should i buy a dreambox 500

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#1
advice please i have a technomate tm 1000 and a diseqc motor all been good to me but i want some thing new i have done a lot of reading about the 500 and i get the impression that it dose the same as the bigger brothers but no hd is this true ? allso is it worth it with all the learning of the software is there a big diffrence between a plug in and go technomate and a dreambox:confused
 

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#2
If you have a sound knowledge of computers and like playing around loading software etc. then I would consider the Dreambox.

They do take a lo of getting to know - be prepared to spend some time learning the ropes.

Don't expect plug-n-play (although some images offer this). Once you get the basics done they are very versatile receivers and you can still record to your PCs hard disk using a 500.

A broadband connection is recommended but not essential and some network capability is also advisable.

All the help you need is here.
 

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I love my 7000s and would find it difficult to go back to a conventional receiver. :)
 
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thanks for the replys i love pc's and networking but no broadband in my area:( will i get more channels without broadband than i get with the technomate
and i do have broadband at work thats where i am now
 

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#5
Broadband is not essential - just helps - the Dreambox can be connected to the Internet and receive updates at press of a few buttons.

Check the 500 you want has an Ethernet connection.

You do this manually - just a bit more work involved.

Download the files at work and load from your PC at home.

You can do it with a normal modem connection just a bit slower.
 

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#6
Get it. Worry about everything else afterwards. You will never look back.
 
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yes the box seems to have a ethernet connection but i cant see a usb slot will this mean that i will need to have my pc on all the time to use diffrent images ??
 

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No Tris, you wont have to leave your pc on all the time to use the images. it's a one time deal ( Unless you wanna upload a new image, plug-ins etc... since you don't have an internet connection ).
I just got one myself(Dm500S) and it lacks some features from the others (5620-7000-7020) but is capable of doing what they all do. No harddrive is not a problem since you can use NFS or CIFS to record straight to your PC ( and i guess this is another time when you have to leave your pc on lol ).
Anyways, go for it, for the price you cannot go wrong, it will provide you with hrs of fun setting it up ( with the help of some aspirins, some beers and being patient ) and we are here in case you need some more info.
I sold my 7020S and got me a 500S ( to get me by till the Dm8000 comes out :D ). To tell you the truth, it's got a much better tuner and it's so tinyyyyyyyy:eek: . you will like it.......;)

Cheers from CY
 
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#9
I think thats it Iam getting one £135 inc p&p do you know where they are cheeper ? and what image is best ?
thanks for everyone's input vvv graetfull
 

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I really don't know where you can find them cheaper in the UK (you r from there I assume right ?) I got mine from Germany for 210 euros including shipping to me here in Cyprus. I don't know if I'm allowed to post links. maybe a moderator can let us know if it's ok.
As far as images, I'm using gemini 2.40 and it's been stable so far.
The only thing I would check out if I were you is which model 500S you are getting, there 2 of them, the old 500S and the new 500S with the alps tuners and bigger remote (the one I have) and not all images support the new one. Nothing to worry about as you will know when you download the images by it's name and read me file.
Good luck mate.

Cheers from CY
 
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yes i am in the uk thanks for the info did u get pm
 

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un4gvn said:
I don't know if I'm allowed to post links.
Don't have a problem - like to know where the bargains are...

You can name the company or post a link just change the URL so it isn't live as that uses the sites bandwidth.

P.S. Bought mine COD from Germany HMSat if I remember.
 

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#13
Ok gameboy, thanks for the info.
I also bought mine from HMsat in Germany, I deal with them a lot as I find their prices to be good and fair. That day I ordered 6 items and I guess they gave me a break on the price.
Check them out tris.... h**p://*w*.hm-sat-shop.de

Cheers from CY
 
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satellitesuperstore.co.uk for dreambox they have some good deals on allso dvb-shop24.net did me a great deal on a dish and lnb
 

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tris said:
I think thats it Iam getting one £135 inc p&p do you know where they are cheeper ? and what image is best ?
thanks for everyone's input vvv graetfull
This place is cheap. 20 euro postage regardless but you pay for your bank to transfer the money.

_h**p://w*w.ac-sat-corner.de/shop/index.php?cPath=4_35&osCsid=e2b91c1df050f540db5eb64c3203eadd
 

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Get it. Worry about everything else afterwards. You will never look back.

:-lmao Famous last words.
 
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#17
what do all the letters mean which ones should i be looking at
i dident know there were so many 500
the one i was going to get was a 500-s
 

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Had a look on foriegn sites but its not that much cheaper when you add on postage and cc charges.
 
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yes pritty close but need to find out if satasuperstore stock new one or old one
 

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yes pritty close but need to find out if satasuperstore stock new one or old one
Judging by the pics its the old one.
 
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