5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2010 11:55 AM by eferz RSS

    Slingbox question

    tuck0066

      I currently live in France, and am considering purchasing a slingbox to be installed in my mother's home, so I can watch American TV while in France. I have a few questions though before my purchase.


      Because of the time difference, I would like to hook it up to her DVR so that I can record shows and watch them at my leisure, but her DVR box is hooked up to her main TV.  My main concern is that I don't want to tie up her living room TV, so  I'm wondering if there was any way to get around this?

       

      Please forgive me if these are silly questions, I really am a slingbox newbie!

        • Re: Slingbox question
          eferz Expert

          Yes, do what I did.  Buy a DVR specifically for the Slingbox and don't hook it up to a television.  Trust me, it will save you hours of headaches and yelling at the kids and what not.

           

          This is a nice one... http://moxi.com/us/home.html

            • Re: Slingbox question
              tuck0066

              Thank you for your answer - can you describe your setup for me please (ie. how everything is set up together)?

                • Re: Slingbox question
                  eferz Expert

                  I currently have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC DVR provided by Time Warner.  The video and audio outputs is connected into the Slingbox Pro-HD.  For control, I have the Slingbox's IR blasters pointing at the DVR.  The Slingbox is connected into my network using an Ethernet cable which is connected via D-Link Gigabit Switch (DGS-1008D) and is connect to the internet via D-Link Router (DGL-4100).  Wireless access is provided by D-Link Wireless Access Point (DAP-1522).  This allows me to consume live or recorded televions content from anyone of my computers, laptops, iPhone or iPad from either at home or on the road.

                    • Re: Slingbox question
                      tuck0066

                      And what is your DVR hooked up to?  Directly to cable?  I guess I'm confused as to how the DVR works if it's not hooked up to the TV (sorry for all the questions - none of this technology existed when I lived in the US, so it's all new to me!)

                        • Re: Slingbox question
                          eferz Expert

                          Yep, the cable from Time Warner feeds into the DVR.

                           

                          You basically have to think of the Slingbox as a virtual TV.  It is able to rebroadcast whatever it "sees" and "hears" onto the network.  This allows you to watch whatever your DVR is showing on a computer, laptop, or cellphone using the appropriate Slingplayer Client.

                           

                          Take a look at this link for an example (http://support.slingbox.com/go/pro-hd-video)