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Recommended bandwidths for optimal video quality

If you're experiencing problems such as buffering, choppy video, flickering, or hanging, it could be that you don't have sufficient network bandwidth.

The table below gives the recommended bandwidths for HD, SD, and mobile streaming for each Slingbox model. For more information on how to determine your bandwidth, see the related articles below.



  Slingbox M1 Slingbox 500/350 Slingbox PRO-HD Slingbox SOLO Slingbox 120 Slingbox PRO Slingbox Classic
SlingPlayer Bandwidth

Recommendations
M1/M2 500 or 350 PRO-HD SOLO 120 PRO Legacy

Slingboxes
HD streaming ± 2 Mbps

(or higher)
2 Mbps

(or higher)
1.5 Mbps

(or higher)
 ±  †   ±  † 
SD streaming 600 Kbps

(or higher)
600 Kbps

(or higher)
384 Kbps

(or higher)
384 Kbps

(or higher)
384 Kbps

(or higher)
384 Kbps

(or higher)
384 Kbps

(or higher)
Mobile streaming 250 Kbps

(or higher)
250 Kbps

(or higher)
150 Kbps

(or higher)
150 Kbps

(or higher)
150 Kbps

(or higher)
150 Kbps

(or higher)
150 Kbps

(or higher)
Note that if these minimums don't provide the viewing experience that you want, your setup might require more network bandwidth or computing power.

± These Slingbox models can accept high-definition (HD) connections, but only the Slingbox M1/M2, Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, and Slingbox PRO-HD models can stream in HD.

†  These models do not accept high-definition (HD) connections, and therefore do not stream in HD.

Helpful Videos

Having playback problems? Learn about bandwidth!
A look at how bandwidth and Internet speed at home can the quality of your Slingbox streaming. Watch this if you'd like to get higher quality video!

Checking Your Bandwidth

The Internet viewing experience
Some background about Slingbox Internet Viewing: using your Slingbox to watch your TV anywhere.

SlingPlayer products for mobile devices get poor video quality, either at home or away
The quality of your network connection, whether it's Wi-Fi or a mobile network, makes all the difference in the video quality that you receive. Here are some things to try to improve your video quality.

Slingplayer for Desktop interface tour
A tour of the onscreen features of Slingplayer for Desktop

More Information

Internet Viewing Picture Quality: Some common reasons for poor picture quality
Sometimes when you're watching your TV with your Slingbox, you wish that the picture quality could be better. What to do?

Why am I not getting better video quality when I have good upload and download speeds?
If you have high upload speeds at the Slingbox site, and high download speeds where you are watching, why aren't you getting better video quality? Here are some possible reasons and some suggestions for improving your video quality.

How to optimize streaming performance in SlingPlayer for mobile devices
If you're experiencing performance problems including buffering, choppy video, flickering, and hanging, here's how to optimize streaming with SlingPlayer for mobile devices.

How to improve your home network
To get the best viewing experience from your Slingbox, you need a home network that is reliable and performs well. if you're willing to experiment, here are some suggestions to improve your home network!

Affected Products
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  • Slingplayer for Desktop
  • SlingPlayer - All Mobile Versions
  • Slingbox M1 - M2
  • Slingbox 350
  • Slingbox 500 - SlingTV
  • All Slingbox Models
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