Originally Posted by randys1
thanks so much for responding, let me clarify what this all means as I am kinda techy but not this muchI leave the slingbox at home?
when I am in the hotel the slingbox is at my home?
Yes, you leave the slingbox at home. The slingbox is meant to be left in a fixed location (near your cable/satellite/dvr/bluray whatever). The slingbox pulls in video content and converts it into a compressed digital stream. The slingbox facilitates placeshifting
i.e. it gives you access to your content that you have at home
to anywhere in the world via the internet.
Overall its pretty simple [Your TV at Home] -> [SlingBox] -> [Internet] -> [Your Computer]
OK so now I am in the hotel and i am going to a website to use my laptop to connect to slingbox?
how do i connect the laptop to the hotel tv other than a basic hdmi connect between the two and then if I do that how am I having a remote? does the slingbox 500 come with remote?
Already answered this:
Use the web client on your laptop in full screen and connect it to the hotel tv via VGA or DVI/HDMI when its available
. You lose the ability to control with a dedicated remote but you can remedy that situation with a bluetooth (like a keyboard), RF or maybe even IR solution.
The slingbox web client will allow you to control it via a VIRTUAL on-screen remote control, as well as keyboard shortcuts (up/down arrows etc). However if you are plugging the laptop into the TV, you probably won't be sitting close enough to use those controls -- so you either need to get up and control sling with your laptop, use a wireless keyboard of some sort, or get a looong cable.
are you saying that while in hotel if I didnt care about watching on the tv that i would go to a given website to access my slingbox WHICH IS AT HOME ? AND THEN WATCH PROGRAMMING ON THE LAPTOP?
YES. You go to sling's website and login, it then finds your slingbox and connects you to it.
if so, then the only way to connect the streaming info on the laptop to the tv is to do the hdmi wire from laptop to tv, thus disabling my ability to use laptop at same time as well, which isnt a deal killer but I am just confirming how this works
Not necessarily. This is getting a bit more technical, but you could activate dual display and run the slingbox web client full screen on the TV (secondary monitor) and still have access to your desktop on the laptop monitor (primary). I have does this before. It can depend on your video card software as far as how well it is implemented and its ease of use. You can google for more info on how to do this.
If you want to always have the option open to use your laptop then your best solution is to get a connected device (which would have a remote) as I mentioned before.
You might checkout placeshiftingenthusiasts.com for more indepth info.