DM500 is a useful and powerful satellite TV signal receiver produced by Dream Multimedia. DM500 has a LINUX operating system, if we want to expand it usage; we have to connect it to our computer. Connecting DM500 to computer will make the edit of the channel menu according to our demand more easily. It will also reduce a lot of time if we use the RJ 45 ports to rewrite or upgrade the operating system of DM500. Using the serials port will consume 10 minutes while the unshielded twist pair will reduce more than 8 minutes. The links between DM500 and computer will also make the upload of our accounts information possible. So, it is the basic knowledge that all the fans of satellite signal receivers should have.
Before we get to operate the two devices together, we shall know the network settings of Dreambox first. We can get into the network setting interface though the way of Main Menu Settings Advanced Settings Network Settings. We will see the network information of Dreambox in the interface. We have to pay attention to the DHCP settings. If the DHCP is tick marked, it means that DM500 will get the IP automatically. If not, we have to mark the tick ourselves.
There are two ways of connecting the two devices.
1.#Connect though a router. This is the easiest method. If we use a router, we can set a LAN. There will be the method of setting up a LAN in the guide of router. The router will set up a LAN includes DM500 automatically if the option of DHCP is tick marked. The DM500 will get the IP distributed by router automatically and get into LAN. Then the computer can operate on Dreambox though LAN. If you want to upgrade or rewrite the operating system, you have to read the instruction of DM500.
2.#Using the Crossover Ethernet Cable. We can connect Dreambox and computer using the crossover Ethernet cable. The crossover Ethernet cable is not the Ethernet cable we usually use to connect internet. It is sold in shops, but we can also make one by ourselves. When we connect the both, we have to set the network parameters on computer and Dreambox. Now you should not mark the DHCP and set the IP of both devices to 192. 168. 1. 2. Then the both devices are connected.