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Sling Media Slingbox Solo


$179.00 Released September, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Accepts High-Def signals. Good streaming quality. Lots of input/pass through options.

The Cons:No HDMI. No integrated WiFi. No learning of remote codes.

The Slingbox Solo by Sling Media is a place shifting box that sits between a single video device and your television, and lets you stream the output to your computer anywhere around the world. Sling puts the Solo in the middle of its lineup with fewer features and lower price than the Slingbox Pro, and more capabilities and higher price than the Slingbox AV.

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Product Shot 2 While the Pro box can control multiple devices at one time, the Solo is limited to one device and one client, explaining its name. Upgrades from the AV version come in the form of supporting HD content, and pass through outputs to your television.

Features

  • Accepts standard definition, and high-definition video (720p, 1080i)
  • Pass through source to your television
  • Local streaming at 640x480 resolution
  • Internet streaming at 320x240 resolution
  • Inputs: Composite, S-Video, Component

Installation happens on two ends. The Solo device itself gets placed in your home theater setup and connects directly to a video source like a DVD player, TiVo box, or cable set top box. You can also connect the Solo to your television so you can watch your shows like normal when sitting on your couch. The Solo needs to be connected to your local network through its integrated ethernet port, there is no integrated WiFi. On the receiving end you install the Slingbox software on all the devices you want to stream content to.

While the Slingbox line of devices aren't the only game in town when it comes to place shifting, they have developed a loyal following due to the number of supported devices. Th same software is used no matter which Slingbox device you go with. Macs, Windows, Windows Mobile smartphones all have available software to receive Slingbox streams. The desktop software is included with the device itself, but extra software for smartphones needs to be purchased from Slingbox.

The Solo is limited to receiving content from one device, and streaming content to one client. If you want to connect multiple computers and set top boxes you need to buy multiple Solos, or pickup a Slingbox Pro (or one of its competitors). The Solo also monopolizes the source its reading from, that is the local television will be forced to watch whatever the Solo is watching and vice versa.

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Pros
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    Accepts High-Def signals

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    Good streaming quality

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    Lots of input/pass through options

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    Intuitive and easy to use client software

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    Compatible with a large number of devices

Cons
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    No HDMI

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    No integrated WiFi

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    No learning of remote codes

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