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Old 10-28-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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Which slingbox should I use?

I'm looking for a solution to stream my TV and recorded shows on my Tivo outside of the home. I have a series3 HD with lifetime. I would like to use a slingbox with it. (I live alone so no worries about disturbing someone's TV when I use it outside of the house).

Any ideas of what slingbox model to use? I will be watching with an iPad 4, mostly. Cheaper, the better. I don't really care about any other features other than watching with iPad. I don't need it to use wifi either, as I can hook it up to my ethernet. Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Slingbox Solo would work. The video quality from the newer units is better though. If I were to buy one today I would get the 350.
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:32 PM   #3
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Slingbox Solo would work. The video quality from the newer units is better though. If I were to buy one today I would get the 350.
Just out of curiosity, why (apart from price) would you chose a 350 over the newer M1? I'm contemplating buying a TiVo Mini and pairing it up with a Slingbox. Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
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I ended up getting a Slingbox Solo. It was $40 used on eBay from the original buyer/owner. Got it set up last night and I am very impressed. The video quality is actually pretty decent, and I am just using component cables. I may have a S video cable around, I'll have to see, but for now, I'm happy. I don't feel like the quality is bad at all.

Set up was a breeze. I keep my router near my TV so I was able to connect via ethernet. Component cables going from Slingbox into the Tivo box. When setting up the remote, I found that I had to use the Tivo series3 remote "#5", that was the one that worked for me.

There is a slight delay when using the "remote" through the app or through my computer, but it's not that big of a deal at all. I'm just really psyched that I am able to watch all of my channels and Tivo recordings away from home, no worries about being locked out or anything like that.

I'm really happy I ended up getting this. I plan to keep my series3 for a long time and this just makes it all the more useful to me.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:12 AM   #5
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Glad the Solo has worked out for you. M1 vs 350 was simply price. I don't think the M1 does anything the 350 does'nt.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:00 AM   #6
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One thing to consider: the current generation of Slingbox, 500 renamed SlingTV, the 350 being replaced by the M1, and the M1 will support all the new ways to access Sling such as via Roku, and new mobile apps, etc. The older generation like the Solo never will. The M1 is really a well priced box for someone who just wants to Sling and be able to do so to a Roku and all the mobile devices available today. Further, the current generation does produce better PQ. The M1 is finally the reasonably priced Slingbox. I say go for it.

I got myself a 500 (before they renamed it SlingTV ) because I wanted two different boxes connected to one Slingbox and it serves my purpose well.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:11 PM   #7
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The Solo won't work with the Roku? Interesting.

The Solo does work with the WD player I have.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:01 PM   #8
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The Solo won't work with the Roku? Interesting.

The Solo does work with the WD player I have.
Yeah, and that is another controversy: It seems that I and others have been experiencing difficulty with the WD App when using Sling. It will not Sling at the higher quality settings and will also lose connection. It will also stop streaming and claim someone else is using the Slingbox, do you want to kick them off message appears. The stream to the WD device will be choppy and macro-blocking and sometimes the audio may not be in synch. Highly frustrating for growing numbers of people. It becomes unwatchable.

I found a temporary fix, but that only lasted a few weeks. Please go to the Sling forums at Sling website and read on. It is a pretty big deal, and when customers try to get support from Sling on this issue, they are pretty much given very little help. And WD is absolutely NO HELP concerning the Sling App on its boxes, either. It got so bad, I bought a Mini, but thankfully, at the new temporary service included price.

I think both Sling and WD consider the Sling App for WD to be a legacy product. It sure seems like Sling is pushing the Roku App for now and the future. Now there is hardly any lit on any other "connected devices" at the Sling site. We can't figure out if the last update to the Sling App on WD messed things up by accident or Sling messed it up on purpose. Sling really is THE BEST at what it does, so I am willing to move along to the Roku when I am ready, but won't spend the money until I have to.

Best of luck.

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Old 12-15-2014, 07:40 AM   #9
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I got a Slingbox 350 for my TiVo and it works great. No regrets and the quality has been great. The only catch with a Slingbox 350 is it doesn't have built-in wireless. The newer units (M1 & 500) do have wireless. I have ethernet connections in all my rooms so this wasn't an issue for me and I prefer hard wired over wireless anyway (when able to)

Also, if you keep an eye out, the 350 can be had for about $100. This is how much I got mine for at Best Buy and I still occasionally see the 350 on sale with Best Buy for $99 so may want to keep an eye out. Also, I have seen TigerDirect selling them for about $100 too.

If wireless doesn't matter, the 350 is a good unit and has worked well for me. I even have mine set up to control a TiVO (component connections) AND a DVD player (composite connection). Can easily switch between the two when needed. I can therefore sometimes watch DVDs on my iPad or Android tablets while in bed and others sleep.
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #10
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Best Buy is running a "deal of the day" on the Slingbox 350 today. $89. That is the best price I have seen it for lately.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/sling-me...&skuId=6578328
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:56 AM   #11
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Amazon has the 350 for $91.86 Prime.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #12
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I have a slingbox 350 and use a WD with the sling player at a summer home. I am not very happy with the WD and the apps, it is very glitchy and slow. But I don't want to use a sling player that requires use of a smart phone, so this was the best option at the time.

I see that there is a sling player for fire tv and fire stick now, so am thinking of picking up a fire stick before next summer. Would be interested on other's reviews of this, I'm sure it will be night and day, but it is replacing something that "works" (albeit poorly) so it harder to justify..
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