"This is a great value addition to a TV/Computer system."4.0 starson by Bobdc6
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.