Sling Media Complaint - Fails To Disclose A Key Fact
For my B-day, the better half bought me a Sling Box. I'd review it but I haven't got it working yet due to networking issues. The box basically hooks up to your TV receiver or any device and plays it over the internet to any PC or even cell. Should be great.
The Sling Link accessory is a network bridge between your modem and the SlingBox plugged into the TV receiver. It consists of two little boxes that broadcast to each other the signal so you can use this if your receiver isn't next to your internet router, which frankly, how many user's are.
Here's my beef, the box, website and all advertising say (paraphrased), If you have a plug, you have internet. They make it boldly seem that you can plug one of these into your router and no matter where you plug the other one in your house, it will talk to the first. Nowhere, and I mean nowhere, will you find it disclose that the two MUST be on the same circuit breaker. The units use the technology of signaling through a different hertz and using the home electrical wiring as the conduit. So different breaker means no circuit. I"m just trying to get across the bedroom and the room has two different breakers dedicated to each side.
If I moved the link close enough to be on the same plug set, it completely defeats its purpose and usability. So no, any plug will not do. If you have a plug "within ten feet" it should say, then you have internet. I'm taking it back and picking up a special box that receives wireless signals via convention frequencies. BTW, I can't use a network card because even though the Slingbox has a USB port, it is for "later technology" and useless now???.
So, the Slingbox looks a little under developed but may be a great thing once I get the kinks out. Anyone looking at one, don't even bother with the SlingLink without checking out first if it will work for you based on what I found out (through the tech support, which BTW is almost always open and eager to help) I assume they are kept busy once I got into this set up and all the things that have to be done right to get it going.