Webif


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

The main Webif page for E1 boxes only

works with all PC's and operating systems including the new Windows7

DM7025, DM800 and DM8000 users click here

Every DM box has a built in world wide web server or webif as it is also known as, which allows you do to;

Change the channels on your set top box (also known as Zap)
Change the bouquets on your set top box (also known as Zap)
Change the network provider on your set top box (also known as Zap)
Change satellites you are watching on your set top box (also known as Zap)
Change the volume on your set top box
Setup your set top box as a Media Center client
Watch your set top box on your PC via the Web-X-TV link on your computer
Listen to your set top box on your PC via the APid option
Setup recordings on your set top box and change the recording timer functions
Mount network devices or computers to your DM box
Tune your dish with the Zoom and Satfinder options, with wifi to a notebook by the dish (only if you have wifi)
... and so much more.

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

Known Issue: IE7 does not function as it should in the WEBIF so please use Firefox3 where possible

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Howto do it (a very simple process)


In this example below we will use the IP address of http://192.168.1.201 and this world wide web site in your DM box will appear.

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on the MAC it will look something like this
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What are some of these settings?


At the top of the screen we see
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Then we will see;
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Then at the top of the main screen you will see this line where it shows;
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The ZAP options

change TV, Radio, movies and more


From this ZAP menu you can;
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Simply click on the Box Control tab, and then the ZAP option.

If you select the TV option as shown below you can then further select

then simply click on the TV channel name to change the TV channel on your set top box. A really cool feature.

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If you select the Radio option as shown below you can then further select

then simply click on the Radio channel name to change the Radio channel on your set top box. A really cool feature.

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If you have a hard disk installed in your DM box you can also look at the movies you have recorded and;

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Or if you are just curious to how the structure of your DM box is, you can look at it via the root option

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The Timer edit options

Setup a TV or radio channel to be recorded in the future


With this option you can tell your DM to either change channel to another TV or radio programme or tell it to record a TV or radio programme at any given time.

Please see the Timer section for more details on how to use this feature

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The set top box control options

Send messages to your TV and much more


When you click on the Box Control and then the Control Tools drop down menu, a new menu will appear on the left hand side of you webif screen.

With these options you can;

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To use the Message2TV function simply click on Message2TV and a screen like the one shown below will appear.

Simply type in a message and it will be sent to your TV.

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To use the Satfinder option click here to learn more about it.

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The Remote Control option offers so much and if you ever destroy your RCU you can always use this one or the one in the PDA web interface. This web based remote control unit is the same as the Remote Control units listed here, along with all the same functions and features.

Not only can you fully control your DM box, but you can also make screen dumps (exactly what we use here for this PLi® Wiki) and save them to your computer for future use.

Why would you want a remote control unit like this?

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The set top box configurations options

Setup my remote mounts and much more


Here we can set up our remote mounts of other network devices and also various misc settings.

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You can see all the details in full about how to use the Mount Manager options here. This is a very handy tool for DM500 users, who want to use their computer as their hard disk.

Although you can configure most of your settings in the Settings menu this allows you to have quick and easy access to the set top box and do it from one screen.

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The Screenshot option is just that. It allows you make screen shoots of your set top box and save them on your computer for use in other applications.

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The channel information options

See everything thing there is to know about a channel


This is a very powerful option, that allows you learn about the channel you are watching on your TV at the moment, or one you have selected with the ZAP option above.

You can;

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When you click on the channel EPG the screen below will appear along with all the EPG that is available for the channel you have selected.

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The Video Channel settings will allow you select any sub settings relating to the video.
The Audio Channel settings will allow you select any sub settings relating to the Audio being played out on your TV at the moment.

The Stream info option, will allow you to see the following details

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The Teletext option is a hidden GEM inside the PLi software. If the TV channel has teletext you will be able to watch a gold mine of data pages via your web interface as this example below shows.

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The Audio and Video Capture options can be found in this streaming howto as it is the same as selecting the APID and VPID options on the top right hand side of very webif screen.

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and also here

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The About options


The about menu has so much to offer everyone.


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Tip: What is the best web browser to use with this Webif? Firefox3 is the best on all computer platforms, although others do work, but not as well.
Tip: You can port forward this Webif to the Internet, see your modem / routers user manual on how to forward port 80 to the WAN
Tip: The Webif is only as good as your LAN! If your LAN is mis-configured then expect problems with some of the Webif features!
Known Issues: On some Linux distributions Firefox does not always like our news ticker, but you can disable this feature on the drop down menu above.
Known Issues: IE7 does not function as it should in the WEBIF so please use Firefox3 where possible.


Links related to your world wide web interface in this wiki
  1. Streaming my DM box to my PC
  2. How to use Web-X-TV
  3. How to use my PDA / Mobile Phone on my DM box
  4. How to stream my DM box over the internet
  5. How to use the Zoom and satfind functions
  6. How to mount any disk drive to my DM box


There are other webif commands that you can manually send to your DM box and are listed here


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