OK, I bought a refurbished Tablo Dual Lite.
Sharing a few of my experiences so far.
- If you buy a refurbished unit the subscription free trial has already expired.
- To do set up you have to use Chrome or Safari or Edge browser. Firefox doesn’t work.
- Tablo tech support is awesome. Very friendly and very helpful.
I set the unit up at my house to learn how. From there I tested the remote connection which worked perfectly.
However, since I don’t get all the local channels at my house I am going to redeploy the DVR to my son’s house. I still have slingbox as a back up in the meanwhile.
So, then I will start a long term trial and see how long and reliable (robust) the connection is.
Discussing this with Tablo’s tech support he indicated the problem with losing the connections (barring something going wrong with the remote device) was due to the router on the LAN where the Tablo is set up changing IP and port addresses. Lots of variables there but he felt worst case scenario was those could be locked down manually.
I am inferring the UNPNP on some routers, but not all, may change port numbers of its own volition. And routers that require manual configuration (don’t have UNPNP) probably don’t have this problem.
In short, I am optimistic the connection can be made reliable if it isn’t that way to begin with. But we’ll see what happens.
I will let you know as this progresses over the next year (if anybody cares).