Sonicview Ihub FAQ
What is the the Sonicview iHub?
The Sonicview iHub is a special device, known commonly as a “dongle” that connects to the serial port on your Sonicview 360 or HD 8000 FTA receiver and the internet through an Rj-45 Ethernet port.
What does the Sonicview iHub do?
The Sonicview iHub through a connection to the Internet enables your Sonicview 360 or HD 8000 receiver to download updates over the net and take advantage of the latest in FTA testing called IKS or Internet Key Sharing. With a connection to an IKS server, your box will download the required code words to decrypt Nagravision 2 and Nagravision 3 encrypted channels, such as those offered by Dish network and Bell Canada. Currently the primary server being used is at svftaiks.com. Right now, the server and files offered for the FTA testing community are ina Beta state, meaning its still being tweaked for the best performance and operation, so it may not always work. The server itself can be expected to go up and down without notice during this period.
Which receivers does the Sonicview iHub work for?
Currently, the Sonicview iHub is designed to support the Sonicview 360 Premier, Sonicview 360 Elite and Sonicview 8000 FTA receivers. Under development are plans for an additional device to support the Sonicview 1000, 1000PVR and 4000 units. As for other Sonicview models, it has not yet been decided if an additional similar product will be made available.
What channels will I get with the Sonicview iHub?
While the Sonicview is properly configured, connected, and using the latest released files FTA Testers could be able to enjoy decrypted content from Dish Network, Bell Canada, Globeast, Sky and other encrypted satellite provider networks. Note however, that using any device for the purpose of decrypting satellitie content is most likely illegal in your jurisdiction and we can not and will not condone such use. We provide this information for education purposes only regarding the flaws in the Nagravision encryption system deeloped by the Kudelski Group.
Is the Sonicview iHub the only way to get back Bell Canada and Dish Network channels that are encrypted with Nagravision 3?
For the entire line of Sonicview FTA receivers, the only solution for Nagravsion 3 encrypted channels is in fact an iHub IKS solution for the Sonicview 360 and HD 8000 receivers. There may be additional options in the future, however none have yet to be introduced.
How do I setup my Sonicview iHub?
We have created a setup guide that shows how to install and configure the Sonicview iHub to get things up and running. We will do our best to keep the documention updated to provide the best overall helpful information.
My receiver is in my other room. How can I get internet access in there without running a cable?
There are sevaral ways to extend your ethernet connection to a location near your receiver and iHub device. One of the easiest is to use a "Powerline Ethernet Adapter" and connect one at your router, switch or modem and the other at your receiver. If you already have a wireless network setup in your home you can use a wireless network bridge to connect your Sonicview iHub ethernet port. Connect your WIFI Ethernet Bridge device to both the iHub and the wireless connection.
How fast does my Internet connection need to be for the Sonicview iHub to work with IKS?
The Sonicview iHub needs a constant always on Internet connection to work with IKS. This makes high speed dsl and cable Internet options ideal for your Sonicview iHub connection. The iHub should work fine with slower 56K modems and ISDN however a dedicated line is required or else your phone service would be interrupted. If you pay for per minute usage charges for your Internet connection, that could be very expensive and is not recommended. If using Dialup however, you will need to setup your PC with Internet Connection sharing and connect your iHub Ethernet port to your PC's ethernet port using a crossover ethernet cable, unless you already have this setup and use a router, switch or hub to connect other devices. Speeds over 28 kbps should be sufficient as you need only download a small segment of code from the server at periodic intervals.
How do I setup the iHub on a wired home ethernet network?
Connecting your Sonicview iHub to your home network is very simple. Basically, plug one end into the receiver and the ethernet port using a standard cat5 or cat6 cable to an available port on your router, switch or hub.
How do I change back from and iHub file to a standalone non-IKS file?
If you installed an iHub file on a Sonicview receiver and you wish to remove it, load the system cleaner file for your model and then reload your favorite standalone file. Remove the iHub if it is still connected.
How To Set up SV IHub
Load bin ( over current file if not virgin receiver)
You will see prompt that dongle connecting (can take up to 30 secs)
Setting type DHCP
USE DNS YES
Serial number put in correct serial number , to avoid problems.
Go to apply and click OK (don’t exit or it wont save you must click apply)
That’s it watch tv
If your screen turns to black and white press yellow button , then up arrow , then left ....this should turn the color back on check your guide and menu if the guide is black repeat to return to NTSF and this should return all color.
Look at bottom of screen for how to input the letters.
How do I enter the serial number for iHub?
The serial number for the iHub as well as many electronic devices is in hexidecimal. Hexidecimal (commonly referred to simply as "Hex") only has 16 characters. They are the digits 0 through 9 and the letters A through F. If you look at the serial number for your iHub you will notice the letters are small lower case letters and may be hard to read. For instance the letter "e" may look like a letter "o" with a slash through the middle but trust me it is an "e". When you go to the setup screen for entering the serial number look at the bottom of your screen and you will see a key for which remote buttons to use for the letters. Now just simply enter them and save and you are done.
Click here to Download the Sonicview iHUB Manual.
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Setting Up Your Brand New Sonivcview Receiver With Ihub
1.Connect your receiver to tv.
2.Load this file below first 245 for Premier,209 for Elite, 462 for 8000HD, posted on July 11 according to your model via USB,let receiver reboot then turn OFF receiver.
Sonicview 360 Premier
Sonicview 360 Elite
Sonicview 8000 HD
3.Connect Dongle/Ihub, internet and satellite dish cable to receiver.Good idea to reset router first.
4.Power up receiver.
5.Setup user settings.More settings will need to be set after loading latest file for receiver.
-----Setup dish settings and scan satellites and save settings.
-----In user options set all SID options to ON.Not all Sonicviews have the same options to set.
-----Set your local time.
6.Download and run Wiznet Tool and extract 1.9 from zip folder to your computer.Click link below for the Wiznet tool and 1.9 Ihub file.(Do not download the wiznnet tool to your memory stick, its downloaded and run via computer to program your Ihub).
Link>>> SonicView iHub - iHub v1.9 File & WIZnet loader
7.Run Wiznet Tool.
-----Click search tab.
-----Look at version in top left corner.It should show 1.4 or 1.9.You should also see IP's listed in the Wiznet Tool fields.
If it shows 1.4 click the upload tab on Wiznet Tool.
-----Find the extracted 1.9 file and click open.Wait until downloading complete and close all windows with Wiznet Tool.
-----Re open Wiznet Tool and click search.
-----You should now see 1.9 in the version box as seen below.If not hard boot receiver and close and reopen Wiznet tool again.IP's will vary and in most cases your receiver will use DHCP instead of Static.The wiznet tool and the 1.9 file will set this.
Your fields in the Wiznet Tool will be close to picture below your ip's may vary.Do not change or enter anything in Domain Name!
Go to the next step only if your ihub is version 1.9 in the version box of the wiznet tool.
8.Download latest file for your receiver.Click below.If your Ihub has WM in serial number load Jan.29.2010 fix.If not load Dec.26.2009.
-----Sonicview 360 Premier.
-----Sonicview 360 Elite.
-----Sonicview 8000 HD.
Link>>> Sonicview 8000HD Dongle FTA Fix Dec.26.2009
Link>>> Sonicview 8000HD Dongle FTA Fix Jan.29.2010
9.Extract file to USB and safely remove USB from pc.
-----Download file into receiver and reboot when complete.
10.Go into receiver menu and go to ipconfig
-----Enter Ihub serial number located on top of Ihub.Look closely letters and numbers are small.If your Ihub has "WM" in the serial number loading the Jan.29 fix will do this step for you.
-----Use the PVR control buttons
---------fast forward button=C
---------frame forward button=E
-----After setting serial number highlight Apply an click OK.(Don’t exit or it won’t save you must click apply)
-----Reboot after this to make sure ipconfig had been successfully applied.
-----After reboot you should see a message saying " Network Adapter Connect " on tv screen.
11.Go to MENU / SETTINGS/USER OPTIONS set SID options to ON / USED PRIORITY set to IHub or Both you may not have this option.Don't worry.
12.Reboot after this to make sure all changed had been successfully applied.
-----Have your receiver on cnl 200 or 300 and be patient, we’ve seen reports of picture popping up within 30 min.Normally should only take a few seconds.
Once your Ihub is working do not change any settings/ip's in ipconfig menu or Wiznet Tool fields EVER unless instructed to do so.
As a precaution please refrain from pulling IHub off or plugging it in while SV powered up.
Networking 101 Sonicview ihub
With so many people asking "What do I put in the (any) section for the ihub" I thought I would put together a little something educational. Teach a man to fish....
So. Think of the SV + IHub as a computer that you can't put software on. You can even think of it as a game console. They all have the same networking requirements.
1) Everything on the internet has an address!
Since the SV+ihub is nothing more than a thing that needs to sit on the internet, it needs an address!
It is called an IP address (like a street number). Like a house, you can't just pick any number, it has to be the same type as your neighbors or in this case local network. Options include local private network with a router (they start with 10. and 192.) or public internet address (if you are connected directly to a modem. Most people will be using a router so lets go with that idea. You can then assign your SV+IHub a number or you can let your router do it. The router does this by means of DHCP. With DHCP turned off, you have to assign your own "static" IP, and it can't be the same as any other address on your network, they all have to be unique!.
2) Getting off your network
Once you have an address, you need to get out of your network. Just like leaving your street, you have to drive to a certain location that gives you access to other streets. Thats called your "Gateway". It tells sv+Ihub where to go to get off the network. In the case of a router, it would be your routers address, there is no other way to get out to the internet!
Here is a trick: to find your gateway, take your computer or sv IP and make the last number a 1. So if your SV+Ihub has an address of 192.168.0.100 then your gateway would be 192.168.0.1
3) Port Numbers
Think of port numbers like apartments in an appartment building. You know the address of the building (IP Address) but you want to get to a certain apartment specifically (Port) because that is where grandma lives. No point looking for grandma in the wrong apartment, she won't be there to give you candy! SonicView's apartment number is 1920. Where you leave from depends on how easy it is to get out of the building, some doors are locked (firewall). Default 1920 is usually fine.
DNS = Domain name server. Everyone talk about svftaiks.com as the server but remember everything on the internet has an address. So the domain name server acts as an address lookup to find out what IP address svftaiks.com has. You can find this out and set it manually (from a command prompt type: ping svftaiks.com) or you can let DNS handle this for you. Since your router can find the address via the DNS servers it attaches to you can set the DNS server to your routers address (remember the IP that usually ends in 1?) or you could manually enter your internet providors DNS IP, but I wouldn't bother.
A note on subnet mask: Subnet mask is just a way to tell your computer how big the network or neighborhood is. 255.255.255.0 usually works just fine for local networks.
With all this in mind you have enough tools in your arsenal to network anything in your home. Just think about how am I getting my information out of the network and to the internet. Is there anything information that my SV+IHub is missing to get where it needs to go? Do I have a correct local IP? Do I have a correct gateway? Do I have a correct destination address? (DNS or static IP) Does everything in my SV+IHub look similar to my other computers on the network in terms of network setup? Afterall, your SV+IHub is just like any other computer on the network!
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