How to Set Up a Conax Card Reader Software for Your Satellite Receiver
If you want to watch encrypted pay TV channels on your satellite receiver, you may need a Conax card reader software. Conax is a type of conditional access system (CAS) that scrambles and descrambles the TV signals using encryption keys. A Conax card reader software is a program that allows your receiver to communicate with a Conax module (CAM) that contains the decryption keys and permissions.
In this article, we will show you how to set up a Conax card reader software for your satellite receiver using OSCam, an open source software that supports various CAS protocols. OSCam can run as an internal card reader for your own card, or as a server that shares the card with other receivers on your network.
What You Need
A satellite receiver with a Common Interface (CI) slot. This is a PCMCIA connector that allows you to plug in a CAM for different encryption schemes. Some receivers have built-in CI slots, while others may require an external adapter.
A Conax CAM. This is a device that contains the Conax decryption keys and permissions. You can buy it from your pay TV provider or from online shops. Make sure it is compatible with your receiver and your subscription card.
A Conax subscription card. This is a smart card that contains your personal information and access rights to the pay TV channels. You can get it from your pay TV provider when you sign up for their service.
A PC or laptop with a card reader. This is needed to extract the RSA key from your subscription card. The RSA key is a unique code that identifies your card and allows OSCam to use it for decryption.
A USB flash drive or an SD card. This is needed to transfer the OSCam files and configuration settings from your PC or laptop to your receiver.
An internet connection. This is needed to download the OSCam files and updates.
Step 1: Download and Install OSCam on Your PC or Laptop
OSCam is an open source software that supports various CAS protocols, including Conax. You can download it from this website[^1^]. Choose the version that matches your operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.). Extract the zip file and run the oscam.exe file to install OSCam on your PC or laptop.
Step 2: Extract the RSA Key from Your Subscription Card
The RSA key is a unique code that identifies your subscription card and allows OSCam to use it for decryption. You need to extract it from your card using a card reader and a software called Cardpeek. You can download Cardpeek from this website. Install Cardpeek on your PC or laptop and run it. Insert your subscription card into the card reader and select \"Conax\" from the list of scripts. Cardpeek will scan your card and display its information on the screen. Look for the line that says \"RSA key\" and copy the hexadecimal value (e.g., 0x123456789ABCDEF). Save this value in a text file for later use.
Step 3: Configure OSCam on Your PC or Laptop
OSCam has three main configuration files: oscam.conf, oscam.server, and oscam.user. You need to edit these files according to your setup and preferences. You can use any text editor (e.g., Notepad) to open and edit these files. They are located in the same folder where you installed OSCam (e.g., C:\\Program Files\\OSCam).
The oscam.conf file contains the global settings for OSCam, such as logging, network, web interface, etc. Here is an example of how to configure this file: