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Title: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD, 9000i HD LOCAL Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 21 2015 07:48:11
New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD LOCAL Receiver

New on the market from Linkbox, the folks formerly known as Pansat is the 9000i and 9000i Local.

I will be reviewing these receivers and posting everything i learn here in this thread. Stay tuned over the next several days and weeks as i test everything out and post my results. Feel free to ask any questions.

These 2 models are the same, with the exception the Local model adds a ASTC tuner for your OTA antenna. That is the only difference between the 2 models.

I always like to start my reviews with pics and specs from the manufacturer so here is that.

Here is the pictures from Linkbox. Starting with the 9000i HD Local (front and back), then the 9000i HD (front and back)

You can see the only difference is the F connector for the ATSC antenna in and Loopthrough for the ATSC, otherwise exactly the same



And here are the specs according to the manufacturer. Both are the same except the "Local" model as noted already


Key Features

    Dual Input ( Satellite and Terrestrial)
    WiFi Support
    ATSC High Definition
    Ethernet interface- Firmware, data updating
    BISS CAS Embedded
    Operate with SMS Control System
    Twin USB PVR ready -PVR/Time-shift/updating
    UHF Ready(U-50 Kit Optional)
    SPDI/F Output (Digital Audio Output)
    Network TV supported(URL IP Streaming Player)

Main Features
   
    Fully Compliant of DVB-S &DVB-S2(QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK) Digital & DVB broadcasting
    Supports MPEG2/ MPEG4 AVC HP@level4.1,MP@level 4.1/H.264,VC-1,VP8,AVS
    High Definition Video output : Digital Output and Y Pb Pr
    Full HD Resolution supported: 1080p,1080i,720p ,576p,576i,480p,480i
    Audio Decoding :ISO/IEC13818-3(MPEG-1 layers I, II and III), Dolby AC-3,AAC,HE-AAC
    Satellite Tuner, 950-2150 MHz input Frequency (IF Loop Throughout),Symbol rate 1~45Msps
    ATSC Mode :8/16-VSB,ITU-T J.83 AnnexB 64/256QAM
    ATSC Frequency range :43MHz to 1002MHz
    Very fast Smart Search(Blind Scan)
    Flexible reception of SCPC & MCPC from C/Ku-Band Satellites
    Demodulation : QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK
    USB PVR ready (FAT16/FAT32/NTFS,Format function ,Recording,Playback,EPG Time record)
    Two USB 2.0 Host Interface- Multimedia Application : Movie,Music, Photo and Firmware Update
    Multimedia files playback by USB2.0(BMP/JPG/Ogg/MP3(option))
    Satellite Scan-Simultaneous Scan,Manual PID/Satellite &TP/Network Scan
    Supports DVB subtitle
    10000 Channels TV &Radio Program
    Timer setting supports automatic Turn-ON and OFF daily
    User-friendly EPG(Electronic Program Guide)
    Multi language on sceen menu(OSD)
    Up to True full Color(32bits) on screen display(OSD)
    Powerful Channel Editing Function(Favorite,Move,Find,Sort,Delete,Skip,Lock,Edit,Create)
    Automatic PAL/NTSC Conversion
    8 Favorite List
    PIG (Picture In Graphic) ,Zoom Function
    Screen Format : auto,4:3,16:9
    Software Upgrade through USB ,Ethernet and RS-232C (Receiver to Receiver, PC to Receiver)
    Hardware Copy Protection
    Multiple LNB switching control :Diseqc 1.0/Diseqc 1.2 and USALS Compatible
    Management Subscription
    Network :10/100M Full /Half Duplex Ethernet Interface supported,Supports RMII interface

Satellite Tuner

    Input Connector: F-type,IEC169-24
    Frequency Range: 950MHz to 2150MHz
    Input Level: -65 dBm~-25 dBm
    LNB Power: 14V/19V (400mA Max)
    Symbol Rate: 1 to 45Msps.(SCPC,MCPC)
    DiSEqc: Diseqc Diseqc 1.0,1.2 & USALS Compatible
    Demodulation: DVB-S/S2, QPSK/8PSK/16APSK/32APSK
    Viterbi Decoding Rate: 1/2,2/3,3/4,5/6,7/8

ATSC Tuner

    1RF Input Connector: F-Female,IEC169-24, Loop-throught output
    Frequency Range: 43MHz to 1002MHz
    Sensitivity: 10dBm ~ -84dBm (ATSC 15dB SNR)
    IF Frequency: Low IF 4~8MHz , 36,44MHz
    Mode: 8/16-VSB,ITU-T J.83 AnnexB 64/256QAM

Transport Stream A/V Decoding

    Demultiplex: MPEG-2 ISO/IEC 13818-1(MPEG-2 system)
    Input stream: Max. 135Mbps in serial mode, 400Mbps in parallel mode
    Aspect Ratio: 4:3(default), 16:9 letterbox
    Video/Audio Decoding: MPEG 2/4, H.264 ,VC-1,AVS,VP8, Full HD Decode/ISO/IEC13818-3 Digital Audio Decoding
    Video Resolution: 480i/p or 576i/p, 720p, 1080i,1080p
    Video Ouput: Digital Output, CVBS,YPbPr
    Audio Mode: Single Channel /Dual Channel, Stereo, Joint Stereo

Main CPU & Memories

    CPU: ALI M3516 Dual 32-bit RISC CPU
    Flash Memory: 4 Mbyte
    External Memory Interface: DDR-3 , 256Mbyte

Data Port

    Connector: 9 Pin D-Sub Type
    Protocol/Data Rate: RS232 Asynchronous /Max. 115200 bps

A/V Output

    Digital output: Digital Output, YPbPr,SPDI/F(Digital Audio Output)
    RCA A/V: CVBS,Audio Left.Right ,Component(Y,Pb,Pr)

Rear Panel

    Digital Output / 6RCA: Digital Output , Type A /Video, Audio L, Audio R, YPbPr
    SPDI/F: Optical output
    1 Satellite /1ATSC Tuner: 1 input & 1 Loopout
    RJ-45+USB /UHF: Ethernet+USB2.0 /Stereo Jack
    Data Port: 9 Pin D-Sub Type (Skew Control Kit Optional)
    Power Switch: Rocker Switch

Front Panel

    8 Key: PWR,CH Up/Down, Volume Up/Down,Menu,Ok,Exit
    Display: 4 Digit 7 Segment Display
    USB: 1 Host USB2.0

Remote Control

    Type: IR RCU
    Battery: 2x1.5V AAA Type

Power Supply

    Input Voltage: AC 90-250V, 50/60Hz / Max. 20Watts
    Type: SMPS ,AC Plug

Physical Specification

    Operating temp.: 0 ~45
    Dimension (WxDxH) / Weight: 260mm x 153mm x 45mm / 1.1Kg



Review to be continued soon ..........




Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 23 2015 05:53:38
OK, continuing the review, next i want to show you exactly what to expect when you purchase one of these.

So these are pictures i took myself moments ago, from my first shipment that i just got this week.

Starting with the picture of the gift box's, pic 1 and 2 attached.

Pic 3 shows how it looks all packed in the box. I would say the packaging is just fine, very much like the 8000 HD's.

Pic 4 shows all of the accessories

User Manual
HDMI Cable - 6 ft i believe and looks to be good quality
Remote Control and Batteries
USB WIFI Antenna

Note: The remote is the same one that came with the 8K series after the 2nd production run. Which is good. Makes the remote interchangeable with the entire 8K series, and the 9K series receivers. Plus, these remotes work great. I always like it when there is a good proven design, stick with it, no need to change it.

Another Note: The User Manual is good size and 27 pages and seems well written except - the screen shots shown throughout are not right. They show screen shots that look like an updated user interface of the 8K models. The actual user interface is completely different on these 9K models. This could be confusing for less experienced users. Manual needs to be updated by Linkbox with correct screen shot images.

Pic 5 shows the front of the unit, i have it powered on so you can see the front display font size and color. Nice and large, but not too large. Well done in my humble opinion.

As you can see the entire front of the unit is covered in protective film, so is the entire outside metal chassis, top and both sides. This protects the unit during manufacturing and shipping. Peel it off upon receipt and the receiver will look perfect!

Pic 6 under the card door on the RH of the front access panel. Note the USB port, also one in back.

Pic 7 shows the back of the unit.

Everything i see here looks great, and it also matches the pics from the manufacturer. No surprises here.

Note on the back of the unit there is LAN and Wifi connections. Plus SPDIF optical audio out. PLUS both the FTA and ATSC Tuners each have a LoopThrough F connector. You just do not find all this on the cheapo receivers out on the market today.

ATSC Tuner and LoopThrough on the 9000i Local model only, 9000i model has no ATSC Tuner.

Also notice the UHF connection. This can be used with the (optional) U-50 UHF Remote Control Kit (not included). Why is this important? It allows you to control the receiver from a 2nd room through the walls, etc.. Since it has HDMI, plus Component and Composite outputs, you can hook up the Linkbox to a TV in a 2nd and have full control from that 2nd room.

One last note here, the Linkbox 9000i and 9000i Local come with a 2 Year Manufacturer's warranty. And the service center is here in the USA. Most receivers on the market have only a 1 year warranty.

OK. That is it for this portion of my review, next i will start to post my test results.

To be continued ......


 ::grin



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 23 2015 05:55:14
Can only post up to 6 pics per post per the forum rules, so here is pic 7 (attached).

Who came up with these forum rules? LOL


 ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 23 2015 09:03:24
Review continued.

Here is some screen shots i took (attached).

Pic 1 is the Main Menu, then Pic 2-6 shows me going through the Installation Menu

It is a very easy to use interface so far.

More info soon .....


 ::cool


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: jess73 on Aug 24 2015 05:53:38
I take it that you are doing a review on the local?  I will be interested to know how the OTA recording works, and is there a menu? I am sure the clock will be correct because of the internet conection. Thanks for your time and effort on your product revuews. Jess out in California


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 24 2015 05:58:22
Yes jess73, i am only going to review the Local model since they are the same receiver with the 1 exception of the ATSC tuner. I have tested the terrestrial tuner and i am happy to say that it scanned in all of the channels it should on my OTA antenna. I know for sure because it is the same amount of channels i get on the 8000 HD Local and also when i scan direct to the tuner in my digital tv.

I have not checked the OTA recording yet, but i will. I would think it will work just fine, it is just like recording a sat channel. So timers, all that will work the same between FTA and OTA. But i will test it out and report on this soon.

I also have not checked to see if it keeps time, but will soon.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 24 2015 06:57:07
OK. I can report to you that on the Terrestrial side of things the EPG (guide) does indeed work!

See the 2 pics attached.

First one shows what you see when you press the EPG button.

This took a few moments to populate. All the networks showed up as i flipped to each channel. The ones that do not are local PBS channels, guess they do not have guide info.

Then if you hit the "Toggle EPG" button shown on the screen it goes to a full list of whats on for that particular channel, see pic 2.

I am very happy with this!


 ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: jess73 on Aug 25 2015 03:55:18
Wow!  I'm saving my penney's for this one!  Thank you very much Hyper.  I bought the Manhattan over on Ricks site, but when I've saved enough penney's I'm getting the 9000i local from you!  Looking foward to the rest of the review,  Jess out in California


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: kilco5 on Aug 30 2015 12:31:08
I appreciate all the information you have supplied.  I have had many receivers thru the years, but I have never needed or used HD before.  Can you tell me if I am better off using a movable dish (used to use it with BEV) with universal remote or standard dish HD 3-lnb platform?  I want to purchase 3 units for different locations, but all are pipe mounted dish pro dishes/dual lnbs at moment.

Thanks in advance.

kilco5


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 30 2015 04:50:40
kilco5, you would not be able to use this receiver with any type of dish with LNB made for dishnetwork or bell expressvu. We only sell receivers for legal free to air, unencrypted, legal to watch FTA channels and they require dishes and linear polarity LNB's made for FTA C and Ku Band. If you are trying to steal pay tv services, we do not condone that, or allow any talk about that on this forum at all. And HyperMegaSat.com does not sell equipment to be used for this either.

If i read your post wrong, let me know, but it sounds like what you are asking about is piracy, and we dont do that here on this forum.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: jess73 on Aug 31 2015 12:03:12
I see you have the Linkbox 9000i  listed in your reciever line up.  When will you be listing the "local" model?  Jess out in California


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Aug 31 2015 05:43:17
I see you have the Linkbox 9000i  listed in your reciever line up.  When will you be listing the "local" model?  Jess out in California

Very soon jess. It will replace the 8000 HD Local on the HyperMegaSat.com website.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Sep 01 2015 07:04:03
OK, review continued............

Now for a little bad news on the Linkbox 9000i HD Local Receiver

It does not seem to keep time accurately from my observations. I set the time and let it sit for 48 hours. When i checked after 48 hours it appears to have lost about 42 seconds. That is to say it was 42 seconds slow. So it seems to lose around a second an hour. This is after setting the time in the user menu. I do not believe it is connecting to the internet to track the time, but maybe there is a way to do this that i have not found yet. I did shoot off an email to Linkbox, have not heard back yet. Not a big deal to most of us, but for those who schedule lots of future recordings this can be a little annoying.

Also blind scan is pretty slow compared to other receivers. On my control test which is Galaxy 19 97.0W Ku, most receivers take 2-3 minutes. The Linkbox 9000i HD Local took 5 minutes 25 seconds. So a little slow compared to other receivers. It was very accurate, finding all TP's, 247 tv channels plus 83 radio. This is a true blind scan as i deleted all Transponders for this sat before the scan.

I will add some more scan results info to this post soon.



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: chadg2 on Sep 02 2015 07:58:14
First off thank you Hyper for checking into these things for us, but as I recall on the Geosat Pro 3500 you said "it kept the correct time perfectly and you didn't even have it connected to the internet"  Is that right?


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Sep 03 2015 11:03:25
First off thank you Hyper for checking into these things for us, but as I recall on the Geosat Pro 3500 you said "it kept the correct time perfectly and you didn't even have it connected to the internet"  Is that right?

I believe it was connecting to the internet to keep time. I had the wifi antenna in it and i believe it was pinging the internet for the time. I did not realize this is likely what was happening at the time. Here is the post:

http://legalfreetoair.com/index.php?topic=33326.msg128900#msg128900

But i will see if it will keep time if no antenna is connected at all as soon as i have a chance. Will post on that in the Geosat HDVR3500 thread.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Sep 03 2015 06:08:06
OK. Review continued ........


Here are some more scan results with the Linkbox 9000i HD Local

Galaxy 16 99.0W C Band

5 minutes 5 seconds

Seemed to find everything no problem and all plays great so far.


SES 2 87.0W C Band

10 minutes 21 seconds

Missed the Pursuit HD mux on the scan, but easily found with a TP scan.

The Luken mux it found everything and loaded all the correct call letters for each station, except 4 of them which is normal.


Also i should mention the satellite list is very good.

67 sats for North America in the list from 30.0W to 139.0W included.

And with updated sat names, Eutelsat, SES, etc..


 ::smiley




Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: jess73 on Sep 06 2015 04:26:38
Looking foward to your continued review of this product.  Hope the clock problem can be solved, but It is not a big problem[at least for me]. Rick is also testing the 9000i and has noted a limited amount of iptv ch,s can be added.  Still sounds like a good product with iptv ,sat , and ota all in one box.  Jess out in California


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Oct 08 2015 07:17:09
One thing i have not mentioned before (because i just found out), the Linkbox 9000i has Closed Captioning support.

Take a look here:

http://legalfreetoair.com/index.php?topic=35621.0


 ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Oct 16 2015 10:28:47
On the closed captions -- (I just got mine yesterday) -- CC started in ON mode....  big bold letters.... Don't know if that's normal for OOB, but it was clearly there for all to see.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: 172 on Oct 24 2015 11:27:35
are they going to fix timer recording some day.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Oct 24 2015 05:44:37
are they going to fix timer recording some day.

What issue are you speaking of specifically? I know that it annoys me that the timer is in 24 hour military style time. But the best way to get Linkbox to address this or any problem is to have customers email them about the bugs. I think if enough people report bugs or request improvements, this is the best way to get them to do something about it.

 ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Oct 24 2015 05:53:58
Here is a very cool and very handy feature i found by accident.

The Linkbox 9000i has an "AV Delay Setting" adjustment.

Use this is the channel you are watching you notice the audio does not match the video. You can increase or decrease 500ms.

So if you have that annoying problem where the words do not match the mouth, you can correct for this.

Just press the yellow button on the remote, then arrow right or left.

I tried it out and it works!

Not covered in the manual, as far as i could tell.

See picture i took (attached)


 ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: chadg2 on Nov 04 2015 08:14:28
Can you try this on the 8000-HD Local.  Just wondering if that also work on those.  Thanks.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Nov 07 2015 01:10:24
The "sync" option seems to be limited to SAT only.   Has no effect on IPTV with same out of sync problem.


Also, the v1.11 firmware that I downloaded via the receiver still doesn't show up on their website.
v1.11 (Oct 15 2015 build)  It updated boot to 1.1, main to 1.1.1, see (unchanged 1.393),
TP (1.2.5 {08-07-15})

Other than some IPTV changes (Korea2 added Korea deleted) and some other additions, I can't find anything that jumps out as changed or new.

The signal meter for TV is no value -- you either have signal or you don't.  The signal strength is always max, even on channel that pixelates.

TV receiver -- VERY good -- I get more via receiver than via anything else I have...It also is ore tolerant of channel fading.  My other OTA receivers hold on and then just drop totally, 9000i keeps going as best as it can for a lot longer before dropping out.  Since I can routinely get reception some 70mi away (without propagation) that is a handy ability.    With propagation in play....I've received all the way down to Houston, TX.  Solid signal for several hours!

Only quirk I found was clock setting... I have to leave GMT on or I can't set it correctly no matter what I do. (Thanks Hyper for the hint on that one)   I do find the clock to be pretty good...  In 3 weeks time I only see about a 1 min difference.  I cannot tell if it's using my internet to keep that up to date.  No settings for it.

Weather.... LOL....  just sayin.... Mixes states with city locations. For example Houston TX is listed... AND so is the state itself!

(I'm other comparable receivers have some equally odd characteristics)


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Nov 21 2015 03:28:38
I can add.... MUZAK works with this receiver.....   no problems at all entering and using any of its feeds.



So far for me, the only thing I'm really unhappy about is blind scan time......o-m-g is it slow!  So slow sometimes that a feed that was there during scan, isn't once it completed.  :-(

I still think it's a great receiver.....many more pros than cons in my list.   A clear case of YMMV.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: egnard on Jan 06 2016 05:08:50
Has anyone done any programmed recording with the 9000i?

I am looking for a unit with CC and recording in HD. I had a GeosatPro until it died after a short while. I had some other issues with that one, too. I have an Amiko mini se now, and find the clock totally unreliable, can't count on it when I travel. I thought I might try the 9000i.



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Jan 06 2016 05:21:02
It works.... I don't use it though beyond the tests I did.

But, the clock is not accurately maintained, so working is relative to that issue.

Receiver doesn't use Internet to sync clock.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Jan 06 2016 06:47:18
I was going to say the same thing about the clock. It is not perfect for keeping time. If you do not care about having an OTA tuner, consider the Geosatpro HDVR3500. You can record in HD with like 100 events programmed for timed recording and it keeps time perfectly.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Feb 22 2016 11:55:15
v119 of the firmware has appeared on the receiver for downloading.
It's not listed on the official website yet, so the notes on what it fixes aren't known yet.

I can say...at least from my observation that blind scanning seems slightly faster.

The bug I reported to them about "deleting" satellite details deletes the row ABOVE what is highlighted still remains....VERY annoying if you forget.

The other changes I noted... XXX IPTV how has a option to apparently disable that option.  Seems irrelevant since you can just go in and make it available anyways....but, the strange part is that this options isn't in the IPTV section, so hidden by obscurity comes to mind.

There may be other changes that I've just not noted yet...   But, on a very positive note, it really good to see they're continuing to develop firmware updates for this product.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: joeroscoe1957 on Feb 22 2016 10:03:28
Been watching post on this receiver , most interested in its satellite , atsc and pvr functions . But it would be a plus to know if the xbmc updates to kodi , if it has a Netflix app and other iptv info ??  I guess just hearing it's made in Korea by the old Pansat 9200  people , had me wanting it from the start . Thanks , Joe


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Mar 06 2016 11:25:27
Update to the changes I found in v119....

It appears that the latest may have the makings for fixing the clock using it's internet connection...

Under the Local Time Setting there is an option UTC Update(Online).

Perhaps once the firmware hits the LinkBox site that there will be more details about this.

Not sure if it's a real-time update, or if it's a manual hit while on that screen.  At this point it appears to be the later -- but definitely a step in the right direction if you plan on using the timer for any recording.

One other thing I did note about the receiver when it comes to time keeping, is that in some cases the clock will change depending on what satellite you're on.  I found this behavior on my GeoSat Micro too.  Seems it syncs from a signal from the satellite in question. 

My opinion is... turn that ability off... Why have local clock settings if sync from sat will override it.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 09 2016 12:09:28
How does the 9000I HD handle a channel that has been renamed when you do a blind scan afterwards? Reverts it back to the original name,adds original name at end of channel list,or recognizes the channel is already scanned in?



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Mar 09 2016 08:22:29
If it is the same except for the changed name, it replaces the change.

I gave up on changing names at that level for this reason.

This is not a unique problem as my GeoSatPro Micro does the same thing.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 09 2016 09:40:35
Yeah,I have a MicroHD as well.For me,it would be ideal if I could blind scan and only something newly found would be added.Be nice for feed hunting.I don't care to fool with an editor. <too lazy>
Oh well,no big deal breaker.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: El_Viejo on Mar 09 2016 11:51:26
It would also be nice that they don't replicate channels because it see the transponder frequency difference of 2 or 3 mHz.  This is receivers in general, not just one brand.   E_V


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 09 2016 12:47:05
I hope it's a good'un...'cause I just ordered one. ::woohoo

Edit: Didn't get the Local version,got the 'simple' one.lol


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 14 2016 10:31:14
Linkbox 9000i arrived Saturday morning...super fast.Thanks Hyper! Been testing on C band and so far I'm impressed with the FTA receiver side.The IPTV part...not so much.But I'm not interested in IPTV and not the one to evaluate that aspect.

Sat picture is very good.Receiving some channels I never got before.As I posted elsewhere: I may be cussing it tomorrow if it takes a dump...but loving it so far!  ::th_clap


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: cpsp0 on Mar 14 2016 11:00:06
armadillo_115, Can you give examples of some channels you get with the Linkbox9000 that you never got before? Just curious.

 ::thinking


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 14 2016 01:21:54
armadillo_115, Can you give examples of some channels you get with the Linkbox9000 that you never got before? Just curious.

 ::thinking

Willow on 121W for sure.Tried for that one since installing the larger dish with no luck.Gone Viral channels never locked before but do now.Those are all I am positive were improved by the 9000i.

Other than that,just some channel names I have not seen before...mostly Spanish.Some or all of these may be due to the larger dish size and not receiver related.I'll never know for sure since the previous receiver failed before I could make a comparison.

There ARE channels that I am NOT getting...probably due to not having larger dish aligned correctly.



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: cpsp0 on Mar 14 2016 01:47:55
Glad it is giving you more channels to watch.

 ::th_clap


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Marv on Mar 19 2016 10:47:59
Can anyone tell me what format it records in. What the file extension is?  Also can you record say OTA while watching satellite and visaversa? Thanks.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Mar 28 2016 06:54:09
I checked my latest recordings --- they're Mpeg-2 format...

So, conversion to other forms is easy if desired...

These appear to be set with burning to DVD was in mind.  But, at least is it not a unique format.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Marv on Mar 28 2016 10:58:21
Thanks wbman1000, I've had some files that were almost impossible to work with. Mpeg 2 is good. I was looking at a picture of the remote and don't see a record button. Did I overlook it or is it hid inside a menu?
    Really thinking about getting one of these but retired last summer so not so I don't have the money for my toys like I used to. So will have to save for this one lol.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: armadillo_115 on Mar 28 2016 11:20:13
Record is the button with the red dot.Far right side,4th from the bottom.

I have not tried recording yet...maybe some day.


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Mar 29 2016 12:23:39
@Marv -- Well, I certainly understand that lack of funding for the toys....   I can vouch that from my uses of it, I am glad I went with it over other options.  Plus, combining 2 functions into a single unit in this case just made sense -- generally I don't like all the eggs in 1 basket, but this is just something that made sense...Heavy weather for the sat out of service, no problem, switch to OTA....plus, one less remote to add to the growing collection....  The other feature that I liked about it is that it has pass-thru for both OTA and another receiver, so I can easily feed another room....and since I added the UHF remote, I can operate it from that other room too (since it's nearby - range isn't too great)

My only REAL complaint is that I think it scans much too slow in comparison to my other receiver.   The latest firmware did in fact help that area a little....but, still my MicroHD still beats it hands down in blind scan of same sats....   I think though in the end, one could do compare and contrast with any receiver and get a bit nuts with it -- I'm not unhappy overall....


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Marv on Apr 02 2016 11:56:59
Well after sweet talking the wife and robbing my piggy bank I ordered my 9000i HD Local today. Now can't wait to get it.
I figure that will be a good match for the Geosat pro quad lnbf I won a while back. If it is as good as everyone says I'm sure I'll be happy with it.
Of course I did order it from Hyper.. ::smiley


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: Hyper on Apr 07 2016 05:31:50
Thought i would share a couple of testimonials i received from customers recenly on the Linkbox 9000i HD and HD Local:


Nothing but GOOD news, brother! The 9Ki is installed and working FINE! The FTA satellite rcvr is great, and, not only does the OTA rcvr work fine, but the machine was able to record off-the-air local TV onto a USB stick, as expected. I also love the new ergonomics/menus, etc.

Sir, you have produced a genuine Happy Customer.  Feel free to quote me: "The Linkbox 9000i HD Local is absolutely the finest STB I have ever owned!" (and I go back to Fortec Star & Pansat 2500...) You have done well, Casey, take the rest of the week off!

Anyway, I'm happy as a clam and totally satisfied. Thank you very much for the excellent service!

Clarence
Owner, Hobaugh Electric



And another one from a forum member her who emailed me about the Linkbox:


Hyper/Casey,

I believe you know that I have a bachelor of science
degree in Electrical Engineering and 40 + years of experience
working for many top companies supporting military and space
flight hardware. I'm retired now having left General Dynamics
in 2011 after 18 years.

Within our hobby of FTA there are many ( not all ) people who
have no electronics background and a very low level or real
understanding of the comprehensive picture of satellite
communications. I'm not bragging here ( but it looks like it ).

That said I believe I'm qualified to have a valid opinion on
which FTA receiver ( and I've gone through several of late )
is really the best. Until something better comes along hands
down it's Linkbox.

I just recently purchased the Linkbox 9000i from you and I could
not be happier with it ! Besides it's outstanding performance,
what I like the most is it's logical user friendliness.
This sure saves a lot of time and frustration.
Thanks for introducing me to Linkbox !

David Hutchison ( Foxcreek )




 ::grin



Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: wbman1000 on Apr 16 2016 11:36:20
OTA --

So, today, knowing there's gonna be a ton of rain later and tomorrow....other than C-Band, I expect to lose part if not all of Ku.... I decided to do another scan on the OTA side.

Normally, I just change it to TV only... this time, I let it go all out...  Including "radio"...Well, imagine my surprise when it saved several "radio" channels....  Something I never noted before...   My guess is they're sub-channels off the regular channels...  Alas, they are religious in nature, like their video counterpart, but it IS something to note.

Today, despite the impending bad weather -- or maybe because of it -- I've seen weather play HUGE impacts on OTA.   From my location I am getting several Dallas, TX channels...solid...  Late in the day, compared to when I normally get them so I think these are weather related today....

I think, given my area, I have only one thing I wish was different on the 9000i.... instead of AC power, I'd like to see 12v like my MicroHD.  Then, I can run off my backup solar system in case of power loss....directly, instead of using inverter...

So -- "radio" off terrestrial receiver....  Nice.....


Title: Re: New Product Review - Linkbox 9000i HD and 9000i HD Local FTA/IPTV Receiver
Post by: navagator on May 13 2017 04:20:48
I like the newer menu's with this receiver over the 8000.  

I wouldn't mind to see a pic of the channel list and channel information bar.

Thanks.