SlingBox Pro Vs Elgato Setup for Mac Network Advice Needed

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

  1. ilogic macrumors regular

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    Jul 12, 2007
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #1
    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?
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  2. purdueboiler87 macrumors member

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    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    #2
    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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