Technomate 5402HD

The 5402 has been around forever, the current version m3 although having the same or very similar menu system to the original, or even its SD predesessor 5400 and outwardly its appearance is the same, even a bit dated , but it is right up to date hardware wise. The USB socket allows software updates and recording to any USB device, I have tried up to 1 Tb HDDs  with success. 

Sockets from left to right

  • RF – aerial in out
  • LNB in / out
  • comp vid + L + R
  • LAN
  • RS232
  • USB
  • HDMI
  • SCART 1 , 2

Truly comprehensive output input selection. 

Scarts arranged so a VCR will switch screen to playback automatically ( raise pin 8 to 12volt)

Modulator – simple RF cable can be routed to another TV ( providing it has an analog tuner ) 

RS232 – factory programming. USB  user programming and Recording

IF in and out ( LNB) the OUT socket can route the incoming signal to a second box, if this one is in standby, useful for a motor system where a scrambled signal is required  for example route it to a TNT  box for the main French channels

The CI+ designation is Technomates own and predates the adoption of “CI+” by major broadcasters. CI+ cams will NOT work in this receiver.

  • Specifications and features
  • Compliant MPEG-II/ MPEG-IV/ H.264.
  • Compliant DVB-S/ S2 satellite standard
  • Output resolution in 576i, 576p, 720p ,1080i &1080p
  • HDMI Output (1.2a) & Component (YPbPr)
  • 10,000 Channel Memory
  • 1x Smart Card Readers (CA) & 1x Common Interface (CI)
  • Support 2 Scart(TV & VCR)
  • Support 1 USB Port On Rear Panel : PVR function using external HDD, playback MP3, JPEG Photos & Software transfer
  • Fast Hardware Blind Search
  • Silent Fan (can be Automatically or Manually adjusted)
  • Ethernet Lan Port
  • Dolby Digital audio output (S/PDIF and through the HDMI) & SPDIF Latency function
  • 10 Menu Languages Supported : English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Turkish, Arabic, Persian & Russian
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3( USALS) supported
  • Enhanced 16 favorite channel groups
  • Channel Edit/Control by favorites, lock, skip, move and delete
  • Channel sort by alphabet, transponder and CAS
  • Extended EPG and program reservation on EPG
  • Teletext & Subtitle by OSD and VBI
  • Last channel memory function
  • Various games
  • Software & channel database upgrade via RS-232C: PC to STB/ STB to PC & via USB
  • Parental lock, Installation lock & Receiver lock
  • Zoom function & Multipicture display
  • Video color adjustment function
  • Satellite Input connector F-type, IEC 169-24, female
  • Loop through connector F-type, IEC 169-24, female
  • Frequency range 950 MHz ~ 2150 MHz
  • Input impedance 75Ω unbalance
  • Signal level -25 to -65dBm
  • LNB power & Polarisation 13.5V/18.5V, Max. 400mA
  • 22 KHz tone (22±2)KHz, (0.6±0.2)V
  • DISEqC control Version 1.0 &1.2 Compatible, USALS
  • Demodulation QPSK, 8PSK
  • Input symbol rate DVB-S: 1 ~ 45 Ms/s
  • DVB-S2: 10 ~ 30Msps (QPSK,8PSK)
  • FEC decode DVB-S: 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8
  • DVB-S2:1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10 (QPSK).
  • 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10 (8PSK)
  • MPEG Transport Stream & A/V Decoding Transport stream MPEG-II ISO/IEC 13818
  • Profile level MPEG-II MP@ML, MPEG-IIMP@HL, MPEG-IV AVC/ H.264 HP@L4.0
  • Input rate Max. 15Mbit/s
  • Video formats 4:3 Letterbox, 4:3 Pan & Scan, 16:9
  • Video resolution 576i, 576p, 720p ,1080i &1080p
  • Audio decoding MPEG/ Musicam Layer Ⅰ&Ⅱ
  • Audio mode Stereo/ Joint stereo/ Mono
  • Sampling rate 32KHz, 44.1KHz and 48KHz
  • Main System Main processor 32 bit superscalar RISC CPU (450Mhz)
  • Memory Flash-Rom: 64Mbit
  • DDR DRAM: 512Mbit X 2
  • EEPROM: 256Kbit
  • Conditional Access Interface PCMCIA 1 Slot (DVB Common Interface Standard)
  • Smart Card Reader 1 Slot
  • A/V In/Out TV SCART Video output (CVBS,RGB) • Audio output (L,R)
  • VCR SCART A/V output (CVBS, L/R)
  • A/V input (CVBS, RGB, L/R)
  • Video RCA/ Cinch, Video output (CVBS)
  • Component output (YPbPr)
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
  • Audio L/R RCA/ Cinch, Volume and Mute control
  • S/PDIF Optical digital audio output
  • RF Modulator IEC169-24 (UHF 21~ 69)
  • Data Port RS-232C Transfer rate 115Kbps, 9 pin D-sub type
  • USB USB 2.0 Host
  • (Support 1 USB Port on Rear Panel)
  • Ethernet LAN 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • Power Supply Input voltage AC100-250V, 50/60Hz
  • Type SMPS (Switching Mode Power Supply)
  • Power consumption Max. 30W
  • Standby Power consumption < 1W

Results and Review

Very popular HD model, with familiar Technomate menu system and layout All at a great price

The TM5402HD scored high in all tests, giving a crisp picture in HD and SD, the ability to store your channel settings on a USB memory stick was useful as a backup, as starting from scratch, retuning a multi satellite system can be very time consuming, the channel favourites are stored too. Tuning was swift for the auto search functions, not so fast with blind scan, but to be expected and the receiver was thorough, not leaving any channels out on a search. Storing and putting channels into a favourite group was easy and will be familiar to anyone having a technomate receiver in the last few years, the menu system has remained very similar for years, with extensions of course for new functions.

The major  sell for me would be the tuner , it is  ideal for small motorised systems ie diseqc type motors, the tuner is really sensitive and will give much better than average results. For users with no previous experience of motors, the TM is a perfect , easy to learn, very functional box.

For ‘tinkerers’, there is software for the newcamd and ccam functions available on 3rd party websites, the unit functions well with internet connections and software.

It handled motorised dish and multi satellite dishes up to 4 LNBs via diseqc switch, without any hesitation. Although it is a few pounds more than the Icecrypt and other new HD products, with its superb backup from Technomate uk – available on the phone!! It is worth every penny. TM are on the ball with updates ( however slow to appear on their website )


With the latest software loaded, the multicrypt is capable of handling Conax, Viaccess, Iredeto and Cryptoworks cards. I totally recommend this receiver.

Technomate 5402HDm3 Manual