What are the best devices for "slinging"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by El Gabito, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    Apr 24, 2006
    What are the best devices for "slinging" that you have used?

    Which model, etc. I just found out about one that started with a "V" but now I can't remember it. Other than that all I know of is Slingbox. I'm curious who's had success with what.

    Have some Amazon gift cards burning a hole in my pocket and trying to decide between one of these or a Roku.
  2. Alebob911

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 22, 2007
    I have the slingbox pro HD. It has worked flawless since day one. I have a dedicated H25 hooked to it via HDMI and also use the integrated OTA tuner as a secondary source. I use my iPad and iPhone and MacBook pro to access it. Slingbox is a great piece of hardware and I highly recommend it. If you can go with one that supports HD and you won't have any issues with the new HDGUI.
  3. bflora

    bflora Legend

    Nov 5, 2007
    The V is probably Vulkano. It's a good alternative to Slingbox for less money. The Vulkano Flow is $100 compare to Slingbox Solo for $179 and performs better for SD. For HD the Slingbox Pro is supposed to be tops, but I haven't used it.
  4. jagrim

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    I've got a Slingbox Pro HD and glad I spent the extra money for it. IMO, you get what you pay for. I've never had any issues and I stream to PC, iPad, and iPhone.
  5. doctrsnoop

    doctrsnoop Godfather

    Nov 20, 2007
    Don't have experiences with anything other than Slingbox. I have a Slingbox Solo HD. It works great. Was watching NFL football on the PLANE from Orlando over the weekend. Well supported with apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC
  6. Yoda-DBSguy

    Yoda-DBSguy Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2006
    A Galaxy...
    I used to own the slingbox pro with the hd connect adapter; but upgraded to the Pro HD upon iot's release. I have never had an issue and use it all the time (daily) on computers, ipads and iphones both in network and remotely.

    Just FYI, if you wantingnt to sling remotely in HD, you need to have an upload speed of 3Mbps or above for a constant quality stream.

    I sling a DirecTV HR 24 though component video, 80+ stations of basic expanded cable via coaxial, (4) security cams multiplexed though a security dvr via composite cables, a dvd player/recorder via s-vhs.

    Great device.....
  7. rotohead

    rotohead Legend

    Nov 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    I couldn't be happier with my Slingbox HD Pro connected to my Directv HR22 DVR. Not one problem setting up or using it to my PC (wifi) or iPhone (wifi or 3G) in six months of use. Best tech product I've ever had. Price is high but worth every penny.
  8. hammer32

    hammer32 Cool Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    SlingboxPro HD connected to basic cable, TiVo and D* at one house and a SlingCatcher at our 'vacation house' along with an AppleTV. Love the SlingBox!
  9. o2manyfish

    o2manyfish Cool Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    I have both the Slingbox Pro HD and the Solo HD. I have had the solo for about 5 years. And recently purchased the HD unit when I got the HDUI upgrade. Never had a problem with either of them. Bulletproof devices.

    I do like the old Slingplayer better than the new web interface. And it seems like the more they have developed the software the more lethargic the response times to using the remote control have gotten.

    As for the upload speeds. I have a 2mb upload and have no problem most of the times with viewing. And I can watch the Slingbox, my security cameras (separate device) and the PTZ web cams for the fish tank and back yard all simultaneously with 2 mb stream.
  10. tivoboy

    tivoboy Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    yep, slingbox pro HD is really the best option for now. The Vulkan has some plusses, but that video quality of the slingbox if you have 1MB upstream from home is best. And the clients just work.
  11. El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    Apr 24, 2006
    Thanks guys - appreciate the input.
  12. El Gabito

    El Gabito AllStar

    Apr 24, 2006
    Out of curiosity what security dvr do you use? I'd like one but haven't found a good resource for reviews, etc.
  13. Plasman

    Plasman AllStar

    Jan 1, 2006
    Old thread...but this seemed the best place to post

    +1 for Monsoon Vulkano Flow unit. $89 at Frys and it took 15 minutes to set up at my house. I used component cables from my HR20 to set it up. At my office I have a Windows 7 PC and I am able to watch the Padres (Fox Sports San Diego 694-1) in near HD without hiccups. A real test is 355 CNBC-HD - the ticker is fairly smooth and the tiny graphics are all clear. Impressive.

    The Vulkano Flow has wireless N built in but I plugged mine into the second ethernet port at the back of the HR20. The unit is pretty basic - no HDMI in or out but the thing does exactly what it promises and support is excellent too. The support guy answered my question promptly about whether there was a keyboard equivalent for the "dash" in 694-1 (there is not). So you either have to bring up the virtual remote control onscreen (looks identical to RC64) or you can do a keyboard entry of 694, wait for the SD channel to appear, and then press the + character on the keyboard to move up one channel.

    Edit- purchased the $12.99 Vulkano Android app for my Droid Pro and the video quality is great over 3G.

    L2BENGTREK Godfather

    May 31, 2006
    Agreed...My Solo HD has been flawless since '08...or was it '09...:lol: either way it's been a while with no problems..
  15. Altcool

    Altcool Legend

    Jun 11, 2007
    With my slingBox Pro hooked up to a HR24-500 I can no longer view HBO HD.
  16. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    This is being covered in a few different threads. The problem is caused by having a TV with the power off hooked up to the HDMI output of your DirecTV receiver. If the TV is turned on, or the HDMI cable unplugged your slingbox should work fine. With the TV turned off it is not doing a proper HDMI handshake with the DirecTV receiver, so the DirecTV receiver turns off all outputs to protect the content from being copied. I guess that DirecTV has recently started enforcing the copy protection on HBO and Cinemax channels, and it I have read that it will probably start doing so on Starz, Showtime, (maybe The Movie Channel and Encore too) soon.
  17. Yoda-DBSguy

    Yoda-DBSguy Hall Of Fame

    Nov 4, 2006
    A Galaxy...
    If you want to continue to watcvh hbo, shotime, etc using your current slingbox model (the slingbox pro you mentioned), you will have to connect the slingbox to your DirecTV HD receiver using component audio/video cables. On the slingbox pro model, you would have to purchase the HD connect kit which adds a component video input in order to accomplish this.

    Anyone with the older legacy models such as the classic or tuner will be out of luck as there is no way of adding a component video input.

    Just FYI,
    The slingbox pro HD and the slingbox solo are the only model to incoporate component video inputs straight on the box. As I mentioned slingbox pro (non HD unit) can accommidate an HD input source with the addition of the HD connect adapter.

    Another alternative for any slinbgbox user that doesn't have a component input on their legacy model is to buy a component to composite adapter such as this one from monoprice. this will allow continued use of composite connections to allow hbo content etc as long as they aren't restricted from the receivers component output connections:
  18. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    Question for you Slingbox mobile viewers.

    I have two Android mobile devices but have never downloaded the Slingplayer app because I already have a laptop. And I thought the app was rather expensive at $29.99

    Is there an option to get a single licensed copy of the Slingplayer for both a tablet and a phone or must you pay $29.99 for each device? The client version on the laptop is free or you can use the server based player which is also free. $29.99 seems expensive for a mobile player.

    Can anyone comment?

  19. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I'm confused everyone in this thread are enjoying and having no problems with their slingboxes but when i go to "other" sites especially amazon they give real bad reviews on set-up issues and customer support and bad connectors it maybe their slow internet connection:D
  20. jagrim

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    You have to buy the app for each device. I currently use it both on my iPad and my iPhone. I use the iPad app each morning as I get ready for work since I move from room to room. I uses my iPhone app when wifi isn't good or not available. I rarely use the computer for slinging. Local news and sports are the predominant programs that I sling.

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