SlingBox Av,Pro Import to uk?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by onemacmini, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. onemacmini macrumors 6502

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    Hi there, I am interested in getting a slingbox. However the uk only sells the classic model shich isnt enough for me. I am looking at the av,or the pro. I am looking to get one shipped from the U.S but am wondering if it's worth it? Do you have a av or pro? if so your comments please on:
    1. quality
    2. ports
    3. Ease of use

    many thanks Onemacmini
     
  2. pianos101 macrumors regular

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    I bought the AV a month ago, as soon as I knew when the os x player software was being released. I had heard great things about it, but was very skeptical whether or not it would really work. Setup is a snap, its own config software will open up ports on your router (i chose to do it manually).
    Watching tv through the slingbox on an computer outside my lan was pretty simple. Instead of installing the software on each computer you will use it on (i'm at college so i don't always use the same computer in labs, etc.) I installed the program on my flash drive; it works pretty well that way, too. The quality is exactly what you expect; obviously it depends on your upload/download speeds. I'll put it this way: everything is watchable, and its not terribly blurry (although you can tell when the speed decreases). I'm able to control and watch my Tivo very easily, as it shows me the exat Tivo remote in the slingbox player. Obviously you can't play the video full screen (well, you can but it looks pretty bad) so that is one annoyance. If you have a hd set and plan on buying the pro and hooking it up to hd, think if that might be worth it (unless you need the pro for other reasons). Although I've never seen it, I don't think that hd contect would be what you would want it to be through the slingbox.
    Generally I would say i'm not as impressed as other people sounded to be, but it is definitely easy to setup and use, and it does it's job pretty well.
     
  3. onemacmini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sounds great! i ran the speed test on thier website and my internet only shows 200kbs which is extremely low compared to the 256kbs minimum.. could a fire wall be causing this? my internet connection i pay for is 2mb/s
     
  4. pianos101 macrumors regular

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    hmmm I don't think a firewall can actually slow your connection, but that's not my area of expertise. What kind of connection are you on? What'd you use to test the speed (I use http://reviews.cnet.com/7004-7254_7-0.html but since you're in the UK you should try to find a speed test server that's as close to you as possible. Testing to a server, say, here in the US, will show a much slower speed.) On the slingbox window it tells you how fast your connection is to the slingbox. When I use it from two computers connected at ~2.5Mbps about .5 miles away it tells me the connection is usually around 1.8-1Mbps and the picture is fine. Once it gets down below about 700-800kbps it gets kinda bad.
     

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