How do I update the firmware (Slingbox software) on my Slingbox?
Your Slingbox is normally updated automatically when it's on and connected to the Internet. But there are some instances when you may need to manually update it. Here are step-by-step instructions for doing this.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This does not apply to the Slingbox 350 or the Slingbox 500, which update themselves automatically.
There is software on your Slingbox that controls the encoding of the video and how it is streamed to you over the Internet. As our technology and SlingPlayers improve, we often need to update that software. You will see this software referred to in our documentation as Slingbox Software or Firmware.
To manually update your firmware, you need to access your Slingbox from a supported web browser (see the link below for supported browsers) on a computer - you cannot update your Slingbox directly from any of the mobile versions of SlingPlayer.
Also note that it's best to be at home when updating your firmware, just in case you need to physically access your Slingbox.
How to update your Slingbox Software
Visit Slingbox Setup on your computer.
Log in to your Sling Account and connect to your Slingbox.
If your firmware is out of date, you see a button on the right side of the window that says Check for Updates. Click the button.
Wait while the Slingbox gets the update.
When the update process completes, you can try the new version of the player. And start watching your TV anywhere!
A note about older desktop versions of SlingPlayer
You can no longer use an older desktop version of SlingPlayer, like SlingPlayer 2.0 for Windows or SlingPlayer for Mac, to update your firmware to the latest version. These applications are no longer being developed and are not up-to-date.
So, Slingbox.com is your friend! Use it to get the latest and greatest software installed on your Slingbox.
Helpful links to Watch on Slingbox.com and more...
Go here to easily set up or make changes to your Slingbox!
Confused about which browsers or computer platforms are supported by Watch on Slingbox.com and Setup on Slingbox.com? Here's a helpful guide to compatibility.
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