Pros Slingcatcher works perfectly (as advertised)?I receive an excellent picture and sound when linked to my slingbox in the US while I?m overseas.
Cons Nothing a few firmware and software updates can't fix, improve on, or even add new capabilities which I hope they do?at the new reduced cost of $130 (from slingmedia.com) it is a good product however at the much higher original price of $300-no way!
Summary OK ? my comments are directed to the 1 or no star reviews? This product will and does work great. You absolutely need/require sufficient bandwidth on both sides ? sending and receiving when slinging outside of your home or away from the physical slingbox location. You do need to know a little bit about networking, routers, and UNC paths, plus network share permissions to fully utilize everything this product can and should be able to do. I think that this product can and will need some improvements just in a few areas such as advance routing capabilities, and more specifically the remote driven menu is a bit limiting. Adding a remote http admin console for this similar to ones imbedded in routes, etc? would be outstanding. This way I can configure it via any PC on my network via any internet browser and IP address, plus login credentials. Advance features and configurations such as an option to set connection priorities i.e. being able to point my slingcatcher to a specific IP address, or select to log into my slingbox account and find it that way. I have a unique network to include geographically separated subnets connected via VPN tunnels through the internet. The Slingplayer, SlingProjector software and Slingcatcher only scans the local subnet for devices and slingboxes and by being able to enter an internal IP address on a different subnet I would be able to stream from my slingbox to me devices and software via VPN tunnels without having to establish a DMZ or port forwarding on my firewalls reducing network intrusion and risk.
Pros Connect and watch your slingbox on your TV. Project any streaming or local residing video from your desktop to your TV.
Cons None so far!
Summary I have been a slingbox user for 2 years now. With the slingcatcher finally making it to the market, it was hard to contain myself and wait until Christmas to receive this as a gift. In the months before Christmas I began to doubt my desire to want one, especially after reading some of the reviews on cnet. The bad reviews are far from reality. I had the slingcatcher up and running 15 mins after it was out of the box catching my slingbox in Florida and projecting steaming video from one of my favorite life casting sites. It does exactly what slingmedia said it would do.
Just like the slingbox, you need a CAT5 line attached to it or utilize the slingturbo bridge.
All video quality is dependent on the source upload speeds and your download speeds.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to watch there slingbox or streamed videos directly onto there TV. Great product!
Pros Can attach external media to it for display on TV however it must read the entire device first and it's SLOW.
Cons No 64-bit support. Vista or MAC people beware, Sling REALLY hides that fact.
Sling Catcher must read the entire external device prior to being able to select it. This can take hours if you have a 500MB external drive with many files.
Summary With no 64-bit support, potentially taking hours to read a large external drive, plus failing miserably to read MOST .avi files that most of us would take from Canon digital cameras, the Sling Catcher just isn't ready for purchase. It's a great idea and I'm sure will work efficiently soon, just not yet. I'm returning mine as it's too frustrating to use. But I LOVE my Sling Classic. It's awesome!!!!!!! 5 Stars for the original Sling.
Pros Projector function
Cons Not compatible w/ Mac yet, no HD although there isn't much HD video sites out there yet to project
Summary I think it's pretty darn cool. Set-up was easy and, from my understanding, the high price point is for the other features that I don't use. Overall, projecting shows from hulu was a head-turner in my house.
Pros I'm very excited about the ability to beam my much loved shows in HD to my actual TV set in Mexico or China... whereever I go. The size of the system looks manageable for travel any way. I hope its easy to hoop up to a hotel TV.
Cons I am paranoid about the reduction in quality for the HD sugnal... AT&T Uverse HD TV looks great and it comes via an IP addres... why should the quality of this signal be any different?...
Summary I'm looking forward to learning more, and definitely think it would be worth the +/- $1,000.00 required to get everthing set up to watch perfect HDTV in China. Let me know when it is up to muster!