Sling Media manufacture and distribute products that allow you to stream your cable television signal onto your computer either locally -- within your home network -- or remotely -- via the Internet -- if you've opened specific ports on your router. Once you have configured the device for viewing, you will be able to change channels, too. Channel changing functionality is obtained through use of remote infra-red senders that work very much like a normal remote. The IR senders are controlled by mouse clicks on the computer through a likeness of the remote on the screen.
Install the Slingbox device by plugging an output source from your cable box into the Slingbox's input -- you can use the included AV cables. Then plug the Slingbox into the power outlet.
Run the cable from the "IR Sender Out" on the Slingbox to the vicinity of the cable box and position the IR emitters so that they hang over the cable box and point at the dark red window -- the receiver. The IR emitter is the clear bulb at the end of the wire -- there are two of these bulbs. Position them equally, remove the adhesive strip and stick them down.
Install the Sling software on your computer by inserting the included CD into the drive bay and following the "Setup Assistant" wizard prompts. The software will ask you questions such as the name of the cable service provider and manufacturer of the box. Finally, you will be given an opportunity to test the IR codes using the virtual on-screen remote generated by the Sling database of cable box manufacturers.
Use the virtual remote to change channels just as you do with the physical remote. Changing channels on the computer with the Sling device will also change the channels at home because it's the same source.
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