DVBLink Configuration page access
What are the default user name and password?
I bought DVBLink TVSource/DVBLink for IPTV/DVBLink for Dreambox/DVBLink Server Network Pack recently. Do I have to buy again or is this a service update?
DVBLink v4 is a paid upgrade for v3 and v2 users. The price is 10 Euro per user regardless of which or how many DVBLink products are installed. Customers that have bought DVBLink v3 products after 1 July 2011 will be upgraded for free. The upgrade is available in the license portal[].
Is v4 compatible with older versions or do I have to upgrade all my clients and servers?
DVBLink version 4 is incompatible with version 3.x or earlier. This means that you must upgrade all of your DVBLink products to the new version. You will have to uninstall the former version and do a straight new installation.
I am using Server Network Pack with DVBLink for Dreambox or DVBLink for IPTV. Can I benefit from the improvements in Connect! Server as well?
Version 4 of DVBLink for Dreambox and DVBLink for IPTV are available as a paid upgrade. The price of DVBLink v4 is 10 Euro per user regardless of which or how many DVBLink products are installed. As version 4 is not compatible with 3.2 you will not be able to use the new features before you upgraded your source product to version 4.
DVBLink Connect! Server Features
Does the Connect! Server support remote recording?
Yes. Remote EPG and remote recording are supported in all mobile apps. Accessing your TV channels from abroad you can also schedule recordings of your TV program at home, if you selected a default recorder and enabled Wake-on-LAN (WOL) beforehand in your system.
Are there any security features to make sure, no one can get into my system when I am using the DVBLink Connect! Server to stream TV channels over the Internet?
Logging into the DVBLink Server at home will be done in a secure manner using user name and password.
Does the system support multiple audio tracks?
Users can specify the preferred audio track in the source application. If the TV channel is broadcasted with multiple audio tracks e.g. several languages, the application will stream the preferred language to the client.
Do I need a static IP in order to access my TV channels on my PC at home? Do I have to open specific ports?
Please check the How-to about firewall permissions and port forwarding for more details [].
DVBLink Network Clients
How does streaming to additional clients work? Do I have to install applications on all my clients?
You need to install DVBLink TVSource and DVBLink Connect! Server on your PC with the TV tuner card(s) installed. This PC will be your server streaming the TV content to various clients using the UPnP standard (if streaming within your home network). For streaming to mobile phones there are apps in the respective app stores and markets. You can also stream to a Boxee software or box. Or you create your own client app using the Remote API.
How many external clients can watch TV channels streamed over the Internet at the same time?
The Server will support up to 4 external clients at the same time.
How can I create own client apps with the Remote API and are there any technical requirements for the supported clients?
You can find all information about client creation in the How-to section[].
DVBLink TVSource Related Features
I am not using Windows Media Center. Is there still a reason to use DVBLink TVSource with my digital TV tuner card?
Yes. The main reason in this case would be additional functionality when using TVSource with DVBLink Connect! Server that allows TV distribution. On the other side we strongly believe that Windows Media Center is the best Media Center out there and it is free – it is included with all Windows 7 installations. So maybe it is time to try how it works and see it for yourself?
My TV tuner card is not certified for Windows Media Center. Will I be able to watch TV from this card in Windows Media Center if I am using TVSource?
DVBLink TVSource supports a huge number of digital tuner cards. If your card is supported by DVBLink you will be able to watch the programs from your card even if it is not certified for Windows Media Center.
I want to watch DVB-C channels in Windows Media Center. Will I be able to connect all DVB-C cards and watch the program in WMC?
Yes, that’s correct, providing that tuner card is supported by DVBLink itself.
Does TVSource support several cards at the same time like Windows Media Center?
Yes, DVBLink TVSource supports unlimited number of tuner cards. However for the practical use in the local installation you need a maximum of 4 tuner cards.
Is it possible to watch and record to different programs at the same time which are running on the same transponder signal using a single TV tuner card and TVSource?
No, DVBLink TVSource currently does not support transponder sharing. However TVSource supports sharing of the single channel, which may be particularly useful for network installation – e.g. several clients can watch the same channel from a single tuner at the same time.
Does TVSource enable HD TV in Windows Media Center or will programs that are broadcasted in HD be downscaled?
DVBLink TVSource does not process incoming transport streams, meaning users get all channels in the original quality, including HD channels.
Can I watch TV from my DVB-C card with TVSource on Windows Media Extenders like Xbox 360?
For Media Center Extenders in general (and for Xbox 360 in particular) you do not need Network Pack. Streaming to these clients is supported by Windows Media Center itself, meaning that they will work with just TVSource installation.
Can I access the TV channels on my PC from other PCs in my home network?
You can share TV channels on various PCs in your home network and over the Internet using TVSource with DVBLink Connect! Server. However with TVSource only you can still stream TV channels to Windows Media Extenders using the native Windows Media Center client streaming feature.
Can I stream my TV program from my home PC with TVSource to a laptop or other mobile device over the Internet?
Yes, if you are using DVBLink Connect! Server on the same PC where your TV tuner card and DVBLink TVSource is installed. You can then stream your program throughout the house to PC clients, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and other UPnP clients and even access your home TV server from abroad using browser applications like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome and to iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices using the respective apps.
What about other DVBLink source products?
DVBLink for DreamBox and DVBLink for IPTV are also available in version 4.