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Dec
28

How to guide: How to change the Ethernet Network LAN MAC address of a clone Dreambox

A short guide on how to change the internal hardware MAC address of a cloned Dreambox receiver. This is the ethernet network MAC address as seen by your router/servers etc.

Dreambox DM500 clone set top box receiver

Note: Original Mac address starts with 00:09:34:xx:xx:xx
There a simple way to fix your Dreambox boxes, but how this is done depends on the image you are using :

[1] on all Pli images Flubber/ Garnet/ Helenite / Iolite;

a) With telnet or DCC go to /var/etc on your clone box and create a file callled chg_mac.sh (command in telnet is ‘touch chg_mac.sh).

b) Now edit chg_mac.sh with say “vi” so the command is vi chg_mac.sh or in DCC use FTP to edit the file.

c) Now add this content to the file :

/sbin/ifconfig eth0 down hw ether 00:0a:03:43:51:4a
/sbin/ifconfig eth0 up

You can change the 00:0a:03:43:51:4a to an unused MAC address (pick a number but not the same as anything on your LAN).

d) Now change the attributes of this file to chmod +x or 755 so it is executable under *nix – right click in DCC and select change attributes.

e) Make a file called init in your /var/etc directory – in telnet touch init.

f) Now edit init with say “vi” so the command is vi init or in DCC use FTP to edit the file.

g) Now add this content to the file :

if [ -x /var/etc/chg_mac.sh ]; then /var/etc/chg_mac.sh ; fi
/bin/setupnetwork
NOTE: if you do not use the name chg_mac.sh for the mac data make sure you change this init file to reflect the name you choose – else this will not work as your file will not be run at boot time.

h) Now change the attributes of this file to chmod +x or 755 so it is executable under *nix – right click in DCC and select change attributes

i) Now reboot your Dreambox.

Another Method

Create a file called init (no extension – if you do it in notepad, it will add a .txt extension. the way around this is to save as init & put inverted commas around it – eg “init” & that will save it as init without any extension

Put this line into the file -

ifconfig eth0 down; ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:09:23:47:97:E5; ifconfig eth0 up

Then upload the file to VAR/ETC & reboot

 

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