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Amiko™ Alien Mini

Amiko™ Alien Mini Linux Receiver

14C_ALIEN_MINI
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RRP: 119.99
Price: 69.95 (ex VAT)
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DESCRIPTION of Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver

  • HD Linux Receiver
  • Successor to the Amiko Alien 8900
  • Manufacturer: Made by Amiko
  • Box Contains
    • Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver
    • Remote Control & Batteries
    • IR Eye Extension Cable
    • 3.5mm Jack to RCA Cable
    • 3.5mm Jack to Scart Cable
    • 12v Power Supply
    • User Manual in English
  • Definition: Standard & High Definition
  • Capacity of 5000 TV & Radio Channels
  • Electronic Program Guide (Now/Next)
  • PVR Ready
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • DVB-S2 Compliant
  • MPEG2 & H.264 Standard
  • Colour: Black
  • Dimensions: 144 x 40 x 110mm
  • Multi-Language Support
  • Back of Box
    • HDMI Connection
    • AV out
    • RS232 for Software Upgrades
    • LNB IN/OUT
    • USB port
    • IR IN
    • 12v Power Socket
    • Ethernet Port
  • Front of Box
    • Digital Display
  • Side of Box
    • USB Port
    • Conax Card Reader
  • Available Pre-Programmed - see 'List of Channels' Tab
  • Supports FAT32 & NTFS
  • PVR Ready
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS
  • Media Player: AVI, MKV, MPG, TS, WMA, WMV, M2TS, FLV, DAT, ASF, MP
  • IP TV Services Including On Demand RTE Player (Enigma2)
  • Spark Enabled

Choice of Operating Systems - Why Choose Enigma2 Option?

Choosing this otpion allows you tap into some great online features

  • 7 Day EPG Guide on Satellite
  • Automatic channel updating if there is a new frequency changes
  • Ability to add Series link option
  • Ability to add additional features as free plugins become available
  • Display channel logo next to channel e.g. BBC, ITV, C4 Logos etc
  • Possible to automatically group and list channels e.g. By movies, news, kids

Note: Enigma2 is an open source freeware platform - people use it as it has a great online community behind it and allows you to add lots of features. But it is really for DIYers who can put up with the pains that come with this type of a "lets develop a feature and see what happens' - it is not covered or supported officially by any manufacturer. We give a full warranty on the default Spark OS which is both reliable and fully supported by the manufacturer. We don't (no one does) give warranty on any Enigma2 features

USES of Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver

  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver is a HD satellite recevier for receiving standard & high definition UK satellite channels (Can also be used to receive TV from other countries with the correct dish)
  • Channel List Includes
    • BBCs, ITVs, Channel 4, Channel 5, EWTN, CBS etc
  • PVR Features - Add recording with an external hard drive
    • Equipment needed - 250GB, 320GB external hard drive etc
  • Allows viewer to pause, rewind & record live TV shows

ADVANTAGES of Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver

  • The big advantage of the Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver HD linux receiver is that as the name suggests, it is based on the Linux OS and comes with the stability of that operating syetm
  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver would the most popular make and model of it's type in Ireland
  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver is capable of a variety of internet functions (Youtube, Shoutcast, Opera etc)
  • Supports on demand TV services like RTE player on ENIGMA2
  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver is customisable & upgradeable
  • It contains a card reader
  • Supports both standard & high definition transmissions
  • It futures proofs your investment by meeting all the latest HD standards
  • Has PVR features (ie. Can pause/record Live TV with addition of external storage device)
  • Large remote for older people
  • Extremely responsive remote

DISADVANTAGES of Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver

  • More expensive than a standard definition satellite receiver
  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver is more expensive than a non linux based HD satellite receiver
  • It does not have an RF out i.e. it is not possible to run the picture to an additional room unless you use either an external Modulator or a TRI-Link (allows you to operate box with a sky eye from another room)
  • The Amiko Alien Mini Linux Receiver Is a single tuner linux receiver, so recording is limited to the channel you are on
  • Does not have the same high spec of say the Edision Optimuss OS2+ which is more stable

Index

  • Overview of Latest Enigma2 Version
  • PVR Features in Enigma2
  • Networking an Enigma2 Receiver
  • Formatting a USB Drive to EXT3 for Enigma2
  • Edit Channel List on Enigma2
  • Key Plugins - How to Enable & Use
    • Auto Bouquets
    • Cool TV Guide
    • Cross EPG
    • On Demand (RTE Player)

Overview of Latest Enigma2 Version

PVR Features in Enigma2

Networking an Enigma2 Receiver

Formatting a USB Drive to EXT3 for Enigma2

Edit Channel List on Enigma2

Key Plugins - How to Enable & Use

Auto Bouquets

Coming soon....

Cool TV Guide

Cross EPG

On Demand (RTE Player)

How to Connect to WiFi

Index

  • How to assemble a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to mount a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to align a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • Running the cables & attaching connectors
  • Installing the satellite receiver

1. How to Assemble a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

List of Sky dish components

  • Sky Satellite Dish
  • Wall Bracket
  • Wall Tube (Arm)
  • Elevation Bracket
  • Dish Bracket
  • Fixing Kit
  • Feed Arm

Tools needed to assemble Sky dish

  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Philips screwdriver

Steps to assemble the satellite dish

  • Open fixing kit and select U-bolts (qty: 2), nuts (qty: 4)
  • Insert the U bolts through the wall bracket
  • Thread on the nuts
  • Insert the arm and tighten the nuts using 10mm socket and ratchet
  • The wall bracket & arm assembly is complete
  • Next insert U-bolts (qty: 2) through the elevation bracket
  • Loosely tighten nuts
  • Attach the elevation bracket to the dish bracket
  • Using bolts and washers (qty: 4), tighten with 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Use the bolts and nuts (qty:4) and the Philips screwdriver to attach the dish bracket to the dish
  • Use the long threaded bolt and small nut to attach the feed arm to the back base of the dish bracket so the arm protrudes in front of the dish
  • Finally insert the LNB (and plastic insert) into the end of the arm and secure with a tie wrap

2. How to Mount a Satellite Dish

Equipment needed to mount a satellite dish on a wall

  • Sky satellite dish, complete with wall bracket and arm
  • Coach bolt M8 x 50mm & 10mm plastic plugs (qty: 4)

Tools needed to mount on a wall

  • Cordless drill - ideally a 24-36v SDS Drill
  • 8mm, 10mm drill bits
  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Satellite meter

Criteria on where to mount the satellite dish?

  • Dish must face South East (141 degrees i.e. direction of sun 11am BST)
  • Wall must be a solid surface capable of carrying weight of satellite dish
  • Signal must not be blocked by houses or trees (signal is coming in at 21 degrees to the horizontal)
  • Place at back or gable end of house to minimise visual intrusion
  • Place as close at possible to TV room to which the satellite cables are to connected so as to minimise cable run

Steps

  • Place the wall bracket and arm in the correct location
  • Use the cordless drill and 8mm drill bit to drill 4 guide holes
  • Use 10mm drill bit to drill holes to a depth of 60mm
  • Insert the 4 plastic plugs in the holes and mount the wall bracket using the 4 coach bolts
  • Tighten the coach bolts using the 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Attach the satellite dish to the arm of the wall plate
  • Use 10mm socket to lightly tighten the dish 'U'-bolts so they are fixed to arm but the dish can still be rotated
  • Follow steps in the how to align a satellite dish guide

3. How to Align a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

  • Having already mounted the satellite dish on your wall
  • Attach your satellite meter to the dish LNB
  • Align the dish so that it is (1) perfectly vertical, (2) pointing south east (141 degrees).
  • Rotate the dish slowly over and back
  • Repeat adjusting the tilt angle by 1 or 2 degrees to until a signal is found
  • Tighten the U-bolts and side bolts using the 10mm & 13mm sockets
  • Disconnect the satellite meter
  • Connect a cable with an 'F-type' connector from the dish to the satellite box
  • Check that the signal is working

4. How to Run Cables & Attach Connectors

The next step is to run satellite cable to the satellite receiver

Tools needed

  • Hammer
  • Snips
  • Drill
  • SDS Drill Bit 10X450

Equipment

  • Satellite Installation Kit

Prior to begining you must decide

  • Decide how to run cable
    • Connect into existing cables in the attic
      • Normally neater but requires additional connectors
      • May need a multi-meter to be able to identify the correct cable
      • May result in longer cable runs
    • Run a cable directly from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver
      • Fastest and easiest way to run a cable
      • Cable runs are normally shorter
      • Requires the drill of a hole through a wall

STEPS

  • If the satellite receiver is to be located next to the external wall of a room
    • Use a drill and an SDS Drill Bit 10x450 to drill a hole through the wall
    • Ensuring to drill from the inside out
  • To conceal broken plaster use either
    • Hole tidy (insert inside and out before the cable is run)
    • Cable cover nailed onto the outside wall after the cable has been run
  • Feed the end of the satellite cable through the wall leaving enough cable to reach the front of the satellite box
  • Now start tacking the cable using 7mm clips and a hammer
  • Ensuring that the cable runs down from the hole that been drilled in the wall
  • This will stop water following the cable into the house
  • Continue tacking the cable
    • Run cable vertically or horizontally but NEVER diagonally
    • If possible hide cable under the plint or behind drain pipes (using 300mm cable ties)
  • Cut the cable leaving enough length to reach the LNB of the dish
  • Put on an F connector on the each end of the satellite cable
  • Screw the F connector on to the LNB
  • Seal the connection using Insulation tape or ideally waterproof self amalgamating tape
  • Secure the cable to the dish feed arm using either 300mm cable ties or Insulation tape
  • Final step is to put on an F connector on the satellite cable next to the satellite receiver

How to put on an F-connector

5. How to Install Your Satellite Receiver

  • Unpack the box
    • Satellite Receiver
    • Remote control
  • Screw the lead from the satellite dish into the LNB in connection
  • Connect a scart or HDMI cable from your TV to the box
  • Plug in the power lead
  • Turn on the power switch on the back on the box
  • After 5-6 seconds the box will come on and should automatically switch TV to AV channel
  • You may need to switch AV channel on TV if it does not automatically switch over

Free To Air Channels List

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Available Firmware (alien-mini-fw.pdf, 63 Kb) [Download]

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