SlingBox Pro Vs Elgato Setup for Mac Network Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ilogic, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. ilogic macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    New Jersey
    I'm looking to accomplish 4 goals on my network:

    - Watch TV (DirecTV) from my MacBook and or iMac without Usb tuners sticking out of my MacBook (no prefererence for dual tuners - aka watching two channels from two machines at the same time)

    - Watch said Programming from iPhone from the internet

    - Attach VCRs / Video Game consoles to my iMac

    - Watch Media Files that are on my external HD (attached via Airport Extreme) from any of my computers via Slingbox or Elgato software using their technology as the bridge so I can watch it through the internet

    My Setup:

    - I have an Airport Extreme network away from the TV (DirecTV)
    = I am not willing to get a second DirecTV Setup box if setup requires it
    = I am willing to move my airport extreme / router near the TV

    - I have an Airport Express which has ethernet input/usb
    = Can this be used in the setup to my advantage?

    As you can see, its a pretty crazy set up if it can be accomplished. Money is not really an issue, but I do want efficiency... what you guys think? can it be done?
  2. purdueboiler87 macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2005
    Clearwater, FL
    I can comment on 2 things you want to do.

    1. I bought a slingbox pro last week. I have it hooked up to my DirecTV receiver and I can watch TV on my MacBook Pro no problem. The real test will be to see the quality when I am in Spain next week.

    2. To watch TV on the iPhone, I have an EyeTV 200 hooked up to my G5. The latest version of the EyeTV software lets you stream recorded shows to the iPhone. I record the shows I want, indicate that I want them to be available via wireless, and after the shows are recorded, I can access them via a URL on the iPhone. The quality is actually pretty good too. I have the EyeTV hooked to regular cable, not DirecTV.

    My internet connection speed is 2MB up so I'm sure that helps with the streaming. I also have a static IP and my own web server which makes things easier as far as setup goes but they are not a requirement.

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