Sony LF-PK1 LocationFree Player Pack for PC and PSP
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- Stream TV or movies from home over the internet to your PlayStation Portable or PC (connected to a hotspot)
- Watch TV or movies wirelessly around the hhome
- Player Pack includes base station and software for PCs (Windows 2000/XP)
- Connect your cable TV, digital video recorder (DVR), and DVD player to the Location Free base station
- Control AV components using an onscreen universal remote contro
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- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: LF-PK1
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Form Factor: External
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
Whether you're viewing TV and videos on your laptop while traveling...
...or at the local coffee shop on your PSP, LocationFree technology makes it easy to take your entertainment with you.
Sony's NetAV function simplifies operation and makes installation a snap with a simple worry-free setup wizard. The new LocationFree products also integrate a dynamic DNS service so there is no longer any need to use external dynamic DNS providers. This makes the setup process less complicated.
The new NetAV function also incorporates the MPEG4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) compression scheme for content transmission over the Internet. The MPEG4 format provides high quality video at lower data rates and smaller file sizes than the MPEG2 compression standard. Further, MPEG4 features flexible compression ratios and, when combined with the LocationFree service's automatic bit rate control, results in a multimedia experience optimized for the available Internet bandwidth.
LocationFree Player software is also equipped with a key system, which uniquely identifies each base station and PC loaded with the LocationFree Player by an initial one button registration. As a result, the content sent from the base station over the Internet is viewed only by the intended user.
The LF-PK1 Location Free Player Pack requires a PC with Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) / Windows XP, a broadband connection with a minimum of 300 kbps of uplink/downlink speed, and a routable IP address. Users must have either a Fixed IP address or must register with a Dynamic DNS service. Sony does not offer a Dynamic DNS service. Sony recommends the service provided by Dynamic Network Services Inc., which can be found at www/dyndns.org. When using a home network, the user's home router must support either DMZ or Port Forwarding.
What's in the Box
Location Free base station, Location Free Player software for PC, IR blaster, AC adapter, DVD instruction video, printed operating instructions
Top Customer Reviews
worried a bit because of some pretty negative comment, but the price is too irrisistible (cheaper than legacy Slingbox), then give a try
generally I am satisfied with this product
Setup: it is pretty easy, press and hold the setup button on the unit when adding device; channel add/delete is NOT centralized, you need to add/delete on each device connecting
Picture quality: this is OK on high setting, NEVER use auto rate setting on PC over LAN, use the highest rate when using over LAN
on high rate setting, the picture quality is pretty similar with Slingbox (note: up to 3Mbps bandwidth)
you can resize the window, but there's NO full screen option on PC
on PSP, you have 4 picture mode: original, normal, full, strectched (depends on your preference), to get the best compromise, use rate 4 (you can use 5, but you may experience interruption)
the base unit has 2 sets of A/V input (one of them has S-Video, just use regular cable)
all the testing and experience are based on LAN
the software requires key to install, not like Slingplayer, which is pretty straightforward, but the software on Locplayer is more simple
conclusion: get this if you have PSP (with software ver 2.5 and higher, the most current version is recommended), if not, get Slingbox (the slingplayer has full screen option)
note: this base station also has wifi AP built-in, but there's no way to hide SSID or disable wifi, then make sure you have good WEP or WPA setup
The PC configuration of the base station is a lot better than the one that's formatted for the PSP. If you do install, install the PC first if at all possible.
Quality of the picture is great on the PSP, but lacking on the computer. It could feed better resolution to PCs but it lacks the support. It also wouldn't be bad if the player could support Mac/Linux. The PC player GUI is terrible looking but functional. PSP one is sharp and works like a charm.
As usual with Sony, the design of the box is superb. Very sleek looking. Could use some work in better functionality, but it's nothing some firmware updates couldn't solve if they got around to it.
If you want to stream to Pocket PC, check out the Slingbox.
Both products stream to a PC. Compare the licensing cost of the clients for PC Streaming.
Some more tips on usage and comparisons between Sony's LocationFree and the Sling Media's Slingbox
Also check out Sling Media's Slingbox reviews here on Amazon.com:
I'm streaming content from the ReplayTV. Works out quite nicely.
Seen the Slingbox too, but the slingbox doesn't offer built-in WIFI. Only part I have yet to get working is 2 PCs with the software installed at the same time.. It keeps saying that machine is already registered, ( Supposed to be a 4 license software ) but it's easy enough to change the registered PC. Highly Recommended for the techie-must-have-all-gadgets-type-person.
After getting it up and running, the picture quality was really bad. I adjusted the "rate" manually and it works pretty well, with average picture quality. I can control my Tivo using the remote on-screen.
I have yet to use it "on the go" at a hotspot, but I will try that next.
I bought this instead of the slingbox even though it's cheaper, because it's a Sony. I'm not sure if the picture quality is better with a slingbox.
I would rate it a 3 out of 5 because of the difficult installation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a room with no cable. so using this for my psp came in handy for watching cable wirelessy. put TV inputs makes it betterPublished 20 months ago by Greg Canales Jr
The package arrived on time.
The only thing that wasn't right was the package. The package was stated as new. It was NOT! Read more
This is a pretty cool gadget if you're still working with Windows XP or you own a PSP. Picture quality is decent. I looks kinda choppy at times, but in the all around, it's nice. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by M. Harris
I bought this because I knew that I was going to be watching TV just on my PSP. If you use it for this function only it will be beneficial to you. Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Todd Osborne
This SONY location free station works flawless with the new PSP Slim 2000. I hooked this up in less then 5 minutes! Stream works great via laptop and on my Slim 2000 PSP. Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by AJ
It took me no time to set this up. I downloaded the latest firmware/player from sony vice using the included CD-ROM. Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Jason L. Gurley
Works well though instructions can be a tad confusing. Works perfectly with the PSP. I have not been able to control my unit via the web yet as Sony doesn't have the all the... Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by A. Fracaro
I purchased the Sony LocationFree device in 2006. I am working in Japan with the Military. The device was sold locally at our Military Exchange. Read morePublished on October 17, 2007 by Mom2Jade