Actually our house is beeing renovated and two weeks ago they started with removing the old roof so all antennas had to be removed. Next to my WiFi antennas for FunkFeuer there were still some Satellite-dishes from tenants who moved on some years ago so i took them too. I don't really watch television so i dont own a receiver but i bought a RaspberryPi some time ago and remembered its powerful GPU, ideal for HDTV applications so i just needed a DVB-S2 USB adapter to get started. After some research for DVB-S2 Devices i found Pinnacle's PCTV 460e which is supported on Linux since kernel version 3.2 so i had to give it a try.

Recently i saw a new Mikrotik device which i find amazing because its a complete 5GHz WiFi CPE like e.g. Ubiquiti's NanoStation M5 just more powerful and with a dual polarization 16dBi antenna. I was told, altough the SXT 5HPnd is a great device, one shouldn't use it productively because of its plastic case and front to back noise ratio thus unnecessary polluting the air. But "thats the same for Ubiquiti devices" i thought and looked for solutions on the web. RF Armor provides "Carrier Class RF Shielding Products" for Ubiquiti devices but seems none for a Mikrotik SXT. Because of its shape and dimensions it can't be hard to find a fitting "metal-case" that would completely reflect everything just to the front...

After i've set up a GSM-VoIP Gateway to forward calls via SIP, i wanted to see the caller name too instead just the calling number. I guess there are sure ways to import contacts into a PBX like Asterisk, that way you would need to keep it up-to-date by importing contacts over and over again what is simple but not practical. Maybe there are even modules available to work with Google, but i was lazy tinkering with Asterisk and just quickly wrote a bash script to do that job and even notifying me via mail.