ConaxSat PVR Receivers

ConaxSat Receiver

ConaxSat is among the most popular FTA brands in North America, probably because ConaxSat main goal was to bring to the Free to Air community an advanced set top box at a price that is truly affordable. All ConaxSat receivers include PVR functionality, USB upgradeability, and an advanced EPG (up to 10 days), even since its first model CNX-V1.

ConaxSat remote controls are well organized with the typical layout of buttons. In addition to the normal channel changing, volume adjusting, and power type buttons, there are some that are used for the pvr functions such as record, stop, pause, fast forward, and rewind.

ConaxSat Trio is composed by three "sections" or main features, since this is the latest ConaxSat available we will take a short review on each one:

FTA Tuner

As most free to air receivers ConaxSat Trio provides a full set of tools to make viewing experience easy and confortable, one of its stronger points is its USALS (Universal Satellite Automatic Location System) excellent support, it makes things easy when user setup includes a motor for positioning the dish. Blind scan is also powerful and it works as expected, finding even chanels with low signal (ignored by many other receivers).

PVR Function

Remember that ConaxSat Trio is a single tuner receiver, so you only can view the channel that is being recorded, it is compatible with external hard drives via USB port, just plug in the hard drive or flash drive and use the usb options in the menu to format it, when the drive is ready use remote control PVR funtions to record, pause, play, rewind, etc. pretty much like a DVD recorder.

ConaxSat Trio records in .TS format; there are several tools available to convert .TS files to MPEG2 and DVD formats, we will add some links when we have compiled and tested them...stay tuned.

Multimedia Player

ConaxSat Trio has two processors the first one for the STB portion:180 MIPS, 32MB RAM, 4MB ROM and the second one entirely dedicated to Multi-media capabilities: ARM9 266MHz, 32MB RAM is able to play Movies, MP3 files, Photo Albums, etc, so you can watch a movie in divX format while PVR is recording. Main Multimedia features are:

  • Supports HD Component( 480p, 720p, 1080i) to enhance Maximum Picture Quality
  • Play universal movie file formats (e.g. MPG, MPEG, DAT, VOB, AVI: XviD, DivX3.x/4.x/5.x)
  • Play universal music file formats (e.g. MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis)

ConaxSat Trio Main Features

  • Personal Video Recorder (PVR) Ready via USB 2.0
  • Reserve Recording in EPG Mode
  • Recorded file play on PC
  • MP3/JPEG File Store and Play via USB 2.0
  • Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) Type of Front Panel Display
  • MPEG-II Digital & Fully DVB Compliant.
  • C/KU band control for each antenna
  • LNB Tone Switch 22KHz mode on/off'
  • Multi-LNB controlled by DiSEqC 1.0, 1.2 and USALS
  • Total 5,000 Channels Programmable
  • Blind Scan
  • Closed Caption Support
  • Parental Lock
  • PAL/NTSC automatic conversion
  • Picture In Graphic (PIG)
  • Teletext and subtitle directly from the On-screen Display (OSD)
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for On Screen Channel Information
  • Zoom Function by 2x…..4x
  • Game function with Stereo Sound
  • Dolby Digital Bitstream Out through S/PDIF
  • Universal Remote Control
  • Multi-language supported for Menu and OSD
  • Built-in Smart Card Reader

Ports and Outputs

  • Upgrade Software & Update Channel Database through USB 2.0 Port and RS232
  • Two USB 2.0 Host for USB Storage Devices (e.g. External HDD, USB Memory, etc)
  • CVBS Video & Audio Output via RCA
  • Component Y/Pb/Pr Output via RCA
  • S-Video Output

ConaxSat Receivers


  • ConaxSat FTA ReceiversConaxSat CNX V1 Receiver
  • ConaxSat CNX-Mini FTA Receiver
  • ConaxSat CNX Duo PVR Receiver
  • ConaxSat CNX Trio PVR Media Player Receiver

Firmware and Support

ConaxSat official website : provides firmware, tools downloads for all their STBs models they are available at ConxSat downloads page: Download latest ConaxSat Firmware ConaxSat website also offers an exclusive trade in program for their older receiver CNX-V1, more info and instructions are available in their support page (previous link)

Factory Reset

As all Free to Air Receivers ConaxSat STBs have the option to reset the receiver to its original status, everytime that you upgrade receiver firmware, bins or utilities is good idea to do a factory reset first, this will clean its memory and prepare it to receive a new version.


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