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Technology Information

You CAN receive this programme even if your school has very limited broadband access - it comes as a television broadcast.
The equipment required is a Television Set, Set top Box and Satellite Dish. Please note, that the set top box you require is one that is not freeview branded.  You will require a set top box which does not contain the Freeview EPG, as you will need to do a manual search to find the channel.

If you will be recieving the broadcast via the satellite TV connection, please make sure you read the technology information sheet below

Click here to download the TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION SHEET

Suggested suppliers

The following suppliers have been used by schools to set up the satellite dish and set top box and are aware of this programme:


Technology Discussion and Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions relating to technology will be posted here by the UoA Technology Architect as they come in.

Any points of discussion, between the technology team and the teachers, or amongst the teachers, about the technology used can be found here


How to tune into the broadcast test signal.

Simple Instructions

1. Command the satellite receiver to do an "autoscan", or "blind scan" (depends on manufacturer) for Free To Air (FTA) channels only (that will help reduce the number of unwanted signals found), and then
2. Identify the wanted programme from the resulting pool of Freeview, Sky and any other services that the box finds.

Note: There will be a test signal broadcast on the LENScience channel at the following times:


More advanced users may prefer manual configuration of the satellite receiver.

RF parameters

Downlink Carrier Frequency: 12456.2 MHZ

Symbol Rate: 22.5 MSym/s

FEC: 3/4

Transport Stream PIDs PCR: 519

Video: 519

Audio: 657

Service ID*: 1932

Network ID*: 47RF


Tuning in a Hills receiver

The Freeview certified Hills IRD was tuned to the signal using the following procedure:
Press "Menu"
Press "5. Installation Settings"
Press "6. TV Reception and Channel search"
Press "4. Manual Channel Search" <span />
Select the 12456 MHz carrier
Perform a search.


When this is done, the receiver pauses and then lists the services found on that carrier, which will include 1 new service. The Hills box identifies it as "N47/1932".


Topfield TF6000Fe Tuning procedure

Menu ok
Installation ok
Factory setting ok
Reset all data yes

Menu ok
Installation ok
LNB setting ok
Satellite Name Optus D1 KU (not ‘C’ band)
LNB Frequency 11300 or if it’s unknown, search thru the list and watch the yellow ‘Quality’ bar at the bottom of the screen.
LNB power on
22KHz off
DiSEQC 1.1 disable
DiSEQC 1.0 disable
Service search ok
Satellite Name Optus D1
Search mode Manual
Frequency 12456
Symbol Rate 22500
Polarisation Vertical
Network Search off
Start search ok

Save search ok
Scroll thru the channel list and you should see Optus D1 KU1932

National Education Network

Schools with a connection to the National Education Network can receive the broadcast via live stream . Click here for more information.  


The University of Auckland streams the media live over the internet for schools to view the seminar online. The links will be sent out to registered schools on the day of the broadcast for schools to hook into the live feed.
PLEASE NOTE: The link provided is a live feed of the seminar, and after the seminar the stream will go offline; it will not be repeating the seminar on a loop. We will post the seminar to the Wiki as soon as we can to be streamed again, or downloaded.


Instructions
Click on the link below, or the link in the email sent on the day of the seminar and a web browser will appear: http://pinewood.auckland.ac.nz/lensciencelive.htm or http://live.auckland.ac.nz/lensciencelive.htm 
If you have any issues with the stream, please log into the chartroom and tell the UoA representative that you are having issues. If you are a newly registered school and want to test the stream before the next seminar, please email the LENScience help team and we can setup a test signal for you. LENSciencehelp@auckland.ac.nz