2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2012 5:26 PM by chakkarinen RSS

    Streaming on LAN


      The latest outage has raised a question for how I use my Slingbox.  I frequently use my Slingbox at home, where the Slingbox and Slingplayer are on the same LAN.


      Are the Slingplayer and the Slingbox smart enough to recognize that I am on the same LAN and stream video directly rather than going out across the WAN to the Slingbox server and back in to my client?




        • Re: Streaming on LAN
          chakkarinen Apprentice

          I've noticed that when I first log in to my SB account to watch my Slingbox, it "initializes" and looks for the box.   Perhaps this involves going out to the slingbox.com website (on the WAN) to acquire the box ID and IP addresses?   But, once it is running, the speed is much faster when I connected with a computer on the same LAN than from a computer outside the LAN.   So maybe the WAN connection is no longer necessary after the streamingstarts.


          You might test whether you need the WAN to connect to the SB on your LAN by temporarily disconnecting the WAN (for example, by unplugging the power on your modem) and see if you can still launch your Slingplayer software and connect and stream.


          Or, unplug the cable modem AFTER you have already connected and see if the streamingcontinues normally after the WAN has been disconnected.

            • Re: Streaming on LAN

              I have a similar problem and wonder if you can help me. When i go to the website  slingbox.com  to stream video, it initializes and then starts to stream fine. Then in a couple of minutes the picture freezes and goes black and I only have sound. This happens on 4 computers and in safari AND firefox AND chrome. However 2 of those computers have the onld icon for slingbox -- the one you click on and it goes immediately to streaming. The icon works perfectly!!! But the www.slingbox.com   doesn't. Has anyone had this problem. Tech support has been very UNhelpful!!!!