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  1. Lehaut,

    There is no simple answer for you. It will not be as effective as a larger dish for good reception in your area but it may just bring in enough signal for the various UK channels if well set up.

    Reception gets more difficult for smaller dishes as you get further south from the UK.

    It does have a single LNB integrated. If you need more than one cable output you will have to go for another model - double or quad - available on the same site but more expensive.

    It seems to me to be a case of suck it and see!

    Danny

  2. Yes Andy, you are correct. Some of the actual satellites have changed. I did not really express that well. Instead of saying "no change of satellites" I should have said no change in the position of the satellites.

    I didn't want to get in to the technical aspects of new satellites here for Angie, the OP.

    Not all the satellites at 28.0E have changed recently. Of course they are all replaced once their useful life is up.

    She was asking if the reason she could not receive from them is because the satellites have changed and that that means they are now in a different place.

    What I meant was that the position of this satellite group in space is exactly the same for the OP in terms of aligning the dish and reception.

    Sorry for any confusion

    Danny

  3. [quote user="Angie"] until they changed satellites. Thanks as always.[/quote]

    To be more precise, there has been no change of satellites. It is the same group of satellites (relatively) pretty close together in one location.

    A year or so ago, many frequencies changed and many of the main UK channels went to a more tightly focused beam over the UK leaving many further South unable to get good reception without a much larger dish.

    With a 130cm dish you should probably get OK reception in your location but the dish needs to be adjusted very precisely.

    This means 4 ways - horizontally, vertically, the rotation of the LNB head and its position in the bracket (closer or further out)

    You also need to balance it so that it receives well between the various frequencies - horizontal, vertical, high and low.

    It makes it a lot easier to adjust if you mount the dish lower down.

    Good luck

    Danny

  4. Hello,

    There are many tutorials online on how to configure remote access to the livebox. They are all in French though..

    For example:

    http://www.mistipi.com/configurer-un-acces-a-distance-a-votre-livebox/

    or

    http://forum.qnapclub.fr/topic/6890-configuration-pour-acces-a-distance-livebox-play-myqnapcloud/

    so it is possible.

    Otherwise, you can use almost any well known modem/router. I have used a Netgear and a Linksys modem/router and a Livebox without problems on my Orange line.

    They can all be picked up quite cheaply second hand on eBay or LeBonCoin too.

  5. [quote user="Clair"][quote user="mint"]Clair, I know why you are en deuil 8 Nov 16.

    I'd join you except that I am too shocked to feel anything.

    [/quote]

    Ah, mint! [:'(]

    I drove out and walked around the shops today, my phone in my hand  to check my shopping list (got to keep on topic!) as if everything was like it was yesterday, or last week or last month, but I felt I was in a daze, not really with it, in mental shock...

    I remember having that same odd, detached feeling after a car crash...

    [/quote]

    OK, I'll bite...

    Would you like to let us know what happened?

    Danny

    PS I occasionally take a scrap bit of paper which serves as my shopping list [;-)] No data problems here except when I forget things.

  6. 'Pret de Domino' is an internet service via the mobile phone network which Orange sometimes offer if the line is out of service to give you a basic alternative. If you do not use the domino or have never had it you need to contact the Service clients as soon as possible and make sure that they correct the error.

    Danny

  7. [quote user="Spidworthy"]As a quick afterthought, I see some online sources say Orange charges 50 euros to cancel an account? Is this really correct?[/quote]

    depends on your contract - if you have had it for a while there is probably nothing to pay.

    [quote user="Spidworthy"]They also say it is no longer necessary to send a registered letter to cancel, as used to be the case; it can simply be done through the helpline.

    Also, what happens to the actual (old-style) Livebox when I cancel? I 'inherited' it from the previous owner (who had already had it for a few years). Orange had no problem with that, and consequently does not charge me any rental for the actual box. Do I just pass it on similarly to someone else, or is there some sort of deposit due if/when returning it to Orange?[/quote]

    Yes, you just need to call up to cancel.

    All the info you need is here.....

    Orange résiliation

    Click on each tab for all steps to take.

    Danny

  8. Very odd that it is only those two channels.

    Do you receive More4 and More4+1, E4 and E4+1, and Film4 and Film4+1?

    These are all on the same transponders (frequencies) as C4 and C4+1 so in theory they should be missing too.

    What make and model of receiver are you using? Can you do a factory reset or rescan?

    It is possible that the LNB is failing which may account for the loss of certain frequencies.

    Danny

  9. John,

    I had the same problem in Spain recently.

    We had three phones with Free which were unable to get a registered on any Spanish network.

    I did tell Free when we came back and it seems that you need to restart the phone and manually select the Spanish provider and then restart again.

    I am pretty sure (not 100%) we tried that there and it didn't work so it seems to be aSpanish problem.

    I have had no problems in the UK,

    Danny

  10. [quote user="jessie"]Many thanks everyone for your replies, I will ask Orange to set up a separate user account for the wifi, thanks again[/quote]

    You cannot ask Orange to do this.

    It is not possible to have a separate user account in this sense.

    There is however already built in to your internet service a shared wifi which you can turn off or on as you like.

    This uses your livebox to access the internet but it is only for other Orange users who have to log in with their details. This is not much use to you if your guests are not French and customers of Orange.

    The only way to offer free wifi to all guests is to allow them to use your wifi access with your wifi code with the provisos I mentioned in the previous post.

    Danny

  11. Sorry to contradict you E but for some time now the security situation you describe has been changed.

    Following a firmware update from about April 2015, it is now not the case that you need to have a secondary email account with Orange to prevent automatic login to your account.

    If you go to Orange.fr you need to use your password to gain access to your account. There is no longer any automatic recognition of your account.

    The crazy situation about secondary email address to avoid automatic recogniton has been quietly dropped from the assistance pages.

    http://assistance.orange.fr/ne-pas-etre-automatiquement-identifie-sur-orange-fr-544.php

    now just redirects to

    https://assistance.orange.fr/assistance-commerciale/l-identification/gerer-vos-comptes-orange/creer-un-compte-ou-une-adresse-mail-secondaire_71892-72751

    So in order to access your account/mails you need to log in with password.

    https://assistance.orange.fr/assistance-commerciale/l-identification/gerer-vos-mots-de-passe/orange.fr-la-securite-de-votre-compte-orange-evolue_77777-78739

    So essentially, for Jessie, anyone who uses your wifi (with your access code) cannot read you mails or your account.

    You are, however, totally responsible for any usage of the wifi. Including obviously anything illegal.

    Danny

  12. John,

    You need to log in to your 'espace abonné' free mobile and activate the service to use it abroad.

    Go to 'options', click on 'Gérér'

    Scroll down to 'Option voyage' and 'Option internationale' and click on 'Activer'

    You will need to pay 10 euros by card to do this but this is just credit which will be used for the next 5 monthly payments.

    As long as you have both services activated, you should be able to make and receive call and texts.

    Remember that it will cost you to receive as well as make calls/send texts but it is pretty reasonable if you are careful.

    Danny

  13. If you can receive all the channels with an ordinary old fashioned TV ariel there is not much point in using a sat dish.**

    The purpose of TNT channels by satellite is precisely for those that cannot receive a signal via a rooftop aerial as they can't get a direct line of sight to the transmitter. Think mountains etc.

    Danny

    **Unless one does not have an aerial on the roof and already has a sat dish and maybe also wants the extra channels available by satellite.

  14. Unlike the TNTSAT cards, Fransat cards have never needed to be replaced.

    You don't say what the make and model of the box is but I would hazard a guess that may be where the problem lies rather than the card.

    Danny

  15. [quote user="woolybanana"] until I can find a cheap enough digital box[/quote]

    [:-))] How cheap do you mean? A new HD Fransat or TNTSAT box will give you all the TNT channels from one of two different satellites for about 100 euros.

    http://www.boulanger.com/ref/8000919 for example for 5°W sat or

    http://www.boulanger.com/ref/8000779 for 19.0°E sat

    You will not find anything any cheaper. Bear in mind that all the

    digital SD transmissions are going to stop in April 2016 so if it is not

    an HD box from this list,

    http://www.fransat.fr/catalogue/12-je-m-equipe

    or this list

    http://www.tntsat.tv/tnt-sat-decodeur-materiel-installation/choisir-decodeur-tv-tnt-sat.htm

    don't bother as it will receive nothing after this.

    Your current decoder is definitely not analogue. The analogue transmissions stopped some years ago.

    More info required to answer your question....

    What is the make and model of the sat box?

    How big is the dish?

    What satellite is is pointing to?

    Is it properly aligned?

    If the windmills are in the way and causing the problem, maybe the dish can be realigned to another satellite. If this is the case, you will need to equip yourself with the appropiate decoder (box)

    Other than that, there are too many other possibilities for your buzzing issues which will probably be related to your local cabling/dish set up.

    Danny

  16. [quote user="crabtree"]Many channels have changed transponders over the last few days, it is possible a rescan may find them.

    It

    is because Astra 2G is now in service, and all channels that were on

    the old Eutelsat at 28.2/28.5 have (or will be moved this week) to Astra

    2E or 2F or 2G. Many will use the same frequencies, so you may not

    notice any change with some channels. However quite a number are/will be

    on new transponders, and unless you have a Freesat or $ky box you may

    well have to rescan to find them.

    Also, some that were previously on a European beam, will now be on a UK beam, including the Freesat EPG.

    [/quote]

    [quote user="Quillan"]

    Funny because the channels we are talking about have not moved and those that have are OK.

    [/quote]

    It may be due to solar storms but the channel 5 group of channels have in fact moved on to the new 2G sat. The UK spot beam from there may be slightly different to the spot beam on 2E and 2F. If I recall, the Ch5 was on 2F up until the other day.

    http://en.kingofsat.net/tp.php?tp=4798

    http://www.lyngsat.com/Astra-2G.html

    [quote user="bixy"]Thanks for those replies. what I can't understand is why it is only the 5 channels which are affected.

    [/quote]so it may be that your dish setup is not optimally adjusted or the dish is a bit too small. You don't say what equipment dish and decoder make and model you have or your location so it is very hard to give you any more info

    Danny

  17. [quote user="AnOther"]Nothing abnormal noticed here (46) and that's running 3, sometimes 4, Sky boxes off a self installed 850cm dish and quad LNB

    [/quote]

    I think with an 850cm dish you should be OK with signals coming from the moon, never mind a man made satellite [:)][:-))][:D]

    Danny

  18. The ADSL speed is the speed that your line length/quality will support - you can't increase it.

    The speed indicated is probably OK but you have not said how (i.e. what site, what video quality the streams will be etc) you are planning to stream the football matches so it is hard to tell you if it will work or not.

    It may help (but probably won't) to connect the computer to the router/modem with an ethernet cable rather than using wifi which can be less reliable.

    Is it not possible to just try it and see?

    Danny

  19. It should work OK but you may find that it does not ring properly when someone calls you...This is exactly what happened in to me in your situation.

    The only way to know is to try it. If it does not ring properly, you can buy a special adapter that enables it to ring (like I did!) like this one

    http://www.novavox.co.uk/accessories-rj-11-bt-adapter-with-built-in-ring-capacitor-p-59.html plus possibly the usual RJ11 to French (Gigogne - upside down T shape) socket adaptor like this one here which you can find in any brico or larger supermarkets.

    Danny

  20. If you are in a zone dégroupée by Free, it may be simpler just to keep it going all year round. Apart from an initial sending out equipment fee of 19 euros, it is 29,99 euros pm, 360 euros a year, always there when you need it.

    Put your number in to their site and see if you are eligible http://www.free.fr/adsl/index.html

    Danny

  21. I think you are maybe misunderstanding the contract bit (or maybe I am misunderstanding what you mean!)

    Anyway, none of the ISPs do a fixed term year long contract now. You can stop them all at any time. But....

    They all have cancellation fees or initial set up fees.

    With the Bbox, there is a starting fee of 50 euros and a cancellation fee of 59 euros each time...

    You will have to do the maths

    Danny

  22. AFAIK, there are no other ADSL offers than can be suspended or are short term. As you have said the Découverte needs a fixed line account.

    Some find that it is not that much more expensive to get a permanent cheapish ADSL service using the included VOIP telephone. You cannot stop it for when you are not there but it can work out not too much more depending on what services are available on your line and what your needs are.

    Sosh by Orange, Bbox by Bouygues for example but they are probably not available if your place is in a rural location.

    Danny

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