations and their orders could be set in the channel list file. The file extension has to be XML. Sample channel list items for every modulation in below.DVB-IP:
Please click for the sample channel list.
Importing Channel List via USB
MB230 clients have a preferable method to import “channelTable.xml” directly to the client without defining a URL in “hoteltv_config.xml”. This may be useful when you export a channel list from another client and copy it to the new client.Importing & Exporting channel tables are both possible. Both of them are located in “Hotel TV Menu“. When channel table is exported to USB, its name may be different, so you may not import it again. The channel table XML should have the exact name: “channelTable.xml”. It should be located in the USB flash drive root folder.
Figure 5: Channel List Operations