The Slingbox AV and Slingbox 350 models support different viewing methods. The Slingbox 350 will allow you to use any mobile application, where the Slingbox AV is only supported by computer based viewing and some connected devices. You may want to check out the links below. It will explain which Slingbox's can use which SlingPlayer software. In most of these articles, the Slingbox AV may be referred to as Slingbox Legacy:
- Slingbox.com - Which SlingPlayer software works with my Slingbox?
- Slingbox.com - SlingPlayer for Connected Devices Compatibility
Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.
I'm sorry, I misspoke. It's a slingbox solo (not AV) with hd capability. It seems from the compatibility chart you referred me to that the Solo or the 350 will be equally good as far as transmitting the programing to the upstairs tv. So if I hook the Solo to both the tv (component cables) and the router (Ethernet), it would do the same thing as the 350 would?
If so, do I have to operate the upstairs tv through a slingbox app, like the one on Roku or boxee? I've never seen how that works, but i have seen how it works on the iPhone (away from home), and operating the cable box is very slow and clunky. Doe a slingplayer work better connecting through a Roku app on your home network?
The Slinbox 350 is just an upgrade Slingbox Solo. These 2 Slingbox's have very little differences. The Slingbox Solo includes S-Video ports where the Slingbox 350 does not. The Slingbox 350 is capable of a higher resolution then the Slingbox Solo. These articles below show what resolutions the Slingbox's support:
- Slingbox.com - Video resolutions supported by Slingbox M1, Slingbox 350, & Slingbox 500
- Slingbox.com - What video resolutions supported by Slingbox PRO-HD and SOLO?
To view on the TV, you will need to use one of the supported connected devices. When viewing at home, there is not much you need to worry about. When viewing remotely, is when you could run into some trouble. One way to optimize your network for the Slingbox would be to place a port forwarding rule on your router for the Slingbox. These articles will explain this in more detail:
- Slingbox.com - What is Port Forwarding or Port Mapping?
- Slingbox.com - What's port forwarding/port mapping?
- Slingbox.com - How to improve your home network
Hope this answers your questions!
I have a choice between buying a Slingbox 350 or a much less expensive Slingbox AV.
Here I am only concerned with using a slingbox to simultaneously watch the same program on one set top cable box and two tv's--one attached to the cable box (and wifi router) and the other upstairs. Does it make a difference whether I use the 350 or the AV. For the upstairs TV (which by the way is a smart tv with wifi) I would rather not access the cable box program via a web connection as with an iPhone: where changing the channel and pushing buttons on the virtual remote is slow and clunky. I want to be able to quickly and easily operate the cable box from upstairs. I don't think the smart tv has a sling box app, but I do have a downstairs ROKU. I also have an older Boxee with an apple play capability.
So I would rather leave the roku attached to the downstairs tv. But if both the 350 and the AV permit access to the downstairs tv via slingbox app, won't that make cable box operation just as clunky as web access with an iPhone? If so, it seems to me that as far as the second tv issue is concerned, it shouldn't matter which model I use.
Thanks for being patient with a complicated question.