How to guide: Identify the differences between a Dreambox DM800HD & a DM800 Clone

This guide may help you identify the key differences between a Dream Multimedia DM800HD genuine receiver and a cheap Chinese DM800HD clone. This information is useful in troubleshooting, upgrades, firmware flashing and other situations where getting the wrong info may do some damage.

The Housing screws of the DM 800 are for tin metal sheet with a rough thread.


The Housing screws of the Clone 800 are with a fine thread.


The screws at the back of the DM 800 differ from those of a clone 800. The screws for the eSATA connector are silver all other screws are black.

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The screws at the back of the Clone 800 are silver up to the two housing screws.

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Surface of the Housing

The frame cover of DM 800 is painted with a structure.

The frame cover the clone 800 is painted brilliant.


HDMI Kabel

The original HDMI cable of DM 800 is bound together with a rubber band.

The HDMI cable Clone 800 is packed a bag.


Power Supply Unit

The original Power Supply Unit of a DM 800 should look in such a way.

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This is a Power Supply Unit from Clone Boxes

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The modem of a DM 800 is pasted with a not leading foil and on the back of the modem are components (IC, resistor …) to be seen.

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At the modem of a Clone 800 is missing the foil as well as the components.

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DreamBox Security SIM Card

The SC in the DM 800 is clearly to recognize marked and with a resin or an glue fixed.

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Under the SC Card of a DM800 there are a lot of printed signs.

The SC of the Clone is blanc and not fixed. On new Clone versions are SC Card´s with Hologram.

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Under the SC Card of a Clone there are a hand marked sign in this example an “A”.

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CPU Cooler

The DM 800 have no CPU Cooler.

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The Cloneboxes have a CPU Cooler.

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Label on mainboard

This DM 800 Mainboard are labelet with 800 REV: and the 14 pin connector is right of the sata connector.

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On this Clone Box Mainboard is a label with DM800 REV: and the 14 pin connector is left of the sata connector.

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Security Hologram

From July 2008 until June 2009, a Security Hologram was attached on the packing as well as on the rear side of the unit. Newer boxes again ship without this hologram.

Instead, in the future a plugin shall be available, calculating a verification number that can be entered and checked on Dream Multimedia’s website.

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