2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2011 10:19 AM by Josebrenes RSS

    Sling from one side of the country to the other

    255909293161623

      I've recently purchased a Sling Box pro HD and I'm attempting to set it up at a relative's house on the east coast and sling content from their network and view it remotely from my home in the west coast. Appart from the physical location and setup of the box, I'm not sure exactly how the network bridge is created. Anyone have any ideas on the procedure? I figure the Slingbox site is involved in some way....

       

      Thanks

       

      CGS

        • Re: Sling from one side of the country to the other
          chakkarinen Apprentice

          As I understand the process, once you set up the Slingbox connected to your friend's router on their local area network, and setup your account on the Slingbox website, then the Slingbox will communicate periodically with the Slingbox directory to keep the IP addresses (external for their modem and internal for your Slingbox within their router) up to date.   Then, when you visit the website http://watch.slingbox.com  from a computer anywhere in Internet land and login in with your ID and password, the directory of Slingboxes in the directory at the Sling Media directory  will connect with that address combination and the Slingbox will send out the video and audio to the IP addresses (external for your modem and internal for the local area network that your computer is connected to at the moment).   A web browser add-on to display the audio and video in your web browser will be automatically installed the first time you make the connection.

           

          And since routers sometimes have a tendancy to assign new IP addresses dynamically to the devices attached to them when they reboot (power outages and the like), the Slingmedia staff recommend that you program the router where your SB is physically located to assign a static IP address to the SB, and then program the router to forward port 5001 to that static IP address, so as to make this "address handshake" between the SB and the Sling Directory more stable (and, hopefully, never changing -- unless, of course, your friends change their Internet Service Provider).   If the IP address of the SB gets changed from the one in the Slingmedia directory, your friends may have to physically push the reset button on the back of the SB to get the new local IP address communicated to the Slingmedia directory.

           

          So long as the internet service where your Slingbox is physically located has adequate UPLOAD speed, and the internet service where you are viewing the video on your computer has adequate DOWNLOAD speed, then you should be able to view the video smoothly.   The specifications pages on the Sling Media website provides the recommended minimum internet speeds for smooth viewing.

          • Re: Sling from one side of the country to the other
            Novice

            Hi 255909293161623,

             

            What I understand is that you would like to know about the Slingbox Internet Viewing.

             

            In this case, you can check the following link about it and how it works.

             

            Slingbox Internet Viewing

             

            Regards.