The SlingMedia Slingbox is essentially a DVR control device that broadcasts your home cable signal through the Internet for remote viewing. Optimal performance of the remote viewing features across all software platforms requires a TCP connection. A Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection is one where two devices are connected during the entire duration of the information transfer to guarantee delivery, much like a phone call. Users who are unable to establish a TCP connection may use a UDP connection instead. User Datagram Protocol (UDP) relies on the hardware in between to correctly send the information to the correct place.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Install your Slingbox Pro according to the onscreen instructions displayed during installation from the installation disk.
Skip the instructions on setting up a port-forward for your Slingbox. The Slingbox will attempt to create a TCP port-forward and will revert to UDP mode if your network, router or firewall blocks TCP access.
Connect to the SlingMedia Player from your laptop or desktop and use the software as normal.
Tips and warnings
- Use TCP connections and port-forwarding for optimal performance.
- UDP connections are slow and unreliable. Many Sling applications do not work with UDP connections.
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