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DVB-S/S2 USB 2.0 box from DVBSKy. This device and its clone Mystique SaTix S2 V2 USB have a single LNB F-connector port, and include a IR receiver. The box is not jet supported by the main Kernel, but copying the firmware (see below) and compiling V4L from sources given by the producer DVBSky suffices to make it run. The IR events are forwared not via LIRC but as xevents, but the shipped remote is not fully supported (e.g. the OK key does not produce a xevent).


  • USB 2.0
  • Low power
  • Integrated IR receiver

Components Used

  • RF: Montage M88TS2022
  • Demodulator: 2nd generation Montage M88DS3103
  • USB Bridge: Cypress CY68013

Firmware and Driver

At least up to Kernel 3.7.10 the driver is not included and has to be installed manually:


$ dmesg | grep -i dvb
[   13.063770] usb 1-4: dvb_usb_v2: found a 'DVBSky S960/S860' in warm state
[   13.063808] usb 1-4: dvb_usb_v2: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer
[   13.063818] DVB: registering new adapter (DVBSky S960/S860)
[   13.063847] usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_dvbsky
[   13.065088] dvbsky_usb MAC address=00:17:42:54:96:0c
[   13.065092] usb 1-4: dvb_usb_v2: MAC address: 00:17:42:54:96:0c
[   13.276822] m88ds3103_load_firmware: Waiting for firmware upload (dvb-fe-ds3103.fw)...
[   14.375542] usb 1-4: DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (Montage DS3103/TS2022)...
[   14.405386] Registered IR keymap rc-dvbsky
[   14.405459] input: DVBSky S960/S860 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-4/rc/rc0/input15
[   14.405515] rc0: DVBSky S960/S860 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-4/rc/rc0
[   14.405518] usb 1-4: dvb_usb_v2: schedule remote query interval to 300 msecs
[   14.405520] usb 1-4: dvb_usb_v2: 'DVBSky S960/S860' successfully initialized and connected
$ lsusb | grep -i Conexant
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0572:6831 Conexant Systems (Rockwell), Inc.