Pros Looks good, big improvements over previous versions, built-in wireless, PSP integration, generally very easy to setup
Cons Only one computer can have the LocationFree software installed, software occasionally stalls or becomes choppy, PSP setup is not documented properly
Summary I had a hard time deciding between the LF-V30 and the SlingBox Solo. I finally decided on the LocationFree because of the ability to use the PSP LocationFree player. The other key selling point is the built-in wireless function including the ability to use the device as a WAP, in case you don't already have a wireless router but want to take advantage of the wireless feature.
The one glaring problem that I'm having a very hard time overcoming is that you can only install one instance of the player software. You can load it again on another computer, but only after disabling the previous install settings from the LocationFree base. The process is far too annoying to be able to just switch when necessary. You are effectively bound to one device. Fortunately, the PSP has it's own player, so this doesn't affect the license limitation. It seems that you can purchase more licenses for about $30 per machine, but this is insane given the already high cost of the unit.
I was unable to find anyplace in the documentation that indicates that the LF base must be set to AP (instead of client) when connecting a PSP. I spent 15-30 minutes before figuring this out. Once setup, the PSP has a LocationFree wifi SSID, which I deleted since I already had a wireless connection configured and I wanted it to use my regular WAP. There may be some benefit to connecting directly, but I would have liked to have had the choice.
The LF-V30 has some great features, such as being able to setup a player remotely without having to have physical access to the LF base unit. Unfortunately, this feature is of limited benefit since you can only install one player.
Although the wireless and PSP features give this unit a huge advantage over the SlingBox models, the player limitation on the LF is such a huge hurdle that I'm not sure it's worth keeping. There will probably be an exchange in the near future...
Pros Setup was easy on my network at home. Installation of software on two PC's and 2 laptops was easy. Great quality within my home and great quality from overseas in Europe.
Cons I wish more than one connection can be made at any given time. I have no other complaints at all.
Summary I was very skeptical when I bought this at CompUSA, but it dropped down to $130 and so I figured I would give it a shot. My wife and kids had moved back to Germany ahead of me and they complain about missing TV in the states. I installed this onto my network very easily. I hooked up the DVR and DVD player to the 2 inputs. I then installed the software onto 1 PC as a test. Connected instantly. I downloaded the software that requires no key from Sony's website for free and installed it onto another PC. Same result. I then had a family member who lives 125 miles from me install it on their PC and they too had absolutely no issue. They were able to control my DVR the same way as if they were sitting in my living room. They were also able to use my DVD player to watch a DVD I put into it. My last test was to have my wife install it onto her laptop in Germany. I sent her the software via email and gave her step by step instructions on registering the base station. My wife and kids watch TV from my DVR every single day. In fact, they have taken over the DVR because I can never record anything because it is always near capacity. I am going to Germany in a week so I bought an LF-B20 and will install it in our home in Germany to a German satellite reciever using a PAL -> NTSC converter to stream the German programming back to California. Wish me luck !
Pros View your home TV(change channels,set program start-ups,volume using your identical animated TV controller on screen),security cameras,etc while anywhere in the world through the internet.
Cons If you have a power loss at home while away...will the LF-V30 repower itself??
The TV can through your screen remote controller.
Summary I can watch live video of all my security cameras.I do not own one yet.
Con....will it repower itself after a power lose?
Updated on Oct 18, 2009
Pros Bought this device to stream my directv to PCs/psp. Setup was a snap, and the ability to serve as a second access point is an unexpected plus.
Cons I'd like better support for winmobile.
Summary Great buy, works better than expected.
Pros The system was basically plug and play. But I think what helped things out was that I had a Sony Vaio with the software already loaded. But even then it was a cinch to use. But I did read the manual before I tried doing anything.
Cons Finding the remote control to work with my DirecTv box was knd of a hassle but I found the right one.
Summary I had been wanting this item for a while now but kept hearing how awful the setup was and what a hassle it was. So I was just about to go and buy a Sling Media Slingbox Pro-HD, when I found an LF-V30 on eBay for $45.99 with free shipping. Well I just could not pass this deal up so I went ahead and got it and it turned out to be one of the best deals I ever got off of eBay. And like I said setup was a snap and you can use the LF-V30 either wireless or wired, because my Vaio is hardwired and I get the signal cystal clear and my PSP gets the signal via Wi-Fi. So I have no complaints because everything works perfectly.