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    The best way currently to identify solo2 clones is to remove the lid and look under the HDD cradle for the security chip ( circled ), which is not present on the original.
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    Or, if you have any reason to be unsure about what you're buying, buy from a reputable seller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheonix View Post
    The best way currently to identify solo2 clones is to remove the lid and look under the HDD cradle for the security chip ( circled ), which is not present on the original.
    Not 100% correct I'm afraid. We have photo's of a clone motherboard that does not have that chip. Board has been forwarded to VU+. This unit was purchased from a group of sellers who at one time sold genuine goods and are now knowingly selling clones as genuine through their online shops and ebay.

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    Thanks for this thread, and lots of others. Most helpful. I'm looking at buying a solo2 today, I'd really like to purchase from the store here, but sadly it appears the price I've found on XXXXXXX can't be matched.

    The seller has given me assurance that the box isn't a clone, will check the vent holes explained above and will also refund if the box turns out to be a clone.

    Still a slight gamble for only a saving of X but price is crucial for me. I hope the clients out there haven't improved their boxes to include the air vent holes....I shall update once delivered.


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    In Belgium the box was cheaper in the shop than on internet.Payed 465 euro for VU+ duo2 with twin S2 tuner.And guarenteed an original box with 2 years warrenty..
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    There is actually only one way to be 100% sure the box is genuine: install either the latest Original Image (from VU+) or ViX 3-808 (or any other image having up-to-date drivers). If the box is then up & running you're fine. If not, it's a clone.


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    Warning to anyone considering buying a VU+ Clone!

    Thanks, this is definitely the route I will take. Really pleased this feature has been added by Vu+. Out of interest, does anybody know how the test is done?


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    "saving of X but price is crucial for me"
    If it is a local supplier it maybe worth it but otherwise I believe it is to much of a gamble to take. Those that sell clones will say anything to get a sell and getting your money back is real stress, all to save a few quid.

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    No, it's not local, some seller in London. I could be getting royally stitched up. It really is a gamble, but I want to support fair competition where I can. I feel bad for even talking about competitors, but I really want to believe there are good people still out there, otherwise other sellers could create a monopoly and drive prices up through proper gander.

    I've ordered a box from here for another family member, piece of mind where he's concerned The service they offer here really is great, free image install, warranty, paid for HDD install too. Can really recommend a newbie buying here. I'm just trying to cut corners where I can and I can afford be a little more frugal / risky / foolish with my own money. Yes, there's bound to be dodgy sellers out there, but an honest retailer selling at a price below their competitors shouldn't be tarnished with the same brush.

    The supplier will send me a photograph of the unit before he dispatches so I can verify its authenticity.

    I could of course be proved massively wrong, made to be a fool, go through stress getting my money back, eat a huge portion of humble pie then buy another one here after all!

    Only time will tell.... Wish me luck.


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    Doesn't matter a jot to me which sellers purport to be selling genuine sat box's, I buy mine here through good advice from DK and since then the I always advise folk to come here. The service is second to none and the after care the same. My garentee was up and I was still able to get support ( didn't need it in the end, but it was there). If ever in the future I plan to purchase, it will be from WOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mousedown View Post
    No, it's not local, some seller in London. I could be getting royally stitched up. It really is a gamble, but I want to support fair competition where I can. I feel bad for even talking about competitors, but I really want to believe there are good people still out there, otherwise other sellers could create a monopoly and drive prices up through proper gander.

    I've ordered a box from here for another family member, piece of mind where he's concerned The service they offer here really is great, free image install, warranty, paid for HDD install too. Can really recommend a newbie buying here. I'm just trying to cut corners where I can and I can afford be a little more frugal / risky / foolish with my own money. Yes, there's bound to be dodgy sellers out there, but an honest retailer selling at a price below their competitors shouldn't be tarnished with the same brush.

    The supplier will send me a photograph of the unit before he dispatches so I can verify its authenticity.

    I could of course be proved massively wrong, made to be a fool, go through stress getting my money back, eat a huge portion of humble pie then buy another one here after all!

    Only time will tell.... Wish me luck.


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    Dont be fooled into thinking retailers such as the sponsor are coining it in selling units as they are not, their profit margin is extremely small and you get the peace of mind of a real warranty and full after sales support, but the end decision is yours to make, I sincerely hope you dont come to regret your strive to save a few quid.
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    As I always warn my kids and the hate hearing it.

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    Warning to anyone considering buying a VU+ Clone!

    In this case what I got was a genuine Vu+ Solo2 with 12 months warranty, cheaper than most places & arriving the next day. Definitely pays to shop around. Will look to donate to the forum with some of the money saved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mousedown View Post
    In this case what I got was a genuine Vu+ Solo2 with 12 months warranty, cheaper than most places & arriving the next day. Definitely pays to shop around. Will look to donate to the forum with some of the money saved.
    i hope you get a price match, here are the conditions:

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    Be an exact make and model of the one carried at World-of-Satellite (SDF Trading Ltd).
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    Yeah I Could Of Got A Clone For £200 But Got One Of WOS.co.uk Because Of The Reputation Of Always Supplying Original Boxes And The Ongoing Support... I Did A Lot Of Research Before I Bought It, And Even Bought A DM500 To Testbed... Best Thing I've Ever Bought... We Now Have A 2 Sat/2 Freeview Tuner Server/Recording/Media Library With 2Tb Drive In Every Room In Our House(Via Hardwired Network)... And I'm Gonna Add Another Sat Tuner And 4Gb HDD To It Soon... I Paid £110 More, But I Can Sleep At Night Knowing I've Got The Best Box (Or Was) The Vu+ Duo...

    Now You Can Get The Duo For £200 From The Sponsor... Don't Buy A Clone, Especially If You've Got Kids In The House... Cheap Untested Products Can Cause Electrical Fires...

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