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Old 07-24-08, 09:33 AM   #1
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Sling Media Slingbox, Feedback? Anyone has one?

I stumbled into one of this electronic gadgets and I am thinking into buying one. If anyone has one of them or had one can you provide feedback on what I should expect?

It states the device is hookked up to my cable feed at home and that I can even watch events on my work computer.
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As a matter of fact, I have one. I'm watching the TdF at my desk as I type this. I don't have cable at home and a friend of mine gave me his Slingbox as he no longer needed it. I hooked it up at my brothers house and now have basic cable! Overall I am happy with it. The video is compressed so it's definitely not like watching TV. The sound is crisp but the video is a little splotchy. It's only a problem sometimes if you want to read text that is on TV. Of course the quality of my viewing is dependent on the upload speed of my brothers internet connection.

PM me if you want to check it out, if you download the software (free) I can send you the information you need to view it.
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I stumbled into one of this electronic gadgets and I am thinking into buying one. If anyone has one of them or had one can you provide feedback on what I should expect?

It states the device is hookked up to my cable feed at home and that I can even watch events on my work computer.
In theory...yes.

I bought one to "sling" the TDF to the bike shop I manage. The problem is all the wizards that come with the software can't configure my specific home network. I had a network expert buddy come over and he didn't (or couldn't) finish the job of setting it up for remote viewing, so for now it's just on the internal network.

For the internal network, it does the job. I have a dual screen setup, and since I'm not one to sit and watch, it's great to be able to surf, work on projects, print out forms, etc all while watching live TV.

My wife likes it as well and although she's not technically savvy can pull it up on her PC and watch her programs at her own desk. We only have one Slingbox and have to switch it back and forth. With two units you can set it up to watch different programs simultaneously.

Limitations: The software covers my Dish DVR, but not completely. Some of the remote functions are not available. Fortunately mine is set up for an RF remote that works through walls so when I need those extra buttons, I just grab the remote.

I have a Gigabit network and there is a bit of lag as the software optimizes the stream. Once it has, it plays like any other TV. Wish I could tell you how well it does from afar, but alas...
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Old 07-24-08, 11:12 AM   #4
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I have a friend that uses the slingbox to view his parents cable. He says it works pretty good.
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...I don't have cable at home and a friend of mine gave me his Slingbox as he no longer needed it. I hooked it up at my brothers house and now have basic cable! Overall I am happy with it. The video is compressed so it's definitely not like watching TV. The sound is crisp but the video is a little splotchy. It's only a problem sometimes if you want to read text that is on TV. Of course the quality of my viewing is dependent on the upload speed of my brothers internet connection.
Yup, this is my situation. A friend of mine was given a Slingbox but she had no use for it so she gave it to me. I don't have cable so I convinced another friend to install it at his place with his Comcast setup. The sound is excellent but the picture will always be at least a bit degraded. A static image will look pretty good, it's fast moving images that look overly compressed, so it's not great for sports.

My friend's upload speed used to be 400 kbps, and it provided a tolerable picture. He recently upgraded his line, and now it shows an upload speed of about 550 kbps, which provides a noticeably smoother picture, though still a bit weak for fast moving images. Overall, with good upload speed at the Slingbox location, it's pretty good!

The remote functionality allows you to use all the functions of your cable or satellite box like recording and watching recorded shows. However, even though the Comcast box has two tuners, they can't be independently controlled, so if someone at home is using it, you have to watch the same show. You could of course change channels to annoy the person at home, but then they could simply disconnect you so it's not a good idea.
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