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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
sorry if i am in wrong forum, point me to the right one if so

if i buy a 500 model,

1, do i take it with me on the road or does it stay at home (obviously dont know how this works)

2. i want to watch what is on my HR34-700 from my home, or live tv from my home, if possible, but i DONT want to watch it on my ipad or laptop or iphone, all of which i have with me in the hotel room, i want to watch it on the hotel room tv that i have access to the inputs, etc.,

how does this all work?

i have connectify on my laptop and the verizon cell service is lte now so pretty fast

thanks for any info
post #2 of 5
1. Slingbox is two major components, the hardware-based streaming server and either a software or hardware based client.
- Hardware: There have been different models over the years, varying in the input options they offer, hd support etc, but all generally function the same way. The hardware, which is a small rectangular box, is placed near your A/V components and provides inputs and pass-through outputs (again which vary by model) which you connect to your A/V components and display. It also features an IR port and multi-headed IR cable that you place on/near your components. This allows the Slingbox to control your components with remote control signals. They maintain a database of components and corresponding signals just like a universal remote -- you simply select your components during initial setup and Sling does the rest)

- Software: Sling has multiple Slingplayer clients available for different platforms; a web client for PC/MAC, ios iPod/Phone/Pad, Android, Windows Phone & Kindle). Hardware clients (connected devices) are also available; WDTV, Netgear NeoTV, Sony GoogleTV. Clients are used to control the slingbox (change inputs, channels, config etc) and your A/V device (via virtual remote control), as well as decode and view the video stream. Software clients provide portability, hardware clients are for a slightly more literal type of placeshifting (think mirroring your living room setup in another room or house) as they connect directly to a TV. Note that with the exception of the web client, all are a separate expense (directly or indirectly).

tl;dr You leave your slingbox at home and you connect to it over the internet with slingplayer on the web (free plugin) or via phone/tablet/hardware device (extra $$)

2. It sounds like what you want is both a SlingBox and a connected device with wifi connectivity. Connect a/v to the input panel in the hotel room, and the WIFI to your LTE hotspot. This would enable you to watch on a hotel TV and use a hand-held remote control. Beware though that not all hotels are in the modern age and offer input panels, or the ability to change inputs on the TV. If you can't connect to the TV then you're SOL and would have to watch on your laptop. Which brings us to a cheaper alternative solution. 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.


Side note regarding your VZW LTE... Speed will dictate the quality of your stream/video. The slingbox automatically dials the stream up or down depending on the clients available bandwidth and in the wireless world that can be variable on congestion, signal strength & quality. I wouldn't be as concerned with speed however as much as I would be with data caps/limits and the costs associated with overage as well as throttling. This of course varies by provider & plan. Verizon has been reported to throttle both on legacy unlimited plans and capped.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks so much for responding, let me clarify what this all means as I am kinda techy but not this much

I leave the slingbox at home? when I am in the hotel the slingbox is at my home?

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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?


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?

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

thanks in advance !!smile.gif
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by randys1 View Post

thanks so much for responding, let me clarify what this all means as I am kinda techy but not this much

I 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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks, i understand now, vast majority of the time i do have access to an hdmi connection on the tv in the hotel room, i have taken component with me as well but that is not an option with the hp laptop as i recall
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