DVB Devices

DVB Devices

DVB Devices

Devices

This section provides an overview of various types of DVB devices and the generic requirements for EUMETCast Europe and EUMETCast Africa, valid also for the future MTG and EPS-SG services.
Please check also the most up-to- date list of compatible https://eumetsatspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/DSEC/pages/742260752 in this knowledgebase.

In terms of interface there are three types of devices:

  • Internal DVB Cards:

    • These are usually PCI (5V or 3V) or PCIe devices. Please make sure the PCI/PCIe specification (exact version number) matches the computer interface

  • DVB Router Receiver:

    • DVB Router Receivers are standalone boxes sending the received DVB multicast data onto a LAN that connects to the PC via a network card.

  • USB DVB Receiver:

    • These boxes are connected to the PC via an USB link with the same functionality as an internal DVB Reception Card. At the minimum USB 2.0 should be supported.

A frequently updated list of compatible reception devices can be found in the Devices list.


Generic Requirements for EUMETCast Europe

The generic requirements for the EUMETCast Europe DVB-S2 service reception devices are:

  • Standard: DVB-S2.

  • Symbol Rate: up to 33 MSps 16APSK, and 45 MSps for QPSK/8PSK.

  • Support for QPSK, 8PSK & 16APSK including all defined FEC codes for these modulations.

  • Support for VCM, Multiple Transport Streams, Multi-Protocol encapsulation (MPE).

  • Support for a minimum of 6 PIDs for the Basic Service and a minimum of 2 PIDs for the High Volume Service. Not more than 8 PIDs will be used on one transponder.

  • Support for minimum two MPE transport streams using the same ISI in VCM mode.

  • Users may need to procure/install/configure an additional network adapter in the host system if using a LAN DVB router.

  • A maximum output IP bandwidth of 50Mbit/s for the Basic Service and up to 80Mbit/s for the High Volume Service must be supported.

Please note that all devices need to fulfil the full specification as outlined above. Hence devices that just state "DVB-S2/MPE/VCM compliant" might not necessarily be suitable.

Generic Requirements for EUMETCast Africa

The generic requirements for the EUMETCast Africa DVB-S2 service reception devices are:

  • Standard: DVB-S2

  • Symbol Rate: up to 45 MSps.

  • Support for QPSK/8PSK including all defined FEC codes for these modulations. Support for a minimum of 6 PIDs

  • Support for one MPE transport stream

  • A maximum output IP bandwidth of 80Mbit/s.