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Test Report for WizTech WIZ-2233 IR

 
WizTech WIZ-2233 IR

There are few manufacturers who put out new brands of receiver as often as WizTech. Although it doesn't seem like a long time since the WIZ-2233 IR, this is the first in an entirely new batch of WizTech boasting new software and features.

The receiver is smart and compact, with a large style window over the four-digit LED display, and all necessary buttons can be find on the front panel. To the right is a drop-down flap covering the Multicrypt card reader and common interface slot. Multicrypt is one of the current crop of read-anything conditional access soft wares that make it far easier to operate a pirate card with several different types of encryption cards.

The remote control is an interesting design. It is large and has good chunky keys, but the central grouping of menu, channel and volume control keys are slightly difficult to get at because they're recessed.

The installation menus allow you to set up and save as many active satellites as you like, from a very comprehensive list. You've got a choice of C and Ku-band LNB types, and DiSEqC switching for up to four LNBs. The manual claims this receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0 and 1.2 protocols. You can jump straight to searching for channels from Satellite Setup menu, but motorised users will need to set up movement limits, and find the satellites manually if they've only got a dumb DiSEqC 1.2 motor.

There are coarse and fine movement settings, and USALS users have only to set their movement limits before they start hunting channels. You can pick which transponder you use for satellite-hunting, and there's also an onscreen movement display where you can fine-tune any positions you're not happy about, while watching TV.

To find channels, you've got a choice between the very quick Auto Navigation, which uses a traditional list of transponder frequencies, or Blind Search, which searches for any active frequencies at the position. You've got the usual choice of just looking for TV channels, and you can just look for TV channels (ignoring radio and data channels).

There's also Manual Search, in which you have to choose the satellite you want to see. The Blind Search option isn't one to choose if you want to get a quick start, because even in Fast mode it can take two hours to scan the whole Ku-band, and in Detail mode you can expect it to take seven hours. You can halve this by selecting either horizontal or vertical polarisation, but that's still a very long time.

The trade-off is ultimately worth it because the WIZ-2233 IR finds channels ignored by many other receivers. Finally, you can narrow down a search in the traditional way by programming in a frequency, and by using PIDs if you need to.

WIZ-2233 IR have got the capacity for 5,000 TV and Radio channels, which should be enough for even the most tenacious channel-scanner with a big dish, and the sorting options are very powerful. Pressing 'OK' reveals a channel list screen where you can sort channels by satellite, then by encryption (either all, free or by individual encryption types) and finally into alphabetical or transponder order. The current channel is shown in a corner with its frequency below, and you can browse without having to change channels.

Press the PVR key in the viewing mode, the recorder dialogue will be displayed. The current displaying channel will be recorded and sorted in USB/HDD. There are four buttons on the dialogue, start, pause, stop and time shift from left to right.

There are also favourites lists which have generic names by default, but you can change them to your needs, and view them instantly. There's an onscreen info banner which shows signal strength, channel name, satellite, encryption, frequency, time, and has optional PID figures and programme information display. You may come closer to your favourite star by pressing the Zoom button of remote control.


 

 

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