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Novra S400 Receiver

The Novra S400 is a standalone receiver, which receives a satellite signal and outputs IP packets to one or multiple hosts listening to it in the local network. Hence, you will need to configure both the S400 and the host(s).

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Connections

The Novra S400 can be connected as follows:

Novra S400 receiver connections

  • Connect the LNB directly to interface RF1 of the S400 using a coaxial cable (an RG6 cable is recommended).
  • Connect the S400’s LAN1 interface to your computer or network.

Network Connection

Next, make sure the S400 receiver is reachable by the host.

First, configure your host’s network interface to the same subnet as the S400. By default, the S400 is configured with IP address 192.168.1.2 on interface LAN1 and 192.168.2.2 on LAN2. Hence, if you connect to LAN1, make sure your host’s network interface has IP address 192.168.1.x, where “x” could be any number higher than 2. For example, you could configure your host’s network interface with IP address 192.168.1.3.

After that, open the browser and access 192.168.1.2 (or 192.168.2.2 if connected to LAN 2). The web management console should open up successfully.

Software Requirements

Next, install all software pre-requisites on your host. Run:

blocksat-cli deps install

Note: this command supports the apt, dnf and yum package managers.

Receiver and Host Configuration

Now, configure the S400 receiver and the host by running:

blocksat-cli standalone cfg

This command configures the signal parameters on the S400 receiver and network settings on the host. If you would like to review the changes that will be made to the host before applying them, first run the command in dry-run mode:

blocksat-cli standalone cfg --dry-run

Also, if you would like to apply the receiver configurations manually, refer to the instructions for configuration via the web UI.

Note: the above commands assume the S400 has IP address 192.168.1.2 (the default address). You can specify another address on all blocksat-cli standalone commands by running with option --addr [address].

Monitoring

Added in blocksat-cli version v0.3.0. Refer to the upgrade instructions if necessary.

Finally, you can monitor your receiver by running:

blocksat-cli standalone monitor

Next Steps

At this point, if your dish is already correctly pointed, you should be able to start receiving data on Bitcoin Satellite. Please follow the instructions for Bitcoin Satellite configuration. If your antenna is not aligned yet, please follow the antenna alignment guide.

Further Information

Dual-satellite Setup

On a dual-satellite setup, you need to configure the two RF interfaces of the S400. After configuring the first interface as instructed earlier, configure the second by running:

blocksat-cli --cfg rx2 standalone --demod 2 cfg --rx-only

Refer to further information on the dual-satellite setup guide.

S400 configuration via the web UI

  1. Open the browser and access the IP address of the S400. By default, the address is 192.168.1.2 if connected to LAN 1 or 192.168.2.2 if connected to LAN 2.

  2. Log in as admin on the top right of the page.
    • Default password: “password”
  3. Check the signal parameters that apply to your setup. Run the following command and use the results in the next step.
blocksat-cli cfg show
  1. Go to Interfaces > RF1 and configure as follows:
  • DVB Mode: “DVB-S2”

Next, configure the LNB parameters at the bottom of the page:

  • LNB Power On: Enable.
  • L.O. Frequency: your LNB’s local oscillator (LO) frequency in MHz.
  • Polarization: the signal polarization (horizontal or vertical).
  • Band (Tone): “Low/Off” by default. Set to “High/On” only when using a Universal LNB and receiving in Ku High Band (when receiving from Galaxy 18 or Eutelsat 113).
  • Long Line Compensation: Disabled.

After that, configure the DVB Signal Parameters:

  • Carrier Freq.: frequency in MHz of the satellite covering your location.
  • LBand: leave it with the auto-filled value.*
  • Symbol Rate: 1.0 MBaud.
  • MODCOD: AUTO.
  • Gold Code: 0.
  • Input Stream ID: 0.

* The L-band frequency is automatically defined once you inform both the L.O. Frequency and the Carrier Freq.

Then, click Apply.

  1. Verify that the S400 is locked.
  • Check the “RF 1 Lock” indicator at the top of the page or the status LED in the S400’s front panel. It should be green (locked) if your antenna is already pointed correctly. If not, you can work on the antenna pointing afterward.
  1. Go to Services > RF1:

Scroll to “Manage MPE/ULE PIDs”:

  • Enter 32 on “New PID” and click “Add”.
  • Apply.

** Optional configurations:

  • If you prefer to use another IP address on LAN1 or LAN2, go to Interfaces > Data (LAN1) or Interfaces > M&C (LAN2) and configure the IP addresses. Note LAN 1 is the interface that will deliver the data packets received over satellite, whereas LAN2 is optional and exclusively for management.
  • If configuring the second RF interface on the S400 for a dual-satellite setup, on step 2, go to Interfaces > RF2 instead of RF1. Correspondingly, on step 3, check the “RF 2 Lock” indicator, and on step 4, go to Services > RF2.

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