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Access to Settings

Settings window is accessible via Main Menu window. Example for MAG322:

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Playback

This section of Settings is entended to determine Playback settings.

Primary audio track language

Language selection of track you want to use during playback (the media stream can include several audio tracks with different languages). If media stream does not contain audio tracks with specified language, first audio stream of media stream is used.

Primary subtitle language

Disabling (value "Disabled" ) and enabling displaying of subtitles by choosing primary subtitle language which will be used during playback. Media stream may include subtitle support in several languages. If the media stream does not support specified in STB subtitle language then first of subtitle language that specified in media stream will be used.

Subtitle size

Subtitle display size: small, normal, large, huge.

Subtitle color
Color of subtitle display.
Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio (scaling) of media stream to be displayed on the screen of video signal receiver (TV, monitor). This value will be used by default for all IPTV channels. Suggested values are:

  • Fit on;
  • Zoom;
  • Optimal;
  • Stretch.

    During media stream playback the aspect ratio value can be changed with Remote Control (Change aspest ratio button).

Interface

This section of Settings is intended to determine embedded portal user interface settings and behavior of Standby power feature of STB.

Start page

Start page (window) that displays as first after embedded portal loaded. The portal loading takes place: 1) after portal reboot, 2) after STB (re)boot; 3) after exit from deep standby mode.
Possible start page options:

Weather system format

Used to display weather data in Main Menu. Possible values are:

  • Metric (Celsius, meters per second);
  • English (Fahrenheit, miles per hour).
HDMI event reaction

Reaction to events that STB detect on HDMI interface. The following values for this field are used:

  • Disabled - no reaction;
  • Enabled - reaction enabled immediately;
  • 5 minutes delay - reaction is activated in 5 minutes after event is fixed;
  • 10 minutes delay - reaction is activated in 10 minutes after event is fixed.

If the reaction is enabled the STB distinguishes the following events:

  • event: power off device (TV) - reaction: STB goes to Standby;
  • event: power on device (TV) - reaction: STB exits from Standby to Active state;
  • event: disconnecting cable from STB socket - reaction: STB goes to standby;
  • event: connecting cable to STB socket - reaction: STB goes from standby to active state;

Standby modes are described for Standby mode option.

Screensaver interval

This option enables / disables Screen saver mode of STB. The following values for this option are used:

  • Disabled - screen saver is disabled;
  • 1 minute - screen saver turns on after 1 minute;
  • 3 minutes - screen saver turns on after 3 minutes;
  • 5 minutes - screen saver turns on after 5 minutes;
  • 10 minutes - screen saver turns on after 10 minutes.

If Screen saver function is enabled then after selected time STB will go to Screen saver mode (the specified picture will be displayed on TV screen) if any external commands do not come from input devices (remote control, keyboard, mouse, etc.). Screen saver picture is set in Screensaver option. When any input device button is activated, the image of previously active window resumes.
Screen saver acts in all windows of the embedded portal. It does not work when playing media resources and at the time of background events (like channel recording, file downloading, etc.).

Screensaver Type of picture to be displayed in Screen saver mode - see description of Screen saver interval option. The following values for this option are used: abstract, blank, clock.
Clock during playing

ON - during playback the clock is displayed on the screen;

OFF - during playback the clock is not displayed on the screen.

LED brightness The brightness level of STB LED (located on the front panel) in the active mode (0-100%).
LED brightness (standby) The brightness level of the STB LED (located on the front panel) in the standby mode (0-100%).
RC model

Selection of remote control model which is used as STB input device:

This value changes the appearance of Exit, Menu, Information, Return icons in embedded portal windows.

Stand by mode

Following Standby power modes are available:

  • Active - only signal transmission (audio and video outputs) is disabled, but all other subsystems remain in operation. Active Standby mode allows you to quickly restore STB operation when exiting standby mode;
  • Deep - power is turned off for all the elements of the set-top box, except for those that wait (must accept) the STB activation signal (IR receiver, part of the HDMI interface). Deep Standby mode puts the STB into a low power state.

STB enters Standby in following cases:

  • after pressing Off button on RC;
  • after HDMI events reaction (turning off the TV or detaching HDMI cable) - see description of HDMI event reaction option;
  • after auto power Off, if there is no STB activity during specified time - see description of Auto power down option.
Auto power down

Possible values are:

  • Off - auto power down is not performed;
  • 20 minutes - auto power off after 20 minutes;
  • 1 hour - auto power off after 1 hour;
  • 2 hours - auto power off after 2 hours;
  • 4 hours - auto power off after 4 hours.

Auto power off function means automatic STB switch-over to Standby after pre-set inactivity time. Inactive state means no signals from input devices (remote control, keyboard, mouse) and absence of any STB events - playing channels, recording, etc.

Software autoupdate

This section of Settings is intended to set STB auto-update conditions as well as allows to perform manually update STB software (by HTTP).

Autoupdate

Autoupdate options:

  • Disabled - auto-update is disabled (default value);
  • Enabled - auto-update is performed when new version of software is detected by STB;
  • With confirmation - auto-update with confirmation: when new version of software is detected then the user confirmation is expected to continue updating.
Update to beta versions

Permission to update STB to beta (test version) software

  • ON - use beta version software for update;
  • OFF - do not use the beta version for update
    (default value).
Update manually (F2)

Entering to manual software update window. Detailed description:

TimeShift

This section of Settings is intended for setting of local TimeShift function. This function allows users, during the viewing of IPTV channels, to suspend viewing for a certain time (by pausing the viewing) and resume viewing. For media stream buffering (recording while pausing) USB-drive must be connected and Storages access mode must have value "full access" (see System settings / Advanced settings / More).

To use TimeShift function Storages access mode must be enabled in System Settings.

Use TimeShift

ON - enable TimeShift;
OFF - disable TimeShift;

Icon enable

Enable TimeShift information icon to display during recording.

File location

Displays list of connected USB-drives and allows you to choose which drive to use as recording device (buffer). If USB drive is not connected, the value None is displayed.

Length Determines maximum time that single media stream is written to buffer.
Using buffer mode

This option determinds how to proceed when the buffer size becomes full:

  • Cyclic record mode - after Length option time expires, system records new media stream data over previously recorded data.

  • Stop when out of space - after Length option time expires, recording of the media stream stops.

On exit

This option determinds how STB should deal with the data that was recorded on Timeshift exit:

  • Save buffer - after the recorded data is played back, data is stored on USB drive;

  • Do not save the buffer - after recorded data is played back, the data is not saved;

  • Request to save - user is asked to save the data. The user allows or prohibits saving of data.

Delay
  • By pressing Pause button - writing to buffer starts immediately after pressing Pause button on RC;
  • 1 second, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds. - these options set auto enabling of TimeShift function on opening any IPTV-channel. Option value determinds delay before writing to buffer. If you leave the channel view during specified delay, the recording in the buffer does not start.

Speed test

This section of Settings contains Speed test application that determines availability of connections (wired or wireless) and measures the actual speed of data receiving to STB via Internet. Speed estimation is performed by exchanging data between STB and servers of manufacturer.

System settings

This section of Settings  serves as transition to the section System settings that contains main (system) settings of STB.

Access control

This section of Settings is intended to set user access to various Embedded portal windows (i.e. STB functions).

1 level 2 level Value
Access control
  • ON - enable access control;
  • OFF - disable (suspend) access control.
Passwords (Digits only)
The maximum password length is 10 characters. The password can only contain digits.



Advanced (F1)
System settings Enable/Disable access control to the System settings.
Portals loader

Enable/Disable access control to the Portal loader (see subsection Select a portal for loading).

Main menu
  • Enable - access to Main menu and all its nested sections (windows) is controled together. In this case if access to Main Menu is allowed it means that access to all Main Menu's nested sections are allowed too (and vise versa - if access to Main Menu is not allowed then access to nested sections is not allowed too).
  • Disable - for each Main Menu's nested section (listed below) access control is configured separately.

Home Media

Enable/Disable access control to Home Media.
IPTV-каналы Enable/Disable access control to IPTV-channels.

Record manager

Enable/Disable access control to Record manager .

Download manager

Enable/Disable access control to Download manager.

Internet browser

Enable/Disable access control to Internet browser.

Weather

Enable/Disable access control to Weather.

Menu Guide

Enable/Disable access control to Menu Guide.

Settings

Enable/Disable access control to Settings.

Storage of access control data

Data of Access Control and Password options are stored in STB environment variables: accessControl and acPassword, respectively. The variables are assigned when Access control gets enabled.
After first enabling Access Control function:

  • Access Control option can be changed in ON or OFF value in Access control window.
  • Password option can be changed in other permissible value in Access control window.

Data of Access Control and Password options can be
forced reset by user.

The values of other access control options (access to various portal sections) are stored in User Settings.

Enabling of access control

In the initial STB state (factory settings) Access control is disabled.

To enable Access control:

  • Open SettingsAccess Control.
  • In Access Control window set Access Control to ON.
  • In Password (Digits only) option define password value.
  • Click on Save button (OK on the remote control).
  • Exit Access Control window.

After enabling access control, Access Control window is blocked with password.

Suspension of access control

During Access control suspension (temporary disable) period all previously entered Access control settings (password and access control settings for selected windows) are stored, but all windows of Embedded portal become fully accessible to user.
To suspend Access control:

  • Open SettingsAccess Control.
  • In Access Control window set Access Control option to OFF.
  • Click on Save button (OK on RC).

To resume Access control function Access Control option must be set to ON.

Forced disabling of access control

Forced disabling (reset) of Access control can be useful, for example, when user can not access the Embedded Portal due to password loss.
Forced disabling of Access control (password deletion and stopping of access control) is performed as follow:

  • For MAG250/254/270 - Reset to factory settings from bootloader menu
  • For MAG256/3xx/4xx - Reset to factory settings with Service Button:
    • MAG256 - boot in Mode 3 (LED red, fast blinking);
    • MAG3xx - boot in Mode 2 (LED white, quick blinking);
    • MAG4xx - boot in Mode 2 (LED red, quick blinking - about 3 time per second).

Access Control Settings

After Access control is enabled, you can lock/unlock STB and make the following Access control settings:

Locking/unlocking STB

If Access Control is enabled then STB may be in one of Access control states:

  • locked - STB controls access to Access Control window and to defined windows of the embedded portal. When you try to open these windows the Unlock window is displayed - you need to enter the password to access the window.
  • unlocked - access is open to any windows of embedded portal.

To shift STB to locked state:

  • Enter Main Menu window.
  • Press Exit (with Remote Control or embedded portal button).
  • In Confirm window (that appears) confirm the blocking with the Lock (OK on RC).
  • When device is locked then Unlock window appears - click Exit button.
  • When you will try to open Access Control window or one of the defined windows for which access control is enabled the Unlock window will appear - an offer to enter password to access the window.

STB gets unlocked after accessing one of the windows for which access control is assigned (after entering correct password in the Unlock window).

Access to defined windows of embedded portal

Enter Access Control window: Access Control option should be set to ON, in the Password option should be set required password value.
Click Advanced button (F1 on RC). Additional options are opened:

  • System settings - enable (ON) or disable (OFF) access control to System settings.
  • Portal loader - enable (ON) or disable (OFF) Access control to Portals loader window.
  • Main menu - enable (ON) or disable (OFF) Access control to Main Menu window and all its nested windows (located on it). If set to OFF then in Access Control window additional options are opened for setting Access control to nested windows of Main menu:
    • Home Media
    • IPTV-channels
    • Record manager
    • Download manager
    • Internet browser
    • Weather
    • Menu Guaide
    • Settings

After making changes of settings click Save button (OK on RC).

Teletext

In this section of Settings the Teletext feature is configured. These settings applies to all STB IPTV-channels supporting teletext service.

Use Teletext

ON - the teletext info display is activated;
OFF - the teletext info display is deactivated.

Force charset

Сhannel with teletext feature can be accompanied by teletext info in several languages.This option allows you to force encoding (language selection) of output text (teletext information). It is used to correctly display information:

  • Disabled - forced charset assign is not used. The teletext encoding type is selected from channel info;
  • Auto - automatic detection of necessary encoding;
  • Choice of the encoding language - selection of language that will be forced used for displaying teletext information. If channel does not support specified language then to display teletext is used encoding which assigned by channel itself.
Display ratio

The value of aspect ratio of TV (monitor, etc.) that is used to display teletext:

  • 4:3
  • 16:9
Opacity level

Opacity level of teletext info (0-100).

Teletext options Force charset, Display ratio, Opacity level can be changed with Menu button for each channel while watching it.

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