TBox fixed – well, sort of!

Despite buying my TBox 2nd hand from ebay, and despite it being advertised as in “working condition”, and as noted previously it not working and the seller not being helpful, Telstra offered to assess it.

They sure did. And despite being out of warrantee, they replaced it.

Thanks Telstra!

Still sorting a working and usable box to intercept network traffic – delays, delays!


Found an eBay seller who will sell me an appropriately old and slow box for $20 – I have the contact info etc, but am currently visiting friends for NYE (it’s my friends birthday on NYE!) about 200km from home. On the plus side, the seller appears to be “on the way”, so may drop in on the way home…


The replacement T-Box now refuses to listen to it’s remote control – sigh.

Telstra are sending a replacement and a return bag for the dead one.

I thought they would have had this issue fixed by now, which is why I got another one in the first place. I wonder how many I will need to “test” for them before I get a “good” one and how long a “good” one will last.

New Hardware, Old Hardware

Well, the T-Box turned up. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it looks like the HDD is dead. Seller “doesn’t do refunds” – great.

Rang Telstra to make sure I wasn’t missing anything (I hadn’t). The nice Philipines based support person offered to send out a recovery bag and said they MAY fix/repair for me at no charge. Well here’s hoping anyway… Otherwise, I’ll have to find an appropriate HDD somewhere. Everything else appears to work – Bigpond channels, Bigpond Movies (can’t download with no HDD) etc. And the EPG is obviously stored on the HDD too, because it’s only showing On now and on next – makes sense in  way, because that’s a fair bit of data that changes all the time and that many writes to flash would kill the flash pretty quick.

Interesting things to note:

1) the latest firmware for TBox gives you “My Media” access even without registration.

2) Foxtel on TBox channels are part of the standard EPG offering, so IPTV sure looks doable

Never mind – we have a “server” to build to make the man-in-the-middle.

Found an old – no, ye olde – machine being tossed out. Pretty sad now, but not too bad for  the day. P2 at 233MHz, 64MB RAM. Took out the 4.3GB HDD and put in an old 250GB PATA drive I had lying around. Went to install Centos 5. “Not enough memory” it said. Sigh. OK, RH8 (from 2002!) will work! Sure did. Selected “Install Everything” option. 2 and a half hours later, it’s installed about 5GB of OS and programs. Surprising what was available even then – Mozilla, Openoffice, WINE etc. Lot’s of stuff I’ll never use like Spanish, German, French and Italian man pages; X11 server with fonts; compatibility code for RH7; PHP – the list is endless (well it sure feels like it!)

Right now, it’s being NATed behind the laptop I’m using to write this – I currently only have WiFi – while I try and install some perl libraries from CPAN. Taking a while though. Thinking of hardwiring it to the ADSL over at the other end of the house while it does this, it’s sooo slooooow, and I’m only telnetting to it from here anyway…

That”l do me for an update – things ARE moving, if slowly.

Update: nope, definately needs more RAM ;-(

Starting out

The problem

So, you have a Telstra T-Box and then you churned to another ISP, or perhaps you decided tor give your T-Box to a friend or family member who doesn’t have a ‘net connection. That’s when you found out just tied to Telstra that box is. Suddenly, the EPG is only showing what’s on now and what’s next, you can’t access your own local media any more and so on.

Or perhaps you are still with Telstra, but want some functionality that the T-Box can do, but Telstra doesn’t allow for – stuff like adding your own IPTV channels.

In short, you like the T-Box firmware you just hate the restrictions Telstra has included. What to do?

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