This post was most recently updated on September 19th, 2019
This article will be as long as it will be comprehensive. I will be sharing with you today, a guide on how to Connect Satellite decoders to the internet. This tip will work for both standalone FTA decoders as well as decoders manufactured by Pay-TV companies. When I say pay-tv decoders, I mean such decoders by companies like beIN, Multichoice, canal, sky, direct tv and so on.
Similarly, FTA/IKS standalone satellite receivers refer to such decoders as Qsat/cobox/nusky, tigerstar decoders, t-link, hellobox, icone decoders, starsat, Dreambox, enigma, Openbox, cisco and so on. This article is well researched and the delivery will lay to rest any confusion or worries about why your decoder is not detecting your internet connection. Apart from this, I will give you a most comprehensive guide on how to configure your internet to work with your decoder as well as choosing the best network for your decoder.
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Why do you need to connect your Satellite Receiver to the Internet?
Nowadays, most things are digital. people now lean more towards streaming tv programs online in comparison to watching them via satellite tv subscription using a dish. Aside from this, you need an internet connection to perform some basic operations on your receiver that could enhance your viewing experience. Initially, many pay-tv operators disabled internet access on their decoders. Today, they have enabled such because they need it to power their streaming services. Multichoice, for example, has DStv catchup, box office and showmax. Showmax requires a stable internet connection to operate.
Conversely, dongles and FTA decoders have had internet protocols integrated into their decoders for a very long time. For example, strong decoders have had the internet in 4910 for more than 10 years. T-link, Dreambox and open box have enabled internet on their products long before strong decoders. Now, this brings us to why we need internet on satellite decoders.
- For security patch and timely software upgrade: This is the most important reason. The update can be rolled to devices in realtime if you are connected to the internet. Although this can be done without internet too.
- For those looking for decoders that serve as alternatives to Pay-TV(this is can be illegal), internet connection is a must. Especially if you are watching IPTV or iks(cccam channels)
- Also, even with powervu and biss keys auto-roll decoder, you will still need an internet connection to calculate and set new keys.
Basic Internet Protocols/Modems Available for Satellite Decoders
We have 5 internet gateways for any satellite decoders or STB. One is already becoming obsolete. I will now highlight the list of all the internet protocols that you can find in any decoder including their popularity.
- LAN/Ethernet Connection via an RJ45 Cable. This is the first and the most stable connection any decoder can have. In fact, most decoders come only with this type of connection.
- Wi-Fi/wireless connection to a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can establish this connection by buying a wifi adapter for regular satellite decoders. As for android tv boxes, you can connect to a wi-fi network without a wifi adaptor if you are using a hybrid decoder or an android tv box.
- 3G/4G Connection. You can establish this connection by connecting a USB internet dongle to your decoder.
- Edge/Gprs/Gsm/2G Connection. This kind of connection is the slowest and it is lagging phasing out. To use a 2g on a decoder, you either connect it via a 2g modem or by inserting the sim card directly.
- VPN connection: this is not an internet connection on its own. However, you can use a VPN on some android tv boxes to anonymize your activities.
The List of Decoders that I Shall be Covering in this Article
- Tigerstar T-Series E.g t3000, t8, t8 mine=i and so on. This also applies to icone decoders and starsat.
- How To Configure Internet on GSky & Hellobox Decoders
- All Qsat decoders and speed HD S1(Mind you, what applies to qsat also applies to speed HD S1 vice versa)
- How to choose the best internet protocol for TV1 cccam account and how to avoid banning
- T-link decoder 900 HD and 600 HD
- Strong Decoder
- Android TV Boxes
How to Connect Satellite Decoders to the Internet
In this section, you will learn about how to connect your satellite decoders or android tv boxes to the internet. We will be using the four most popular internet protocols as our guide.
How to Connect Satellite Decoders to the Internet via Wireless Connection
The image below is that of a decoder that is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. Next, I will show you how to connect any decoder to the internet via wireless network
- Your satellite receiver must support Wi-Fi connection before you can connect it to the internet via Wi-Fi
- Secondly, you must have a compatible Wi-Fi adapter ready for your decoder. Note: some decoders support wifi connection directly and without a USB Wi-Fi adapter/dongle. Such boxes include hybrid decoders such as tigerstar and pure android tv boxes.
- Finally, get a Wi-Fi hotspot. this could either be from your phone’s mobile hotspot or via a Wi-Fi/Mi-Fi router.
Plug a compatible Wi-FI adapter into the USB port of your decoder.
Activate the WiFi hotspot of the device you want to share the internet from
Power on your television and satellite receiver, if the equipment is currently turned off. Next, press the “Menu” button on your remote and go to Settings/Setup and select network/config/network settings. Next, select WiFi network/wireless from the list of internet protocols available on your decoder. See the image below
Next, select Wifi>> enter your WiFi hotspot’s password where applicable and select “Connect Now”
Once the connection is successful, you should receive a pop-up message or a sign on your decoder indicating that. You now have internet connection on your decoder via WiFi and you can access all the internet-dependent apps and features on your decoder. Next, we are going to look at connection via LAN.
How to Connect Satellite Decoders to the Internet via LAN Connection
Like I said earlier, the most commonly used default internet protocol for decoders is a local area network(LAN). Here, I will be teaching you how to connect your decoder to the internet via LAN. Meanwhile, you must have properly configured your router(that supports lan). The image below shows a decoder that has successfully been connected to a LAN network via RF45 cable.
- Your satellite receiver must support come with a LAN port before you can connect it to the internet via LAN
- Secondly, you need a router or network switcher with at least one high-speed LAN ports. The router could be either 3G or 4G. I will recommend a 4G router though.
- Finally, and not least important, you need to get a LAN cable. This cable is pretty cheap and you can buy it off any computer accessory shop. Example of a LAN cable is in the picture below:
Plug the Ethernet/RJ45 cable into one of the “Out” ports on your router.
Attach the other end of the cable into the “Ethernet” port on the backside of your satellite decoder.
Now, Power on your router television and satellite receiver.
Press the “Menu” button on your satellite receiver’s remote control, then choose the “Setup/settings”. option and select “Network Setup/network>> network settings and change the connection/link protocol to LAN mode.
Basically, If your router opens DHCP function, your decoder will acquire the IP address automatically and you will receive a notification confirming this on your screen. See the image below for clarification.
Choose “OK” or “Done” once the receiver detects the Internet connection.
Note: make sure your modem has successfully established a network connection with the router before connecting it to your decoder.
How to Connect Satellite Decoders to the Internet via 3G/4G USB Modem/Dongle
- First off, make sure your satellite receiver supports 3G/4G USB internet modem. Then you need to get a compatible one. This post will help you get a compatible USB modem for your decoder or android TV box.
- Once you have your USB modem, make sure your decoder supports it. Don’t buy a 3G/4G modem for a decoder that only supports LAN internet. Next, set up your modem from within its dashboard on your PC.
Steps to Connect your 3G/4G Dongle to your decoder.
- First off, buy and load the sim within your 3G/4G modem with an appropriate internet data plan.
- Next, connect your 3g/4g modem to any of the USB ports of your decoder.
- Now press “Menu” on your decoder’s remote control and navigate to settings> select network>>network settings. Now choose 3G/4G network as your internet protocol. Immediately you do this, your decoder will give you a notification indicating that a USB device has been found.
- In most cases, your decoder may not get internet connection automatically. When this happens, you need to manually enter your internet service provider’s APN parameters.
- Now press a specific button on your decoder’s remote to connect your 3G modem. This button varies with the decoder. it could be yellow, green, red or blue. The good news is that you will receive the clue as to which button to press on your tv screen. Once the connection is successful you will receive a success message, otherwise, you will receive a “No Dongle device found” as shown below.
Note: If you receive a an error even after enetering the correct intenet profile settings into your decoder, it simply means you are either using an incompatible 3g modem or the sim inside your modem is not internet-enabled. If the option is available, select auto-connect to instruct your satellite receiver to automatically connect your 3G/4G modem next time you power it on.
How to Connect a Hybrid Satellite Decoder or an Android Box to the Internet
A hybrid decoder is one that combines the functionalities of an android tv box and a satellite receiver. We have many top-of-the-line hybrid receivers but they are pretty on the high side when it comes to cost. Some good examples that readily come to mind are Tigerstar T3000 android tv plus satellite tv receiver, Starsat extreme decoders and icone iron plus decoders.
Now, connecting a hybrid decoder or an android IPTV box t the internet is easier than connecting a regular standalone satellite receiver.
The reason is that android boxes and hybrid decoders share a common network interface. Maybe it is because they all run on the Android operating system.
Steps to connect an Android TV box or a Hybrid decoder to the internet
- Configure the internet modem you wish to use. What I mean is that, if you are using a router, preconfigure it on your pc. Alternatively, if you are using a 3g/4g modem, do likewise.
- Next, connect your internet modem or router to your box and power it on. Don’t forget to connect both ends if you are using LAN
- Once your decoder/STB is on, press menu on your remote and scroll to network.
- Here, you will see the list of internet protocols supported by your device. Select the one you wish to use and press the corresponding button to connect.
- Enter your WiFi password if you select WiFi or enter your APN if you select 3G.
- Once the connection is successful, you will be able to use the internet on your box. See the image below for a successful connection to a wifi hotspot on tigerstar hybrid android tv box
Tips on How to Configure a WiFi/LAN Router on Your PC or Mac Before Connecting it to your Decoder
For the full guide, you can read my post here. In most cases, you will need to configure both the 3g/4G modem that you want to use before first use the first time. Now we have several routers but if am to recommend, i will recommend standalone routers like Huawei, ZTE, TP-Link azsky G3, hame, and Vodafone wifi routers.
Whichever router you choose, makes sure you set it to use just a network at a time instead of it auto-switching.
Also, every router comes with a URL inform of an IP address which you can open on your pc browser. for example, the link to azsky g3 dashboard is http://192.168.0.1/main.asp(you must connect your azsky g3 router to the computer via a LAN cable before you visit that link in your browser) This ip address is always written on the body of your router. The link to the dashboard of the tp-link router is http://192.168.1.1, that of Huawei router is http://192.168.8.1/html/home.html.
Once you open the URL on your browser, it will automatically open the dashboard of the router where you can customize a lot of settings.
Things you can modify here include: assigning a name to your wifi hotspot, assigning a password to your hotspot and also changing your network mode to either Auto, 4g, 3g only or 2g only.
The password and user name is most of the time “admin” unless otherwise stated. pleas only change those things mentioned above no more no less. Once you are done changing, remeber to save your changes.
It is worthy of note that any good router can be used for two purposes 1. to serve as “lan connection(also known as wired connection) and 2. to serve as a source of wireless connection also known as wifi hotspot or wifi router. The interface of azsky G3 wifi router below will give you a clearer picture.
What to change while setting Up a Wi-Fi router for use with a Satellite Receiver
- To start with, you need to connect your router to your PC, mobile browser or Mac via lan cable or Wi-FI.
- Next, you need to visit the unique URL/IP for your router in your web browser.
- You will see a login page, enter your username and password accordingly. in most cases, the password is “admin”. see below
- Most routers come with easy to understand interface. From this dashboard, you can easily change your router’s name(also known as SSID). wifi hotspot password and even your APN
- The above is how you change your wifi password mine is “88888888” whichever password you choose, it must not be lesser than 8 characters. Make sure you choose a secure and easy to remember password.
- Once you are done, save, exit and reboot your wifi router to effect the changes.