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Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30

Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30
alaScore 76

11 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : John Falcone (

Sony LF-V30 LocationFree TV review


In some ways, you've got to feel a little sympathetic for Sony. The company effectively invented the placeshifting concept--the ability to stream TV programming from your living room to another device via the Internet--in 2004, only to see it co-opted...

Streams video sources, including live TV, to any broadband-connected Windows PC or PSP in the world; no host PC or monthly charges required; accepts HD component video signals; built-in wireless networking includes the ability to act as a full-service...

Setup and installation is still too convoluted for most users, especially for wireless networks; support for Mac and Windows Mobile software is handled by third parties (not Sony) that haven't updated the software in a long time; additional software...

Sony's latest LocationFree TV product adds compatibility with HD video sources, but its two big distinguishing factors--built-in wireless networking and PSP compatibility--aren't enough for most users to choose it over the competing Slingbox.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Claude McIver (

Review: Sony LocationFree LF-V30


Like the Slingbox, Sony's LocationFree LF-V30 streams A/V to any computer at home or abroad, because there's plenty of good TV during work hours. Setting...

Three video input types (composite, component, and S-video) insures compatibility to most cable/satellite boxes, DVRs, and DVD players. Wired and wireless connectivity

Downreszing HD to SD is just cruel, even if remote viewing is cool. And unless you’re on a fairly beefy computer, your viewing experience may be replete with stuttering video

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

great product


"i just purchased the lf-v30 but i have owned another one for over 6 months and i love it. i connect wirelessly to my router that is on the ground floor. it works great even at that distance. i'm going to connect the 2nd unit to a wired network without...

in my opinion, better than slingbox


Mar, 2009

Consumer review (

Does a nice job


"This unit does a nice job compressing the video and delivering it through the internet. While not a HD picture by any means it looks good on the laptop. It has a bunch of remotes to chose from when you set it up, so when you use the on screen remote...

Allows you to stream your video DVR etc over the internet

None noticed. Works as advertised

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (

Not Worth The monehy


"Device must be remotely hooked up to either the cable box or one of the devices subsequent to the cable box. It takes your original TV out of use. Whatever you are watching on the computer must also be what is being watched on the TV at home. If...

Good Quality

Does not create extra viewing output

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Very disapointing purchase


"This product terminates too often and always at the worst times, volume too low and cannot control volume from remote. Can only use on one computer at a time, cannot share with family. Bad purchase, not worth the money."


too slow, to quite, shut off to much, only one computer can use it

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Awesome free item


"This product is awesome! All you need a DVR, Cable or Satellite Dish and Sony VIAO. Record your fav's shows and watch them later. Genious!! I can catch up w/ my fav's at work, school or at my buds."

Easy hook up

none so far

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Awesome Thingy


"Took a few minutes (~5 mins) to set up; includes installation from CD-ROM and plugs. Works great! Can't wait to test it out of home and on the road."

Sleek design. Simple Setup. Medium quality streaming

Lacks HIGH quality streaming

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (

Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30


LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station gives you access to mobile content and local television channels where you live. You can even connect your VCR or DVD player to a base station and enjoy a collection of home movies on the road. For added convenience,...

all purppose technology

there is no loss

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (

Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station LF-V30


Third parties (not Sony) Like the Sony PlayStation game console, which an be horizontally or vertically (supplementing the basis of plastic is included). The minimalist facade of the black box has a green LED terms of the state, with a network switch,...

Including live TV, broadband is compatible with the Windows PC or PSP in the world

The installation and the installation is still too complicated for most users

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

Channel surf through your local channels even if you're not local. The LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station grants you access to your personal DVR content and local TV channels from wherever you are. You can even connect your DVD or VCR to the base station and enjoy your home movie collection while on the road. For added convenience, you can easily connect your camcorder and monitor your home from work or while vacationing in another country. With so much versatility at your fingertips, there's always something good on TV, no matter where you are. Internet connection required. Broadband connection recommended. The LocationFree Base Station is a device that connects to your cable or satellite box and streams your TV shows and DVR content over the Internet for you to watch and control anywhere you go. Now you can watch live local news, recorded DVR content or the hometown ballgame wherever you have Internet access, whether you're cooking in the kitchen or enjoying room service in a hotel halfway around the world. The Location Free Base Station is ideal for mobile professionals, displaced students and travelers seeking the comforts of home TV from the road. With a Base Station streaming local programming and news for you to access over the Internet, far away doesn't seem so far away. With a LocationFree Base Station, you can watch and control content on your DVR from virtually anywhere you go. Great for catching up on your recorded programs from the road, this feature is also handy for in-home use. Since a DVR stores its content to a local hard drive, you can normally only watch this programming on the TV that the DVR is connected too. But with a LocationFree Base Station, your DVR is freed from your living room and available for you to access when you want, where you want. You can even remotely setup DVR recordings from your connected device, so you're sure not to miss your favorite programming, even if you're running late.

Combined Device

Type:Digital multimedia broadcaster


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO LocationFree Base Station

Network & Internet Multimedia

Connectivity Protocols:IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi) / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi) / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g
Functionality:Digital audio broadcasting / Digital video broadcasting/Digital video broadcasting / Digital audio broadcasting