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.
"Contrary to negative reports - Solo works great!"
16 May 2013
Pros: Living in the Philippines, most all US video is blocked: government here refuses to enforce piracy laws. Slingbox is the only option: streaming Comcast from Portland, OR. 2 years of use no problems at all. Powered up 24hrs, used here 6 hours daily.
Cons: Website is down twice a year, once for 2 days. ISP connection speed (poor in the Philippines) under 500Kbps: forget it, picture freezes. More than a few seconds, content is lost. BUT not a Slingbox problem, its an ISP problem! 2+Mbps works great.
Pros: Streams your TV over your network, the internet, even over your 3g Included IR Blaster to send remote control commands Skinned remotes resemble your device's remote Built in program guide Easy setup Watchable in your browser or dedicated client
Cons: Video can lag at times No built-in wireless, requires available ethernet or expensive adapter. Desktop video has no processing, looks very rough Mobile video framerate limited Mobile app costs extra
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.
"I am soooo glad I did not listen to the nay-sayers!!!!"
14 March 2009
Pros: This product lives up to the hype. Within one hour of opening the box, I had hooked up the equipment, and downloaded the necessary software on both my work and personal laptops.
Cons: There is very little fault I can find with this product. It took maybe 5 minutes to download the installation wizard and configure the software. I was so anxious to see if it would work, it was more a lack of patience than anything else.
"Works great and I'm probably going to buy a second one"
30 January 2009
Pros: We have been using our old one for over a year now and it worked great, even when we lived in London for nine months and watched TV in the US. My Dad liked it so much I gave him mine and I'm going to buy another one.
Cons: have to reboot it on occation but not very much. Does not like it when the router goes down.
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.