e2Webif

Howto use the world wide web interface (webif) built into my DM box

The main Webif page for the DM7025, DM800, DM8000




Please note since the 19th of July 2009 these pages have changed

Please note these pages are being updated to incorporate the new JADE3 release

Every DM box has a built in world wide web server or webif as it is also known as.
This webif is so much more advanced and takes a few minutes to get used to. It even has a PDA webif for your smart phone or PDA.
Unfortunately, since 5-8-2011 this 3th party plugin is not allowed on VU+ & ET by it's creators.

Please do not confuse the E1 Webif with this E2 Webif as they are very different.

This E2Webif allows you do to;

Watch SD & HDTV on your computer (streaming)
Change the channels on your set top box
Change the bouquets on your set top box
Change the network provider on your set top box
Change the volume on your set top box
Setup timer events to record
Search a movie database in real time - to get more details on the movies you want to watch/record
Send RSS feeds to other EPG devices (popcorn/tivo etc) on your LAN
... and so much more.

In short the webif provides you with control of your DM box from a web browser like Firefox3 and from your PDA.



How to use it (a very simple process)


In this example below we will use the IP address of http://dreambox (which on my network is 192.168.1.107) and this world wide web site in your DM box will appear.

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What are some of these settings

The top bar details


At the top of the webif we see;
  1. To the right of the words webcontrol, in the red box the signal of the current channels (satfinder)
  2. TeleVision - where you select what TV channel you want to watch
  3. Radio - where you select what Radio station you want to listen to
  4. Movies - where you can see, playback, manage the movies you have recorded
  5. Timer - set up edit add or delete timer events
  6. Box Control - where you send messages, do screendumps, power off and on your box and more
  7. About - where you find all the information on your E2 box (DM800 shown below)
  8. webTV - as it says (but a work in progress)

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The menus on the left handside of the webif

This is where all the business happens in the Webif. But before we get into a detailed description there are a few things
you will have need to have done (or not done whatever the case may be).
  1. Make sure you have scanned your satellites (otherwise this is all a bit pointless)
  2. If you use dreamEDIT make a series of bouquets. There is an example called "ALL" in the image below
  3. If you do not use dreamEDIT or some other application to do this do not panic as we will get to this below


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What does the TV & radio option allow me to do?


If you have defined your favorites or added a bouquet to your DM box you can from this menu
do many things. You will note when you have defined a bouquet or favorites list the menu looks
very different from one that does not. below we see what is defined under the ServiceList where as
if you did not set this up this screen is blank. (If it is blank look under the Providers TV (or radio)
menu below on this wiki page)

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[note we have posted the TV OSD message in the image below]
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From the Electronic Program Guide menu displayed below you can further;

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Get the movie details as shown below

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What does the Provider TV & radio option allow me to do?


This menu provides the same features and functions as the TV & Radio menu option above, however in this case
it lists all the providers on the satellites you have scanned as shown in the image below. Simply click on the
provider to see a list of channels (radio or TV).

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What does the Movie menu allow me to do?


This is where you can;
  1. Look at all the movies you have in your hard disk
  2. Play them back on your PC via a download
  3. Delete a movie


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What does the Timer menu allow me to do?


This is where you can;
  1. View the active timer list
  2. Delete a timer event
  3. Edit a timer event
  4. Activate a timer event
  5. Cleanup your timer list
  6. Write your timer list to memory
  7. Manually add a timer event to the timer list

Please note you will have to added a bouquet list to your box to use this option

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Sidebar menu - BoxControl

What does this menu allow me to do?


You can with the aid of these menu options, you can;


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Sidebar Menu - Box Control - Power Menu


With this menu option you can from remote;

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Sidebar Menu - Box Control - Message Menu


This is a really great feature and one I use all the time to send a message to the kids TV.
You can send a message via the Webif no matter where you are (if you have port forwarding set up)
to a TV in your home. The kids get a kick out of this when daddy says "hi" from work.

You can send 4 type of ODS skinned messages to the TV from remote, being;
  1. Info (OSD message type)
  2. Yes No (OSD message type with a yes/no option)
  3. Warning (OSD message type)
  4. Info (OSD message type)

Warning: unlike the E1 version these messages stay on the TV screen until you dismiss them or use the
timer to make them go away, so do not stack up to many messages else the family will go nutty as they
can not watch TV

[note we have posted the TV OSD message in the image below]
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Sidebar Menu - Box Control - Remote Control


This is a great menu for those of you have kids (smile) and they have hidden the remote control
on you. Simply click on this option and up will pop a normal remote for you to use. Use it exactly
the same way as you normally do.

Tip: Click here to learn how to use your remote control

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Sidebar Menu - Extras - Screen Shot


With this option us can;
  1. Check from remote (away from the set top box) that the box is working
  2. Make a screen shot off the box so you can use it

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the About menu

tell me about my box


This is a very informative menu with provides six (6) blocks of information being;

Software
The current software installed in your DM box. In this casr Pli Jade Final

Tuners
Depending on how many tuners you have installed and the type it will tell you which ones are active

Harddisk
This will give you your HDD/CIF and USB (as pictured below) details and the free space on each device

Network
A great little helper screen. This will give you your network (LAN) details and great for trouble shooting

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Google Gears can be used with this version of the Webif to lighten the CPU load
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Google Gears is installed on the computer you use your webif on.
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the Web TV menu

the WebTV menu


Watch TV on your PC, notebook or smart phone(MS based) via this new feature. You must have a
bouquet or series of bouquets set up in your box first, for this to function. If you have
no bouquets set up then webtv will not know what to play on your PC etc...

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the Volume box

changes the volume on my box


As the title says, with this menu option you can change the volume on your E2 set top box and TV. Great to wake the kids up with (smile)

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If you click to the left the volume is reduced andif you click to the right the volume is increased


a great hidden feature in the E2 webif


This option will allow you to search the entire active EPG on the satellite you are currently using.
You can also search by keyword like in the example below, where we searched on the keyword "SPORT"
or just select the search option with nothing in the search box for an entire channel epg list

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Now you can do the normal things like setting up timers for recording, or to change channel etc.


the Satellite Signal box

another great hidden feature in the E2 webif


If you click on the little signal box, the signal data for the transponder / channel you are watching will
appear as this example shows;

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If you have wifi enabled on your LAN you can use this with your notebook to tune your satellite dish rather
than the old fashion ways of doing it.


the INSTANT RECORD icon

The big RED DOT in the top right of the webif screen


With this option you can record the current channel to your hard or mounted device if you
have set it up in the menu already to do this.

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TIP: watch HDTV in VLC on your PC click here
TIP: Stream your DM box to your PC
TIP: using your smart phone with your E2 box



Info: the E2 webif is being developed all the time so stay tuned (as this major update shows)

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