Reviews and Problems with SLING Media Slingbox SOLO
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Does what it says, and does it well
Stephanie Kippen "Skippen", Amazon
3 October 2013
Summary: Full disclosure- I did not buy my refurbished Slingbox Solo through Amazon. My concerns before buying the box: 1. Only broadcasts in HD when you're using a computer hooked up to the same network (usually, your house) as the Solo; otherwise broadcasts in SD. And who watches anything in SD these days? 2. No built in wifi ability- have to either hard wire the connection to the router or buy a separate piece that lets you connect to wifi. 3.
Summary: I've now had my Slingbox Solo for a couple of weeks now and I'm wondering why I didn't buy one of these sooner. The installation was fairly easy. Just hooked it up to my existing Netgear router and went to the internet site provided in the installation instructions. It found the Slingbox on my network in no time, then it did a firmware update asked me what Dish Network DVR I had and then we were good to go.
Summary: I just bought my son a Solo for Christmas and currently own an Slingbox AV unit. I bought the AV to be able to use the Wi-Fi when out of town and watch home TV through my Dish network DVR. Keep in mind that the quality of the Slingbox video depends upon two things. First the upstream speed of your home Internet connection. Keep in mind that if you have DSL, speeds are always slower on the upstream side. I've had 1.5, 3.0 and now 6 meg DSL service.
Summary: These days I don't expect much to be free. Well finally here is a product that you buy once and you have no recurring fee. This product follows through on all of its promises. You can watch your cable TV anywhere you can get through a firewall on the Internet (which isn't everywhere). The video quality is not HDTV by Slingbox's own admission; nevertheless, it's pretty good quality.
Summary: I have heard the Slingbox advertised for several years and have often wondered what the appeal was--with other technologies like tv tuner cards and portable media players, I never saw the point. Recently, however, I purchased a 3.5G smartphone and found there was Slingbox client software available for it. The idea of watching television anywhere from my phone [with an unlimited data plan] intrigued me enough to make the relatively minor investment in a Slingbox.
Summary: I have spent the last couple hours playing with the new Slingbox Solo. In comparison to the Slingbox pro I like this new model better. It is about 1/2 the size and does not need an extra dongle for HD video. The software to setup the device is very easy and very fast. Video quality on a home network is superb. Internet is not bad but depends on how much upstream bandwidth you have available.
Summary: Brilliant but my husband had a senior moment and didn't realise the infrared sensor on the SlingBox needed to be pointed at the PVR and had hid the sensor out of sight. Solution = bring the sensor around to the front of the SlingBox or read the instructions!
Summary: I heard about these years ago and because of more travelling, thought great, now is the time. Also very good for watching Freesat (Humax foxsat HDR) box around the house on a laptop! Uses an external Infra red LED in front of the Freesat box, so that thee Singbox can control it. On the laptop you see a simulated remote control that looks exactly the same as the original controller. So you can (really!
Summary: Not many words required - Virgin Tivo remote support - think this comes via the software update - anyone concerned about the setup - its all done via the Slingbox website - very user friendly! Using the service from Bahrain where the Internet is notoriously slow - even at speeds of 250 Kbs its fine to watch - I'm very happy with this and highly recommend it!
Summary: What a superb piece of equipment. I have used two Slingbox Classics for approximately 4 years, for use on laptops when away from home and they are still in use. However in order to view home Sky TV away from home on an iPad, you have to use a Solo or Pro. In my opinion the Solo is the better choice, and cheaper, which I purchased from Amazon. It was so easy to set up and reception is very good, although you must have an ADSL speed of 1Mbit or above, at least.