Talk:SureWest IPTV

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Great article. This did the trick for me. I'm also on SureWest and using Gentoo. For my setup, I had already been using a serial IR Blaster over LIRC to change channels while using a PVR-150 to record over the SVID cable. So for now, I am still using the IR Blaster to change channels, have unplugged the PVR-150. In my settings I did not clone the MAC address. This allows me to switch over to the Amino box without messing with cables in case we want to use Video-On-Demand or listen to music channels.

The life saver for me are the IGMP settings under "/proc" I'd been searching for days on various multicast problems because I could see the packets with tcpdump, but no program would play or save the streams.

[Nate: Aug 8, 2008] In reply to Rkuris: DHCP is setting a 69.x.x.x address for me, but it doesn't seem to care. It's all working with the exact same thing you specified for "/etc/conf.d/net"

Thanks for your feedback! Glad to see it's working for you. I couldn't get it to work unless I spoofed the MAC address. It kept assigning me 65.x.x.x addresses and wouldn't connect.

--Rkuris 01:15, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

First step not working

I have a service provider with IPTV. So I've been wanting to use the mythTV network tuner for a while but can't get it to work. I am using ubuntu not gentoo. But I thought I accurately translated your steps to work with ubuntu. unfortunately I am having problems with the very first step.

To clone the MAC address I edited the file:


and make the eth0 part look like so:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
	hwaddress ether xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx

Then I ran:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

I see eth0 using the cloned MAC but I get no response from the DHCP server. eth1 is my NIC that connects to home LAN -> router -> internet. eth1 continues to work fine. So atleast I didn't break that.

Any ideas?The goat 14:54, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

Some ideas

Some of these are "duh" but I have my share of silly mistakes too.

  • Can you see the "link up" messages in /var/log/messages (or equivalent)? Something like:
eth2: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0x45E1
  • Check and see how dhcpcd is being called. My command line parameters are:
/sbin/dhcpcd -h potato -G -R eth2

You could see what happens if you add a "-d" (debug) flag. That might give you additional information.

  • Is anything at all coming in on the interface? Run something like:
tcpdump -i eth0 -n

You should at least see the dhcp request and response packets. ifconfig will also show raw packet counts...

  • You are unplugging your amino or other STB right?
  • Does your interface card have a green link light?
  • Have you considered swapping eth0 and eth1? Maybe you have a hardware problem?

New Surewest Channels

Has anyone taken a look at the new channels recently added by Surewest? They don't appear to follow the existing udp://@225.1.x.y:2001 url format. I haven't yet been able to figure out the new url format.

Re: New Surewest Channels

I can't tune these channels on my old AminoNet SD STB, so they may only be available through the new MediaRoom STBs.