Originally Posted by fyfchu
I saw in an earlier message your comment about transmitting a program wirelessly, and this seems to be a slick solution.
Has anyone thought about ways to use an existing computer network to move dvr 357x content around the house? My best case result would be to move the content files to a computer and then read them on a second computer which is tied to a monitor or television. Has anyone thought about this? I have used sneaker-net (wrote a dvd and carried that to the second tv) and I suppose auskck's 357x with external drives would work if you have multiple dvr's set up that way, but this seems like duplication of hardware since many of us have computers spread around the house.
Just a thought.
The best way I've found is my current configuration with a Slingbox attached via ethernet to my wireless router. It came with 2 IR blasters, so I use one for the 3575 and the other is on the digital cablebox (switchable remotely). The Slingplayer, once installed on your PC or laptop allows you to program and view recordings on the 3575 anywhere that there's a hi-speed connection. As I'm using HDMI output to the HDTV that leaves the S-Video output available to send to the Slingbox.
We have only one cable connection in the living room, so when the CFO has the TV, I watch my stuff from the 3575 on my desktop in the bedroom. It includes an onscreen remote, one-hour buffer and an EPG (powered by Zap2It) with the latest firmware version - which Sling.com loaded remotely. It's a pretty nifty arrangement.
I've had the Slingbox since 2006 and right now I have FOX News Channel playing via the 3575 tuner, docked up on the left side of the wide-screen monitor while I'm also typing this on the web. Of course, as an early adopter, I paid $250.
There are now several new models available, including one in that's HD capable. Here's mine:http://www.amazon.com/Sling-Media-SB...1157131&sr=1-1
BTW, for someone who travels, you could be sitting in your hotel room in Tokyo watching the newest episode of Smallville from tonight, or a live broadcast from your own home cable, all on your Slingplayer-equipped laptop using the hotel's wi-fi. Or, let's say you're already on the plane and you forgot to program your trusty 3575 to record 'House'. No problem as long as the plane has a hi-speed internet connection. Just start up the laptop, connect to your home network and program away! I tried it once from a motel near Cleveland and it works. EDIT: Updated 15 Feb 2010 to add more specifics at the suggestion of Maestro Wajo.
The instructions beginning at Step #4 assume that steps 1 through 3 have
been successfully completed.
1. Purchase a Slingbox. You can find all available models on Amazon.com.
2. Physically install the Slingbox hardware, including connecting the A/V
output from your DVDR to the input of the Slingbox, the Slingbox to your
local network (ethernet to your router), and attach one of the included IR
blasters to the top of your DVDR - properly positioned in front of the IR
sensor in the FL window.
3. Load the Slingplayer software from the included CD-ROM
4. *** BEFORE running the Setup Assistant ***
a) Open a DOS command prompt: Windows>Accessories>Command Prompt
b) Set directory to: C:\\program files\\sling media\\slingplayer\\SBAV
c) Create the appropriate BIN code in the above directory:
for DVDR3575/3576 use Y1010_PL.bin
for H2160MW9/9A use Y1577_PL.bin
Creation of the BIN files can be best accomplished by typing the code into
your notepad and then doing a Drag/Drop to the SBAV directory.
5. *NOW* run the Setup assistant in the Slingplayer software, choosing
hardware type Philips DVD/Other/Other. When it asks you to choose remote code, there will be type 1, type 2 or other. Choose other and it will prompt you to enter the "other" code. This is where you will type in Y1010 for the
Philips or Y1577 for the Maggie. Setup assistant can be run as often as you like, so don't worry too much about hosing up the system.
a. The BIN file must exist in the SBAV directory of all computers that the
Slingplayer software is loaded on. I have it on both my desktop (running
Windows Vista w/service pack 1) and my 6-year-old laptop (running Windows XP w/service pack 2).
b. You can also connect your direct cable feed to the RF input of the
Slingbox, run the setup assistant to choose your location and cable
provider, and then be able to watch your cable through the Slingbox's
internal tuner. OR, if you have a satellite or cable box, you can attach IT
to the Slingbox RF input, attach the OTHER included IR blaster to your
satellite/cable box and then be able to watch/program your cable. When I
had the digital starter package for a year, I successfully instructed the
Moto DCT700 to set a "VCR recording" for a particular show, then toggled
the Slingplayer back to my DVDR, where the DCT700 had been connected via composite to E1, and set up a timer program for the same timeframe. The recording was successful. I did all of this without ever going in the
living room where the TV is located. The Slingplayer allows toggling the
video input between your DVDR and your cable, thereby enabling you to watch your local cable no matter where you are, EVEN IF your DVDR is busy
recording one of your favorite shows. I do this regularly and used it
extensively during a New England trip last year. http://www.slingcommunity.com/forum/...e-Code-needed/For specific questions you may PM me and I'll try to elucidate based upon my experience with the system.