DVB-S USB Devices

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On this page you will find information regarding DVB-S USB devices.

Please be aware that:
  • The information contained here is likely non-exhaustive and, despite best efforts to do otherwise, may contain errors. (Please help to keep these lists up-to-date so that they are useful for everyone!)
  • If your device is not listed, try:
    • searching the existing mailing list archives:
      • Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML) archives (via vger or .... )
      • or from the older mailing lists (now largely deprecated in favour of the LMML):
        • dvb mailing list archives (via spinics or MARC ... )
        • v4l mailing list archives (via .... )
    • searching for information with Google or other internet search engine
    • by posting a question about the device directly to the LMML (but please do conduct a search first, as it may already have been discussed!)
    • Note: when it comes to support, it is generally a good idea to try the current V4L-DVB sources because some device drivers can be very new and thus may have not made their way into the mainstream kernel.
In any regard, in respect to the above listed suggestions, you may find it to be the case that your device is actually already supported or that experimental support is available.
  • Because the component constitution on many devices are often similar or identical, there may be devices that are unlisted but may actually work with the existing driver framework for previously supported devices. In such a case, your non-listed but working device will likely be reported in your system messages as being one of those previously supported devices. If you encounter such an occurrence, please do report your success on the LMML so that proper detection/identification of your device can be added within the drivers.
  • Lastly, it bears worth repeating the request: Please help to keep these lists up-to-date so that they are useful for everyone!

Note: Some of the following information is from the old deprecated DVB USB page. Eventually this page will become organized, but for now, you'll have to bear the mess....or, even better, help in cleaning it up.

Supported DVB-S USB Devices

The following table lists the confirmed working DVB-S USB devices and provides a brief summary of their features and components. If you need more technical information on a device, have a look at its specific wiki article.

If you are experiencing problems with USB devices, it may not be the fault of the tuner. For example AMD 700 series chipsets (e.g. 780G) have a problem with USB ports which results in tuners working or partially working or not working at all. This can be solved by using a separate USB adapter with a reliable chipset (e.g. VIA 6212L, NEC).

Model number
Supports Tuner / Chips Connections fw Others Pictures
Sundtek SkyTV V (2015)
kernel2.6.15+ (linux since 2006) chipsets vary/vendor takes care about support no firmware [1]
DVBWorld 2102 USB
kernel2.6.23 sharp0194A/CY7C68013A dvb-usb-dw2102.fw [2]
SkyStar USB / Sky2PC USB

Genpix Skywalker-1 USB

The SkyWalker-1 is a standalone USB 2.0 DVB-s card.


SIEMSSEN & CO. - Opera S1

A driver fully supporting this device is available in 2.6.22 and later kernels. It currently doesn't work on PowerPC (endianess problems).

A similar device to the DVBWorld, either identical or a modified OEM version. Seems to be sold in Germany by one of the well-known discounters. Its German distributor is Siemssen under the name Opera DVB-S1. The card contains a Cypress CY7C68013A-56PCX to manage the USB part, which seems to control a Xilinx Spartan(R) XC3850 FPGA. The tuner box reads Sharp, but I cannot find out more about it.

I'm able to upload the firmware to turn the device from cold mode to warm USB ID but programming the FPGA still fails. For my card/driver: The cold USB ID is: VID 0x04b4 (CYPRESS) PID: 0x2830 The warm USB ID is: VID 0x695C (???????) PID: 0x3829

DVB-S cards in similar cases can be found on different Asian sites: [4] [5]

Despite the fact that all those devices look quite similar and have similar hardware, Siemssen still claims that they are built completely differently and their drivers are not interchangeable.

TwinhanDTV StarBox II - DVB-S (7021A)

The following modules are necessary in order to get this device running:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - dvb-usb-vp702x.ko

The driver is still a little work-in-progress. If you want to help the development, please consult the linux-dvb Mailing list. The front-end part of the DST driver could be rewritten to be used by the USB driver. Currently it is hard-wired to the PCI cards.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
DigitalRise DVB-S USB Sat Starbox USB2.0, USB1.1 DST dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw [6]
TwinhanDTV StarBox USB2.0, USB1.1 DST dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw [7]
Typhoon DVB-S USB 2.0 Box USB2.0, USB1.1 DST dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw [8]

If not working with firmware dvb-usb-vp702x-01.fw try dvb-usb-vp702x-02.fw. http://www.gamesrant.com/linuxjunk_pics/dvb-usb-vp702x-02.fw

Pinnacle PCTV (e.g. 400e, 450e) - DVB-S (TDA8263 + TDA10086)

The following modules are necessary in order to get this device running:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - ttusb2.ko

(Please update with your experiences - I have added this card because its support is listed in the source tree)

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Pinnacle PCTV 400e USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-pctv-400e-01.fw [9]
Pinnacle PCTV Sat Pro USB (450e) USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-pctv-400e-01.fw [10]

TechnoTrend / Satelco USB - DVB-S

The following modules are necessary in order to get these devices running:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - ttusb2.ko
note: do not connect any other usb device to the same usb hub - this causes system freeze 
Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Technotrend TT-connect S-2400 USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-tt-s2400-01.fw [11]
Satelco EasyWatch USB USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-tt-s2400-01.fw [12]

GENPIX 8pks/qpsk/DCII USB2.0 - DVB-S

The following modules are necessary in order to get this device running:

 - dvb-usb.ko
 - gp8psk.ko

(Please update with your experiences - I have added this card because its support is listed in the source tree)

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
Genpix 8PSK-to-USB2 Rev.1 DVB-S receiver USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-gp8psk-01.fw [13]
Genpix 8PSK-to-USB2 Rev.2 DVB-S receiver USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-gp8psk-01.fw [14]
Genpix SkyWalker-1 DVB-S receiver USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-gp8psk-01.fw [15]
Genpix SkyWalker-CW3K DVB-S receiver USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-gp8psk-01.fw [16]


The following modules are necessary in order to get this device running:
dvb_usb_lmedm04 , depends:
+tuners ( ts2020 + m88rs2000 / ...)

Usually sold on online auction sites from china as either DM04, latest on market's PCB/case stamps and retail package pictures indicate Manufacturer is Shenzhen Forward Video Co., Ltd., or QQBOX(not to be confused with QBOX). It contains a;
LME2510 or LME2510C usb bridge powered by the USB power.
DVB-S Tuner powered by the supplied external PSU.

The latest device will not work or be detected without the external PSU on and may crash Your kernel on unplug without USB unplug before.

Device / Model Type Hardware Firmware URL / Pictures
Comments & quirks
LME2510+SHARP BS2F7HZ0194 USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510-s0194.fw
LME2510+LG TDQY-P001F USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510-lg.fw
LME2510C+SHARP BS2F7HZ0194 USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510c-s0194.fw
LME2510C+LG TDQY-P001F USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510c-lg.fw
LME2510C+SHARP BS2F7HZ7395 USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510c-s7395.fw
LME2510C+M88RS2000(ID 3344:22f0) USB2.0 DST dvb-usb-lme2510c-rs2000.fw [17]

Firmware Extraction
Date: 09 Apr 2009

dd if=US280D.sys ibs=1 skip=42360 count=3924 of=dvb-usb-lme2510-lg.fw
dd if=US280D.sys ibs=1 skip=35200 count=3850 of=dvb-usb-lme2510c-lg.fw

Date: 17 Mar 2009

dd if=US2A0D.sys ibs=1 skip=37248 count=3720 of=dvb-usb-lme2510c-s7395.fw

Date: 09 Apr 2009

dd if=US290D.sys ibs=1 skip=36856 count=3976 of=dvb-usb-lme2510-s0194.fw
dd if=US290D.sys ibs=1 skip=33152 count=3697 of=dvb-usb-lme2510c-s0194.fw

We need to modify id of rs2000 firmware or it will warm boot id 3344:1120.
Date: 29 Jun 2010

dd if=US2B0D.sys ibs=1 skip=34432 count=3871 of=dvb-usb-lme2510c-rs2000.fw
echo -ne \\xF0\\x22 | dd conv=notrunc bs=1 count=2 seek=266 of=dvb-usb-lme2510c-rs2000.fw 

If you only have one device only install the required firmware.
Files and script to make all firmware here.

Known issues
LME2510 fails to connect in USB 2.0 mode on some chipsets.
Video Recorder Applications such as VDR, MythTV etc, always turn the PID filter off at boot time with;

dvb-usb-lmedm04 pid=1

in /etc/modules (or /etc/modules.preload, /etc/modprobe.d/dvb.conf ) file.
From driver version 1.96 the PID is default to off. To turn it on

dvb-usb-lmedm04 pid=2

DM04 design M88RS2000 issues
Loss of lock.
Stalling of driver needing replugging.
Not working properly together with a Diseqc 1.2 rotor.

Maybe bad AC-adaptor/ground surge caused problems, works stable here but needs a very good input signal, >=0.80m dish, "all or nothing" locking behaviour,
some transponders always fail, (VDR):

frontend 3/0 timed out while tuning to channel 109, tp 212480 (28.5E)
frontend 3/0 timed out while tuning to channel 83, tp 212480 (19.2E)
frontend 3/0 timed out while tuning to channel 86, tp 112460 "
frontend 3/0 timed out while tuning to channel 89, tp 211597 "
frontend 3/0 timed out while tuning to channel 98, tp 112421 "

Tuner programming issue(?), some registers may be (re)set incorrectly after channel switching, but we are low on specs, public:
http://www.serit.hk/Productsch_Details.aspx?IDX=107 (-> PDF Datasheet with RS2000 REG info)
http://www.61ic.com/code/viewthread.php?tid=540483 (-> PDF RS2000 Programming sheet, sample code)
Possibly LNB input circuit bad on thoose IFs, try filters/preamp/antenna-(impedance-)adapter.

Got a 30min full transponder recording of RTL (6 channels) without any USB (Intel ICH6 EHCI host behind TTI hub) halts/disconnect or tuner PLL or stream issues
but zapping on the 2nd test host (ICH8 behind TTI hub) trigger'd the stalling issue, continuous debug messages of "m88rs2000_set_symbolrate" and the LOCK LED keeps stale ON after driver reset indicates the firmware/tuner has crashed due to tuner misprogramming on channel switching, needs USB replugging.

Currently Unsupported DVB-S USB Devices

If you own one or more devices from the following list and you want to help with support development, please contact the Linux-Media Mailing List (LMML). Note that if your device is similar to or contains components for which driver development is currently being undertaken, then it is possible that you will pique the developers' interest and can obtain some assistance that, possibly, leads to full support for your device.

However, please note that inquiries to the mailing list:

  • Should NOT be treated as an order drop-off queue. You're soliciting help from volunteer developers who work on V4L-DVB matters in their spare time, and such work can be non-trivial (i.e. requiring even thousands of hours work). So being demanding is one sure route to being ignored. (Honestly, this point really shouldn't even need to be written, but you'd be surprised at the number of irrational individuals who write into the mailing list demanding this or that).
  • May pass without garnering a response—a distinct byproduct of the fact that there are a limited number of developers, whom might be able to help, that are associated with the project. Often times, even if they wished to help, their energies are entirely tied up with other projects. In such cases, the best path might be to try to spearhead the driver development for your device yourself, or hire someone who can.

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