How to Set Up a Slingbox

Introduction

Slingbox connects to your home network (via Wi-Fi or Ethernet) and sits between your cable or satellite services set-top box and your TV. The TV signal comes from your set-top box and your Slingbox slings your TV programs to any of your devices.

Range of devices that Slingbox can stream to - TVs, laptops, phones and tablets

? What Sling model are you using?

  1. Slingbox 500 - SlingTV
  2. Slingbox 350
  3. Slingbox M1 - M2

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Slingbox connects to your home network (via Wi-Fi or Ethernet) and sits between your cable or satellite services set-top box and your TV. The TV signal comes from your set-top box and your Slingbox slings your TV programs to any of your devices.

Range of devices that Slingbox can stream to - TVs, laptops, phones and tablets

What you need before you start:

  • TV
  • Set-top box
  • Internet connection (wired or wireless)

What's in the box.
Singbox 500 and different cables as described below

  • Slingbox 500
  • Composite Video Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Stereo Audio Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Slingbox 500 Remote Control
  • IR Emitter Cable (optional)

Connect Audio-Video Sources

  • Connecting an HD Source
    1. Disconnect the existing HDMI cable from your set-top box and connect it to the HDMI OUT port on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided HDMI cable to connect the HDMI OUT port on your set-top to the HDMI IN port on your Slingbox.
    3. Using the component video cable (green, blue, red) and stereo audio cable (red, white) provided, connect the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPONENT IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
      Graphic illustrating steps above
  • Connecting an HD Source using Component Cable
    1. Disconnect the existing component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables from your set-top box and connect them to the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPONENT IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
      Graphic illustrating steps above
  • Connecting an SD Source (standard definition)
    1. Disconnect the existing composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red, white) cables from your set-top box and connect them to the COMPOSITE OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPOSITE OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPOSITE IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
    3. Use the provided HDMI cable to connect the HDMI OUT port on your Slingbox to an HDMI IN port on your TV.
      Graphic illustrating steps above

Follow these steps to connect your Slingbox 500 to a Power Source:

  1. Connect the AC adapter to the Slingbox POWER jack and plug it into the wall power outlet or surge protector.
  2. The power LED on the front of the Slingbox will light up and the network and logo LEDs will start blinking.

Connect your device to your home network via:

  • Wired connection (Ethernet)
  • Wireless connection (Wi-Fi)

Complete your Slingbox 500 set-up from your TV screen by following these steps:

  1. Turn your TV on and switch to the input that you are using with your Slingbox 500. (HDMI, Component, SD)
  2. Use the Slingbox 500 remote control and follow the on-screen instructions.

    If you don't see the Slingbox Welcome screen, try changing to a different input on your TV.

  3. Select Start.
    Welcome screen

  4. Select how your Slingbox 500 connects to the Internet.
    Internet settings screen

  5. If you select Connect via wireless, the Slingbox 500 will scan for available networks, choose your network and type in your wireless password. Proceed to next step if you chose Connect via Ethernet.
    Wireless password screen

  6. Select Continue.
  7. Your Slingbox 500 will check for updates, select Continue to update.
    Update screen

  8. Select Next after your Slingbox 500 has been updated.
  9. Select your location and type in your ZIP code.
    Slingbox location screen

  10. Select Next.
  11. Choose the TV provider that you are using and select Next.
    TV service screen

  12. Select Next after checking your channel line up.
    Channel lineup screen

  13. Select Next after choosing what kind of video source your Slingbox 500 is connected to.
    Device type screen

  14. Select Works Fine after testing your remote control.
    Test your remote screen

  15. Choose HAVE A SLING ACCOUNT or NEED A SLING ACCOUNT.
    Sling account screen

  16. Select Done.
    All done screen
Ethernet Cable
Ethernet CableAn Ethernet cable can come in many colors and lengths. The end is larger than a phone cable; and has eight small contacts on the bottom, with a clip on the top to make sure it stays locked into the port.
Ethernet Port
Ethernet PortAn Ethernet port will be on the side or back of your device, and sometimes has lights on the left and right, used to show traffic and link conditions. It is larger than a phone jack.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into your router or modem Ethernet port.
    Plug in Ethernet cable to Ethernet port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into your devices Ethernet port.

What you need before you start:

  • TV
  • Set-top box

What's in the box.
Slingbox with different types of cables

  • Slingbox 350
  • Composite Video Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Stereo Audio Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • IR Emitter Cable (optional)

Connect Audio-Video Sources

  • Connecting an HD Source (TV is connected with an HDMI cable already)
    1. Use the provided component video cable (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPONENT IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.

  • Connecting an HD Source using Component Cable
    1. Disconnect the existing component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables from your set-top box and connect them to the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPONENT IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
      Illustration of steps above

  • Connecting an SD Source (standard definition)
    1. Disconnect the existing composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red, white) cables from your set-top box and connect them to the COMPOSITE OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPOSITE OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPOSITE IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
      Illustration of steps above

Follow these steps to connect your Slingbox 350 to a Power Source:

  1. Connect the AC adapter to the Slingbox POWER jack and plug it into the wall power outlet or surge protector.
  2. The power LED on the front of the Slingbox will light up and the network and logo LEDs will start blinking.
Ethernet Cable
Ethernet CableAn Ethernet cable can come in many colors and lengths. The end is larger than a phone cable; and has eight small contacts on the bottom, with a clip on the top to make sure it stays locked into the port.
Ethernet Port
Ethernet PortAn Ethernet port will be on the side or back of your device, and sometimes has lights on the left and right, used to show traffic and link conditions. It is larger than a phone jack.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into your router or modem Ethernet port.
    Plug in Ethernet cable to Ethernet port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into your devices Ethernet port.

Complete your Slingbox 350 set-up from your TV screen by following these steps:

What you need before you start:

  • Computer that is connected to the same network as your Slingbox 350.

Set Up Your Slingbox 350

  1. On your computer, open a browser and go to watch.slingbox.com.
  2. Click Start.
    Welcome screen

  3. Choose your Location and Language.
  4. Create a Sling Account or Log In your Sling Account.
    Sling account login/sign up

  5. Follow the prompts to install the Sling Player Plugin for your browser.
  6. Click Next after going back to watch.slingbox.com.
    Welcome screen

  7. Enter your Location and ZIP code. Then click Next.
    Location screen

  8. Choose the TV provider you are using then click Next.
    TV provider

  9. Click Next after checking your channel lineup.
    Channel lineup, Next button highlighted

  10. Set up your remote by choosing the manufacturer and model of your set-top box.
    Remote setup

  11. Test your 'virtual' remote control on the computer. Click Next to continue.
    Remote test

  12. Setup is now complete. Click WATCH to view your programs.
    Setup complete

What you need before you start:

  • TV
  • Set-top box

What's in the box.
Slingbox and different cables as described below

  • Slingbox M1 - Slingbox M2
  • Power Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Stereo Audio Cable
  • IR Emitter Cable (optional)

Connect the audio cables and component video cables

  • If you're already using component and audio cables to connect TV to your set-top box
    1. Disconnect the existing component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables from your set-top box and connect them to the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your Slingbox.
    2. Use the provided component video (green, blue, red) and stereo audio (red, white) cables to connect the COMPONENT OUT and AUDIO OUT ports on your set-top box to the COMPONENT IN and AUDIO IN ports on your Slingbox.
      Illustration of above steps

Follow these steps to connect your Slingbox M1 - M2 to a Power Source:

  1. Connect the Power Cable to the Slingbox POWER jack and plug it into the wall power outlet or surge protector.
  2. The power LED on the front of the Slingbox will glow steadily.
  3. Wait 2 minutes to allow the box to finish starting up.

    Illustration of power cable connected to device and wall outlet

Connect your Slingbox M1 - M2 to your home network:

  • Wireless connection (Wi-Fi)
  • Wired connection (Ethernet)
Ethernet Cable
Ethernet CableAn Ethernet cable can come in many colors and lengths. The end is larger than a phone cable; and has eight small contacts on the bottom, with a clip on the top to make sure it stays locked into the port.
Ethernet Port
Ethernet PortAn Ethernet port will be on the side or back of your device, and sometimes has lights on the left and right, used to show traffic and link conditions. It is larger than a phone jack.
  1. Acquire an Ethernet cable.
  2. Take one end of the cable and plug it into your router or modem Ethernet port.
    Plug in Ethernet cable to Ethernet port.
  3. Plug the other end of the cable into your devices Ethernet port.

Complete your Slingbox M1 or Slingbox M2 set-up from your TV screen by following these steps:

What you need before you start:

  • A device that is connected to the same network as your Slingbox M1 or Slingbox M2.

Set Up Your Slingbox

  1. On your chosen device, open a browser and go to www.slingbox.com/setup.
  2. Click Slingbox M1/M2.
    Slingbox setup website, Slingbox M1/M2 highlighted

  3. Click on the appropriate app store for the device that you're using. Download and install the free version of Slingplayer.
    Download/install page for Slingbox apps

  4. Create or Log In you Sling Account.
    Slingbox account creation/login page

  5. Click Setup from the Slingbox Directory.
  6. Choose how you Slingbox connects to your home network.
    Setup screen - WiFi or Ethernet

  7. Click Continue.
    Confirmation screen stating that your internet connection will be temporarily unavailable while we get connected

  8. Enter your Network Name and Wi-Fi Password.
    Network information screen

  9. Once connection is successful, click on Check for Update.
    Connection successful screen, check for update button highlighted

    If you're using Slingplayer for iPhone or iPad, follow the on-screen instructions on your device then continue with the next step.

  10. Choose your network from the list and type your network password.
    Network name and password screen

  11. Click Continue.
  12. Enter a name for you Slingbox.
    Let's name your Slingbox screen

  13. Enter your Location and ZIP code.
    Slingbox location

  14. Select your TV service provider then select Continue.
    TV service provider configuration

  15. Select the make and model of your set-top box then select Continue.
    Make and model of your set top box

  16. You should see an on-screen remote then select Continue.
    Remote screen

  17. Test if video is working correctly then select Continue.
  18. Test your on-screen remote then choose Yes, remote works.
    Remote test screen
  19. Click Watch TV to view your programs.
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