SlingBox is way cool for DirecTV

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by etavadia, Oct 3, 2005.

  1. Nov 21, 2005 #61 of 255
    DonQijote

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    My question is what would happen if Sling Media goes out of business and their server that tracks IP addresses is no longer available? Would the slingbox still be useable, or does it become an expensive paperweight?
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    I imagine that someone in 2003 also asked: What if Apple goes out of business after I buy an iPod? ;-)
     
  2. Nov 21, 2005 #62 of 255
    Fluffybear

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    There is always the direct connection method using a alternate DNS address.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2005 #63 of 255
    jtoeman

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    You should also make sure you have the latest version of the software, which you can find here: http://www.slingmedia.com/support/downloads.php

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  4. Nov 21, 2005 #64 of 255
    DonQijote

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    Of course, another use for Slingbox is to listen to the new D* XM satellite music channels via any DSL connection (from your own D* box).
     
  5. Nov 21, 2005 #65 of 255
    dswallow

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    The use of their server is simply a convenience for those with dynamically assigned IP addresses. There are other ways to ensure the ability to locate your computer remotely.
     
  6. Nov 21, 2005 #66 of 255
    DonQijote

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    jtoeman - Team Sling Media,

    Thanks for providing us with answers and comments directly from the Sling "mouth". We appreciate your postings on this great product.

    DonQijote
     
  7. Nov 22, 2005 #67 of 255
    shakespeare

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    Once an OS X client is released, I'm all over this thing. Hoping they stick around, because this is a great idea, especially for watching sports (NFL Sunday Ticket) when traveling to see friends/family during the holidays.
     
  8. Nov 22, 2005 #68 of 255
    Rych6896

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    What port does your remote computer allow you to watch a show on? 80?
     
  9. Nov 22, 2005 #69 of 255
    wmacson

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    Try 443. That worked for me and a couple other people I know.
     
  10. Nov 23, 2005 #70 of 255
    DonQijote

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    Port 80 worked for me. I made several adjustments/changes to the router that I do not know what it was that actually workd. I tested the remote connection and it worked great.

    People that are not familiar with the Sling product and see the Slingbox live TV picture on my laptop are blown away with my "new toy".
     
  11. Nov 24, 2005 #71 of 255
    Jacquelyn

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    Slingbox is great for those of us that travel.

    I bought my first Slingbox and put it in line with my HDTiVo. Set up was a breeze and I was in business within 20 minutes. I have used it to watch my TiVo with headphones while Hubby's watching his TiVo on the TV, to schedule programs when I'm not at home and to catch the news.

    I was so thrilled with my slingbox that I bought a second one and connected to Hubby's HDTiVo. Everything worked great at home but neither would work remotely. Naturally I didn't discover this until I was out of town and you must be connected to the home network to make changes to connection.

    Made a one night pit stop at home and did a little investigation. If I remember correctly the issue was the same port was being used by both slingboxes and there was an IP address conflict.

    Time being short I decided to handle the problem by turning off Hubby's slingbox until I could address the issue. My slingbox is now operating remotely.

    If anyone has more than one slingbox and can give me simple (don't know much about ports) instructions to get the second one working I would appreciate it.
     
  12. Nov 25, 2005 #72 of 255
    twm01

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    Amazon is now selling the SlingBox for $199.99 ...

    Enjoy!

    [size=-2]Edit: removed affiliate link[/size]
     
  13. Nov 25, 2005 #73 of 255
    dswallow

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    Funny Amazon won't show the price till you add it to your cart but on the product pages it also has links to other places you can buy it and the TigerDirect ad shows the $199.99 price on Amazon's pages. ;)
     
  14. Nov 25, 2005 #74 of 255
    DuffMan

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    Slingbox sounds kinda cool but what would be better is if you could actually record the streamed broadcast onto your laptop instead of just being able to watch live. That would get me to bite in a hurry.
     
  15. Nov 26, 2005 #75 of 255
    SecureTalk

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    I just bought a SlingBox on BlackFriday for $250.00 at CompUSA. Does anyone know if they would match the price difference between TigerDirect's and CompUSA?

    Also on my local LAN, using a Hardwired connection, the picture on a 19inch LCD display seems a little washed-out. The colors are dull and the picture seems blurry. I don't expect DVD quality, but the picture is poor quality. When there is a lot of action there seems to be a diagonal split in the picture image and a lot of pixilation. Is all this normal? I am inputting the image from a T60 using the S-Video output, the most recent SlingMedia PC software and the SlingBox has the most recent firmware. My PC has a high end graphics card and has a fast processor.

    I would be happy if this was the image from a remote location, but on a local LAN I expected better.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  16. Nov 26, 2005 #76 of 255
    KenW

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    What software and firmware versions are you running?
     
  17. Nov 27, 2005 #77 of 255
    curbside

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    SecureTalk,

    Make sure you have installed the latest software from Slingmedia. It's a great improvement than the software that comes packaged with the box.

    current version: SlingPlayer v1.0.4.107

    go to the Slingmedia site and click on "support" then "downloads"

    (sorry, I can't post urls yet)

    and check your firmware version (as mentioned by KenW). There was an update earlier.
     
  18. Nov 27, 2005 #78 of 255
    jtoeman

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    Jacquelyn,

    Did you do "fully" or "semi" automatic setup, or manual setup? It sounds like both Slingboxes are attempting to use the same port...

    Best,
    Jeremy
     
  19. Nov 27, 2005 #79 of 255
    SecureTalk

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    I am running SlingPlayer v1.0.4.107.

    I also am running the most recent version of the firmware [I think] : 1.0.36


    Player SW : v1.0.4.107
    Hardware Version: 1.0.2
    IR Blaster Version: 2.1
    Firmware Version : 1.0.36
    Firmware Date : 9/26/2005
    Previous Firmware date: 7/12/2005
     
  20. Nov 27, 2005 #80 of 255
    motox166

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    what is the lowest upload speed, that anyone has used and got good to fair results with picture quality. I'm new to this slingbox. I can't seem to find the upload requirements. My internet connection is 5.2mbps down and 128 kbps up.
     

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