SatKing 800CA 12V/240V VAST Satellite Decoder
The SatKing DVBS2-800CA VAST Satellite certified high definition satellite receiver brings a new level of features to the Australian VAST platform. Designed with ease of use in mind customers will find this VAST receiver a pleasure to use. From first turn on you will notice the unit is super fast to turn on and scan in channels, the Optus VAST card is already loaded in the decoder for you. A large remote control with easy to read and use buttons with built in learning function to take over basic controls of your TV (no need for two remote controls any more). The compact design is a real winner measuring 220 mm in width and very low power consumption, well below 15 watts. With PVR ready via USB as standard simply connect your external USB device to use to unit as a PVR. You will also find a fast operating and easy to read 8 day Electronic Program Guide (EPG).
The unit can be used for either VAST traveller customers (12 Volt) or VAST at home customers (240 Volt) via the included power pack. For self installation SatKing has developed an internal signal finder with an intensity beeper to assist with installations the higher the signal the faster the beeping and an electronic map built in to give you your coordinates for easier dish positioning. The unit also has a detailed electronic help guide and handy features like a USB speed test to test your USB device. For the VAST traveller caravan market the unit also has an optional IR target so you can place the VAST decoder in a cupboard and hide the unit out of sight also handy two place the unit behind large screen TV’s in home when you don’t want to look at the STB. Commercial installations and customers with older TV’s will find the built in RF modulator of great assistance, you can simply use the SatKing decoder on any TV new or old without any extra expense.
On the rear panel, you'll find:
- Single satellite input with a LOOP OUT. This is particularly useful for connecting multiple decoders together.
- HDMI socket - the preferred method of connection to your TV.
- USB port for connection of a hard drive or USB memory stick - this will enable you to record direct to the drive.
- AV composite video output - analog connection of video and audio cables to your TV if you have no HDMI ports.
- RGB component video output - a high definition analog connection to your TV (if you don't have HDMI inputs)
- IR sensor input (i'll go into more detail on this below)
- RF input/output - you can feed an analog TV signal in and out to multiple TV's so you can watch the same channel.
- 12V DC input from either the transformer or cigarette lead.
- Ethernet port for network connection - we haven't tested this one as yet.
- SP/DIF and coaxial digital audio output for connection to surround sound systems.
Having an external IR sensor port means that the 800CA can be mounted in an overhead cupboard in the van or in an enclosed entertainment unit yet still operate from the remote control. This is achieved by plugging in the external sensor cable and mounting the sensor in a visible location such as on the front of the cabinet or anywhere in view of the remote control signal. All functions of the remote control can be used this way without the need to open the cupboard. This is a fantastic feature and the SatKing DVBS 800CA is the only VAST certified satellite decoder that offers this feature. We have 2 sensors available for the SatKing 800CA - 1 metre or 3 metre.
On starting up the 800CA, the first screen you'll see will be the following:
The screenshot above shows that the decoder is searching for signal. When the dish is aligned, the decoder will immediately change to the scanning screen and load all available channels. Also displayed on this screen is the smartcard number that is paired to the decoder. Worth writing down the number at this stage. Of course the smartcard number can also be obtained by removing the smartcard from the decoder and recording the number from under the card.
The main menu offers shows various useful sub menus including the SIGNAL FINDING section. This is particularly useful for travellers who require an easy to ready screen while aligning their dish.
Entering the SIGNAL FINDING screen bring you to a map of Australia where you can select a state and zone in on that state to attain pertinent alignnment information such as ELEVATION, DIRECTION and LNB SKEW.
A lot of planning and design has gone into the software and many Australians were involved in the design. This has resulted in a decoder that suits the Australian market more so than a product designed overseas. The included remote control is well designed and incorporates a learning feature so you can program it to control your TV as well.