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Offline Mantorok

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IceBox Review
« on: August 02, 2005, 01:33:42 PM »
I've had the IceBox (aka Netgear WGT634U) up and running for a little over a week now and thought I'd give a brief review of it.

First up some background:  At home I have a WiFi network consisting of 2 Belkin routers (F5D7230au4).  One is located in the study near the cable modem.  The other is located at the other end of the house with my entertainment unit and is configured as an Access Point to extend the range of my WiFi network.  I have a TF5000PVRt running the May-05 firmware.

I pretty much followed the instructions on the IceTV web site for setting up the IceBox for wireless communication.  The only slightly tricky bit was connecting my laptop to the IceBox via cable for the initial setup.  For those not computer minded it might be good to provide instructions on how to do this for the most common operating systems out there but anyone capable of setting up a home WiFi LAN shouldn't have too much of a problem.

The IceBox itself comes with its own web interface that allows you to configure it via a browser (so you're not tied into a particular operating system).  Included are a few diagnosis options, a log and a File Manager tool to allow you to transfer files to/from the Toppy.  I used it to upload the latest version of the PBK TAP and it worked flawlessly.

Some enhancements I like to see (if possible):
1.  Ability to transfer bigger files than 2Mb
2.  Support for WPA and WPA2 security
3.  Ability to do a Toppy firmware upgrade where it fetches the firmware from the Ice server

And a bug I'd like to report:

I tend to leave my Toppy on 24x7 but I've noticed that often after an EPG upload the guide gets a bit "flakey".  Sometimes the TV programmes are blank with just the time period and sometimes the rating (PG, M etc) displayed.  Seems to only happen on the "new" days.  Other times the programmes on the new days are not shown at all even though the files from that day are in the ICE folder.  Also once when I called up the IceLoader menu the screen froze.

I beleive this is more a problem with the TAP than the IceBox itself though as I got this when I used to use my laptop to perform the uploads.  To fix the problem I just need to put the Toppy into Standby then switch it on again.  It would be nice if I didn't need to do this every day or so.

Offline pvogel

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Re: IceBox Review
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2005, 11:56:51 AM »
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I tend to leave my Toppy on 24x7 but I've noticed that often after an EPG upload the guide gets a bit "flakey".  Sometimes the TV programmes are blank with just the time period and sometimes the rating (PG, M etc) displayed.  Seems to only happen on the "new" days.  Other times the programmes on the new days are not shown at all even though the files from that day are in the ICE folder.  Also once when I called up the IceLoader menu the screen froze.

This sounds like a problem with the Topfield firmware which we know about and are hoping they will fix "soon".


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