"Doesn't work"on by LawyerTech
Pros Terrific concept, when it works.
Cons Must be set up weekly.
Summary I've had the Slingbox Pro for about 6 weeks now. Each week I try to remotely connect and each week I have to contact the tech support. Each week I have to go home and re-set the entire system. When it does work, the picture's only OK. Don't waste your money. I wonder how the HAVA system is.
Pros Device worked fine for 5 months
Cons Ethernet controller died and couldn't get a replacement device
Summary Device worked fine for 5 months. Was out of town and couldn't connect to the Slingbox. Came home and there wasn't a link light on the ethernet controller. Called customer service to reset the box and that didn't work. Been waiting a week for a call back but haven't heard from their Senior technician.
Pros Easy Set-Up Great Quality on Laptop and Treo 700W
Cons Didn't Get One Sooner!!!
Summary I received this as a Christmas gift this year. I am running 3 MB Cable Internet with a Linksys Wireless N router with QOS. My laptop is an old Dell Inspiron 8000 with wireless G connection. I also have it on my Verizon Wireless Palm Treo 700w and it is all connected to a DIRECTV HD-20 receiver.
When this was bought they also had the foresight to purchase the SlingBox HD connection cable as well the Slingbox Powerline Adaptors.
Each of the items comes with a quick start guide that honestly I didn't even use. I plugged everything in and timed myself doing it. With in 30 minutes I had my DVR "slinging' on my laptop. 10 minutes later it was on my Palm Treo.
Since my HD DVR is down in my living room and my router is 1 floor up the power line adaptors where put in. They work PHENONMENAL.
Picture and sound quality is unreal on both my laptop and Treo. I am surprised how well the picture and sound is on the Treo with even 1 bar in Verizon's EVDO network coverage area.
I have shown a ton of people it on the laptop and the phone and they are BLOWN AWAY with the technology. If you spend time away from home like I do DO NOT wait to get this product. A good broadband speed and good router are probably key but if you have that don't think twice about getting this product.
The CNET review is a little out of date as it mentions it only works on Treo 700p which is no longer the case.
Pros Excellent video quality, 5-minute setup, sounds great through high-end headphones
Cons Display could be brighter
Summary As an aging (61) toy lover (especially the electronic and gadget kind), I get first in line for the latest and greatest. Slingbox Pro is on top of my latest and greatest. This is not my first attempt at "TV on PC"; tried 2 Hauppaugue PVRs before (PCI install). While I had grave doubts about Slingbox Pro, I took my 3rd plunge--WOW, what a dream. Having a home network made installation a 5-minute snap.
Until Slingbox Pro, my wife and I would go separate ways on nights when our favorite programs conflicted. Sure, I can do the DVR or TIVO thing, but I know it won't work for us. It would be 3 months, if ever, before I found the time to view my missed program. With Slingbox Pro, I remotely access my cable box in a different room on my wired networked laptop (17" monitor), my wife watches American Idol on Fox and I watch NCIS on NBC in the same room--I put my HD 650 headphones on and I see an image of equal quality as the TV (not HD, but great) and am immersed in the action with my headphones.
Gadgets are great, but the novelty often wears off after a short time. Not so with the Slingbox Pro--no more debates, no more watching different TVs. Now when my wife grabs the physical remote there is no grabbing and pulling. I simply open to my virtual remote and quietly choose my selected program and we will live happily every after.
GREAT product--no cons of consequence. Advice: Best when you have a very fast broudband connection, lots of RAM (3GB) and fast video card--streaming is instant and no delay in speech and video.
A funny looking long brick worth every penny of $250--if I tested it first, I would have been willing to pay twice the price.
Alienware Area51 "Laptop", Intel 3.6Ghz, nVidea Quadro FX GO 1400, 17" 1900X1200 Native, 3GB RAM.
Pros Easy to set up, use. Nice brick design
Cons You cannot record any more!
Summary Sling Media took a winner of a product and "enhanced" it by encrypting the media stream last month. This nifty feature was a hidden consequence of a firmware upgrade they pushed on owners last month. As a result, the ability to record a media stream for later playback is now taken away.
This seems to be the first time I've known a supplier to downgrade a customers service and product capability after the device was purchased. That they did it in such a sneaky manner says much about the companies committment to the customer.
I'd advise you look at the Monsoon HAVA instead!