Has anyone on here got or used a Slingbox Pro?
I aquired one yesterday on sale, and I am shocked by the quality of the video over my own LAN, let alone going mobile on the BlackBerry. My PC connects to the router via WIFI at a steady 300MB/Sec, and the Slingbox is plugged right into the router at 100MB/Sec. Despite all this bandwidth being at it's disposal locally, the Slingbox Player software on the PC streams the video at 1400-1900 Kb/Sec at best. It will spend most of it's time in the 5-700 Kb/Sec range though.
Apparently, it will stream up to 8192 Kb/Sec over LAN according to Sling's website, but neither I nor any users on their forums can get it to even a quarter of this, and I dont understand why. I've done the obvious, and overide it's encoder settings to the max it supports, as per my screenie (Next to it is the LAN speed):
Here's the result of that forced 8MB stream. Yes it looks that blocky, and yes it's hitting the maximum stream buffer (thats the white bars in the bottom right) at 448 Kb/Sec:
I'm open to any suggestions on how to get this thing to increase it's streaming bitrate, otherwise it's going back. Even taking into account the slowest part of my LAN (The 100MB/Sec ethernet port on the slingbox), I fail to believe the best it can do is barely 2MB. I'm posting the request for help here in the hope I get a better answer than what I got on the Slingbox forums. I was told to keep as much RAM free as possible, and to not use WIFI because it creates extra latency and offers very poor thruput. Soooo, 8GB of RAM isn't enough then?
And, even with overheads my WIFI connections actual thruput will (just) about saturate a standard 100MB ethernet connection - No one on the Sling site believed me though...
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