Hey folks, I'm looking for some experience-based input to guide me to the right Sling and Connected Device hardware choices. It might be bold of me to make such a request, but I'm hoping the experts here can share guidance. I've read through the forums, but I find that many discussions are difficult to extrapolate out of the particular poster's specific context.
I have an IPTV television service from my telco at home and I'm looking to relay it to my remote vacation property. I have a dedicated IPTV set top box at home that can be dedicated to slinging (no TV connected to it). Home has 15 Mb/s down, 0.8 Mb/s up Internet bandwidth. Vacation property is 200 miles away and has 5 Mb/s down, 1.0 Mb/s up Internet bandwidth (same provider as home; should be fairly low packet loss and latency). Both the IPTV set top box and the slingbox could be wall mounted in my utility room at home and hardwired with ethernet; no need to congest the airwaves with wifi. But wifi is definitely required to feed the catcher device at the vacation property.
1. Target screen at the vacation property is a single basic TV with HDMI, composite or component input. No need for viewing on mobile devices.
2. I'm not terribly fussy about picture quality; I'm looking for "good enough" not "great".
3. Standard definition only is fine; I expect my 0.8 Mb/s home upstream is terribly insufficient for slinging HD content anyway.
4. It should be easy to use and robust; I don't want to be on 24/7 tech support for visiting family and guests.
5. Would like to access home PVR content (at least the standard def content) and also my provider's free VOD content - like last week's episode of Modern Family, etc.
6. No interest in sharing any personal media; I just want to watch TV/PVR/VOD like I would at home.
So, what should I look at? Slingbox 350? Solo?
At the remote end, should I get a low cost Netgear NeoTV box? Will the new Netgear PRIME GoogleTV box work better in any way (e.g. better processor, better integration, etc)? Should I instead be searching for a used Slingcatcher and an older Slingbox?
Finally, I'm trying to understand the ease of use of remotes and the menu screens before I take the plunge. Is it possible to get my native home program guide showing at the remote location? Or am I somehow navigating using a "proxy" menu native to the Netgear/WD/Sony box? Alternatively, is it possible to simply take my IPTV set top box remote control to the vacation property and use some sort of "IR-over-IP" functionality to relay the proprietary IR commands over IP/Internet to an IR transmitter at home, blasting into the set top box?
Any input welcome, including "you're an idiot" if I'm missing something basic. Thanks.