How to Use Slingbox With the Media Center

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How to Use Slingbox With the Media Center
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The Slingbox is a device that allows you to take content that is stored on your computer's hard drive and watch it on your television set. The Slingbox connects to your TV and communicates with your computer over your wireless network. Typically, you use the Slingbox software that comes with the device to establish this communication. You can also use Microsoft's own Windows Media Center for the same purpose.

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  1. 1

    Turn on your Slingbox and your television set. In your Slingbox's main menu, select the "Windows Media Center" option. An eight-digit "Setup Key" will display on your TV screen. Write down or memorise this set-up key.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and "All Programs."

  3. 3

    Click the icon for "Windows Media Center." From the program's menu, select "Tasks" and then "Add Extender." Click "Next." You will be prompted to enter a set-up key from your Slingbox into Windows Media Center.

  4. 4

    Type your set-up key into the Windows Media Center prompt. Click "Next."

  5. 5

    Click "Finish." Your Slingbox is now set up to communicate with Windows Media Center over your home network.

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