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Sling Media Slingbox SOLO (SB260-100) (Old Model)
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- Watch your HDTV anywhere on your laptop or mobile phone with no monthly fees
- Watch and control a high-definition or standard definition A/V device, such as a DVR, cable set top box, satellite receiver or DVD player.
- Full set of pass-through connections for easy integration with virtually any A/V device.
- Clip+Sling ready. Use your Slingbox to clip segments of your favorite TV programs and share them with friends and family online.
- Supports Windows XP/Vista, Mac and Windows Mobile, Symbian or Palm OS-based mobile devices.
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|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 11.6 x 3.5 in||3.13 x 16.38 x 10 in||4.7 x 8 x 3.8 in||1.18 x 3.38 x 0.5 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||9.17 x 6.81 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||2.2 lbs||1.22 lbs||1.6 lbs||1.13 ounces||1.3 lbs||1.7 lbs|
|Internet Applications||Digital video broadcasting, Digital audio broadcasting||Cinemanow, Daily Motion, Free Sat/Free View, Google TV, Blockbuster||Netflix||youtube, espn, amazon_instant_video, cbs, facebook, hulu, sling_tv, netflix, fox||Browser||Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||2||0||0||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||—||1||1||0||1||2|
The Slingbox SOLO incorporates high-definition component, S-Video and composite video inputs as well as outputs, making it compatible with just about every HD or standard-definition satellite receiver or set-top boxes and DVRs on the market. The Slingbox SOLO is the perfect companion for your DVR, cable box, satellite receiver or DVD player. With the ability to watch and control your favorite TV source, the Slingbox SOLO ensures that you can enjoy your TV entertainment anywhere.What's in the box: Sling Box Slingbox Solo Internet TV Broadcaster, AC Adapter, Ethernet Cable, Quick Start Guide, Composite AV Cable, Remote Control IR Cable and 1-Year Limited Warranty.
From the Manufacturer
Slingbox turns your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone into a TV.
Never miss your home TV shows, regardless of where you are. Take your TV with you on the road. Easily connect the Slingbox SOLO to practically any one of your home-theater sources and watch your standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) TV shows, sporting events or special programs on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone* over the internet, from anywhere in the world.
Connect to one HD or SD source in your home theater, such as your DVR, digital cable set-top box or satellite receiver.
Take complete control of your TV via the web with the comprehensive and easy-to-use on-screen remote control and electronic program guide (EPG).
Sit Back and Enjoy
Watch your favorite shows in crisp SD quality over the Internet via your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone—from anywhere, anytime.
No Monthly Fees
Watch and control your TV and its programming on your compatible device with no monthly subscription fee.*
*Download sold separately. Additional fees from your mobile provider may apply.
Getting Started with Slingbox SOLO is Simple
- Connect the Slingbox to an A/V source, such as a DVR, cable set-top box or satellite receiver (The Slingbox is compatible with just about any AV source.)
- Connect the Slingbox to your home network (If your router is too far from your Slingbox for a direct connection, use the SlingLink TURBO or another Ethernet bridge for connectivity.)
- Fire up your PC or Mac computer from your home-network connection, complete the Slingbox setup and enjoy your very own home theater on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.
What Devices Can I Connect?
- Basic Cable TV Set-Top Box
- Digital Cable Set-Top Box
- DVRs (such as TiVo, Comcast, ReplayTV, DISH or one provided by your cable/satellite provider)
- Blu-ray Disc™ Player/Recorder
- HD Component Input Support with Resolution Up to 1080i
- Satellite Receiver such as DIRECTV or DISH
- Video/Security Camera
- Windows Media Center
What do I need to watch on my laptop?
Watch and control your TV directly from Slingbox.com. Using Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, you have complete access to your Slingbox and its connected cable box, satellite receiver or DVR. You get a virtual remote control as well as a searchable TV guide—all without downloading or installing desktop software.
Virtual Program Guide and Remote Control
View all of your television programming with the virtual program guide. With the on-screen remote control, change channels, pause, fast-forward or rewind and set up DVR recordings.
Popup Video Player
Multitask while watching your TV, or if you prefer, watch your TV in full-screen mode.
PC and Mac Support
Access your Slingbox from any high-speed Internet-connected PC or Mac laptop or desktop.
What do I need to watch on my smartphone or tablet?
With SlingPlayer software (sold separately) watch your TV and all of its programming on your iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phone, Android tablet, Windows Phone, Palm OS or Symbian mobile devices.
Full Control of Your Home TV
Control your programming with easy-to-use menus and shortcuts on either a touch screen or navigational interface. Easily change your TV channels, navigate program guides and schedule recordings on your DVR.
Easy Access to a Wide Range of Devices and Programs
Control your digital cable box, satellite receiver, DVR or DVD player. Access music channels or video on demand.
High-Quality Viewing Modes
Enjoy stunning full-screen video. Switch to audio-only mode to save bandwidth or battery life. Adjust the video display size or aspect ratio. (Audio-only mode and adjustable video display size are only supported on select devices.)
Take Advantage of High-Speed Mobile Internet Connectivity
Access your television programming over a high-speed 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection. (Check your mobile device and service for supported connectivity options. Some Android phones and tablets support 4G connections. The iPod touch only supports Wi-Fi connections.)
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Rating based on the good and the not so good. Now that the unit is working I'm very happy with it. With a few changes the rating could have been a 5. The summary below is presented not as a complaint but rather as review that might help others.
My situation relative to the Slingbox Solo and the Slingbox Turbo Bridge unit was computer, modem, and wireless router upstairs and LCD TV running off a Motorola DCX3200M cable box downstairs. I purchased the Slingbox Solo and a Turbo Bridge unit (to bridge the wireless distance from upstairs to downstairs by using the existing household wiring) from Amazon.com. What happened next is listed below:
1. Had trouble with the setup since I had to keep running back and forth to check lights on the Slingbox which was downstairs. Could not get two steady red lights. So I spent time on the Slingbox website as well as reviewing comments from others on Amazon. A key comment I picked up was a phone number 877 467-5464 for customer service.
Note: When I started there were many complaints on various sites about Slingbox customer support. I found both the direct call(s) to customer service and the on-line Chat support to be very professional and even with the problems noted below I give customer service a "5".
2. One of the CS technicians suggested I bring the Slingbox upstairs and cable to it directly from my wireless router so that we could complete the setup. I did this which immediately helped - but of course was not a solution to my TV/Cable Box being downstairs. Anyway, by removing the Turbo unit from the setup we were able to update the Slingbox software and then tackle the wireless router settings. Note: Initially I did not have a log-on/password combination for the Linksys router so we had to abort the setup until I re-installed the router in order to get a log-on. I then made another contact with CS and they were able to remotely add the proper codes for the Slingbox to my router. Now we had two solid red lights on the Slingbox Solo so I was ready to move the Slingbox back downstairs and retry the turbo bridge units.
3. Using the "Watch" feature on the web version of the Slingbox software (as well as the Ipad App
I purchase for $29.95) the software continued to have problems "finding" the Slingbox so I made another CS contact. This time the technician suggested that the Turbo units didn't seem to be handling the wireless signal from upstairs to downstairs (possibly because in of the difficulty in finding outlets on the same circuit which are close enough to the cable box to use) so he suggested I return the Turbo Bridge units and then try a wireless router booster. This I did, which took another week for the new Cisco Wireless Bridge unit to arrive. Note: Amazon was very good at accepting the Turbo unit back since it did not work "as advertised" (e.g., through existing household wiring).
4. When the new Cisco unit arrived and was set up (relatively straightforward) I now had good communication from upstairs to downstairs and with two red lights on the Slingbox I made the hookup to the Motorola Cable box and managed to get both the sound and the Slingbox remote to work. But no video! Over the next week or so I made several calls to CS to resolve the "no video" problem. As noted on the Slingbox website there is a potential problem with using a HDMI connection from the cable box to the TV. So, with CS help I went to composite cabling, but that didn't work. Then I went out and purchased an S-video cable but the combination of S-video and the R-G-W composite cabling didn't work. So I purchased two Component cables (R-G-B) and they didn't work. Still no video! Note: Each time I contacted Slingbox CS they assigned a Case Number so they were able to see a record of different issues we struggled with.
5. Finally, about the time I was ready to return and/or write-off the cost of the Slingbox Solo, the Cisco Bridge unit, the Ipad application, and different sets of cables, not to mention many, many, hours of time (plus the CS time), and hours more moving cables, TV, cable box, Slingbox, etc., I decided to try one more time to resolve the problem. So, another call to Customer Service. This time the technician reviewed all the notes and then suggested we try a direct Slingbox-DVD Player connection to see if the Video would work (e.g., remove the cable box and TV as factors). Still no video so the technician concluded the Slingbox video-in or -out function wasn't working. He immediately made arrangements for a new Slingbox to be sent to me, along with an RMA for the old one.
6. The new Slingbox Solo arrived a week later and was hooked up with-in minutes, and guess what? I had Video and Sound working on both my Ipad and my Desktop computer! Internet Viewing was not working so I made one more call to Customer Service and the technician was able to remotely remove the code from the bad Slingbox and add the correct code from the new Slingbox to my wireless router. Hurray. Everything is finally working.
a) Watching TV on my Ipad (local and remote) is great!
b) A very painful experience - some problems undoubtedly related to my specific physical setup. It took hours and hours to eliminate variables such as cabling, setup of the wireless router, wireless signal upstairs to downstairs, etc. in order to finally zero in on the bad video issue.
c) Despite the many problems and calls, Slingbox Customer Service stayed with me and we eventually resolved the problems.
d) Taking away the physical layout issues and the bad video on the first Slingbox, I think I could have everything up and running on another installation in less than an hour, except for the special coding that goes into the router. Fortunately, the technicians were able to quickly deal with this remotely.
My overall sense is that they want to handle these cases as best as they can because of the potential liability issues surrounding these types of cases. Certainly having a good customer service experience would result in me (the consumer) being less likely to speak poorly of slingbox or share my experience with the others. Unfortunately my silence can not be subdued.
I am writing this review because I want to put consumers on notice of what my experience with the product. I believe that potential product liability claims are often swept under the carpet or significantly delayed. Often these cases are actually more common than one is led to believe. Individuals rarely speak out informing others similarly situated, thus resulting in consumers with the idea that they are one of the very few that has experienced such an occurrence. Companies often downplay the frequency of these cases by telling consumers this is the first time they heard of such a problem. It results in subjecting more people to the hazard because of the money it would cost to recall the product. This sort cost-benefit analysis weighs the likelihood of monetary damages being awarded to plaintiff(s) versus the cost of replacing existing unit via recall. I'm not saying that most or a disproportionate amount of slingboxes will smoke as this is only one instance, all I'm saying is that this is my second slingbox that has broke within one year and that it may due to a manufacturers defect. Other's that have had smoking Slingbox's should speak up as well.
I really hope that this company decides to take this issue seriously. Had I not been home to unplug the unit, there would have been a chance of starting a fire. Even if smoking units are "very rare" that means that it does occur. Someone may not have the opportunity to unplug their burning Slingbox as quickly as I did.