Pros Super easy hook up, Great software, Great picture over the net, can be setup so you do not loose control of your TV.
Cons Should be less expensive then the next model up
Summary My wife got me this as a complete suprise for Christmas. She was miss lead a little by the sales person that told her I could use this with my Tivo also which it is really not made to do. But what it does do and does so great is that I had an extra cable post right my my router and I just hooked it up there no TV needed. So now I am not taking over a TV when away from home and Comcast has a great basic cable line up that I can see every show I my want to. I tested it at work and the picture quailty was out standing. THe set up took me 3 mins at most I love it can not wait to show it off to more of my friends.
Pros Easy Install. Access to my cable channels, ANYWHERE!
Cons None really.
Summary I have been looking at Slingbox for awhile now but was afraid to purchase the first generation product for fear of a tough installation. I am a business traveler who finally decided to purchase a Slingbox now that the second generation product has been released. To say the least, I am not disappointed. I have (regular) basic/expanded cable with a coax cable protruding from the wall and a WiFi DSL setup. Installation was easy EXCEPT I had a problem installing the software onto my laptop using their CD-Rom Disc (Which is why I give this product 4 stars instead of 5). The CD does not contain the software download, instead it guides your PC to obtain the download over the internet. My laptop would download up to 90% of the software and then hang. I ended up having to retreive the download directly from the Slingbox Website (no big deal). Once installed, the software automatically configured my router so I could use my slingbox from the outside (from the road anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection). The picture is pretty good when I use slingbox from within my house. On the road away from home, the picture is considerably more distorted. In order to get a better picture, I need to shrink my screen. I watch my local news on the road and plan to watch my local sport teams. I love this product and it helps me make the most of my cable which I pay too much for! If you are a non-techie like me, BUY IT! Do not be afraid of the installation, it was easy.
**Will not monopolize your TV set**
Pros Easy to set up, inexpensive, nice box 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!
Pros Good idea if it worked
Cons Everything, after you set it up it stops working. Pic quality poor. Support is poor. This is after you wait 3 hours.
Summary I would give it a 0 if possible.