This post was most recently updated on August 27th, 2016
The two most popular customized Internet decoders are Liberty Star decoders and T.link Decoders. In this post i will be providing you with the necessary info required to get you started as a new user on liberty decoder and / or t.link decoder ( i shall be limiting myself to t.link 600 and t.link 900 only)
What you must know:
you must be able to track a satellite dish yourself to learn how to easily do this plus the frequencies to use read my post here. and you should also read my two previous post on t.link and liberty HERE .
Secondly you must have bought your decoder frrom a trusted source and make sure you test it there before you take it home.
Now if you get home and you are not able to fix it, then read on
HOW TO SETUP LIBERTY STAR T1 / T2 / T3 DECODERS A NEWBIE GUIDE:
To set up liberty star t1 decoder for first use is very easy what you have to do is to get a 3g enabled sim for example if you are in Nigeria, i will advice you to use either airtel or etisalat with 3g network.
Simply plugin the sim to the sim slot at the back of your decoder, attach the antenna then connect your LNB cable to the lnb input at the back of the decoder (mind you you must have tracked either eutelsat w4 which is dstv africa or track nss 7 which is canal sat west africa you don.t have any other choice apart from this two satellite on Liberty star t1 decoder)
Now switch on your decoder and wait for the scrambled channels to come up. When using liberty for the first time you must wait a while before the channels show. Ever after, it will come up pretty fast.
Now Liberty decoder troubleshooting:
As at the time you purchase the liberty decoder, if the person tested it with a sim and you get home and you use that articular sim then you are same. However if you get home and you intend to use another sim it means you will have to set that new sim as default from the internet option menu of liberty for example if you tested with etisalat and you wish to use airtel afterwards, then you have to switch the accesspoint of the decoder to airtel. You can do this by pressing MENU and 2580 on your remote then scroll sideways to select the settings corresponding to the new sim you are using.
iF you discover that your all your channels just go scrambled and they are taking longer than usual to be back. all you need to do is for you to uplug the sim and plug it in again and you will be back online/
Another instance is that if your channels goes scramble too often and in quick succession : then you may have to change the direction of your decoder and try to turn the antenna either to the left or to the right until service is restored.
HOW TO CONFIGURE / SETUP T.LINK HD DECODER SWITH THE INBUILT DONGLE ACCOUNT OR WITH THE INTERNET ACCOUNT:
I will like to start with T.link 600 HD Decoder Now T.link 600 HD decoder is a full HD internet decoder like its successor T.link 900. But the major differences between t.link 900 HD Decoder and T.Link 600 HD decoders are
i. T.link 600 runs on linux operating system while t.link 900 runs on windows operating system (the implication of this is that linux is a little bit more stable than windows in terms of internet connectivity however this difference is negligible especially to those who have strong internet connection)
ii. T.link 900 comes with double inbuilt accounts valid for one years that is to say it has an inbuilt dongle account and an inbuilt cccam account both are valid for a year T.Link 600 on the other hand has only inbuilt cccam account valid for one year (the implication of this is that while while t.link 900 has an option for it to be use without internet connection i.e you can use it as a dongle with two dishes T.link 600 can only be used with the inbuilt internet account)
iii. To use t.link 900 with the internet cccam account you definitely need a router but with t.link 600 you dont necessarily need a router as there is an option for you to plug in your internet usb modem at the back of the decoder.
Now that you know the basic things you need to know about t/link 600 hd decoder let me go into how to connect it …
CONNECTING T.LINK 600 HD DECODER TO WATCH SATELLITE TV.
It depends on the number of dishes you have but you are to connect your LNB cable of your desired satellite to the lnb input at the back of your decoder and let it be in tunner 1. make sure you have scanned the channels and make sure you have set your dish settings inside the antenna settings of the decoder.. to do this navigate to Menu>>Antenna>>tuner A or B then watch the status bar at the bottom of the decoder to see if the signal strenght and quality is okay. i mean the signal status bar and the quality status bar must be filled to a certain percentage depending on how well you track your dish. and if you are using combined dish with disecq switch then make sure you change it here as well. now exit and press F1 111 on your remote this will take you to some options make sure you choose enable internet then exit.
Next goto MENU>>EXPANSION>>IP SETTINGS>>TEST IP then test your ip and make sure it says ready to be used with the internet then exit.
Now press F1 666 on your remote and this will take you to server settings (by now you must have pluin your internet modem) then check the numbers of connected servers if in front of connected servers you find zero 0 then wait until it start reading and i will advice you to wait until it reads to 28 connected servers before you exit. This is because at 28 Connected servers, all your channels will open but anything less, some channels may open and some may not.
HOW TO SETUP T.LINK 900 HD DECODER WITH THE INBUILT INTERNET ACCOUNT:
To use the inbuilt internet account of your t.link 900 decoder you need a router and you need to first setup your router on a computer. for example i use tp-link router (but i recommend vodafone router because it can also work with edge tp-link doesn’t work with edge) to setup tp=link you need to first connect the router to your pc via the lan cable provided with it then type the following ip into your computer web browser http://192.168.1.1 then you will see the settings menu. Just navigate your way to advance>>Network>>3g then set your accesspoint there and make sure you choose 3g only for the network settings. Save and exit now you can connect your usb modem to the router then connect the other end of the lan cable to the lan port of your decoder.
You can see the front and back view of t.link decoder from the picture above. after doing the settings on your router simply follow my instruction on t.link 600 to setup the internet protocol on your t.link 900.
HOW TO ENABLE THE DONGLE / SDS MODE ON T.LINK 900 HD DECODER:
Another advantage of t.link 900 HD decoder is that it has an inbuilt dongle account which is also called SDS MODE. sds mode on t.link 900 HD Decoder is equivalent to dongle accounts so if you have been using one dongle or another like avatar, hawk e.t.c then you wont have any problem to use this mode all you need to do is that connect your lnb cable from your W3A dish to tuner 2 at the back of you decoder then connect that of dstv or canalsat or nilesat or whichever satellite you wish to use to tuner 1 that is at the back of the decoder and you are done. What you will do next is to press F1 111 on your remote then from the resulting options select SDS MODE >> Eutelsat w3 africa (that is if you want to watch dstv you can as well select any satellite you wish to watch here) after this exit then goto your channels list and look out for those channels that are highlighted in yellow. Mind you it is only those scramble channels that are highlighted in yellow that will show.
However if you are a first timer in this then i will advic e you to get the service of an installer the ask him to get one 90 CM dish and one other dish of any size… he should then track mbc / malagasy with the 90 cm dish and track dstv, canalsat e.t.c with the other dish then follow the instruction above to complete the process. If you have any special case or question, feel free to use the comment box below and i will answer same promptly. Meanwhile share this post with your friends and let then also benefit from this