Yes; I did some reading over at the iView thread. Looks like the firmware marked version 10/13 is actually V13 and was released last Dec., and aside from some QAM changes, the only change from (iView) V9 was the ability to adjust the menu transparency.
And I learned there are actually three versions of the iView box, but confusingly versions 2 and 3 are both called the 3500STBII
The software on the web site will work on versions 1 and 2 but not 3. Even worse, the firmware version numbers started over again (at V1, V2, etc.) with these new "version 3" boxes, fooling many into thinking the older firmware on the website was actually an update. iView was just asking for trouble with that silliness.
Mediasonic also restarted their firmware version numbers recently, which has me wondering if the newest HW-150s with V1 firmware also have that channel 3/4 switch in back? Edit:
User satpro has figured out the firmware compatibility issue. It's not the channel 3/4 switch, although that's a convenient marker for the iView boxes; it's the demodulator chip. Version 1 & 2 iView boxes, as well as HW boxes through (I think) V14 firmware, used a Samsung demodulator chip. But Samsung discontinued it, forcing all these boxes to switch to an Mstar demodulator, with corresponding new firmware. Version 3 iView boxes and HW boxes with V1 firmware use the Mstar demodulator, and loading older firmware (iView or Homeworx) will brick them.
Still haven't figured out the major differences between iView box versions 1 and 2, although I think I read that the version 1 boxes power down the USB port in standby (like the HW does) but the version 2 boxes don't. Edit:
apparently that is the only difference, other than the remote control that was shipped with the box.
Sorry folks, I didn't mean to hijack this thread with all this stuff about iView; I was just trying to figure out if there might be an advantage to loading iView firmware on a HW-150. So far, the only advantages I see are the ability to:
- Use the iView remote (presumably including the ability to page show descriptions in the EPG)
- Adjust the menu transparency
But no major bug fixes, so no good reason to load iView firmware unless you really
like their remote