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    by Published on 09-12-2016 12:18 PM
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    Sharing the gift of music can be an awesome experience between friends, if done properly. Solid Signal has the Bluetooth-enabled device that lets you share music the right way.

    Are you the friend who’s the first to hear the newest and coolest bands? In the past, if one of your friends asked you what you’re listening to, you’d have to take off your headphones and hand them over. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, which is designed to share audio files without the need for any connections, sharing music has gotten a lot easier. It’s also become more enjoyable for both parties. If you find yourself sharing the gift of music with friends and family, we have just the thing for you.
    by Published on 09-12-2016 11:55 AM

    DIRECTV's system is the most flexible in the business. You can literally expand your home theatre system with as many receivers as you want. Other systems don't let you expand at all, or if they do you have a very limited range of receivers to choose from.

    That's why DIRECTV is so awesome. Even if you have a Genie, you can expand with as many HR24 DVRs and H25 receivers as you want. Up to 15 devices can share programming with each other, and if you have more than that, you can have as many groups as you want, all sharing programming within that group. If you wanted to have 100 receivers and DVRs in your home, you could do it.

    The only thing you can't do is have multiple Genie DVRs... they're still pretty stubborn about that, but it doesn't really matter. You can start with the one Genie and add more DVRs, as many as you want, and that keeps giving you more recording capacity. You can have a Genie and 5 regular DVRs for the ability to record 15 things at once and share them with as many devices as you want, with no problem at all. If you want more than that, it's possible but a little harder.

    You can even combine much older equipment like the DIRECTV D10 standard definition receiver, just by using a multiswitch that supports "legacy" receivers. At most, this means swapping out the front part of your dish and running four lines to an external switch. It's really not that hard. We have an award-winning tutorial that shows how it's done, and it's free to download.

    Bottom line... if you're considering building the king of all man-caves, there's only one choice for you and that's DIRECTV.
    by Published on 09-11-2016 12:47 PM
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    "Should I get a UHF or VHF antenna?" We get this a lot at Solid Signal, and we usually recommend a combination VHF/UHF TV antenna.

    When people have a choice, they often become confused. No one wants to live with the regrets of making the wrong choice, so they'll agonize over which way to go. This often leads to them making ...
    by Published on 09-11-2016 12:12 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Cell Phones,
    4. TV Antennas,
    5. Auto/Marine,
    6. Satellite,
    7. Data/Networks,
    8. Online/MobileTV
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    CEDIA Expo is the premier trade show for installers and home theater integrators. Unlike flashier shows such as CES, it's strictly off limits to the public. The Solid Signal Blog team has been there every year since 2012 and we're committed ...
    by Published on 09-09-2016 03:11 PM
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    Tired of working out and not seeing results? Solid Signal has the Bluetooth-enabled device that keeps track of your progress.

    What’s the point of working out if you can’t share your stats on Facebook and other social media? Is it showing off? Maybe a little. But sharing your workouts also is a great way to get encouragement and motivation. If you or someone you know has decided to hit the gym, we have the perfect device.
    by Published on 09-09-2016 01:43 PM
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    2. TV Antennas

    You'll get a lot of opinions when you ask someone how far apart two antennas should be when stacking. Certainly if they are too close they are going to interfere with each other.

    The most accurate number I've heard is "no closer than half the wavelength of the lowest channel either antenna will pick up." That means that for a VHF antenna they should be 6 feet from each other, and with a UHF antenna at least 2.5 feet. The distance is the distance between the actual elements and not counting reflectors (like the white plastic-rimmed ones in the image above.)

    However, these are guidelines. The most important thing is that you follow the "at least" part because what you're trying to do here is avoid interference, and while these are good guidelines, they don't always apply 100% to your situation. If you stack two antennas together and find that you're getting weird interference or poor performance, separate them. Simple as that.
    by Published on 09-09-2016 11:37 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    They went there.

    DIRECTV continues to break new ground with 4K broadcasting, announcing that they will be broadcasting every single Notre Dame home game in both 4K and HD. HD coverage will be on local NBC stations, while 4K coverage will be on channel 106. The two ...
    by Published on 09-09-2016 10:28 AM
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    2. Satellite

    If you're bored this Sunday and you haven't decided whether or not you want a whole season worth of football, you'll want to check out the FREE preview of DIRECTV's award-winning NFL SUNDAY TICKET programming package. It's every game in the country, all for you!

    You probably don't need me to sell you on this package. You probably know that you get every game, plus the game mix channel Red Zone Channel, Fantasy tracker, and you can stream it all on your mobile device. You're just trying to figure out how you'll pay for it, or how you'll explain the charge to someone else in your household.

    NFL Sunday Ticket isn't the cheapest package, but no other package gives you this much football entertainment. This is three solid months of Sunday entertainment, and when you look at it that way, it's pretty reasonable. Not only that, it's perfect for "displaced fans." Whether you're a Green Bay fan who moved out of Wisconsin decades ago or a St. Louis resident who's recently lost his Rams, there's only one way to get your "home team" when home is somewhere far away.

    Check out the free preview this weekend on channels 701 - 719.
    by Published on 09-08-2016 01:53 PM
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    2. Data/Networks

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    We were there when it happened... then again so were you and you probably don't remember. I point to an article from March of 2013 on this very blog, titled "Slow internet? It's not just you." It was the day of the largest cyber attack in internet history, even to this day. It was the day a group of spammers decided to fight back against European countries that had taken a stand against them. They used the time-tested "DDoS" attack method, which basically sends so much traffic through one point that no one else can get in.

    The internet itself actually performed very well that day, proving that its very design made it very resistant to attacks. Unlike some countries which have only one or two physical connections between themselves and the rest of the world, European countries are so strongly connected that the traffic just went through other portals. It slowed everyone down, but not for long.

    In three years there has not been another cyber attack this large (that we know of) but there have been cases where whole countries have been cut off because their single line to the rest of the world was cut. It's a tough lesson to learn, but we've become so connected as a planet that it's more important that internet lines stay up sometimes than phone lines, mail service, or any other forms of communication. It's just who we are in 2016.
    by Published on 09-08-2016 12:26 PM

    Yeah, I know you could go down the street and buy zip ties, and I know that other much larger, river-named vendors will sell them to you too. Look, I know our marketing department would love it if I were able to tell you these were some sort of magic DIRECTV-approved zip ties. They're not, but that's pretty much because DIRECTV doesn't approve zip ties.

    I'm talking about this pack of 300 heavy duty black zip ties. We sell them for a very competitive price and if you're buying something anyway, they're light and they may not cost any more to ship than whatever you're already buying. These are solid, industrial quality zip ties that will take up to 50 pounds of pressure, which is way more than any cable you're going to use with it can put out. These things are going to hold up.

    I use zip ties all the time in permanent installs because they give a very nice clean appearance when you nip off the unused bits at the end. I use cable wraps for things I might undo later, but not everything falls into that category. If I want a good-looking install and I'm not going to monkey around with it then I figure a zip tie is the right tool for the job.

    I'll admit that it's a little hard to get excited about zip ties but believe me it's easy to get excited when you want one and don't have one. Depending on the ones you'll find at the local discount store can leave you (and potentially your customer) pretty dissatisfied. This is why you always want to have plenty around, and believe me when you buy 300 zip ties you're going to have one when you need one.

    So, go ahead and add those zip ties to your cart when you're shopping for something else and you'll really be glad you have them.
    by Published on 09-08-2016 10:37 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    DIRECTV's huge new software update for mobile devices brings big new capabilities for users of the latest DIRECTV Genie DVRs. If you have a Genie model HR44 or HR54, you can now stream programs recorded on your home DVR and offload those programs ...

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