Those are some great questions! I have good news. You no longer have to setup port forwarding with the new 350 or 500 devices, it does it automatically! In regards to the question about the WD hub unit, are you referring to the WD Live TV hub?
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glad to hear it performs the port forwarding automatically. Will it do this before numerous switches (about 3) first before it actually goes through my main router? Will it do it automatically with a router that has custom firmware (A Linksys WRT54G with Tomato firmware)?
And yes, I was referring to the Western Digital Live TV hub. Will the 350 perform better in conjuctuion with the WD Hub?
I just hope the performance with the WD Hub works better with this 350 unit than it did with the SOLO. With my WD hub and SOLO used together, picture quality was not good and control respone severely lagged. It took a good 7-10 seconds to simply change a channel. And I had all the equipment hard wired in my home network.
I have also thought about getting the new Slingbox 500. From what I can initally tell, the main differences are the following:
- multiple inputs (up to two sources)
- HDMI input
- HDMI output
Are there any other additional features of the Slingbox 500 over the 350?
Additional in Slingbox 500:
-Wifi networking (in addition to the ethernet)
-Yes there is HDMI, but it cannot pass HDCP encryption (this depends on the source hardware). Therefore slingmedia strongly encourages setting up component as a backup.
-Not really multiple inputs because there is only one audio input. Yeah, weird. You can get a maxium of 2 distinct sources if you can manage a working HDMI and then use a second analog signal(component or composite). The other way to get multiple inputs is to pass the signal thru a home theater system that manages the inputs. But that is a convoluted solution.
-IR remote for setup (not sure right now what else you can do with it)