[Sticky] Multiview T35 Freeview receiver and modulator
I'll have to see if mine still works.
I'm pleased to report that my T35 is still working. I updated the software on it when I got it 2 years ago. Hopefully Marion will be able to update her box when it arrives. A Windows PC with serial port and a null modem cable is required, along with the correct software update files. There are two versions of the Multiview T35. Mine is the thicker one with multiple RF sockets on the back, which also requires RF loopthrough cables. The other version of the T35 is thinner with fewer RF sockets. I understand the software is different too. If in doubt, ask before trying to update.
It seemed that the EEPROM got corrupted in sideband's box, and he replaced it with a new blank one which then re-initialised successfully. Luckily this means that there is no irreplaceable data in the EEPROM. I reckon the old one could have been erased in a programmer then re-used, though I accept that if you don't already have an EEPROM programmer it's easier and cheaper to just replace the EEPROM with a new one. Either way, all the previous settings will be lost, including the teletext setting (should be LiveEPG instead of Live Teletext).
Since obtaining the Multiview T35 box, I got hold of another similar product called a2b multibox which was made in Sweden. The a2b multibox was available with 3 or 6 channel outputs. I have the cheaper 3 channel one; it's possible to daisy-chain two boxes together to add more channels. The Swedish a2b multibox does not generate teletext but it can produce NICAM stereo sound, just like the old analogue TV channels used to have. This feature is quite unique, though I've yet to actually try it. The a2b multibox can also generate 625-line VHF TV channels as well as UHF. The sound subcarrier frequency can be changed too. Could be useful if you have early Irish or continental European 625 VHF TVs, or perhaps you want to recreate an analogue cable TV distribution system. These were sometimes found in blocks of flats or housing estates. In the early days, viewers used modified dual-standard TVs to watch the 625 VHF signals. Later on, VHF to UHF converter boxes were used with single standard UHF TVs. In my area, analogue cable TV was still around until 2009 when it was finally shut down (a bit too soon, as digital terrestrial TV did not start here until 2012). I still have the old VHF to UHF converter boxes; now I can make them work again.
The a2b multibox is also a bit of an insurance policy in case the Multiview T35 software fails again in the future and no updates are made available. Unfortunately neither box supports DVB-T2. At the moment it's only the Freeview HD channels that use T2 and they're duplicated in Standard Definition DVB-T so it's not a problem right now. But if in the future (or maybe when) the SD channels are switched off, or everything goes over to T2, these boxes will become useless. There's no sign of that happening in the near future, so hopefully I'll have a few years more fun.
Both my T35s are working OK. When in teletext mode selecting 888 does not give subtitles just two lines of text saying subtitle line 1 subtitle line 2.
I also have a semi faulty A2B 6 channel box. It is really 2 three channel boxes. The lower one had a burnt out chip, splitting the box in two I get it to work as a three channel box. These receivers do not have teletext but are said to generate NICAM stereo sound!
The T35s do have a remote control facility. Does anyone know the universal code?
I had noticed the remote control sensor on the Multiview T35 but haven't tried to use it. It may well use the same codes as another device, in which case a universal remote could work. RSD had a support forum where I obtained the software update from - it's worth asking them directly there.
Another method: most universal remotes have a "code search" if the code is not known, the remote can send all the codes in its memory one by one. As soon as your device responds, you have found a valid code. You then immediately press a button on the universal remote to store it and stop it sending further codes. This can be a bit hit-and-miss; it's very easy to go past the correct code during the search or for a code to be found that only works partially.