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Sling Media - SlingBox Solo

by Sling Media
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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  • S-Video
  • Redirects a TV signal to the computer of your choice
  • Watch and control your home TV, DVD player or digital video recorder anywhere via your laptop
  • Connects one device including set-top boxes, digital video recorders and DVD players
  • Control your device with a virtual remote which replicates your remote control on your computer screen
  • HD component, S-Video and composite connections

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: SB260-110
  • ASIN: B000W4CXT0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,390 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

You no longer have to be stuck to the sofa to watch TV. With Slingbox SOLO you can watch your favourite TV programmes, films and sporting events wherever you are. The Slingbox SOLO allows you to watch and control your favourite TV source, including HD programmes, from anywhere in the world via your laptop or mobile phone (additional software required for mobile phones). Slingbox SOLO is compatable with all sorts of devices meaning you can choose to watch your set-top box (Freeview, cable or satellite receiver), digital video recorder (DVR), or even your DVD player. There are no monthly fees, just connect the device, plug it in, download the software and you are ready to go.

Connect up your home equipment with the Slingbox
Multiple connection options enable you to connect a wide
variety of devices

Connect it all

The Slingbox SOLO is designed to make it as easy as possible to set-up and enjoy. Simply connect the device you wish to control, plug in your ethernet cable (from your broadband router) and turn it on. Then all you need to do is download the SlingPlayer software onto your computer and follow the instructions. In minutes you will be ready to watch your home TV via your computer. A quick start guide is included to make setting up your Slingbox a piece of cake.

When connecting your device you should choose the best availble connection type for the best possible picture quality. The yellow composite video connection offers good quality, S-Video better and component leads the best.

You can control most devices that would sit under and connect to your TV. Whether it is a simple set-top box (cable, satellite or Freeview), or a DVR such as Freeview+, Sky+ or Virgin V+, you will be able to view or control everything as if you were sat on your sofa.

take your home TV with you
Take your home TV with you
wherever you go

Take your TV with you

It is always frustrating if you are going away and you miss the big match or your favourite show, especially if you have paid to watch it. Sometimes watching a recorded version when you get back home is just not the same. With the Slingbox SOLO you won't have to spend the rest of your trip avoiding all media coverage, just so that when you get home you can watch the match as if it were live. Simply take your laptop with you and watch it live as if you were at home. Whether you go away on business trips, like to take a holiday or simply want to be able to watch your TV in another room in your house, Slingbox SOLO will let you take control.

If you have connected a DVR to your Slingbox SOLO, then you can control everything as if you were sat on your sofa with your remote control. If you have forgotten to record a programme, or want to watch something that you have previously recorded, no problem. If you can do it when you are at home, you can do it through your Slingbox.

SlingPlayer - The lap of luxury

SlingPlayer is the software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to bring your entire living room TV viewing experience to your laptop, desktop or mobile device. SlingPlayer comes as standard with all Sling Media Slingboxes.

 

control your Slingbox with the virtual remote
The virtual remote looks
just like your own

The virtual remote looks and acts exactly like your real remote control at home, giving you full control over your viewing experience. From changing channels to setting a DVR to record, you can do it using buttons right on your computer screen. This means you do not have to worry about learning how to control your device again, if you know how to control it when you are at home, then you know how to control it through the SlingPlayer software.

Every function that you can use on your remote control when sitting in your lounge, you can use when you use SlingPlayer

SlingBar™ docks the SlingPlayer (the TV screen) on either the right or left of the desktop, letting you watch television and work with other applications simultaneously. Or, if you want the big picture, you can watch TV in full-screen mode. Whichever mode you choose, you will have the remote control that you are familiar with will be viewable on the screen.

The Slingbox directory is where you can easily view all the available Slingbox connections in your network and add additional Slingboxes.

Also included with your SlingPlayer software is our groundbreaking streaming technology designed to address varying network conditions to optimise your viewing experience.


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Box Contains

  • Slingbox SOLO
  • AC adapter (100-240V 50-60Hz)
  • SCART to RCA adapter
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Composite AV cable
  • Remote control IR cable


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great - but hugely unreliable - beware! 13 July 2010
    I have been a Sling user for over 6 years now - traveling a lot with my job and having my Sky box liberated so I can view it anywhere in the world with a decent internet connection has been a life saver. However, I would warn other potential buyers that this product *can* be highly temperamental and also very unreliable. Over the years I have had 2 Slingbox Classics and 3 Singbox Pro's - original and then warranty replacements, as well as a replaced power supply and IR cables. When it works it is brilliant - when it doesn't - or when it goes wrong outside of the 2 year warranty, as mine just has, there is NO repair service available - so you either have to bin it or fork out for a new one. Sadly there is no comparable product on sale, so even though I loathe the fact that Sling just don't care that they sell such unreliable products I have no choice but to spend another 150 on a replacement and hope and pray it lasts longer than 2 years, otherwise the cost of ownership of this product is much higher than the purchase price alone would have you believe. Approach with caution advised.

    Update June 2012 - my replacement Slingbox failed - fortunately just within its 2 year warranty, so Sling sent me a 'refurbished' replacement. That didnt work either, so they sent me a new power supply which has done the trick - for now. Looking at the forums, it seems that the power supply (plug) failing is one of the most common problems with this unit, so if yours has gone wrong outside of the warranty, you might want to try replacing this first - at a cost of around 15. Another problem involves internal cheap capacitor failing and the connection to the router failing via the network port. These are much harder to fix unless you are good with a soldering iron!
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    66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It Even Works on Virgin Cable! 11 Mar 2008
    I bought one of these just before Christmas as we were off to the in-laws in Spain for New Year, and I wanted to be able to watch our TV there (they only have basic Sky and I didn't want to miss the football!)

    I spent a while playing about with Orb (a piece of freeware software that does the same thing) on my Media Cente PC, but I couldn't get it to work properly with my tuner card and Virgin V+ box. My brother in law (who works for a company that installs expensive AV kit in expensive houses), recommended Slingbox as they had one.

    I decided to bite the bullet and got one, and, I have to say, I wish I had done before.

    It litterally took 10 minutes to get working and it was very easy. You connect the Slingbox video input to the SCART output of the cable box - it comes with all the cables included. You can then connect your TV to the Slingbox video output sockets or to the thru SCART connector on the cable they supply.

    It also has inputs (and outputs) on the Pro box for component video and I hear HDMI is coming too (but wasn't on mine).

    You need to connect the Slingbox to your home network using a RJ45 cable - be careful because even though the spiel on the box implies the Slingbox is wireless, it's not unless you buy the additional wireless bit.

    There is a little remote control sender thing that you need to put near the remote receiver of your cable / satelite box - this is how you change the channels from the PC.

    You then download the software from their website onto your PC or laptop, it finds the Slingbox on your network and configures it - mine required a firmware update which it did itself.
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    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Slingbox Solo makes streaming Sky Plus simple 14 Dec 2007
    My Sony all-in-one Desktop had built in analog TV tuner and I could watch Sky Plus on it using Sky Link. When it broke beyond repair I bought one of the latest iMacs and I wanted to be able to watch Sky Plus on it but the USB tuner that supported Sky Plus was really expensive. I decided to buy a Slingbox Solo and connected it to my Sky Plus box and my Netgear Router and within half an hour I was able to stream everything on my Sky Plus to my iMac and to my Laptop. It is very simple to set up and means I can control my Sky Plus box and watch Sky or any recordings wherever I have a 3G / Broadband connection.

    The only difference between the Slingbox Pro and the Slingbox Solo appears to be the number of inputs it supports and I can't see the point of being able to control more than Sky Plus.
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    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Works out of the box - brilliant - buy it! 12 Jun 2008
    By Paul S Ell HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Verified Purchase
    I had a Sony LocationFree system which, like the SlingBox, is supposed to wirelessly stream video form your TV or Sky box around the house so you can watch TV anywhere as long as you have a spare laptop. Further, and, more importantly to me, the system allows access to your TV to laptops or portable devices around the world using your broadband connection.

    The LocationFree was a complete disaster. After much fiddling I got it to work at home but away from home only a couple of times and I gave up on it completely after a time. Sony support were also useless.

    Hence I was reluctant to buy the SlingBox but the reviews were good and it's half the price of the Sony system. Out of the box within 10 minutes it was streaming video from my Sky box around the house. Setting the SlingBox to work remotely away from the home was a little more complex but the online instructions sorted this after a couple of hours.

    So now I can watch my Sky+ system anywhere in the world where I have a broadband or 3G phone connection. It's completely reliable and works with Mac machines as well - good as I have one. Picture quality at home - on a PC for example, is excellent as it's not really limited by bandwidth there. When you're away you rely on the broadband suppliers UPLOAD speed. Whereas downloads are the figures normally quoted by internet providers - simply because you mostly download information over the internet - the SlingBox uploads TV pictures over the net. The figures are upload are much slower - about 350kbs. This impacts on the picture quality but it's still certainly good enough to watch. Also over time upload speeds will improve and so will the picture. Further, a well developed remote control already allows you complete functional control over our TV or Sky system.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sling media box excellent
    This has been working perfectly for ages now. Don't really know why haven't reviewed previously as it has proved to be an excellent product
    Published 4 months ago by M. Price
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent device
    Extremely reliable device, and your only choice to stream from a place with adequate wifi cover. Highly recommended. Excellent customer survive.
    Published 5 months ago by Dimitris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Should be built into all cable boxes
    This box enables us to watch & control our Sky box from anywhere in the World.
    Quite easy to set up and means we can record, &/or watch all our favorite programs. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by richard rayment
    5.0 out of 5 stars great
    I have used the slingbox for about 7 years. Works great most of the time. I now have 2 at separate houses, one with freesat and one with sky. Always have one that works . Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Tag
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
    Setup was very straightforward all the required cables were in the box and the instructions were clear. As others have mentioned the cost of the apps is a bit irritating. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. Butt
    2.0 out of 5 stars Would be 5* if it didn't die
    Bought this so I could watch my Virgin Media from home while living away at university. Worked perfectly for a few weeks even on the slow internet in my university accommodation,... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by John
    1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this product
    This is the first review i have ever done. This product is rubbish. To view the slingbox on any mobile device you have to buy their app at about 10 each. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Richard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Maplin and Slingbox...great partnership!
    Already knew the product bug needed another. I live abroad and it was imperative that it arrived on time whilst I was in the UK. And it did and it works perfectly!. Very happy!
    Published 7 months ago by Philip Leonard Elston
    4.0 out of 5 stars good, ios apps very expensive, remote is a little slow turning around...
    neat concept
    picture quality good
    remote commands quite slow, it takes several seconds to make changes on the screen per button press which can be quite hard work... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by D.Horsler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    Now for the first time ever I can watch my sky box on holiday. YAY!
    Only problem is now everyone else wants me to get them one for Christmas. :-p
    Published 10 months ago by rmm
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