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May 20, 2012
On the 5min diconnect issue – I would check your router's DHCP logs and see if lease renewal times tie up with the disconnects. Some WAN connections have a DHCP lease of only a few minutes and if there is an issue with your firewall filtering certain DHCP messages then some connections will drop/break even if the IP does not change.
This was/is a common issue with a lot of routers (including DD-WRT). Its only noticeable on TCP connections which are actively transferring data during the momentary DHCP renewal – so ssh/telnet sessions might continue unaffected but ftp downloads or TCP slingplayer sessions would be affected (either stall or break).
June 6, 2012
I'm not exactly sure how to check my routers DHCP log but i think you are correct! it's an older router and the connection is called: tcpWAN (I see from my slingbox info screen)
would you have any recommendations on an affordable router i should buy to get rid of the 5min disconnect issue?
Thanks for the help!!!
I like the NETGEAR WNR3500L router as an inexpensive one that as a lot of options. You can even add aftermarket firmware to it if you need some fancy settings.
If you want one that is extremely fast with a bunch of options then the Netgear WNDR4000 is probably one of the best.
I have to admit though I am kinda a netgear fan and do moderate on one of their websites for open source routers.
June 12, 2012
June 6, 2012
i bought the netgear n600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router. hooked it up. for one it is streaming at a lower kbps than my older linksys wireless-G broadband router model#WRT54G2 V1 ,much lower. its not good. i'm not too worried about that as its most likely something going wrong where the slingbox is i think…BUT then after 5 minutes it still disconnects! is there a setting somewhere that i am missing? in the firewall filtering? how do i check the DHCP log? anything else i can try?
back to the crazy pills..
May 20, 2012
You could try disabling the TCP port forwarding on your router for port 5001, and leave the UDP forwarding. This should allow the Slingbox to fall back on UDP mode when it fails to connect using TCP. In theory anyway – Ive never tried this.
BTW My refurb WDTV Live arrived today – works pretty good. I bought it because it was small and cheap and I might be able to use the Slingplayer in a hotel room on vacation using the AV connection. I didnt realize that it doesnt have a built-in browser so there would be no way of directly connecting to the hotel's wireless network which usually requires a web browser to connect. Luckily I have a portable access point (TrendNet TEW-654TR) that can also act as a wireless bridge but I was hoping it would just work.
June 6, 2012
i called WDTV finally and after escalating to the top tech support people they told me WDTV Live is so new to Slingplayer that they haven't worked out all the kinks and don't have a solution at this time saying I should just return the product. at least they are honest! i have to give them that and will for sure check back at a later point but looks like i'm going with the boxee box as this thing is not ready for big time. Thanks for all the help though!
I'm getting very good performance with Slingcatcher although would like to know if I can get even better image with Boxee or WD TV.
I have a PRO HD in lisbon with a upload link of 4MB. I'm connecting through Component out and HD Fury 3 to convert HDMI to component from my cable box to slingbox pro hd
In Madrid I have 50Mb download and using a slingcatcher to watch it. Very good image and solid with 4MB constantly
- With the Hd fury 3 I don't get a full HD (colours more darker), is this normal?
-Can I get a better image with any of the connected devices regarding the slingcatcher?
I have a Slingbox Pro HD which I recently hooked up to WD TV Live. In general I think the combination is great. However, I the WD TV is not recognizing my DVR (not highlighted on the WD control screen). I use my DVR as a tuner, rather than the built in Slingbox tuner. I can change channels and navigate the program guide using WD TV, however I can't figure out how to access any of the other menus of my DVR. As a result, I can't program my DVR remotely or choose the videos I want to play. On the web based Slingplayer this is simple using the on-screen remote control. Can anyone help me?
You could try running the remote setup again on the web based player just to make sure you have to correct one selected. They do change them occasionally. If no help maybe try a remote close to the same name as what you are using now for your DVR.
May 3, 2010