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Whatever happened to the HDTV Multi-Room Extender

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by kstevens, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Actually, the Multi-Room Extender disappeared off the Dish web site when the Adapter for the 722/722k was released. As far as I know it isn't on the Slingbox web site but still appears on the Sling Media web site as the Sling Receiver 300. The Sling Media web site is the corporate sales web site where Sling (owned by Echostar) is trying to sell their stuff to cable companies. Hence, the Receiver 300 is touted as follows:
    Specifications for this vaporware shown there are as follows:
    This box was introduced in the 2010 CES with this Marketwire news release Sling Media Introduces Sling Receiver 300 for Television Service Providers but the Cnet article was a bit skeptical as it led off with:
    I wonder if this could ever be available for users of the Slingbox PRO-HD as it might be nearly impossible to assure DRM. Exactly how it would work for a "television service provider" may be seen when Dish introduces it "soon.":sure:
  2. HarveyLA

    HarveyLA Legend

    Jun 8, 2006
    I gather that "IP" means "internet provider" and "home network" is your "wi-fi" network.
    You aren't going to get full quality HD over the internet, no matter what fancy language you use. I just got the 722 sling adapter and did a direct comparison on the same screen with the direct HDMI feed from the 722. Even if your internet connection is good enough to push the top quality from the Sling (HD) it just doesn't match up.

    About a month ago, I bought a wireless HDTV transmitter/receiver which is working out very well over a distance of around 40 feet (pretty much line of sight through a kitchen door) sending an uncompressed HD signal from the 722 to a small HD set in the kitchen. I can't say how well it would do covering a large house, going through many walls, etc. But you would only have to pay for return shipping if you don't like it.

    brite-View "Air SyncHD" (BV-2322)
    Attached are photos of the TV and the small receiving unit behind it, which is identical to the transmitter. It comes with an HDMI cable to plug into the TV. The transmitter also has a loop through output for your main TV without the need for a splitter-amplifier.

  3. Texas-Justice

    Texas-Justice Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Texas, of...
    IP actually means Internet Protocol in this instance. The 300 gets an IP address from the router in the home network (which isn't necessarily wi-fi), just as your Dish Receiver gets an IP address if it is connected by ethernet or wireless to the home network. It could be an ethernet only network which could very capably provided enough bandwidth to run HD, especially if it is a newer unit with a gig switch built into the router. Since it isn't going out to the internet and being slowed down by the slower outside connection (most home routers have either a 10 meg or 100 meg connection to the outside world, much slower than the inside connections) it could easily handle HD although the network traffic could slow down. Even using a wireless connection it could be possible to stream the HD signal since most modern routers and wireless adapters run on the 802.11n standard since that would mean 100-200+ meg connections are possible.
  4. WynsWrld98

    WynsWrld98 AllStar

    Aug 17, 2006
    this is still going to involve re-encoding, right since that's what SlingBoxes do? When I have my SlingPlayer set to highest resolution option (1920x540) and watch slung HD video over my N home network on my PC whose monitor is 1920 x 1080, quality is okay but not HD in my opinion at all. This is using a SlingBox HD unit. Is this the best quality we'd ever get once the Multi-Room Extender is ever released??
  5. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
  6. RAD

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    So, second CES that it's been demo'ed at and still no date for when it will be available, except for CES demo's?;)
  7. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    More details HERE. It will work with 922 and 722 with sling adapter and can see all other slings on your LAN.
  8. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

    Mar 30, 2002
  9. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    I think you mean that the other way round. I do not know of any ISP who provides 100 meg connections. FiOS is the fastest, but their consumer service tops out at around 25 Mbps. OTOH, nearly all routers are internally 10/100 and the newer ones are 10/100/1000 (aka gigabit).
  10. Michael1

    Michael1 Legend

    Feb 24, 2010
    Sling Media discontinued their SlingCatcher, so perhaps that means the Multi-Room Extender is history, too.

    BTW, internet speeds would have no bearing on sending IP based video over your home network. The speed of your home network between devices is typically much faster than internet speeds (unless you have a really bad wireless signal). In addition, if you are interested in Slinging video out of your house over the internet, you'll want to look at your upload speed, not download speed. Upload speeds are often 1/10th the download speeds.

  11. mcss1985

    mcss1985 Legend

    Dec 5, 2007
    Actually Verizon does offer 150Mbps home service. The price is ridiculous, $200/month, but so is that speed. I remember laughing maniacally :lol: when I first saw this a few months ago. There is now way I can pay that much for internet nor would I need it, but it sure is cool :)

  12. CABill

    CABill Hall Of Fame

    Mar 20, 2005
    The Speed is outrageous, but the price is better than others. Surewest.com only has Sacramento and Kansas City coverage, but using an address in Sac at http://www.surewest.com/internet/highspeed.php
    25 Mbps is $41.00/Mo. Promotional Rate*
    ($83.99/Mo. standalone)
    50 Mbps is $99.00/Mo. Promotional Rate*
    ($261.99/Mo. standalone)

    Makes your $200 seem like a good deal for 3 times the speed.
  13. Texas-Justice

    Texas-Justice Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Texas, of...
    No, I meant it exactly as I said it. I was talking about the router, not the ISP. Most home routers have a 10 Mb port for the outside connection. A few have a 100 Mb port for that outside connection. I'm reading specs on a few newer models that now have 1000 Mb ports for the outside connection.

    I would have labeled the ports as either a WAN port for the outside connection or a LAN port for the inside connection, but didn't want to confuse someone that was already confused by what IP means.

    Nothing in my post was referring to what possible speeds the ISP could provide.
  14. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    100mb ports on routers and hubs have been the Standard for years, heck almost since the turn of the Century, and have been in place for years before that. 100mb ports have been pretty much the Standard or affordable since the Pentium days. Granted my 1st DSL modem from ATT 7 years only had 1 10/100MB ports, but I just connected it to Netgear router with mulitple 10/100 ports. Still have that router, don't use it much as it doesn't support NAT. Not sure what you are using that only has 10mb ports, or what ISP has given you a router without any 10/100mb ports, but you need to fire your ISP for it, as they suck.
  15. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Now you're talking about ports. Your original post was about connections, and stated that 10/100 was "much faster than internal connections." Since most routers have 10/100 ports internally, and actually run at those speeds (or even faster if you're using full duplex), I stand by my original statement.
  16. kstevens

    kstevens Icon

    Mar 26, 2003
    I would be nice if you all didn't hi-hack this thrread...
  17. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Jack. Hijack.
  18. Texas-Justice

    Texas-Justice Cool Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Texas, of...

    Since you want to misquote me, I'll quote my own post about this.

    If you'll look at the bolded parts of this quote, you'll see that I said that the internal network speeds are faster than the external speed to the internet. Before you misquote someone, please have the decency to make sure you read what is actually written and don't put your own misinterpretations in the quote.

    Yes, I could have used the terms WAN port instead of outside connection and LAN port instead of inside connections, but as I stated in my second post, I was trying to keep from confusing someone that already was confused by what IP meant.

    Sorry for those that consider this a threadjack, but my original comment was answering a question asked, and then someone decided to misinterpret what I said. I'm merely clarifying what I originally stated in answering that question.

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