Slingbox Frequently Asked Questions
General questions about the Slingbox
What is a Slingbox?
A Slingbox is an audio-video (AV) device that you can use to watch your TV programs wherever you are. You can watch your TV programs by connecting to your Slingbox via your desktop or laptop computer, smartphone, tablet, and more. You can even control and program your DVR remotely. This is called placeshifting. The Slingbox connects to your TV's set-top box, your TV, and your home network. After it's all set up, all you need is an Internet connection to watch your TV anywhere ... just like you'd watch it at home ... enjoying the exact same programs: live sports, local channels, your DVR's recorded content … even on-demand programming. For more information, go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/slingbox.
What are the differences between Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500?
With both Slingbox models, you can placeshift your TV anywhere in the world in sparkling 1080p HD resolution. The Slingbox 500 adds built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI connectors, the choice of setup via your TV screen or your computer, and additional features like My Media, Blockbuster On Demand, DishWorld, etc. For a detailed comparison chart go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/compare-slingboxes.
Does Slingbox.com work with both Windows and Mac OS computers? Will it work with my Slingbox?
You can set up your Slingbox and watch TV using Slingbox.com with either Windows or Mac OS computers.
We call this feature Watch on Slingbox.com - it is optimized to work with these Slingbox models:
- Slingbox 500
- Slingbox 350
- Slingbox PRO-HD
- Slingbox SOLO
If you have an earlier Slingbox model (like the original Slingbox Classic, Slingbox TUNER, Slingbox AV or Slingbox PRO), you should be able to set up your Slingbox and use Watch on Slingbox.com (if you're using a Windows PC). But these Slingbox models aren't supported with Slingbox.com and haven't been tested with it.
Instead, we recommend that you use the earlier desktop versions of SlingPlayer (either Windows or Mac OS) to watch your TV with these earlier Slingbox models. Unfortunately, we no longer develop that older software, but we still make it available here on our website for those older Slingbox models. Just use the search bar to find it.
Can I watch with my smart TV?
The SlingPlayer app is currently not supported on any smart TVs. However you can watch your Slingbox on a TV using a connected device, such as a Roku, NETGEAR NeoTV or WD TV Live. The SlingPlayer app is available on these devices - and others! For more information on SlingPlayer for connected devices, please go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/spcd.
Does Slingbox work with Roku?
Yes, the latest versions of SlingPlayer for iPhone and SlingPlayer for Android Phones adds Roku streamer support to extend your complete living room HDTV experience to another TV. For more information on SlingPlayer for Roku, please go to Frequently asked questions about SlingPlayer for Roku
Does Slingbox work with Apple AirPlay?
Yes, the latest versions of SlingPlayer for iPhone and SlingPlayer for iPad make it easy to use AirPlay to extend your complete living room HDTV experience to another TV in your home, or anywhere else for that matter. Simply use the AirPlay feature in SlingPlayer for iPhone and SlingPlayer for iPad, and watch live TV on the big screen. For details on SlingPlayer for AirPlay, here's more information.
Do the new Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500 work with the older SlingPlayer desktop application?
The Slingbox 350 and Slingbox 500 use our new web-based player at http://watch.slingbox.com ... or the entire suite of SlingPlayer apps for phones, tablets, and connected devices.
Does Sling Media offer a universal iOS app?
We have separate, device-optimized apps for iPhone/iPod and iPad.
What are My Media features for the Slingbox 500?
The My Media features, available only with the Slingbox 500, enable you to save and view your smartphone's pictures and videos, as well as other stored picture and video content that you may already have. Just attach a USB drive to your Slingbox 500, and use SlingPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch, or SlingPlayer for Android Phones, to copy your smartphone pictures and videos that you've taken to the USB drive attached to your Slingbox 500. (The USB drive can also have existing content on it.) Once that's done, you can enjoy this stored content via your TV at home ... or you can view it when you're away via Slingbox.com, or SlingPlayer for iPhone.
Using a Slingbox
Can the home viewer watch a different channel than the remote viewer?
The home and remote viewer can only watch different channels if the Slingbox is connected to a secondary set-top box, one that is not being used by the home viewer. If the remote viewer is accessing the same set-top box as the home viewer, they both have to watch the same programming.
How many viewers can use a Slingbox at once?
Only one remote user can access the Slingbox at a time. For more information, click to read this article:
"The Slingbox is designed for one viewer at a time."
Can the virtual remote feature within SlingPlayer control a set-top box and a TV?
The virtual remote can only control the video source configured during setup, and not any other devices. Your TV at home remains off when you access your Slingbox (unless someone at home switches it on!)
Can I access the Slingbox from another country?
Yes – all you need is an Internet connection. You can access the Slingbox via a laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet ... or via connected devices to watch on another TV.
Can the Slingbox control my DVR?
Yes, with its built-in IR emitter, the Slingbox can control all the functions of your set-top box. You can access your program guide, watch recorded shows, even enjoy on-demand features. It's just like sitting in front of your TV at home!
I just bought SlingPlayer for my mobile device (iPhone, Android, iPad, etc.)? Why do I need Slingbox.com?
If you're using SlingPlayer on your mobile device (like a an Android Tablet or an iPad, etc.) you still need to use Slingbox.com on a Windows or Mac OS computer to configure your Slingbox and set up your home router properly. It's a one-time setup process which only takes a few minutes ... but it requires a computer, as a Slingbox can't be fully configured via a mobile version of SlingPlayer. Once that's done, you're good to go! You'd only need Slingbox.com to make setup changes.
What is the impact on my wireless data limit when using the SlingPlayer mobile app?
Check with the Internet provider with whom you have the limited plan (usually either your home Internet provider or your mobile phone carrier). Most providers offer online (or mobile phone-based) tools that you can use to check your data usage on a regular (even daily) basis. These tools can help you monitor usage, and make sure that your data plan is the right one for you based on your needs. For more information, please go to http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-2000398.html.
Does the Slingbox have a power switch?
There is no power switch. For the remote access feature to work, the Slingbox must remain powered on at all times.
Slingbox setup questions
What are the technical specifications and network requirements of the Slingbox?
A detailed list of technical specifications for Slingbox 350 can be found at http://www.slingbox.com/go/slingbox-350-techspecs. A detailed list of specifications for Slingbox 500 can be found at http://www.slingbox.com/go/slingbox-500-techspecs.
Do I need a set-top box for the Slingbox?
You can connect to practically any audio-video (AV) source. You can hook up the Slingbox to thousands of compatible standard-definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) sources, including DVRs, satellite receivers, security cameras, Blu-ray players, DVD players, etc.
How many inputs does the Slingbox have?
The Slingbox 350 has:
- 1 component input/output
- 1 composite input/output
- 1 shared RCA audio input/output
The Slingbox 500 adds an HDMI input/output for added on-screen functionality.
How do I know if the Slingbox is compatible with my device?
The Slingbox is compatible with most A/V devices such as cable or satellite receivers, Blu-ray or DVD players, even VCRs. And SlingPlayer works on most mobile devices such as iOS phones and tablets, Android phones and tablets, Windows Phone, and Kindle Fire tablets. For more information please go to http://support.slingbox.com/get/KB-2000121.html.
How do I watch my TV with a mobile device?
Download the SlingPlayer app to your Android or iOS device, Windows Phone, or Kindle Fire from your device's app store – it is a premium app. For more information on the various mobile players for smartphones and tablets, please go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/spm.
How do you connect the Slingbox to a router in a different room?
There are 3 ways to connect a Slingbox 350 to your router: via Ethernet cable, via a powerline adapter, or via a wireless Ethernet bridge. For more information on these solutions go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/works-with-slingbox. The Slingbox 500 connects wirelessly to your router with the built-in Wi-Fi, or via Ethernet cable or powerline adapter if your router does not support Wi-Fi.
Can I connect a Slingbox via Wi-Fi?
Yes – the Slingbox 500 includes built-in Wi-Fi as well as an Ethernet port. Using the on-screen set-up, you can use the Wi-Fi feature that's built into the Slingbox 500 to connect to a wireless-enabled router in your home network. Slingbox 350 only supports an Ethernet connection. For a list of compatible powerline adapters or wireless Ethernet bridges which work with Slingbox 350, please visit http://www.slingbox.com/go/works-with-slingbox.
How can I watch remotely on a TV set?
You can watch your Slingbox on a TV using a connected device, such as NETGEAR NeoTV or WD TV Live, which come with the SlingPlayer app preloaded. Simply connect the device to your TV set via HDMI, connect it to your home network, and launch the SlingPlayer app from the device menu. For more information on connected devices, please go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/spcd.
What if I can't find the help I need?
If you've tried searching for help using the Search bar above, but can't find what you need, there are other options for you to try:
An active, moderated forum community where users help each other find answers to technical issues.
Our Sling Support Videos
A growing library of Support Videos which offer the latest tech-tips and configuration help.
And if you just want to talk or chat with a real person, we have Sling Support Professionals waiting to help! Just look to the right of any page for contact details.
How can I purchase a Slingbox?
Can I use a US-purchased Slingbox in another country?
A Slingbox purchased in the US includes a US-specific 110V AC adapter, which only works in North America.
Does Sling Media have a bulk discount program?
Please fill out the form at http://www.slingbox.com/get/corporate-sales to enter your request.
Does Sling Media have an upgrade discount?
Yes, we offer an upgrade discount to owners of current or older Slingbox models. Please go to http://www.slingbox.com/go/upgrade for details.
Does Sling Media offer installation service?
We do not offer home installation. The Slingbox 350 (http://support.slingbox.com/get/PDF-3000018.html) and Slingbox 500 (http://support.slingbox.com/get/PDF-3000019.html) models come with a detailed step-by-step quick start and installation guide.
What is the difference between a Slingbox and a Sling-enabled set-top box, like the Hopper with Sling from DISH Network?
The Hopper with Sling set-top box has Slingbox technology built in. It is ready to placeshift your TV wherever you are in the world. The Slingbox 350 or Slingbox 500 offer placeshifting for set-top boxes that do not include Slingbox technology. DISH subscribers who currently use the Hopper Whole Home DVR, ViP 722 or ViP 722k DuoDVR receiver can also ask their DISH representative about the Sling Adapter. For more information on Sling Adapter, go to http://www.mydish.com/dish-anywhere.
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