Setup and Customizing a Sat-receiver VU+ Duo2


  • VU+ Duo2 with two Sat tuners (single versions)
  • Hard Disk 2.5” WD Red 1.0TB (WD10JFCX)



Hardware installation

Installing the hard disk is straight forward. All cables and screws (including rubber buffers) are included.


Software installation (Flashing)

During bootup the bootloader version is shortly displayed on the display (Vu+ Duo2 CFE V2). Note: V2 is needed


You have to download the VTI image (zip archive) and put it on an empty FAT32 formated USB stick. After extraction you will see this on the USB stick. Note: the data must be under /vuplus/duo2 and must contain only these 5 files


  1. Switch off the receiver with the main switch on the backside.
  2. Remove all usb devices and smart cards.
  3. Open the front door on the left side and plug in the stick into the front usb connector.
  4. Switch on the receiver.

After starting the usb stick is recognized.


You are asked to press the button above the stick.


Now the flashing starts, check the display. Note: do not switch off the receiver or remove the stick





After finishing remove the stick and restart the receiver by switching it off/on with the main switch.

It now boots with the new image.


To be able to configure the box you need a network connection. The Duo2 has build in Wlan. Tip: configure your router to assign always the same IP to the Mac address of the Duo2. To transfer data from and to the receiver you can use ftp or telnet.


open a terminal and enter telnet (exchange with the IP of your receiver). Login: root Password: <leave empty>


to manipulate files you can type mc (midnight commander)



any ftp client can be used. User again <root> and empty password.


basic configuration can also be done via a browser, just open (exchange with the IP of your receiver).


there are many different skins available, I use Whiteland (modified).





In order to be able to see station logos, you need to install so called picons (program icons). There is also a great amount of different picon themes available. I use transparent ones.


You can also alter the image that it displayed during starting and stopping. Bootlogos are located in /usr/share/vuplus-bootlogo. There are different ones for different events:

  • backdrop.mvi
  • bootlogo.mvi
  • bootlogo_wait.mvi
  • radio.mvi
  • reboot.mvi
  • shutdown.mvi
  • update_in_progress.mvi

Tip: First make a backup of the originals ones (e.g. mv bootlogo.mvi )

I did a simple and clean one by myself, and used for every event the same one.


Installed software (plugins)

  • Picons
  • EMC V3.7 (Enhanced Movie Center)
  • scam 3.59 (for legal smartcards)


I use this also as a video player, all videos are ripped from DVD and encoded as mp4 (h264/acc). The advantage is that they are supported very well everywhere, even on mobile devices. Meta data file needs to have the same name as the video file but with different extension.

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