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I am interested in the Vulkano. I would like to be able to connect a device to ethernet and a set top box and watch remotely on an Android device. It looks like the Vulkano will do that. The one thing I am wondering is if it has to be connected to a PC all the time or if I can simply configure it and put the connected Vulkano and settop box in the basement without a computer connected constantly
 

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First I have heard of this product. Looking at the installation instructions no PC is required. It looks like a box to hook your Cable box into, you tie it into your router and tv. This will provide you the capability of getting your libraries and recorded TV from any device no matter where you are at.
 

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I am looking at this, also. More expensive than Slingbox, but heard the support is better. And I believe Slingmedia is ripping people off by not replacing electronic components that have been failing after a few years. In other words, designed to fail after 2-3 years. Also heard that the mobile app is far superior, and stable, with Monsoon than Sling.


Anyway, I think I am going to pull the trigger on the Moonsoon, for Christmas. It has eSATA, HDMI, DVR (with a TB HD to record along with the FiOS DVR that I have), free mobile client (iPhone, Android), SD Storage, UPnP to play other videos stored on my NAS.


Looks like I just talked myself into one
 

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This deal has been tempting me:


"Black Friday Specials. Monsoon Multimedia is offering a $50 discount on all Vulkano products. Use Code: 112510 during checkout. Expires on 11/28/10"


That would bring the VULKANO PLATINUM down to about $110 or so shipped to the house.


On the other hand if I order through WalMart.com they ship to a local store and have a good return policy. Wal Mart doesn't list the Vulkano Platinum, however. It looks like the Deluxe is the same list price, but then there is the $50 discount. he Deluxe Pro is $379.99 direct, but only $349.99 from Wal Mart. Then you have to figure in sales tax, at least in my case, and the discount and shipping cost


As a practical matter I have to keep reminding myself that I an still in the "honeymoon period" with my newly purchased Dish Network Sling Adapter. Thus I am still not sure if it will satisfy my needs or if I do need more.


Decisions, decisions!
 

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My goal is to stream to my phone, so I will probably choose the Pro. It would be nice to know if the Pro has an updated chipset supporting a better "live" conversion of video. My guess is that the Pro chipset is better since it supports MP4 and AVC.
 

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I just bought the low end model (the Platinum) despite hearing mixed reviews of the product since it was launched.


My reason was simple:


1) I bought the original Slingbox for $250


2) I bought the Windows Phone client (work phone) for $29.00


3) My company switched me to a Blackberry, another $29.00


4) I bought the iPhone app to run on my iPad, another $29.00 because there was a Sling Media exec who said it would be a free upgrade in an interview.


5) My company just switched me to a Droid and the iPad app is NOT a free upgrade, so I'm looking at $58.00 for additional mobile clients.


6) SCREW SLING AND THE HORSE THEY RODE IN ON. I got the Vulkano for $149.99 with $50 off on Black Friday.


So for $99.95 I have a box that streams based on a 1080p video input signal, charges NOTHING for the mobile clients and I can add a SD card to allow it to act as a DVR.


I was an early adopter of Sling's products because it was simple, worked well and was a godsend when I was traveling overseas. That being said, I feel like I've been nickled and dimed ever since.


My Vulkano arrives on Friday, I'll post my thoughts on it once I've had a chance to play with it.
 

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If u have it can u check following things:

1 Can it record to a NAS (or a pc shared folder if u have none)

2 How big is the delay between the image looped to the tv and the streamed image at a pc

3 Can u stream content from a nas or usb attached to the vulkano to devices?

4 Can u add your own remote keycodes for the ir blasters


Thanks in advance.
 

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Wow, John it looks like you ran the gambit, as far as Sling goes. It is sad that Sling is losing dedicated customers, such as yourself.


My friend has one and is a genius (compared to me who couldn't identify a resistor) with electronics. When he said that his died and he opened it up and replaced a couple of capacitors...and then I read the same thing on Amazon (from another customer), that really struck home. Funny how the older versions seem to run forever but the newer units seem to die after their warranty. Just to shady for me.


Yeah John, if you could give us a little review, that would be most appreciated. Especially, the quality of picture with varying degrees of signal strength.


Thanks
 

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I have asked Santa for the Deluxe Pro model. If I get one, I will post up a little review. Then you guys can ask me to check out some things for you. If Santa does not bring the Vulkano, then I will not get one until January.


If the Vulkano can stream to my phone from a DVR, then I will be very happy (of course with a decent picture, not expecting HD, though). Live streaming and channel changing will be icing on the cake.


Wish me luck...and maybe we will hear from John, in the meantime.
 

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just order mine. Vulkano Platinum for $119. Did not have enough money to buy higher model, but they running special this week.

Holiday Special Sale. Save up to 20%. Vulkano Platinum $119.99. Vulkano Deluxe $223.99Vulkano Deluxe Pro $303.99. Use Code: 120610 during checkout. Expires on 12/19/10
 

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Well, Santa brought me a Sony soundbar, instead. Really did need this since the speakers on our Panasonic Plasma make speech very hard to understand.


But Santa brought enough cash for me to order one...YEA!

So, I have placed an order through Amazon for the Pro model. Should be here in a week or so. I will post a review once it has arrived.
 

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I just bought the low end model (the Platinum) despite hearing mixed reviews of the product since it was launched...for $99.95 I have a box that streams based on a 1080p video input signal, charges NOTHING for the mobile clients...
I have a Platinum (for years, has worked perfectly day-in and day-out) but I understand Monsoon's new iPhone app is $9.99.
 

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Amazon was offering overnight for $3.99, so the Pro should arrive tomorrow.


I already have the Android client downloaded and installed. I have an iPhone but that is being used as a MP3 player, so no need for the Apple app.


Anyway, at least the holiday weekend will be busy with electronic toys.
 

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Sorry for the delay...have been building a ramp for a holiday present.


The Vulkano arrived on the 29th and packing seems intact. Opened it up and everything is clearly labeled...nice. Tonight and tomorrow I will spend setting up the Vulkano. Have to activate the FiOS HD receiver and run cabling for network and FiOS. I want to use a wired network for reliability and to remove any disruptions. Network is 100mb and segmented to seperate the Vulkano onto its own network. The Android device will be a Droid X on Verizon's network. I have the ability to vary the signal level, for the cellular device, by location within my house. The ground floor (my house has four floors) has a solid signal but is the lowest in reception (picture one bar out of four). The top floor is of course the strongest, pegging the meter.


Anyway, gotta get back to setting up the Vulkano. Should be posting results tomorrow or tomorrow night.
 

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I am running a bit behind. The DVR took almost two hours to activate. Totally my fault... I got the DVR in October and finally got around to activating it. Had to bring tech support in since I needed someone to verify onto Verizon's network. Missed a lot of updates since October



Anyway, the Vulkano is banging away and all the clients are being tested. Should have a pretty good overview by tomorrow.
 

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A quick overview of my setup...BTW, the Apple client is still free.


The Vulkano hook up is:

Network: Wired and segmented 100mb cat5

To TV: HDMI

From DVR: Component

Storage: 500gb eSATA drive



The Vulkano setup went without a hitch except for what is listed below. Vulkano found the network and grabbed an IP address with no problems. Vulkano includes all the cables for a complete setup, so no searching or shopping for last minute connections.

The only issue I ran into was setting up the IR Blaster with my Verizon FiOS HD DVR. It is a Motorola QIP 7216-1, which was not a choice available. Instead I chose the 6416 which works.

Once the Vulkano was up and running, I watched a few channels to make sure we were all set.


Now for the clients. I will start with the Apple client, first. I tested the Apple app on a Iphone 3g (wifi only) and a Touch 4g. Both clients installed and setup went perfectly. Both devices were connected onto a 54mb (G) network at Barnes and Noble. With the strongest signal, quality was exceptional on all channels. Even sports channels looked fantastic without a trace of smearing or blocking. Bitrate was between 600-900K and was optimized on-the-fly. Sound was superb with no dropouts. Channel changes went smoothly with a 5 second (approx.) buffering after the change. I felt the channel changes were timely and precise. I would have to say that on wifi, the Apple client for the Vulkano, is a win.


The pc client was updated the last night, or so. So, I have not had the time to go over all of the settings. Install went well on a Windows 7 x64 laptop. I will not go over all of the features but talk about quality, instead. This is for the previous client Vulkano_V1.8.3.52. At first I was getting some stuttering, but no dropouts. I also noticed that when stuttering it was while trying to optimize the stream. So I reduced the stream limit from 2000K to 1000K. this took care of the stuttering and never had a hiccup after that. The newer client is supposed to recover from optimizing much quicker. But once the steam was reduced I did not have any more problems. On a 17 inch laptop screen the quality looked excellent. Of course, on a larger screen I am sure it would be more noticeable. I would give the pc client a A+ also.


Now for the Android client. The client installed without a hitch. When getting a strong signal the client optimized quickly and had excellent results. Remote control was timely without to much delay. All functions seemed to work including scheduling recordings as well as viewing the EPG. Even when the signal dropped to two bars the picture was great. The picture did suffer when the signal dropped to a steady one bar, though. Streaming speed was variable from 66K to 100K. Sound was steady but picture was a tad rough. How rough, you may ask...Sports playing (football action) was hard to watch due to smearing. But you could still figure it out. In a pinch it would due, but it would not be my favorite way to watch. Now regular shows (Jay Leno) were quite good. Very watchable...And the whole time the sound never dropped. The only issue that happened once, was while switching channels. After the switch I had no sound. So I typed the same channel number in again and the channel refreshed restoring sound. I would give the Android client an A+, also. The client is sound and seems to work very well on Verizon's network.


So, that's my little review. Remember, you might get different mileage due to all of the variables that are involved. But, I am very, very pleased with the Vulkano. Granted, I have not had the time to check every feature available. But it does what I purchaed the unit for. It streams live (or recorded FiOS) programming to my clients with clarity and reliable accuracy. Good bye Slingbox...Hello Vulkano!
 

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Over the past few days, we have been unable to view YouTube from our Vulkano Lava units which have been placed in different locations using different Internet providers (including cable, T1, DSL, etc). Although we are able to retrieve a listing of videos on YouTube, such as the Most Recently Watched videos, and do searches for specifics content, when we attempt to view that specific content, we receive the following error message saying "Unable to stream from YouTube. Press OK to go back".


We contacted Monsoon's tech support on Wednesday, 12/19/2012 and spoke to a representative by the name of Karish in India. After some experimentation, he was able to replicate the problem on his side. He reported that he would discuss this problem with his development team and they would work toward a solution.


The following day, after noticing that no improvement had been made and YouTube videos we were still unable to watch YouTube videos, we called back and again spoke to Karish. He reported that his development team had isolated the problem. He attributed the cause of the above error to a "tag" which YouTube uses that causes problems with the Vulkano units. He said that he expected a resolution sometime during the day on Friday, 12/21/2012.


However, as of 4pm PST, the problem still does not seem to have been resolved and we are unable to watch YouTube videos from any of the Vulkano units.


Has anybody else experienced this error or anything similar?
 
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