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Old 04-02-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Dish Sling Box?

I am expecting delivery on a 2016 34RSBS in mid April. I have Dish service at home and I have the Sling box. Will I be able to use this in my RV? What hardware will I need?

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Old 04-02-2016, 08:28 PM   #2
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My understanding of the sling box is that it requires good wifi. A rarity at most campgrounds. If they have it, it's likely being used by most people there and will make for a poor streaming experience.

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Old 04-03-2016, 06:35 AM   #3
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That is my understanding as well... That you need a fast internet connection. Slingbox's website says for standard quality you need 500kbps and for high quality you need 1200kbps at the minimum. I haven't stayed at a campground that offers those speeds. Looks like you can use our 3g/4g hotspot or phone too but it'll you your data plans bandwidth...
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:45 AM   #4
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I gave up on most CG wi-fi and just hot spot the phone with an upgraded data plan.
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:58 PM   #5
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No reliable Wifi at Cg's. Get a tripod mounted dish or one of the auto portable units. The recommended receiver for the RV is a vip211z. Its HD and can become a DVR by adding a portable plug in hard drive.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:29 AM   #6
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I have been using a SlingBox for the last 5 years in our TT. There are a few things you need to do if you want to use the SlingBox alone. 1. You need to pick a site as near to the CG's access point (AP) as possible, 2. You need to put the laptop as close to a window (facing the AP) as possible. The Wi-Fi signals operate on a line of site and trees... other TT's... will affect the signal strength/quality. The quality of the picture will automatically be adjusted by SlingBox to match your Wi-Fi signal strength.

The above is just using a SlingBox without the aid of a Wi-Fi Signal Extender. The Wi-Fi extender will amplify the signals to and from your TT. We have picked up the Wi-Fi signals from a HomeDepot that was 1.5 miles away on a ridge (Colorado Mtns), and we were able to watch the SlingBox.

For more information regarding the Wi-Fi Signal Extenders check the Wi-Fi Signal Extenders social group. I do not recommend using the SlingBox without a signal extender.

For around $100 you can get a Wi-Fi signal extender. For about $15 you can purchase a 2nd hand Wi-Fi router. You plug the Wi-Fi Signal Extender into the Wi-Fi router and you can access it with your tablets, smart phones, PC's, slingbox...

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