Review (March 2011) - DISH Network
By Kevin Nakano
DISH Network now offers their customers full remote access to their DVR using Sling Media technology. Parent company Echostar acquired Sling Media several years ago with the strategy of integrating the Sling (remote access) technology into the Dish Network line of DVRs. This occurred with the release of the highly regarded ViP® 922, which by the way works extremely well. For customers using the ViP® 722 or 722K, Dish has released the new Dish Sling Adapter, which gives them this remote access feature. Customers can use their computer or mobile device to control and stream content on their DVR from any location that has internet access. This includes watching either prerecorded programs or live TV. Dish is currently offering this adapter for only $99 at their website.
The Dish Sling Adapter measures just under 4-inches by 8-inches and sits just over 1/2-inch high with the rubber feet. The adapter is made from metal and works as a large heatsink, pulling heat away from the electronics in the center of the unit. Installation is easy with the user simply connecting the Sling adapter's USB plug into the DVR. The red LED will illuminate on the Sling adapter and a message will appear on the screen indicating the adapter has been detected. To be able to take advantage of the Sling adapter, the DVR must be attached to a high speed internet connection. The ViP® 722 or 722K HD DuoDVR can stream content while someone else is watching something completely different on the same DVR. That's right, the person remotely accessing the DVR can watch live or pre-recorded high definition content while someone else at home is viewing his or her own program in high definition as well. We even tried to access the same pre-recorded program remotely and out of sync with the home viewer and it performed flawlessly.
The Sling indicator displayed in the upper left corner of the information banner lets the home user know when someone is accessing the DVR remotely. We only have a single HDTV display connected to our ViP® 722. We did not see any problems when establishing a remote connection to the DVR. In fact, it was rather surprising that another user can access the DVR without any performance degradation for the home viewer. DISH has done an excellent job integrating the Sling adapter with the ViP® 722.
DISH Remote Access
Mobile Device Support
- Kevin Nakano
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