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Toppy guides and documents

Welcome to the document library. Here you’ll find a selection of useful documents to help you make the most of your Toppy. Select a category from the menu below, or use our search page to search the document descriptions.

Asus WL500 Premium OpenWRT & Toppy guide

Author: Julian Bridle

This guide explains how to set up the OpenWRT firmware on an Asus WL500 Premium, so that it can be used to connect a Topfield PVR to your network, for file transfers and EPG uploads. It should also be useful for implementing OpenWRT on other compatible wireless devices.
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ASUS WL500g Wireless Toppy Setup Guide

Author: Penthes, JackofAll & Chunkywizard

The guide tells you how to set up an Asus WL-500g so that you will be able to access your Toppy from a wireless network connection, and: Download recordings (.rec files) to your PC. Access files on the Asus using Windows file sharing. Automate downloading of the Radio Times EPG using rt2mei. Get secure remote internet access to your Toppy. Send emails from the Asus, for instance to send you log files.
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Beginner's Introduction to Toppy EPG TAPs

Author: EMJB

Guide to Toppy EPG options and related TAPs.
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Beginners guide to installing TAPs (Windows)

Author: Tim Crook

A basic guide, explaining how newcomers to the Toppy can get started with TAPs. Includes a brief guide to installing the Altair program that you use to connect your PVR to the PC.
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Burning DVDs (Macintosh, without Toast)

Author: Nigel Whitfield

This guide explains how you can burn DVDs on a Macintosh from the Toppy, without needing to buy any expensive commercial software. Most of the software featured is free, but you will need the 19 QuickTime MPEG2 component.
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Connecting the Topfield to a home network

Author: Malc

Step by step guide to connecting the Toppy to a network using customised firmware on a NSLU2, aka the Slug.
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Guide to the Bastille Day (July 2006) update

Author: Nigel Whitfield

This guide explains how to update the firmware on your TF5800 via USB from a PC or Macintosh. It includes detailed notes on changes in the Bastille Day firmware update, and which TAPs may need to be updated.
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Introduction to TAPs

Author: EMJB

Draft introduction to TAPs for new users
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Jag's EPG, english guide

Author: Richard Wien

This guide provides english language instructions to help you make the most of Jag's EPG, which is an alternative to the one built into the Toppy, and provides features such as automatic recording by keyword. You can find more information in the Downloads section of this site
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Making DVDs using MPEG StreamClip and DVD Styler

Author: Christopher Playll

This guide explains how to use MPEG StreamClip and DVD Styler to create DVDs from Topfield recordings, using a Windows PC and version 1.7.2 of DVD Styler. Updated July 2011
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Making DVDs with ProjectX and Nero (Windows)

Author: malc

Step by step making a DVD guide with ProjectX, PVAStrumento and Nero Vision Express.
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Media Manager Manual

Author: EMJB

Manual for the Media Manager TAP
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MyStuff 4.5x manual

Author: Chunkywizard

Manual for version 4.5x of the popular MyStuff TAP.
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MyStuff 5.21 Manual

Author: ChunkyWizard

Manual for version 5.21 of the "MyStuff" TAP
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Photo Manager Manual

Author: EMJB

User manual for the Photo Manager TAP
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Simple install guide

Author: Ian Young

This guide gives some hints and tips for new and prospective users of the TF5800 PVR, including where to download useful documentation, and how to check that you have reasonable signal strength, which will help avoid any reception issues.
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TF5000 Quick Start Guide

Author: Darkmatter

An invaluable guide for new users to the TF5000PVR, to help you get up and running. The guide includes tutorials on common tasks, and plenty of FAQs. (PDF format)

This is a DRAFT document, currently being revised to include the UK version of the remote control.

Differences between the model described in the guide, and the UK spec TF5800 are discussed in this forum thread


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Upgrading to the August 2005 firmware

Author: Nigel Whitfield

This guide explains how to install the new firmware update, version 5.12.00, and details which bugs are believed to have been fixed,. together with which ones will be fixed in the next update, scheduled for September 2005.
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Upgrading to the May 2005 firmware

Author: Nigel Whitfield

This document explains how to transfer the May 2005 firmware to your TF5800, and gives a brief overview of how to use some of the new functions that it contains.
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Using Freeview Playback on the TF5800

Author: Nigel Whitfield

This brief (2 A4 pages) guide summarises how to use the new Freeview Playback features in the latest TF5800 firmwares.
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Using your Toppy with a DVD recorder

Author: Alan Meikle

This guide gives a brief overview of how you can use a standalone DVD recorder with your Topfield PVR.
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