Thanks for using our Answers Forum. I understand that your having some trouble getting mutliple Slingboxes to work on your account.
You can do manual port forwarding on your router, and you can use some of the following numbers: 8080, 5001, 5002 & 443, as well as
I do have an article that should supply you with more information and possible resolutions for this issue.
Hope this helps.
Sling Moderation Team
Thank you for the prompt reply. Unfortunately, it doesn't resolve my problem and doesn't really addres the issue.
I'm completely clear and well-versed on how to do port-forwarding on my end. I have full control of my LAN and all of that is working just fine.
The problem is that slingbox.com wants to configure all of my SlingBoxes to use port 5201. I've read that article, but unfortunately those suggestions don't really work...and are primarily geared for single-SB users, not for those with multiple devices on the same network.
Again, I don't seem to have a way to control what port each individual SB decides it wants to use. I can certainly adjust my LAN to compensate for whatever number they choose, as long as they all choose different numbers! But they don't, they're all firmly planted on 5201.
This seems like such a trivial, simple thing to correct... and yet the more I dig into it and the more I speak to your customer support, they're all surprised and somewhat frustrated that, in fact, that functionality that used to exist with all of your older products now seems to be gone.
I'd hope to hear that this is understood to be a rather significant issue and that it's understood as such and that it's being worked on. For anybody out there who's running multiple SBs on the same LAN, this will be a problem.
Hopefully, you'll tell me it's being worked on. In the meantime, would it be too much to ask to have one of your engineers sneak in there and set my slingbox.com profile such that these 4 SBs are all set to different ports? I don't care what numbers you use, I can make it work. But they all need to be different.
Just replying to my own thread -- it's been 2 weeks, and silence from SlingBox. I'm hoping someone there can speak to this issue, which is that as of the recent "upgrade", it's not possible to assign a port to a SlingBox. They're all on port 5201, and that's a serious problem when you've got more than one on the same LAN.
On the older hardware, you could easily set the port to whatever you want. Now, you simply can't. Why not? And when will this be addressed??
Actually, at least for me, yes. I woke up a couple of weeks ago to find that (magically?) my SBs were all suddenly on different ports. A few minutes later of configuring my LAN to properly forward those different ports to the different SB local IPs, and everything was working perfectly.
I don't have a clue whether this has been fixed for everyone, where SBs on the same subnet realize they're on the same port and adjust themselves...or whether my relentless whining to Sling support finally wore down an engineer somewhere who went in and manually fixed it for me specifically.
In either case, thank you SB support! I'm very happy and it's all working perfectly. And if your solution wasn't generic, I'm expecting you'll be hearing from lots of other people as well.
Your only solution may be to get a UPnP router.
From what I can tell, the new Slingboxes need to use UPnP in order to determine which ports have been reserved by other Slingboxes.
If there is no UPnP then there appears to be no way the Slingbox can find out that other Slingboxes on the LAN are already using a given port, so they just revert to the default.
I find it remarkable that they've still not added this basic functionality of manually setting ports and IPs to the new boxes/configuration page.