Dreambox DM500 HD review

A couple short years prior, Dream Multimedia – begetter of the Linux-based set-top box – began “scaling down” its items. Truly.

Dreambox DM500 HD review

Dreambox DM500 HD review

A hefty portion of the organization’s single-tuner beneficiaries were contracted to something very little greater than an old-school videocassette, and fueled by an outside mains unit.

They extended from the DM100, a fundamental non-Linux satbox, to the DM800 HD PVR which, in spite of its little size, could deal with HD channels and oblige an inner HDD.

In the center was the DM500, a standard-def Linux beneficiary shackled by its PVR non-upgradeability. Its key preference was its premise in Linux, which opened up the miracles of web-gushing, outsider firmware backing and usefulness including ‘modules’. It likewise wore a card space.


Dreambox DM500 HD review


The DM500 has now been supplanted by the DM500 HD, which reviews the impediments of the first. DVB-S2 and HD are currently upheld. It’s PVR upgradable by connecting to an outer eSATA hard drive and will work with infrared consoles.

Dependability to Linux, and every one of its advantages, is protected; as standard, the DM500 HD runs the more up to date Enigma2 firmware.


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Construct and availability

Estimate separated, the more up to date model varies little in appearance from its antecedent. Despite everything you get a card peruser and locally available Dreamcrypt CAM.

With various firmware or modules it could copy different CAMs – generally also, given the absence of a CI space.

Other front board elements are limited to the standby catch and two or three status LEDs. There are no menu controls or channel show.

Maybe the most critical contrast is the top-mounted cooling fan. Benevolently, this runs discreetly; in fact, its running pace can be changed in the setup menus.


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Changes are likewise evident on the back board. The DVI-D port of past HD Dreamboxes has been swapped for a HDMI attachment fit for yielding resolutions up to 1080i.

You additionally get a RGB Scart, which spoke to the first 500’s most astounding quality choice. The Scart attachment can likewise convey composite or segment and there’s an optical computerized sound yield.

A smaller than expected USB port is planned exclusively for “administration” capacities like firmware redesigns.

SMS lets us know the beneficiary can be equipment modded to bolster USB centers (recollect this will refute your guarantee) however ‘out of the case’ you’ll require an eSATA drive for PVR and media playback capacities.

There is additionally a simple modem which appears to be repetitive despite the Ethernet port. The single-tuner data is not joined by a loopthrough yield. The force supply is a travel-accommodating 12V assortment.

Inside, the DM500 HD is occupied yet perfect. The DVB-S/S2 tuner module is bound to the primary board so it can’t be effortlessly supplanted with a DVB-T or DVB-C module.

The principle board additionally contains the card peruser, and the primary Broadcom ‘framework on a chip’ (worked around a 400MIPS processor) is heatsinked.

Unordinary is the inside open SIM space, into which has been stuck some sort of Dreambox security gadget; these collectors have, all things considered, been persistently pilfered.

A second daughterboard contains the modem, while a metal section fitted simply over the fundamental chip wears the cooling fan.




The default Enigma2 firmware’s orderly wizards guide you through the procedure of introducing the beneficiary. They cover dialect, TV framework, time zone, starting dish design and hunting down channels – all parameters that can be changed later on by means of the setup menus.

Looking can happen on single transponders or complete satellites – all stations, or simply free ones, can be found and put away. FEC and image rate can be determined for manual quests, however you can’t enter PIDs.

It’s a compassion that equipment blind hunt is missing, despite the fact that a module could, in principle, include blind inquiry.

An appreciated module that was pre-introduced on the audit unit is the satfinder, with its extensive sign quality/quality reference diagrams and capacity to choose a particular satellite/transponder.

DiSEqC capacities are great; notwithstanding 1.2, this collector bolsters basic switchboxes (1.0) and USALS. The greater part of the typical controls for dish development are bolstered – these utilization the handset’s hued catches. With a mechanized dish, you’ll have the capacity to lead robotized different satellite quests.

Different menus spreading out from the primary one care for all way of recipient usefulness. In the AV menu, you can pick different resolutions, revive rates and perspective proportion defaults – lip-sync, upscaling sharpness and sound modes are additionally movable here.

We’re awed with the test design generator, a pre-introduced module that is given as a TV contrast/brilliance modification help.

Different menus cook for parental controls, module establishment and initialising (organizing) your outer HDD with the goal that recordings can be made or timeshift locked in. The general feel of the beneficiary can be changed to your tastes as well; notwithstanding ‘skins’, a “redo” menu will give you a chance to tweak collector conduct.


Essential use

You can grouping through channels with the joypad’s left/right keys and channels are organized as “bundles” (channel records), which are gotten to in a ‘channel choice menu’. From here, you can sort the rundown by “all” (everything, sorted in order), by satellite/supplier bundles, or top choices.

The last are basically client characterized bunches – and it’s anything but difficult to add to, or erase from these as taste directs. To be sure, erasing undesirable channels or whole bundles is a snap.

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Squeezing the “data” catch yields an EPG-inferred portrayal of the present system. The EPG, which underpins now-and-next and seven-day timetables, is likewise available from here. Exhibited as a fundamental content show, it offers two modes.

The primary spotlights on one channel’s calendar, while alternate permits you to see what numerous channels are putting forth inside of a given timeslot.

On the off chance that the important EPG information is in the machine, the name of the show being telecast by the station is demonstrated neighboring, together with a running-time visual diagram.


PVR and sight and sound

The clock can be modified from the EPG. Manual clock writing computer programs is additionally permitted, and you can determine how a recording ought to stop. Interestingly, you can watch one channel while another records – gave that both are on the same transponder.

The channel list demonstrates to you which channels are accessible – ones that can be chosen are highlighted, while most that can’t are turned gray out. All things considered, this is surprisingly adaptable for a solitary tuner unit.

At the point when a recording is in advancement you can see either this or a current one chose from a rundown.

Timeshifting is additionally conceivable. The timeshift documents aren’t appeared in the recording list, yet signing into the beneficiary utilizing a system FTP (File Transfer Protocol) customer uncovers their vicinity.

Like the recordings themselves, timeshift documents take the type of transport streams containing all accessible station information (teletext and DVB subtitles, if present, are safeguarded).

One of the numerous accessible modules is a media player. Despite the fact that the absence of a USB port diminishes its helpfulness,


it’s anything but difficult to exchange sight and sound records crosswise over to the outside HDD by means of FTP. It might be good with DivX/XviD, MPEG and MKV/X.264 video (and also MP3 sound), yet the scaling fails to impress anyone.

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Some substance doesn’t fill the screen since it’s being shown at local determination – and there’s no zoom capacity to review the equalization.

Despite the fact that the media player doesn’t perceive photographs, a different “PicturePlayer” module can deal with those.

Writing the collector’s location into the program presents you with Enigma2’s web interface. Channels can be remotely chosen from here.

You can likewise summon recording, access EPG data and timetable clock occasions. In the event that you have VLC Media Player introduced on your PC, then you can begin seeing the right now tuned divert in a window.

Existing recordings put away on the outer HDD can likewise be spilled or downloaded by means of the system – even while the machine records another project. Hypothetically, you could plan recordings and play/exchange content from anyplace on the planet.




The tuner dependably clutched channels from Astra 1x and Hot Bird, got with a little (45cm) dish and multi-LNB – thus affectability isn’t a stress. Channel determination is sensibly quick – the DM500 HD switches between neighboring administrations in around two seconds.

We judged the client interface and menu framework to be wonderfully responsive being used, and look paces are more than satisfactory.

Delays of up to a moment amid the examining procedure were, in any case, noted, however the employment is constantly finished. These delays are more normal amid FTA-just inquiries, consequently clarifying our test outcomes.

Varying media quality is magnificent, from HD and SD channels alike. HD channels are especially fresh, with energetic hues and great complexity range.

Dreambox DM500 HD review