Posted January 13, 2013 by Linux-TV in Guides and Tips

Vu+ Solo2 transcoding router setup

Vu+ Solo2 offers you to view transcoded  tv away from your home but to use transcoding remotely from Vu+ Solo2 you need to setup a few things first.

Enable  Transcoding on your Vu+ Solo2

Vu+ Transcode plugin

Vu+ Transcode setup

On the BlackHole image you go into plugins list where you can find TranscodingSetup. By default the port is set to 8002. You can change it if you want but for this guide we just choose the default.

Getting a fixed url if you do not have a static IP

If you have a static IP you can skip this step.


We need an static url or ip to connect to so if you only have an dynamic IP address from your ISP you can use a service like No-IP.com.


Here you can set up an account and a personal url (host) which points to your dynamic ip. Remember also to set up an update client to tell no-ip.com about your current dynamic ip. Read more here under Setting up an Update client or download the client here.

Forward transcoding and web interface ports in your router

Secondly we need to forward the correct ports in the router to access the Solo2 and transcoding remotely. How you do this varies a bit from router to router. Typical you want to look for something like WAN – Virtual Server / Port Forwarding.

Under this setting you can a port forwards to your Vu+ Solo2. You need to know the local IP address of  your Vu+ Solo2. It will often be something like 192.168.1.xxx.

It is a good idea to make that IP a fixed IP either in your Vu+ Solo2 network settings or in your router via the DHCP Server where your can tie a Mac address to a specific IP. If not set up like this you risk your Vu+ Solo2 will have a different IP after your router or Solo2 has been powered off.

Now we are ready to set up the specific port forwards.

Port forward Vu+ Solo2 transcoding

Again the interface varies but on our router this is what it looks like.

We give the port forward a name and the remote port where we want to access this service from. We specify the local IP of the Vu+ Solo2 and the specific port on the Solo2 for the service.

So first we have the webinterface remote port on 8099 going to  Vu+ Solo2 IP on Port 80. This enables us the connect to the webinterface remotely.

Second we have the transcoding port 8002 going to our Vu+ Solo2 IP on Port 8002. This enables us to use the transcoding.

I is a good idea to setup a user/pass for the Vu+ Solo2 webinterface. If you do not everyone will have access…

Happy Transcoding on your Vu+ Solo2

Vu+ Solo2 Transcoding

Say we have setup an no-ip url called myvusolo2.zapto.org we type myvusolo2.zapto.org:8099 in the web browser . You should now hopefully be able to connect remotely to your Vu+ Solo2 web interface and start transcoding via the channel list.

The quality will vary depending on the quality of your upload speed at home and download speed remotely and the feature is still beta at time of writing.