Just curious if anyone here has any experience with a Slingbox. I think it may be a solution to a problem I have, but I'm looking for some input before I pull the trigger.
Here's the scenario and my initial thoughts on a solution.
My parents bought a cabin in a pretty rural area, a good hour from "civilization". They spend their summers there and would really like some form of live television, beyond the limited selection available over the airwaves, while there.
There is no cable available. A dish is not an option as they are quite surrounded by very tall trees with no line of sight, in any direction.. least of all to the South.
However, there is DSL in the area, recently upgraded from 1.5Mbps to 7-8ish.
I'm thinking the Slingbox may solve this problem. My main concern in the speed of the internet connection. Will it be enough to sustain an HD video stream? Does the Slingbox software scale video quality based on connection speed or will they see stuttering/buffering?
I have a HD-DVR connected to a television in my bedroom at my house which I only really turn on in the mornings while getting ready for work. So, I'm thinking I can connect the Slingbox to that DVR. Another potential issue, however, is that this television is a good 50-60 feet from my modem/router.
This means, I have a choice. I could get the Slingbox 500 model with wi-fi and connect to my router wirelessly. My internet connection is pretty solid (65Mbps down / 10Mbps up), but the distance from the router concerns me. There is also the 350 model, which is cheaper but does not have wireless connectivity (I don't really care about the other features the 500 boasts over the 350). I could pick up a powerline network adapater and connect to the router with that. I've heard positive things about the latest crop of powerline adapters, but I'm not sure how that solution compares to the wireless option from a performance standpoint. Net price would not be significantly different between the two options, and that isn't really a factor for them.
I'm building a small PC for the cabin. My thought is to have a monitor for email/web/whatever and a HDMI cable running to a 40" HDTV to which they can stream the Sling player.
Thinking about this problem, do you agree with the direction I'm headed? Which option is best and why? Is there something else entirely that I should considering?
I appreciate any input!