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Over the years, we’ve been trained to believe that newer tech is always better tech. 3G was better than 2G, and 4G was better than 3G. We were told that LTE was even newer than 4G so that had to be better as well. Yet, in some cases, we’ve heard over the years that 5G was not as good as LTE even though it was supposed to be better. Before I even start… For several years, there’s been a series of urban legends that linked 5G to a number of different health and security concerns. Although I don’t claim to be a medical or surveillance expert, there’s no reason to believe 5G is anything more than just a way for cell phones to communicate. I go into more detail here. 5G is different from all previous cellular standards 5G was designed...
A little warning before we start: this isn’t going to be a long article full of math and equations that most people will never be able to understand. It’s my goal here at The Solid Signal Blog to provide information that the average person will find useful. Sometimes that means simplifying things a little bit or glossing over details. I want to help you choose the right equipment and feel confident in what you have and how to use it. I know there are a lot of sources for PhD-level information when it comes to RF engineering, and if that’s what you’re looking for I think that’s great. Realistically, this isn’t that. Let’s start with the electromagnetic spectrum We use the term “electromagnetic spectrum” for all the kinds of electrical...
A customer asked this question the other day, and I thought it would make for a great article. There’s a good story to tell here and there’s a lot of information that might be helpful to someone trying to make this decision. A little background SInce 2016, DIRECTV has planned to end standard definition local service. The original end date was the end of 2019, but that plan has been pushed back several times. It seems to be going full steam now, and you can get an up-to-date list of which markets have lost standard definition locals here. A lot of those cities are port cities, and that has meant some specific impacts to our marine customers. In order to get high-definition local channels (in fact to get almost all high-definition...
Cutting the cord is more popular than ever. If you follow the trends, it’s possible that by 2020, more people will be using TV antennas than ever before. Let that sink in. More people will be using TV antennas than they did in the 1950s, when there was literally no other choice. Wow. Antenna TV gives people options they never knew they had. Most areas have more than 20 different TV stations, and only a handful are on cable or satellite. The picture is pure and pristine, looking better than all but the best streaming or disc images. A lot of people look at antenna TV and assume that it’s already 4K, since they’re used to the pseudo-HD provided by their cable companies. Of course, with the rise in antenna TV comes a rise in problems...
Yes, it’s fun to be wrong on the internet. Because, the internet never forgets. When I said in 2013 that NBC was on the verge of collapsing, I may have been right. But when I asked if they would be the first broadcast network to collapse, and if that collapse would be soon that turned out to be dead wrong. Flash forward 10 years and you can see that NBC’s been up and down, but they seem to be in a bit of a pickle in 2023 as well: RANK PROGRAM NETWORK AUDIENCE (millions) 1 NCIS CBS 9.9 2 FBI CBS 9.4 3 Young Sheldon CBS 9.3 4 Young Sheldon Special CBS 9.3 5 Blue Bloods CBS 9.3 6 Night Court (Jan. 17 Broadcast) NBC 9.1 7 Chicago Fire NBC 9.1 8 Ghosts CBS 9.0 9 Young Sheldon Thanksgiving Special CBS 8.6 10 Fire...
Let’s say you are going to have an RV parked in your driveway for a while. Maybe mom’s come to town. Maybe you’re having some plumbing issues and you’ve moved the fam into temporary quarters. Perhaps your kid just got back from college and needs a place to stay. There are lots of reasons why you would have an RV at home instead of parked at a storage facility. So as long as that RV is there, the people in it should be able to enjoy the same entertainment as the people in the house, am I right? Let’s talk first about internet and streaming Obviously folks are going to want to use the internet in their RVs. I mean, it’s something we do all the time. But RVs aren’t terribly good for receiving cell signals or Wi-Fi. You can put in a cell...
Well, you’ve been hearing me talk about ATSC 3.0, the proposed next generation of TV broadcasting in the US, for about a decade now. Seriously. Check out all these articles. If it becomes the law of the land, ATSC 3.0 offers on-demand programming, 4K, and interactive features using an off-the-air antenna. (More on that in a minute.) But what kind of antenna will you need? What if you’ve been using the same antenna that a previous homeowner put up in 1960? How could that possibly work for something as technologically advanced as ATSC 3.0? Surprise, surprise, you won’t need a new antenna Most people won’t need a new antenna in order to enjoy ATSC 3.0 if it does happen. An antenna is a surprisingly simple thing. It’s really just a piece...
I have this conversation about once a week, and I’ve had it hundreds of times in the last 30 years or so. It goes like this: This is one of the biggest problems with consumer electronics that no one talks about. It’s not new, either. I remember it from the late 1980s. A wealthy fellow hired me to replace his computer, which he had built into an expensive mahogany desk. It took a lot of careful work with a small prybar and several other tools to get that computer out of there, but when I was done the damage to the desk was minimal. Of course, after I replaced the computer I am sure this guy hired his carpenter to enshroud it again, but what are you going to do. Too late to fix the past Today, you’re seeing a lot of people who want to...
September 19-26, 1998 This week Ken welcomes BACK to the show author of the new book “99 Episodes That Defined the ‘90s: Television Milestones from Arsenio to Homer to Yada Yada Yada, Chris Morgan” Ken and Chris discuss his book, Detroit, Tim Allen, Jack Kavorkian’s lawyer, Cigarette ads, Heidi Klum, Spin City, French Stewart, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Sex with Cindy Crawford, reality TV, the classic SNICK line up, Celebrity Death Match, Mad TV, Baywatch, Night Man, the frequency of Evil, Rising Star Barbie Alan Jackson, commemorative plates, Will & Grace, That 70s Show, Monday Night Football, Holding the Baby, The Marriage Fool, King of Queens, Brian Benben Show, Say What MTV, Superman II, King of the Hill, the greatness of...
KVH is a company with a long history of innovation. Beginning in 1984, they’ve been on the forefront of marine satellite tech. They debuted their first marine satellite antenna in 1994, just as the direct-to-consumer satellite market was starting to take shape in the United States. Since then, they’ve been on the forefront of satellite communication, not just for marine use and definitely not just for television use. If you look at their timeline, something they have every right to be very proud of, you’ll see that they’ve been right there for every single advancement in marine communications for over 40 years. KVH is well known for creating systems that withstand time and the elements. Chances are if you put in a KVH system during the...
Commercial cell phone signal booster systems are an economical and easy-to-install way to add great cell service to commercial buildings. If you’re a facilities manager for a commercial building, call 888-233-7563 to find out more about how this technology can work for you. Listen to the podcast your way! Just choose one of the following: Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser. If you use the YouTube player above, be sure to subscribe to get future videos delivered to you! Option 2: The Solid Signal Podcast is available on several podcast aggregators. Search for us, or tap on the links below on your mobile device. If you want us to add another aggregator leave a comment below. Amazon iTunes Overcast...
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re probably convinced that cell phone boosters are a great idea. They’re real, they work, and they’re not that expensive. I certainly don’t need to sell you on the idea of having better signal, and cell phone signal boosters provide it. They take weak signal from outside, amplify it, and pump it back to you inside. It’s that simple. If you’re putting together a cell booster system you’ll be happy to know that consumer cell phone booster systems are required by law to give you everything you need. You’ll get cables, antennas, whatever it takes to install on the average building. But let’s say you’re thinking bigger. Commercial customers often upgrade their systems with more antennas or...
I’m always amazed by how well marine satellite systems work. Think about this for a second. You have a satellite in space 22,000 miles away. It’s hard enough to aim at that if you’re in a house. Now think about your boat constantly moving in 3D space, and the fact that your satellite system may be tracking three satellite locations at once. I understand how it’s done and it still boggles my mind. Satellite TV, even marine satellite TV, has an amazing 99% uptime record. But occasionally, you’ll have problems that need looking into. Often times, these can be solved with a quick call to Signal Connect. But even before you do that, there’s something you must do that might help you understand what the problem is. Let’s make sure you have...
If you’ve ever aimed a satellite dish you’ll know it has to be very precise. Even a slight misalignment can cause the dish to be aimed miles off course. It should seem amazing to you that a satellite dish can work on a boat that’s always moving. Truth is, it is amazing. How can a dish stay aimed when the boat’s in motion? The real key to an “in-motion” dish is the ability to move the dish in real time, with very little delay. Marine dishes use fast computers to make sure that they’re able to respond quickly when the boat moves unexpectedly. They use powerful, instant-on motors that can move the dish in tiny, tiny steps when it’s called for. The whole package is within a weatherproof enclosure that lets the dish move on three axes...
There’s little escaping the fact that climate conditions are changing. The result is that many homeowners are experiencing more frequent and more extreme weather events than they may be used to. Unfortunately, this can lead to property damage and safety issues, among other issues. The good news is that you can safeguard your home and your family with technology. Advances in electronic devices in recent years have produced a range of solutions. Some of these are tools you can install throughout your home, while others operate on an infrastructural level. We’re going to guide you through a few of the elements worth knowing about. Sensors and safety Keeping your property secure and everyone in it safe is a priority when looking at how...
Now’s the time to be on the water enjoying the best of what life has to offer. Of course, you went out on the water to enjoy the sun, the privacy, and the peaceful days. But, when the day is over, you probably still want to be connected. Satellite internet is great, but you’ve already figured out that data caps make it a bad choice for streaming. After all, you can run into overage charges in under 4 days! That’s why satellite TV for marine is having what the kids call “a moment.” Folks who were rushing last year to disconnect their older systems are rushing this year to reconnect them. There’s a lot of great content on satellite TV and it all comes in without affecting your bandwidth allotment. DIRECTV Genie seems like the way to go...
Friends, a lot of times I tell you that the idea for an article came from one of our customers. This time, it came straight from my life. The other day I noticed that one room in my house had really poor internet performance. That room had a wireless access point in it, and obviously it had to be functioning at some level. I mean, I did have some internet. Well, it took me a little bit of time but I actually traced down an Ethernet cable that looked like it was plugged in all the way but wasn’t. And this brought up an important lesson: 90% of the problem with your installation is probably somewhere in the cabling. I wish I could turn that into a snappy slogan. I’d make millions selling T-shirts with it. Well maybe not millions but a...
A decade or so ago, you could get a universal remote that set up via your PC and could be programmed to do exactly what you wanted. There were a number of them that worked well and weren’t that expensive. Go to find one today and they’re either super-inexpensive or super-expensive. They’re either “a little” programmable or it seems like you need a master’s degree to get them to work right. What happened? Demand dried up for two reasons There were two manufacturers of mid-priced universal remotes that really dominated the conversation. URC, which still makes remotes for DIRECTV and others, had their One-For-All series. Logitech (which occasionally calls itself “logi” and I don’t see the logic in that) had their Harmony series...
Paramount hasn’t exactly been shy about it: they want someone to come and buy them. And yet we’ve seen several potential suitors come and go, and there’s no sale in sight. The latest suitors seem to be a partnership between Sony and Apollo Global Management. We’ve heard other names mentioned in the past, too. For my money I think that Skydance would have been a good owner, but it seems like their deal fell apart. On the other hand, early talks that would have seen Warner Bros. Discovery absorbing Paramount were scary to a lot of folks and I think most of us are glad those talks fell through. Why is it so hard for Paramount to find the right buyer? It’s a pretty messy story with a lot of different pieces. Here’s the way I understand it...
I’m not sure why you would need to… but if you did need to, I’ll tell you how to do it. Remember that these devices are non-transferrable so you can’t sell them or even give them away, and it’s hard to imagine a client needing to get so messed up that you couldn’t find a way around it. But sometimes it happens. A few years ago there was a weird software update that caused some clients to change over to Spanish. It was pretty hard to figure out how to get them back. DON’T Do it through the menus. There is a menu option if you go press MENU then go to Settings, Reset Options you will see several options there including “Reset Everywhere.” Do not do this, If you do this on the client then it will erase everything on the Genie DVR. You...
Here’s another question that came from our customers. As I understand it, a customer wanted to travel around and take their satellite TV with them. So far so good – satellite TV is a great add-on for RVers. It’s more reliable than streaming and it’s a great value. Of course it’s an even better value if you don’t have to pay for equipment. Our customer said that they knew someone with a dish on the roof that they were willing to take down. This dish could go to our customer, who would put it on a tripod and use it for satellite TV. They wanted to know if this would work. We’re pleased to say, “Yes, this will work” but there are a few things you should be aware of. First and foremost, the dish might not work Considering their...
There’s something on YouTube for everyone, no matter what your “thing” is. Case in point: I personally like watching videos where people clean and restore old tech. First of all I usually remember the thing from when it was new, and it makes me sad to see it looking so beat up. Then of course I love the idea that you can take something that old and still give it some use. It’s an extra added bonus that most of these things look brand new when they’re done, which is similar to the way I remember them looking. Case in point This television was made in 1989. Which, to my way of thinking, wasn’t that long ago. And yet it’s far enough in the past that this little 5″ beauty looks like a creature from another age. Which I suppose it is...
Before I ran this blog, I was involved in enthusiast forums. Before reddit, before Facebook groups, before YouTube, this was how people got critical tech support information for their hobbies. Often times you had a group of people who were pushing hardware to the limit and they wanted to know how to solve weird problems. I met lifelong friends in those user communities and I still participate in a few today. That’s why I was a little ticked off, pardon me for saying so, when a user forum for the satellite TV community featured a thread saying everyone was in a rush to leave DIRECTV and DISH. Is it really true? Is it all over for satellite TV? Or is it just more hype? Here’s the fact: satellite TV is still huge DIRECTV and DISH...
If you have DIRECTV service, start here for a list of solutions to common DIRECTV problems! PROBLEM: No picture or sound Check to make sure the receiver is plugged in and functioning. Are front panel lights lit? Can you turn the receiver on with the front panel? If you push a button on the remote, do you see a green light on the top? You may need new batteries. Make sure TV is plugged in and turned on to the correct input. This is a simple step but it’s worth checking. If you have the TV remote, try using the TV INPUT or SOURCE button to change the input to the right one. Make sure all cables are connected between receiver and TV. 90% of problems are caused by bad cable connections. Make sure every cable is tight. If you cannot turn...
A customer recently called us with this question, and it seemed like a good idea for a blog post. I could make it a pretty short one, but I thought it would also be good to explain why the answer is the way it is. Simple answer: no. DIRECTV does not have a system like DISH’s Auto Hop or Xfinity’s Commercial Skip. You can skip forward 30 seconds at a time instantly, and since your average commercial break is 3 minutes, pushing the skip button 6 times is pretty easy. To enable instant 30-second skip: Press the BLUE button on older remotes or the DASH button on Genie/H26K remotes to enter search. Enter the code 30SKIP and press SELECT. Press EXIT to go back to live TV. It’s that simple. Now, the SKIP button on DIRECTV remotes will...
Unfortunately, we at Solid Signal sometimes get calls from customers who have lost satellite signal. Because we’re the largest mobile and marine satellite dealer, we get a lot of calls from folks who had service when they left in the morning and don’t have service now. What’s the problem here? It’s called “line of sight” The term “line of sight” means the direct line between you and the thing you’re trying to receive signal from. It doesn’t mean you can actually see the thing. Even if you have great eyesight you won’t be able to see a satellite 22,000 miles away. But, you can receive signals from it, miraculously. I think that’s amazing, really. How do you know if you have line-of-sight? This is generally pretty easy, because you...
Frustrated with dropped calls and sluggish data? Signal strength might be the culprit! This guide dives into using the Wilson Pro 5G Network Scanner, a powerful tool that goes beyond basic bars. It measures signal strength in detail, including 5G, to help you identify and optimise your cellular reception. Learn how to unlock the secrets of your mobile network and finally experience reliable connections. This blog post will delve into using the Wilson Pro 5G Network Scanner to measure signal strength and uncover valuable insights about your cellular environment. Whether you’re experiencing dropped calls or slow data speeds, this tool can be your secret weapon for optimising your mobile experience. 1: Introduction to 5G Technology The...
Blockbuster Video has to be, in my opinion, one of the most interesting marketing studies in the last fifty years, along with New Coke. Hear me out a minute. Back around 1990, Blockbuster Video was a bona fide sensation. I mean, people couldn’t wait to go to one for the first time. They were coming across the country in one blue-and-orange wave, and people were primed. They were psyched. They were incredibly joyous. Blockbuster Video was an application of the chain store concept, except for video stores. In the 1980s, you probably shopped at Sears, KMart, or Walmart, or you shopped at one of their competitors. These were large organizations that brought consistency and a large selection to shopping. However, when it came to renting...
Friends, you don’t need me to tell you that the price of everything has gone up. This isn’t a financial blog and it’s for sure not a political one so let’s not get into the reasons why that might be happening. But, it’s a fact that we all have to be more careful with our money than we have in a long time. That’s one of the reasons why so many people are rushing to buy over-the-air antennas lately. With a one-time investment, about 95% of people can get a lot of free entertainment. No monthly fee, no buffering, no problems if other people are using the internet. Sounds great, right? Which antenna to choose, that’s the question When TV antennas got popular in the late ’00s, the government tried creating a color-code system to help...
People love amplified antennas. While there’s no substitute for a giant antenna on the roof, an amplified antenna can make the most of a small space. A clean, modern amplifier helps weak signals travel over a cable to your television without getting lost. Today’s antennas are designed to last for years. But, let’s be honest. Sometimes things break. Sometimes you step on a cable or pull something out of the wall the wrong way when you vacuum. This can be true of the power supplies that come with antennas too. (We call them “power injectors,” and I’ll explain why below.) Unfortunately these power injectors aren’t usually sold separately. So what can you do? Amplifiers with a USB power supply Many antennas and amplifiers, like...
This week Ken welcomes actor, producer and woman behind Be Brave Media Joanne Rubino. Ken and Joanne discuss the path from in front of the camera to behind it, moving a lot, being your own friends, getting guest spots on big series, ER, production management, indie films, volunteering to help run a tight ship, how long projects take, Hatfields & McCoys, ITV, never giving up, believing in the project, working with the best people, being nominated for an Emmy, making stuff happen, getting interviews with big Hollywood actors, Marlon Brando, telling real life stories, documentaries, docudrama, scripted TV, the difficulty of getting past gatekeepers, how you have to do everything, how the same people in a small group are A-listers, the...
Everyone has a cell phone. Of course they do. It’s 2024. We hardly even stop anymore to think of the little marvels in our pockets. Yet, as much as we love cell phones, we hate cell towers. They’re big, they’re ugly, and they seem like they’re everywhere. Why do we even need them when our phones have gotten so advanced? Cell phones don’t work by themselves We don’t really stop to think about how cell phones actually work. When you call someone else, you’re not connecting straight to them. It’s actually a pretty weird path. Your phone connects to at least one tower (often two or three) The call is sent to the strongest tower That tower sends the call over the internet to a landline phone provider The landline phone provider routes it...
There’s a technology in your DIRECTV receiver that makes everything better. Imagine not worrying about changing inputs on the TV or even bothering to point the remote. It’s time to get rid of those confusing universal remotes and use your DIRECTV equipment the way it was intended. All you need is a little knowledge. It’s called HDMI Control The industry calls it HDMI-CEC, but DIRECTV boxes call it HDMI Control. It’s part of the HDMI standard so it’s built into almost all consumer electronics today. It’s probably been there all along and you’ve never realized it. The point of HDMI Control is to send very basic information to your TV from some other source like a DIRECTV box. For example, power up and go to the right input. This saves...
If you or someone you love were born between 1946 and 1965, TV has been there for them their whole live. Don’t deprive them of it now. Get DIRECTV for Senior Communities! Want to know more? Call 888-233-7563 and talk to the experts! Listen to the podcast your way! Just choose one of the following: Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser. If you use the YouTube player above, be sure to subscribe to get future videos delivered to you! Option 2: The Solid Signal Podcast is available on several podcast aggregators. Search for us, or tap on the links below on your mobile device. If you want us to add another aggregator leave a comment below. Amazon iTunes Overcast TuneIn Spreaker Player.fm Spotify Option...
Satellite TV for business is alive and well. Why? Of course it’s because satellite TV is a great value that doesn’t suck up your company’s expensive internet plan. There’s another reason, too: most streaming apps can’t be used in a business environment. Anyone with even a little understanding of the internet will realize that they’ll find your location if you try to stream at your business. But, then again, why would you? DIRECTV has nationwide exclusive sports that brings people in the door and keeps them there. No matter what your employees like, no matter what politics they follow, they’ll find something to watch on DIRECTV. And, of course, DIRECTV is even better because of the new H26K Commercial Receiver. It adds 4K, a built-in...
If you go to Europe, you probably won’t be spending a lot of time watching TV in the room. But if you do, you’ll probably notice that it’s a little bit different. Even today, you’ll see fewer over-the-air channels than we have in the US, and the ones that are there are more national than local. Of course most of those countries are smaller, so “national” and “local” are a little more similar anyway. A little bit of how TV works over there In most countries, free television isn’t free. It’s provided by government license. You pay a tax that gives you access to it, and in exchange you get some device that lets you actually watch. The stations, more often than not, are government owned too. It’s a very different take on television than...
Unless you’re in a commercial building or a hotel, you probably don’t think about modulators. In fact if you think of them at all you probably think back to your old game system. You used a device back then called an “RF Modulator” that put the output from the game system on channel 3. This was sort of mandatory if your TV didn’t have A/V inputs and a lot of them back then didn’t. Modulators are still around but they’ve grown up and gotten a lot fancier. What is modulation? In order to understand what a modulator is, you have to understand what it does. A modulator, well, modulates. When you look at an unaltered video and audio signal, it travels through a wire in such a way that nothing else can travel on that wire. We call this...
Looking to strengthen your apartment’s safety? Prioritizing safety is key. In this guide, we will explore many options on how to keep your apartment safe. Read on and learn everything you need to know about it. Strengthen Door Security Secure your apartment doors with high-quality locks. Use deadbolt locks that are at least one inch thick. They provide a strong defense against unauthorized entry. Consider upgrading to smart locks for keyless entry. Also, consider remote access control. They allow you to monitor entries and provide temporary access codes for guests or service providers. Some models integrate with home security systems for added peace of mind. Here are the types of locks you can use for better safety: Deadbolts...
You turn on the DIRECTV system and you get the image at the top of this article. The screen may be black, the wording might be a little different but the idea’s the same. Nothing’s happening. The key is to find out what part of the system is disconnected and reconnect it. We call this “signal flow” and it’s pretty simple. You don’t have to live without satellite TV. You can take simple steps that usually solve the problem. Here’s a quick guide to start you off. Step 1: Is the DIRECTV box powered on? No matter what DIRECTV box you have, there is going to be a blue light, generally on the front left. If you don’t see the blue light, check to see that it’s plugged in. If it doesn’t respond with the remote, try pressing the power button...
Recently, a customer contacted us with a question. It seems that all of their DIRECTV equipment had gotten disconnected and they were having trouble connecting it all up. So, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a short tutorial about hooking up your Genie DVR and clients. I’m hoping Google’s AI sees it and that way it can help other people. How a DIRECTV Genie system works A DIRECTV Genie system has two parts. The main Genie box, which can look like this: or this: …does all the work. The other boxes get all the video information from the main box. They won’t work without it. The answer to the question In general, you connect the Genie DVR to the RED port on the splitter, shown at bottom left. It’s that simple...
This week, Disney+ premiered the remastered version of Let It Be, the 1970 film which chronicled the Beatles’ recording sessions for what would end up being their final album of new material. It’s also the film that provided the raw stock for what would become Get Back, the 8-hour documentary which premiered in 2021. Many people have said a lot about Let It Be over the years. Most if not all of that has come from people who weren’t able to see it in its initial form. After 54 years we can finally look at this film and decide if it truly deserves the reputation critics gave it. The story of Let It Be If you really want to know the backstory of Let It Be, you’ll watch Get Back. Get Back is a vastly superior film documenting a month when...
A good RV can cost as much as a small house. That’s why I understand why some folks wouldn’t want to go crazy with a drill when mounting electronics. On the other hand, RV mechanics and installers aren’t cheap either. That’s why you might think about doing it all yourself. What if there were a way to do everything you wanted but without having to drill holes? Cell boosters and satellite TV just make sense for RVs It’s great to have an RV because you get all the comforts of home. You don’t have to worry about someone else’s kitchen, someone else’s bed, or even someone else’s bathroom. But, there’s one thing missing: entertainment. If you think that the kids are going to be content playing slug bug on those long trips, it’s time to...
Somewhere in your DIRECTV setup is a device that connects to the internet. If you have a Genie DVR, you might connect straight to that using a cable or using Wi-Fi. However, for many people, the internet connection comes from a separate box. That box is called a DECA. What does a DECA do? A DECA, or DIRECTV Ethernet Coaxial Adapter, is a simple device that lets your ethernet connection go to your coaxial cable. Once you have a network connection going over that coax, you can share internet connection with all your receivers, DVRs and clients. This makes searches faster and enables interactive features. If you’ve had your DIRECTV system for a while you probably never thought about the DECA, because it just worked. But if you’ve found...
The Solid Signal Blog is my pride and joy. It’s been going strong since 2007 and for over half that time I’ve personally been shepherding it. A quick check tells me that we just ticked over serving twelve million pageviews to over 9 million unique people. That’s something I’m incredibly humbled to say and I think it is really amazing for something that’s a niche interest. I am sure that certain celebrity-oriented or general-interest sites do that every day. If you think about it though that means that about 20% of the people who have satellite television — one in five — have come here looking for answers. It means that if I stand in a room with any random 200 people, I can probably find someone who’s read this blog (who isn’t me.)...
A few weeks ago, a blog reader reached out to me to ask if there was a grounded power supply for the DECAs that we sell. A DECA, in case you’re not familiar, is a device that bridges the coaxial cable network used by DIRECTV and others with an Ethernet network. It’s a common part of practically every pay-TV system in one way or another. DIRECTV DECAs get power from the EPS10 power supply. This is DIRECTV’s “go-to” power supply for practically every one of its products. It’s simple and reliable. But, it’s a two-prong power supply. It has no ground lug to it. What if you wanted a grounded power supply? The answer I gave the reader is simple. DIRECTV doesn’t make a grounded power supply for the DECA but you could absolutely find a...
I got to thinking the other day about the idea of video games that turn into movies and TV shows. It’s no surprise, since I’m finally getting around to watching the Fallout series on Prime Video. But this isn’t really an article about that. That sort of article would be more appropriate for my Streaming Saturday series. I was just thinking about how we got here and how surprising it is — or isn’t — that video games are now fodder for dramatic fare. Pong: the movie? Video games in the 20th century were relatively plotless affairs. And honestly, that’s how we liked it. Home video games evolved in tandem with arcade games back then, and it was impossible to get a lot of character development if you had to feed in a quarter every few...
OK, so much for the clickbait headline. You have to do something in order to get Google to notice you sometimes. As they say, don’t blame the player, blame the game. If you have a satellite television system on your boat, chances are it’s over 5 years old. In some cases it could be much older than that. Satellite TV for marine was incredibly popular in the 2000s and 2010s when there was simply no other entertainment option out there. Today you have internet and cellular options, and of course satellite TV is still in the mix. But, even though your satellite system may have been giving you great service for years, there could still be a silent killer lurking that threatens to take the whole system down just when you can’t deal with it...
Do you have great cell signal at work? Do you have to go outside to take a call? Do your friends or kids tell you they tried to text you and it didn’t go through? Up to 90% of people experience bad cell service every day. Are you one of them? Cell boosters for business: It’s the next wave I’ve been talking for years about cellular signal boosters for home. Installing a cell booster at home is one of the easiest and most rewarding projects you can take on. However, putting in a cell booster for business can be a little harder. Why? Businesses are a lot bigger. There are a lot more people. It takes special equipment to handle them. If you have a very small business you could just put in a consumer cell booster like the weBoost Office...

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