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What to do if your router is not near your Slingbox

Is your Slingbox in a different room from your home network's router? A powerline adapter, or a wireless ethernet bridge, may be the solution that you're looking for.

Powerline adapters and wireless ethernet bridges are devices that you can use to connect your Slingbox to your home network's router ... without having to run wires or drill holes.

What's a powerline adapter?

A powerline adapter uses your home's AC wiring as a big "network" to transmit data ... without affecting your electrical service in any way. They're simple, easy to use, and work well.

Sling Media recommended powerline adapters

Sling Media no longer sells the SlingLink powerline adapter, but has tested several third-party models with our products:


  • Netgear AV 200 Ultra Adapter Kit (XAVB2001)
  • Netgear Universal Internet Adapter for Home Entertainment (XAVB1004)

The right powerline adapter for you depends on your components and configuration, but the main things to look for are:


  • Data Rate: Sling Media recommends at least 200 Mbps.
  • Ports: Make sure you get a powerline adapter model with enough ethernet ports for your needs.

What's a wireless ethernet bridge?

A wireless ethernet bridge uses Wi-Fi to make the connection between your Slingbox and your home network's router. They're sold singly, or in pairs. They're sometimes called Wireless home theater networking kits or Universal Wi-Fi adapters.


  • If you already have Wi-Fi in your house, a single Wi-Fi bridge unit can connect your Slingbox to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  • If you don't have Wi-Fi, a pair of wireless bridges can work together to create a Wi-Fi network that sends/receives data between your Slingbox and your home network's router.

Sling Media recommended wireless ethernet bridges

Sling Media has tested this model with our products:


  • 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004)

For more information ...

You can learn more about how powerline adapters and wireless ethernet bridges work with our support articles and videos ... or by visiting the product web sites. Click the links below to check them out!

Need help? Take a look at these videos and articles

Sling Support Videos - Tips, Tricks & Help!
All the latest tips and tricks from your friends at Sling Media Support!

Using "bridges" when your Slingbox and your router are in different rooms
You can use a Homeplug adapter or a wireless bridge to span the gap between your Slingbox and your router.

Affected Products
  • SlingLink
  • SlingLink TURBO 1-Port
  • SlingLink TURBO 4-Port
  • All Slingbox Models
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