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jwoods
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Remote access

Post by jwoods » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:59 pm

Hi!

I am considering buying a VBox to upgrade my Broadway 2T which is starting to show its age.

I'm mostly using it for remote access though. I'm an expat, and the device sits in my parents' house in UK.

I'd be especially interested in getting the remote stream to my TV. Anyone know if that's possible? It's a smart TV and has that 'smart iptv' app, so in theory it should work if VBox's M3U file is externally accessible. If it's just via app/browser to my macbook, ipad etc then it wouldn't be much of a worthwhile investment for me.

Appreciate hearing any ideas or experiences from others.

Cheers,

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Re: Remote access

Post by admin@vbox » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:15 pm

Hi
If your smart TV is Android TV you can use the VBox app to directly connect to the VBox over the internet (we're also working on a Samsung Tizen App)
To use the VBox's m3u links you will have to download the m3u file and edit the IP address with your external IP address then load it to your IPTV app

Please note that the VBox streams in full broadcast quality, therefore you will need fast upload link in the UK and fast download link in your home to use remote access, or you can use Emby or soon Plex to transcode the TV channels

jwoods
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Re: Remote access

Post by jwoods » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:02 pm

I'm not on android unfortunately. Maybe the iOS app works with Chromecast though? That would be a neat option. I'd be happy to edit the m3u though, glad to hear it would work like that!

It's a shame you can't control the quality from within the Vbox. Broadway has this feature, and lets you set different levels for local & remote:
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cubimol
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Re: Remote access

Post by cubimol » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:31 pm

The best and most secure solution to remotely access any device (PC, VBox, Landline, etc.) within a private network is to install a router that supports an OpenVPN server. I have an Asus RT-AC87U for two years and it works very well. When I'm out of my country I can easily turn on and off my PC, use my PC, watch TV from my VBox or use my landline, all as if I were at home.

To solve the video upload bandwidth problems, I use, when necessary, VLC in server mode (installed on my PC that is automatically activated during startup) that reduces the video bandwidth to only 2 Mbps even for high definition TV channels.

My remote devices are an android tablet and an android TV Box, and an android phone for calls with the landline.

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Re: Remote access

Post by rono711 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:07 am

Hi Cubimol,
I really understand u must be very bz. Hope, u wouldn't mind making a guide for us on Asus RT-AC87U how to set up OPEn VPN server and specifically VBox and VLC server mode. I can access Vbox from a remote place. However, I am stuck with VLC web plugin on all browsers. That's why I wopuld like to access VBox stream directly on VLC player. Please help.
Many thanks,
Rono

Ant
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Re: Remote access

Post by Ant » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:03 am

jwoods wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:02 pm
It's a shame you can't control the quality from within the Vbox. Broadway has this feature, and lets you set different levels for local & remote:
I have contacted with broadway support, there is lot's of traps with it:

1. Broadway 2T (alias TD) has two DVB-T tuners inside. It does not support DVB-T2 and it does not support DVB-c. If you have free DVB-c channels like in Germany you can use Broadway 292.
2. If does not support H.265 DVB-T2 Areal system used in Germany because its integrated Transcoders work only for MPEG-2 and H.264 Videostreams.

So for now vbox is much more universal, even it has no internal transcoders.

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Re: Remote access

Post by cubimol » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:13 pm

rono711 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:07 am
Hi Cubimol,
I really understand u must be very bz. Hope, u wouldn't mind making a guide for us on Asus RT-AC87U how to set up OPEn VPN server and specifically VBox and VLC server mode. I can access Vbox from a remote place. However, I am stuck with VLC web plugin on all browsers. That's why I wopuld like to access VBox stream directly on VLC player. Please help.
Many thanks,
Rono
How to create a 2 Mbps multimedia transcoder-server for XTi_3442 in a few steps:

Requirements

1.- PC with Windows 10 64 bits
2.- VLC 3.0.1 64 bits installed in C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC
3.- Access permissions in LAN through the Windows firewall towards VLC
4.- Creation of the file C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\VLC_Server.bat with the following content:

start "" "C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" ^
 --network-caching=3000 ^
 --sout-transcode-audio-sync ^
 --sout-keep ^
 --sout="#transcode{vcodec=h265,vb=1280,width=720,height=400}:http{mux=ts,dst=:55555/live}" ^
 --ntservice-install ^
 --intf="http" ^
 --http-password="vlc" ^
 --playlist-tree ^
 --no-playlist-autostart ^
 --repeat ^
 --avcodec-hw=dxva2 ^
 --dummy-quiet ^
"http://XTi_3442_IP_ADDRESS:55555/ChannelList.m3u"


5.- Restart the computer. VLC server is already working.

How to stream a TV channel from an android phone

1.- Install the application 'Remote for VLC (Stream Fork)' on the Android mobile phone (uk.co.samicemalone.stream.client.android.vlcremote) or simply use Chrome or Firefox
2.- The control of the VLC server is done from http://VLC_Server:8080 (user = <nothing>, password = vlc). From here we can select the TV channel that we like.

How to watch TV to a remote android device (tablet or android TV box)

1.- Install the VLC application
2.- Play from VLC the address http://VLC_Server:55555/live

To select another TV channel we will use the mobile phone.

An OpenVPN server integrated in the router will allow us to watch TV safely from anywhere in the world without changing any settings.

Note: Replaces XTi_3442_IP_ADDRESS with the IP address of your VBOX device. Replaces VLC_Server with the IP addres of your computer. The settings that I use are actually more complex because they allow me to access all my multimedia library and recordings made with my VBOX.

How to start an OpenVPN server on an ASUS router with Asuswrt-Merlin firmware:
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