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I doubt you will see direct support from Monsoon for XMBC and steaming live. You can now watch any recorded video from your Vulkano on XMBC just not watch live.
Since the new Lava and Blast units will be able to stream another Vulkano to your TV that might be the best way to go.
November 5, 2011
REQUEST (PC): When connecting the PC player to a Flow which is connected to a powered off STB, the user gets a message of “No Video Signal”. Would be nice if it the user were presented a friendlier message with some guidance that you should open the virtual remote-control and press the power button to turn on the STB, or if the player prompted the user to click “Ok” to automatically power on the STB. The “No video signal” message is confusing to new users.
REQUEST (PC): If connecting the PC player to a Flow which is already in use, would be nice if the player reported the netbios name or reverse-dns hostname of the connected client. In my household there are several family members sharing the same Vulkano, and this kind of reporting would help understand who else is using the device when it's busy. Even better would be to decouple user credentials from appliance credentials, so that multiple users could be assigned roles (administrator, user, guest) to multiple appliances with time-of-day restrictions, bumping privileges, and parental controls (such as, the virtual remote only allowing a user to to power on/off and tune to specific channels).
REQUEST (PC): The EPG shows too many channels. There are only about 20 channels we are interested in, and 300 channels we are subscribed too out of 700 channels listed in the EPG. Would be nice if users could filter out premium and PPV channels which they are not subscribed to.
BUG: The FAQ says that the flow supports 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n. This implies 5 GHz wifi support which is not supported. In reality, only 802.11g and 802.11n appear to be supported with open, WEP, or WPA2 encryption. Also the PC setup utility lists WPA2 as WPA(2) which is misleading because it seems to imply either WPA or WPA2.
December 2, 2011
REQUEST: The ability to set up a “season pass” ability when recording. IE: record all entries of this show, record NEW episodes only…etc
REQUEST: The ability to watch a recorded show while the box is recording another show. This ability is available on the early Tivo boxes so I doubt the hardware isn’t capable.
January 12, 2012
I am trying to use the Vulkano with over the air channels coming through an RCA digital to analog convertor.
The Vulkano displays the TV signal fine and the generic RCA remote code works to control the device.
However, a big problem is that since the OTA channels are digital, changing channels requires entering “27-1″ instead of just 27 (for example).
Is there a way I can tell the Vulkano to always enter “X-1″ instead of just “X” when I try to change channels in the EPG? Without the “-1″ the device does not actually change the channel. Are any other workarounds possible to make digital channel changing work?
Thanks for your help.
August 26, 2011
REQUEST: Add ‘Never’ to the ‘Keep Alive’ options.
I always keep my TV-connected Vulkano Blast on Remote TV streaming, but I don’t want to keep the remote STB alive all the time. I only want to send a wakeupcommand before streaming or recording, but I can’t enable this feature only as I am forced to choose an interval between 30 mins to 3 hours to keep my STB alive as well. This will cause my live feed to stream continuously, which I don’t want because I’m not watching TV 24/7. It’s a waste of my internet data usage.
August 26, 2011
January 28, 2012
This may be posted an perhaps I’ve missed it.
What I would LOVE to see is a separate app for the iphone / ipad that is simply a remote control for the Vulkano so that I can sit in my media room and stream from my vulkano and control FF / Pause without navigating icons on the PC Player.
My Onkyo has an app like this that allows me to wirelessly control the receiver. I think it would be great to have the Vulkano Remote as a standalone, wireless app that would control the, in my case, Blast across the network instead of having to be in front of it.
February 1, 2012
REQUEST: Add HDMI input
On that topic does anyone know if a version of this product will be coming out with an HDMI input soon?
HDMI is not the same as other cable hookups. HDMI can not only send info but it can receive it too. So if there was an HDMI input on the Vulkano then your DVR/Cable box, whatever, could actually sense that you are not sending the video to your TV or an approved device and just turn off it’s output.
So if they decided to not allow the Vulkano to receive and record stuff they could just turn it off. It is starting to become a huge issue in the UK because a lot of devices are going to HDMI only.
November 22, 2011
Monsoon still has not fixed the bug, streaming at the highest possible rate, even though we try to limit at certain bit rate. And it is really frustrating, whereby we need to save the upload&download bandwidth for other usage & by trying to connect to the best possible bit rate, it causes the picture to breakup whenever the upload/download unable to achieve min 1Mbps..
Now I am really regretting buying this thing