Pros can watch tv anywhere
Cons picture quality
Summary I wound not tell anyone too buy this product. I bought it too watch tv on my laptop and hooked it up to my digital HD cable box (s-video) Is all you can do. The pic usually looks horrible even on the HD channel. And when the stream gets low the sounds cuts out and then the video and the audio never sync up again. Great concept. Wish it worked.Updated
This damn this cost me 250 bucks and i then another 50 for a stupid router and another 50 to get the OPITIONAL hd hookup (which is only composite) not HDMI. WHat a waste of money. why cant these stupid people figure out that eveything is HDMI now and put it in their product......
Pros Super easy setup, multiple input options.
Cons Need a good upload speed on your broadband to get best quality.
Summary I'm not sure why the other guy gave it a 2. It's not advertised that you can record things off your stream and it wasn't designed for that anyway so I believe that's an unfair rating.
I got this the day it came out along with the Slingmedia network outlet adapters. Setup was incredibly simple. I installed the software on my pc and it started working immediately after hooking it up to my DVR. Downloaded the software on my laptop and again it was simple as can be.
If you are watching the slingbox on a pc connected to your network it's always super smooth and great resolution. I do not have a tv in my office so I always watch my slingbox on the computer while working or surfing the net.
My wife travels a lot with work and we love using the Slingbox to watch a show at the same time. If she is out in Seattle and I'm in Ohio we can still watch our shows together. Another nice feature with the pro is that I can also hook up a DVD player or another device that can be controlled via the slingbox as well. One note: just make sure you have solid upload speeds on your high speed internet connection. It makes a difference when you are "slinging" from a remote location.
Overall this is an excellent product and does what it was designed to do. No complaints here.
Pros Would be nice if it would work
Cons Requires a static IP
Summary This product requires a static IP which will cost $89 a month from Hughesnet. I spent hours with customer service from both slingmedia and hughesnet before they decided that it wouldn't work without an upgrade. I already pay $60 a month for poor internet service with a terrible FAP, I'm not paying more. They need to advertise this fact so others won't waste their time.
Pros I was able to connect to my Stinkbox while I was in Europe. It is very convenient to have the ability to watch shows, sports, and news while traveling internationally.
Cons Picture is choppy. Slow device management. Extra fees for the HD cable and Mobile Device Software.
Summary The Slingbox is a great concept especially for road warriors but it is not quite what I expected for the price. The Slingbox Pro is $250, the HD Cable is $50 and the mobile device software is an additional $29.99 per license. I would expect a very high quality product for these prices and I cannot say I feel like this was money well spent. The connection rates via Sling Media are slow, the direct connect function does not work, and the picture is pixelly not HD. While some of the streaming issues may have been resolved in the latest software and firmware release I would not recommend this appliance to a friend unless they were looking for a convenient way to view Television from their computer locally (Source and Destination being on the same home network). I would love to see Sling fix these issues as foreign TV is so... Foreign...
Pros The ability to control and watch your home TV system from anywhere in the world where you have broadband
Cons A little tough to set up concerning issues with port forwarding
Summary My problems with setting up Slingbox had to do with port forwarding, which took several calls to tech support. Once set up though, I found out that my broadband speed was about half of what I was paying for, 800kbs. I had to get Qwest DSL to run a homerun cable to my modem, and now I get 1.3mbs download, and 840kbs upload, which makes my picture quality a lot better. I also ran a cat5e cable from my modem to my Slingbox, one floor above. So, the better the broadband connection, the better the picture, even with wireless, which is what I use. I have a Dish 722 DVR, so I can control and watch my own programing, instead of being stuck with BBC, Sky news, stuff in French, etc. I also find that I watch the news and stuff on my laptop wherever I am in the house, instead of sitting in front of the big TV in the living room. The main drawback is that the Slingbox Pro is not plug and play, but geeks will have no problems with it, and will love it. All others will probably have to get a geek to set it up for them, then they'll love it too! This is an excellent technology that we need to support, that will get better and better over time.