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How do I update the firmware on my Slingbox PRO, SOLO, or PRO-HD?

Your older Slingbox model 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.

Background information

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.

  • Go to Slingbox setup, and click Check for Updates.


  • If your Slingbox needs an update, wait while the process completes.

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. You must use to get the latest and greatest software installed on your Slingbox.

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