August DVB-T210

Added by derp derp over 1 year ago

Hi. Was wondering if this was compatible with tvheadend as there's not much information from users about this device. Does anyone have one? Is it working well with DVB-T2 channels and HD channels?

please let me know! thanks!


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RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

I understand this is a rebranded Geniatech/Mygica T220 with the same usb ids (which sold for about 50$ on Aliexpress) and should fully supported in Kernel 3.14 (the patch already included in 3.14RC1).
I've got the device but I didn't had the time to build the Media Tree myself and test it on Linux (and the DVB-T2 service will be up starting on June in my area).

See also http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Talk:DVB-T2_USB_Devices

Edit: I've update the USB DVB-T2 table, see http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/DVB-T2_USB_Devices

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Greetings!

I have just purchased this USB dongle for use on a Rpi with OpenElec, however I'm getting nowhere.
lsusb sees a g-tek adaptor but I have no idea how to take things forward.

Any help gratefully received!

Many thanks.

Cleggy.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

@Cleggy

As I already mentioned a driver already exist in the media tree (v4l-dvb) so you can just build an updated media tree (you don't need to build all the drivers, google 'make menuconfig') see
http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/How_to_Obtain,_Build_and_Install_V4L-DVB_Device_Drivers

Depending on your os, you might find an updated pre-built package.

And you can always wait for kernel 3.14.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Thanks folks, I'm impatient to make some progress and will check out that link :)

Wish I'd gotten into Linux when I was younger (and learned to skate, play guitar, speak French, etc, etc...)!

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

Please update when you'll get the device working in Linux, we don't have dvb-t2 service up here yet so I can't test it myself.
Keep in mind that kernel 3.14 may be out next week.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Will do, I would dearly love to contribute to a movement that had helped me so much! Stand by...

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

I received this device the other day. I've spent tonight building up a new Ubuntu 14.04 system with the 3.14rc7 kernel.

Good news: the device is detected and shows up in tvheadend. I can add the local PSB1 multiplex and the rest are automatically detected. Tuning channels seems to work fine.

Unfortunately, the PSB3 HD multiplex is not detected. If I add it manually, tvheadend appears to try and scan it, but has 1 to 2 bit errors on the status page. No services are detected and tvheadend moves on to scanning other multiplexes instead.

I've run a w_scan and have attached the output. Interestingly, when the PSB3 HD multiplex is scanned, w_scan complains of garbage data. I've cut off the output after the 562000Mhz part as there are no further multiplexes from my transmitter.

The scan data is from the Crystal Palace transmitter.

w_scan.txt Magnifier (4.24 KB)

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Nice work! I've not tried as yet, don't have the skills nor the time to learn just now... Is your code something that could be dropped onto a blank memory stick and booted onto a RPi? :)

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

Not sure if that was aimed at me George, but my attachment just lists the results of a scan performed using the August DVB-T210 stick and showing the problems with receiving HD/DVB-T2 muxes.

To get it working on the Raspberry Pi, you either need to be running kernel 3.14, for which the Raspberry Pi team don't even have a source build yet, or recompile the Linux TV module, which requires compiling an existing kernel too. I did want to run this on my Raspberry Pi, but gave up and decided to wait until at least I can compile the 3.14 kernel on there.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

It was Mr. King, the fact you've got it working gives me hope! I don't mind waiting until someone or some group gets the Pi Kernel up to date, whichever way it's cheaper than buying a new telly with Freeview HD! :)

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

While it 'works', unfortunately it does not work with the HD/DVB-T2 transmissions - only the SD/DVB-T ones, and unfortunately I don't know enough to figure out why. If anyone can provide any suggestions or if there's any further data I can collect, i'm more than willing to help.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

Here's a full w_scan along with the generated channels.conf.

I've updated from Kernel 3.14rc7 to 3.14rc8, but no changes (as expected). Next i'm going to try compiling the latest version of the linuxtv drivers from source. I know at this stage it's not really a tvheadend problem, but at least this is an easy place to discuss it.

w_scan2.txt Magnifier (43.3 KB)

channels.conf (7.67 KB)

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

@King J

If I rememeber this right then all the parts of this dvb-t2 dongle (tuner, demodulator, usb bridge) had already drivers in the kernel so maybe this is a generic issue not specific to this device.
It might be worth testing the PCTV Systems nanoStick T2 (290e) which also got the Sony CXD2820R demodulator with kerenl 3.14.

p.s. Keep in mind that I'm not a developer.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

@dhead

The 290e was my first choice actually, but after having ordered a 290e from two separate sites and receiving the recently released 292e instead, I gave up and went with the August DVB-T210 since there was no other model to confuse it with.

The 292e being so new has no driver support whatsoever. It is suggested that it has different internals but I have no way of knowing if this is correct and would rather leave it in a state where I can at least return it for a refund! If there was a site where I could buy the 290e from and be sure i'd receive a 290e i'd willingly do so considering that it seems to be the best supported USB DVB-T2 receiver out there.

Thanks for the suggestion anyway though :)

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

@King J

That's real bad if we can't get the 290e anymore.

If the info on linuxtv is right ( http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Silicon_Labs_si2168 ) then the demodulator used in the 292e is si2168 which doesn't got a driver in the kernel so it won't work in Linux (the eMPIA em28174 usb bridge got a driver, not sure about the tuner).

(a little bird told me there's an effort to reverse engineer the si2168 Windows driver)

Edit: Kernel 3.14 released today, so it might be time to recheck and maybe post at the linux-media mailing list ( http://linuxtv.org/lists.php ).

Edit2:
@King J

If I understand this right you're in the UK ?

From wikipedia I gather that DVB-T2 on the UK using QAM 256 modulation, while on your w_scan output it looks you set it to automatically recognize the modulation, it worth trying to manually set the mod' with the -Q switch (for QAM 256 it's "-Q 1"), see http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/lucid/man1/w_scan.1.html

Same goes for Tvheadend, set the modulation to QAM 256.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by King J over 1 year ago

@dhead

Thanks for the information about the status of the 292e. I'm sure there's still going to be somewhere that's actually selling the 290e, but i've grown tired of trying to arrange replacements and refunds with retailers who unknowningly shipped the 292e.

Interesting to hear that it at least may be being worked on though!

I am indeed in the UK. I think i've tried forcing the frequency for that mux to QAM256 before, but without any luck. I've just given it another go, but again, no luck unfortunately.

I've also tried running my previous w_scan command with both -Q 1 and -Q1, in both instances w_scan still seemed to use QAM_AUTO rather than QAM256. The man pages seem to indicate that flag only applies to DVB-C so that may be why?

545833: (time: 03:41) (time: 03:44) signal ok:
QAM_AUTO f = 545833 kHz I999B8C999D999T999G999Y999
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x0b075ef2; expected crc = 0xfcfc5b00
increasing filter timeout.
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x9f8a89cc; expected crc = 0x210f7548
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x065ec1e1; expected crc = 0x016cc001
WARNING: received garbage data: crc = 0x07bf1723; expected crc = 0x210f7548
Info: no data from NIT
554000: (time: 04:49)

I'll give the 3.14 stable kernel a go now. Thanks for all your suggestions!

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by dhead 666 over 1 year ago

dhead 666 wrote:

@King J

That's real bad if we can't get the 290e anymore.

If the info on linuxtv is right ( http://linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/Silicon_Labs_si2168 ) then the demodulator used in the 292e is si2168 which doesn't got a driver in the kernel so it won't work in Linux (the eMPIA em28174 usb bridge got a driver, not sure about the tuner).

(a little bird told me there's an effort to reverse engineer the si2168 Windows driver)

Recieved an answer from PCTV Systems, the tuner is Silicon Labs si2157, AFAIK no driver in Linux.

PCTV Systems online web store does list the 290e, though I didn't tried to complete an order.
http://webstore.hauppauge.de/index.php?a=612&lang=eng

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by Jukka Pirinen over 1 year ago

I have august and nanostick also. Seems that driver can't handle the traffic. In windows card works fine with HD, I can record whole TS stream and its perfect.

With nanostick
packets read: 199/(43574) d_time: 0.008 s = 37412.000 kbit/s (Avrg: 37384.653 kbit/s) [bad: 0]
with august:
packets read: 15/(41103) d_time: 0.001 s = 22560.000 kbit/s (Avrg: 28752.982 kbit/s) [bad: 2]

Here's some logs etc.
http://koti.kapsi.fi/~bogey/august_dvb-t210/

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Folks, the nightly build of Openelec now features the 3.14 kernel. I'm too tired to try it just now, though I'll give it a bash over the weekend and report back. Fingers crossed the August 210 will be recognised and play nicely. I'm in a good signal area for SD and HD and I have my fingers crossed!

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

Not working for me, I get "Connection lost" repeatedly and am unable to get the TVHeadend console via a browser. :(

I only used the TVHeadend client listed in XMBC/OpenElec, which I understand might be an early version. Is there a later version zip file I can import instead? I'm not smart enough to build/make my own...

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg over 1 year ago

OK, reverted to a more "inclusive" beta of OpenElec/XBMC since that nightly with the 3.14 Kernel didn't support any of my other addons.
I'll be patient - it's great news that the development team have embraced 3.14 so early into their schedule.

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by Olli Salonen about 1 year ago

Kernel 3.14, Geniatech T220 (should be the same as August T210), OE 4.0 beta 5. Mine looks like this: http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v10/699124717_1/dvb-t2-receiver-GENIATECH-Mygica-USB-TV-Stick-T220-DVB-T2-Tuner-DVB-C-DVB-T.jpg

Cannot tune to HD channels. PCTV 290e works fine, but I plug that one, plug in the T220, reboot and can find all SD channels, but not a single HD channel. Has anyone managed to see any DVB-T2 or HD channels with this?

lsusb: http://sprunge.us/GFca
dmesg: http://sprunge.us/YOFT (tuner plugged in at 13.1 sec)
w_scan: http://sprunge.us/ZKOj

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by Ingmar Nurmiste about 1 year ago

I can see a DVB-T2 HD channel with August DVB-T210 with OE 4.0 beta 4 and 5. There is only one upscaled test channel in that MUX, that is all we have in Estonia with DVB-T2 :(
Tried Finnish Digita HD MUX, but no luck. Works in Windows, so not an reception issue.
EDIT: Finnish channels did not work even in Windows in that location to be correct. (But with the same antenna Samsung receiver works well).

RE: August DVB-T210 - Added by George Clegg about 1 year ago

This is encouraging! I'll try those versions over the weekend and report back :)

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