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Access to Settings

In Settings section, general settings and features of the Embedded portal are managed.
Settings window is accessible via Main Menu window. Example for MAG322:

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List of settings and features

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Playback

This section of Settings is entended to determine Playback settings. These settings applied to all media channels which is played back in Embedded portal.

Options
(environment variable)
Description
Primary audio track language
(lang_audiotracks)
If media stream includes several audio tracks with different languages, this option commands which audio track language has to be used during channel playback. In case media stream does not contain audio track with specified in this option language, the first audio track language that specified in media stream will be used.
Primary subtitle language
(lang_subtitles)

Disabling (value Disabled) and enabling displaying of subtitles. When a primary subtitle language is selected, it uses 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
(subtitlesSize)

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

Subtitle color
(subtitlesColor)
Color of subtitle display.
Aspect ratio
(aspect)

Aspect ratio (scaling) of media stream to be displayed on the screen of video signal receiver (TV, monitor). Offered values are:

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

This value will be used by default for all IPTV channels. 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.

Options
(environment variable)

Description
Start page
(startPage)

Start page (window) which will display first after Embedded portal get loaded. Possible start page options:

The portal loading takes place: 1) after portal restart, 2) after STB power ON or reboot; 3) after exit from deep standby mode.

Weather system format
(weather_conf)

Used to display weather report and forcast that are displayed in the Weather app (shortcut is located in Main Menu window) and directly in Main menu. Possible values are:

  • Metric - Celsius (°C), meters per second (m/s);
  • English - the Fahrenheit (°F), miles per hour (miles/h).
HDMI event reaction
(hdmi_event_delay)

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 in Standby mode option.

Screensaver interval
(ssaverDelay)

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

  • Disabled - screen saver is disabled;
  • 1 minute - 10 minutes - delay time before screen saver turns on;

If Screen saver feature is enabled (i.e. a definite delay time is specified), then after the selected interval of STB inactivity, STB goes to Screen saver mode. Screen saver feature starts displaying a specified picture (set in Screensaver option) on the TV screen instead of currently displayed window of Embedded portal. STB inactivity refers to the next situations:

  • no input commands, i.e. any external commands do not come from input devices (remote control, keyboard, mouse, etc.);
  • no media playing back;
  • no background activity (like channel recording and file downloading).

Screen saver stops its displaying after STB receiving any command from an input device. STB resumes displaying previously open window of Embedded portal.
Note. If Screen saver is combining with Standby mode, Screen saver stops its displaying after entering to Standby mode which causes disabling video/audio interfaces.

Screensaver
(ssaverName)
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.
Note. Description of Screen saver feature is given in Screensaver interval option.
Clock during playing
(playerClock)

Displaying the electronic clock during playback of channels. Possible values:

  • ON - during playback the clock is displayed on the screen;
  • OFF - during playback the clock is not displayed on the screen.
LED brightness Brightness level of STB LED (located on the front panel) in active mode (0-100%).
LED brightness (blink/standby)
(standbyLedLevel)
Brightness level of the STB LED (located on the front panel) in standby mode (0-100%).
RC model
(controlModel)

Selection of remote control model which is used as STB input device - see User manual to Remote control:

  • SRC-4807
  • SRC-4513

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

Stand by mode
(standByMode)

Following Standby power modes are available:

  • Active - only audio / video transmission is disabled, but all other subsystems remain in operation. Active Standby provides faster (compared with Deep Standby) resuming STB operation after exiting standby mode;
  • Deep - power is turned off for all subsystems of the STB, excepting which are waiting (must accept) the STB activation command (IR receiver, part of the HDMI interface). Deep Standby mode puts the STB into a low power state.

STB being in Active goes to Standby in the following cases:

  • pressing Off/On button on RC;
  • HDMI events reaction - see description of HDMI event reaction option:
    • event: power off device (TV) - reaction: STB goes to Standby;
    • event: disconnecting cable from STB socket - reaction: STB goes to Standby;
  • auto power Off, if there is no STB activity during specified time - see description of Auto power down option.

STB being in Standby goes in Active after:

  • pressing Off/On button on RC;
  • HDMI events reaction:
    • event: power on device (TV) - reaction: STB exits from Standby to Active state;
    • event: connecting cable to STB socket - reaction: STB goes from standby to active state.
Auto power down
(autoPowerDownTime)

Possible values are:

  • Off - auto power down is not performed;
  • 20 minutes, 1 hour , 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours - options of time (delay) before STB auto shutdown happens.

Auto power down feature means automatic STB switch over to Standby after pre-set inactivity time. Inactive state refers to no command receiving from input devices (remote control, keyboard, mouse) and no any STB events like media playing back, recording, and file downloading.

Software autoupdate

This section of Settings is intended to configure STB auto-update conditions and perform manual STB update from server. Description of autoupdate configuring - here.

Options Description

Autoupdate
(autoupdate_cond)

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
(betaupdate_cond)

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 see in Update from Settings menu section.

TimeShift

This section of Settings is intended to enable/disable TimeShift feature and define related settings. In general, TimeShift performs recording of current live broadcasting to a storage medium (memory buffer) to be viewed afterwards (during current show or after that) starting from either position within the record. To select the starting position of playback the rewind buttons are used.
TimeShift on current channel can be started by user with Pause button on RC or can be launched by system in auto mode while opening the channel, after specified delay - this option is configurable (see Delay option description).
As the storage medium, a USB-drive is designed.

To use TimeShift feature, make sure that Storages access mode option is set as 'full access' (see System settings / Advanced settings / More).

Options Description
Use TimeShift
(ts_on)
  • ON - enable TimeShift;
  • OFF - disable TimeShift;
Icon enable
(ts_icon)

This iption enable/disable TimeShift icon Image Documentation displaying during media recording. The icon will be displayed on the screen to confirm that TimeShift (i.e. recording to USB-storage) is activated on current channel. The icon will appear as soon as Timeshift activated (see Delay option description) and disappear after Timeshift has been stopped (see On exit option description).

File location
(ts_path)

USB-storage device which has to be used as media storage (buffer).
Note. By default, the value 'None' is assigned. To enable TimeShift feature you should specify a USB-drive (select it form all connected USB-drives list).

Once selected USB-drive will be auto-assigned as File location every time you connect the USB-drive to STB (until you assign another USB-drive).

Length
(ts_time)
Determines a maximum time that a single media stream is written to buffer. Determines a maximum time that a single media stream is written to buffer.
The suggested value range consists of timespans from 15 minutes to 24 hours.
Using buffer mode
(ts_endType)

This option defines how to proceed when buffer size becomes full (i.e. after expiring of the time which specified in Length option):

  • Cyclic record mode - recording new media stream data will be made over previously recorded data (i.e. old data is erased).

  • Stop when out of space - recording of the media stream stops.

On exit
(ts_exitType)

This option determines how STB should deal with recorded media data on exit from Timeshift:

  • Save buffer - the data is stored on USB drive (in records folder);

  • Do not save the buffer - the data is not saved (erased from USB drive);

  • Request to save - the user is asked to save the data. The user may allow or reject saving the data.

Timeshift ceases in the next situations:

  • Specified Length of TimeShift is expired;

  • USB-drive removing or getting full;

  • TimeShift disabling (over IPTV channel menu);

  • Exit from watching the channel (switch over another channel; exit from watching with Exite or Stop buttons; putting STB to Standby; power STB off).

Delay
(ts_lag)
  • By pressing Pause button (default value)- TimeShift (recording to buffer) starts immediately after pressing Pause button on RC;
  • 1 second, 3 seconds, 5 seconds or 10 seconds - if one of listed values is selected, TimeShift (recording to buffer) will start on opening a channel after selected delay. If you leave the channel 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 the Internet. Speed measurement is performed by exchanging data between STB and servers of manufacturer.

System settings

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

Access control

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

Options of level 1
(environment variable)
Options of level 2 Description
Access control
(accessControl)

  • ON - enable access control;
  • OFF - disable (suspend) access control.
Passwords (Digits only)
(acPassword)

The maximum password length is 10 characters. The password may consist of numeric characters (0...9) only.



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

Enable/Disable access to the Select a portal for loading window.

Main menu
  • Enable - access to Main menu and all its nested sections (windows) are 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 - each of 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.

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 set password value.
  • Click on Save button (OK on the remote control).
  • Exit Access Control window.

After enabling access control, Access Control window is locked 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 the loss of the password.
Forced disabling of Access control (for example, in case of password loss) 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 locking 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 of the Embedded portal 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

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

  • System settings - enable (ON) or disable (OFF) access control to System settings.
  • Portal loader - enable (ON) or disable (OFF) Select a portal for loading 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

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

Teletext

In this section of Settings, a Teletext feature is configured. These settings apply to all STB cannels of IPTV-channels section.

Options
(environment variable)
Descriptions
Use Teletext
(teletext_on)

ON - teletext info displaying is allowed;
OFF - teletext info displaying is forbidden.

Force charset
(teletext_charset)

As some channel can be ptovided with teletext info in several languages, this option allows you to force encoding (language selection) of teletext information. It is used to correctly display information:

  • Disabled - forced charset assigning is not used. The teletext encoding type is selected from channel info;
  • Auto - automatic detection of necessary encoding;
  • Specific language (English, Portuguese/Spanish, Polish, ...) - this language will be forced used for displaying teletext information. If teletext information does not contain specified language variant then encoding assigned by channel will be used.
Display ratio
(teletext_ratio)

Aspect ratio of display graphics window that is used to display teletext:

  • 4:3
  • 16:9
Opacity level
(teletext_opacity)

Opacity level of teletext info (0-100).

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

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