The Cloud Ibox II is a cheap affordable satellite receiver running Linux. It is priced between 90 and 130€. It features:
- 2 x USB (although the case shows otherwise, it seems this is 1x USB 1.0 and 1 x USB 2.0)
- Ethernet connection
- DVB-S2 tuner
- 1 x card reader
- linux based
- dreambox plugin compatible
- price tag is between 90 and 130€ (often including a USB Wi-Fi Antenna)
It mostly comes pre-installed with a special version of the OpenPli 4.0 frontend. This is due to the situation that OpenPLI at this moment not yet supports the Cloud Ibox II. But I strongly hope this will come soon.
After tinkering with this device the whole weekend, we have some tips and tricks for the other users of this device.
- don’t update the operating system, the updated kernel does not work at the moment
- you may update your plugins, though
2. Re-Install Operating System
2.1. Which Operating System Image?
- there are a cpl of images that work, we prefer the OpenPli image – but all the others seem to work aswell, so this is personal taste only
2.2. Prepping the USB pendrive
- FAT32 format with Master-Boot-Record (standard old-school Windows)
- copy the entire xp1000 folder to the USB pendrive (should be 60 -100 MBytes in size)
- it seems issues may occur when using USB pendrives with capacities of more than 8GB (!)
2.3. Re-install the operating system
- plug you USB pendrive to the USB port right beside the DVB-antenna port – this seems to be the USB 2.0 port
- turn the Cloud Ibox 2 off (on-off button on the back !!)
- turn it on an keep holding the “channel +” button on the front of the device for about 10secs
- the two lamps will be red during these 10secs
- after 10 secs release the “channel +” button and the left lamp will turn purple
- the installation now takes about 4-10mins, depending on the speed of the flash memory of your USB pendrive
- after installation: the device will start
- you may remove the USB pendrive then
3. Install a harddrive for recording
- plug it to the USB 2.0 port (the port right beside the DVB-antenna)
- the other one (above the HDMI port) seems to USB 1.0 and it simply too slow for playback (at least in our case)
4. Install a WiFi-Antenna
- use the USB-port above the HDMI connector (it seems this is a USB 1.0 port, at least with our device)
- attach the USB Wi-Fi antenna and reboot the device (deep reboot)
- when adding a Wi-Fi network:
add all your details, but during the automatic network addition, DON’T allow the script to auto-disable your Ethernet connector, do that manually afterwards, the system may hang forever otherwise.
5. Backups of the system
- it seems that backups cannot be written to the USB-port above the HDMI connector, the system just hangs
- use a USB-pendrive or USB-harddrive only on the USB-port beside the DVB-antenna.