As far as the technological revolution and the age of the internet are considered, newer devices are coming out and are contributing their part to this high-tech growing world. Among such devices, some can work wirelessly while some does require a cable connection for maximum throughput and a higher bandwidth of data.
In this review, we are going to talk about SlingLink Turbo Single Port, where every detailing of such device will be provided so as to make your minds free from any ambiguity related to this device.
Slinglink Turbo Single Port- A Detailed Review
Varying from a range of different devices, one of the most popular devices is known as the SlingLink Turbo Single port. Although this device can be used with a wireless bridge, the company named as Sling Media recommends in using a direct Ethernet Connection for a permanent solution.
Design of Slinglink Turbo Single Port
In terms of design and built quality, the SlingLink Turbo Single Port looks a lot more premium and well finished. The two bridges which come out of the box are identical and measures 6.25” x 3.25” x 0.75”. Talking about their weight, it weighs 4.6 ounces which is pretty light when we compare it with other hardware in the market.
For visualizing the Logo, it is situated on top of each bridge while the front area has the Sling “N” Logo and is accompanied by three labeled indicator lights. These lights have a lot more functionality as they identify power, Ethernet Activity, and Powerline Link.
At the rear end of SlingLink Turbo Single Port is a LAN and an AC power connector. However, there is no inclusion of a power strip on top of the AC connector. If you are the one who is worrying about the surge issues, each SlingLink Turbo has its own power filter to add in the safety metrics.
Metallic Brackets + Rubber Feet
For the wall mounting purpose, each bridge has the availability of metallic brackets. In addition, for preventing this device from various sliding issues, there is a presence of four rubber feet on the bottom of each bridge
Also for those, who don’t want to run a hard wire throughout their homes, the SlingLink Turbo Sling Media can be a great alternative. With the usage of SlingLink turbo, there is no need of fancy installation of wires all around. The majority of the process is done in a wire-free manner.
For usage, the SlingLink Turbo uses the same home wiring for the transmission of an Ethernet Signal between the Router and the Slingbox. For location, this device allows the Slingbox in the desired area and can enable the need to run LAN cable around the home.
With the introduction of HomePlug 1.0 in SlingLink Turbo, it can also be compatible with other power line communications devices which run based on the same standard. As a result, more than one work can be performed in return saving time as well as the cost of other hardware resources.
Highlights Of The Slinglink Turbo
Like any other hardware device, SlingLink Turbo also has a range of highlights which are shown as follows:
- A Single Port
- Four Port Version
However, in this review, we will be looking only at the Single Port Variant and will talk about its pros, cons, installation procedure and much more.
Technology On Which Slinglink Turbo Runs
The SlingLink Turbo Single Port has the massive 85Mbps Intellon Chipset, which is super fast and quite impressive. This technology is a newbie in the power-line setup and is much more robust than the Passport which was created by Intelogis.
In terms of usability, this chipset uses Power Packet Technology, which is super fast, much secure and have a steady signal in many cases.
Caveats To This System
Like any other hardware, the SlingLink Turbo also has some drawbacks which are needed to be shown to customers for reducing the amount of ambiguity and other issues.
This device does require the need of bridges to be connected directly to the wall outlet. As a result, you cannot use an extension cord or a power strip as they will surely degrade the whole signal quality to a great extent.
What’s In The Box?
The SlingLink Turbo Single Port Packaging is a lot more similar to the Slinglink Pro HD. Here is a detailed list of the accessories which you will get out of the box.
- Two SlingLink Turbo Single Port Bridges
- Two sets of AC Power Cables
- One LAN Cable
- Mounting Screws
- Quick Start guide for a better understanding
Pros Of Slinglink Turbo Single Port
Transform any outlet in Network Hub
Want an easy setup which provides effective and the best solutions for video streaming? SlingLink Turbo Single Port can be the perfect option for you.
With the use of SlingLink Turbo Single Port, it can act as an extension cord for your Internet. With great ease, this device will use the already existing home wiring connection for the transmission of the Ethernet signal straight from your router to the desired location where your Slingbox is installed. With this, you can transform any outlet of yours into a network hub and can enjoy the lure benefits of your favorite video streaming and much more.
Seamless Connection, no matter where you are
There have been many times when you must have noticed an interrupted signal which may cause irritation if the problem persists. Also, a wrong Slingbox or SlingCatcher location can prove to be disastrous for a good quality video stream.
Some factors which cause weak wireless signal:
- Stereo Equipment
- Stereo Rack
- Lots of wires.
Hence, with the help of Sling Link Turbo Single Port, the above issues can be absolutely resolved and a better connection can be obtained in the long run.
Best Connection + Signal Quality
With the providence of a direct hardwired connection from Internet straight to your Slingbox, computer, the issues with your network connection can be resolved to a great extent. For enabling the best ever video quality service, SlingStream Video Compression technology is proved to be the most reliable in such cases.
Compact and Discreet
SlingLink Turbo Single Port is a lot more compact and will definitely not consume much of the space. In terms of portability, it can be transferred from one location to another and setting up such device is a lot easier.
Cons of Slinglink Turbo Single Port
Slower Transfer Rates
In terms of transferring loads of data from spot to another, it was examined that SlingLink Turbo Single Port had a slower transfer rate. At such slow rate, signal interruption becomes a major culprit which promotes to slower transfer rates.
HD content doesn’t look that great
SlingLink Turbo Single Port lacks in giving a great HD Content. One of the major drawbacks for which this device fails in giving that HD video quality is the availability of a Single port. With a bunch of mere average specifications, an absence of great HD quality is bound to happen.
Installation Process Of Slinglink Turbo Single Port
Installing the SlingLink Turbo Single Port is no sort of a hectic task and it takes few minutes for setting up the whole connection process.
Steps In Installing Slinglink Turbo Single Port
- At first, plug one Bridge’s AC cord straight into the desired outlet.
- Now, attach the associated LAN cable to the back of the SlingLink Turbo and attach the other side into a Slingbox Model.
- After the above process, repeat the same process by attaching the second SlingLink Turbo straight to the free port present on the router.
- If everything is done to an absolute level of perfection, all the three lights should be lit up.
My Testing Process With Slinglink Turbo Single Port
I bought the all-new SlingLink Turbo Single Port and decided to test it all over. Here is a detailed list of testing steps which I followed and which you as a consumer should also know.
- At first, I hooked up the SlingLink Turbo Single Port to a Slingbox. For setup, it took a rough time of about 5 minutes with the initial Slingbox Software Installation.
- As far as the transmit operation is considered, the Slingbox was able to transmit HVGA, VGA, and QVGA resolutions quite easily using the home network.
- In terms of the outside locality of the confines of the home network, the Sling box with the help of SlingLink Turbo Single Port was able to stream videos at a pretty decent rate of 0.8 to 1.6 Mbps.
- However, at such rate, it is good for a normal resolution image but a higher resolution one will definitely demand a higher transfer rate.
- In terms of the remote streaming, a minimum of 256Kbps uploading capability is essential while for HD quality, a minimum upload speed of 1.5 Mbps is a must in any case.
For those folks who don’t have physical Ethernet Connection, the Slinglink Turbo is the best ever option. With the ability to provide a pretty decent network connection, in any case, SlingLink Turbo Single Port is a worth having device in every home or even at a commercial place.
Of course, the SlingLink bridges needs to be on the same circuit and should be directly connected to an isolated outlet to achieve a truly high-quality signal.
At last, for best quality, Slingbox is the king but since the majority of the people wants to get rid of all those wire tangles across their home, SlingLink Turbo Single Port is a great and an effective alternative.