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    What is a subnet mask?

    Masks. We all wear them. But folks, this is The Solid Signal Blog. read on

    2015 Predictions: The year of 4K?

    It won't be the year of 4K. There, see how much time I've saved you read on

    What is a VPN?

    You might know about a VPN if you work from home. Even then you might read on

    What is digital signage, anyway?

    It's a pretty fair question, and a term a lot of people haven't read on

    FUN FRIDAY IS BACK! Let's go to 1985

    1985 was one of my favorite years. Looked at through the lens of read on

    DIRECTV has been busy adding streaming channels

    Obviously the elves at DIRECTV's workshop are getting paid overtime read on

    Should you worry about your stuff getting too hot?

    Yeah, but don't lose too much sleep over it. Heat is the enemy of read on

    Are you really ready for the holidays?

    Sure you've gotten the big presents, (or maybe you're still looking) read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Will we ever get 802.11ac? Will we ever care?

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    Ken Reid's podcast is hers and hers and his...

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    BREAKING: DISH adds Netflix to Hopper

    This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV read on

    Do the world a favor... tell a friend about your cell booster

    Here's something you didn't know... A recent study tells us that only read on

    Why does everything look better on TV, and even better on a tablet?

    Yeah, the easy answer is... because there are people hired to tweak read on

    Will living at the beach destroy your antenna and dish?

    Every beach bum knows what salt air does to metal. Salt helps conduct read on

    Why does DIRECTV ask you to return receivers (and why do they sometimes let you keep them?)

    Really, a win-win. When you get a new receiver or DVR from Solid read on

    DISH rolls out new features for Hopper

    Maybe these aren't worthy of AutoHop-level excitement, but DISH has read on
    by Published on 12-21-2014 10:20 AM
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    Masks. We all wear them. But folks, this is The Solid Signal Blog. It's not some sort of pop psychology seminar. We're here to talk about subnet masks, what they are and why we use them.

    First off a bit of an admission: The internet and its associated science is something very few people truly understand. I'm not going to be one of those people who pretends to understand the ins and outs ...
    by Published on 12-20-2014 05:53 PM
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    You might know about a VPN if you work from home. Even then you might think it's some sort of magic hokum thingie that you really don't understand. Relax, like most of the internet it works whether or not you understand it. But come on, this is The Solid Signal Blog. Did you think we would stop there? Absolutely not.

    A Virtual Private ...
    by Published on 12-20-2014 02:09 PM
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    It won't be the year of 4K. There, see how much time I've saved you in reading this article? Well, I hope you continue reading anyway, since there's a little bit more to the story. We've been talking for two years about how the consumer electronics industry would desperately love you to jump in to 4K television, and it ...
    by Published on 12-19-2014 02:52 PM
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    It's a pretty fair question, and a term a lot of people haven't heard. Digital signage is the biggest thing in business-to-customer advertising, and there's no doubt you've seen it, but maybe you didn't know what to call it.

    Digital signage is simply where you use a TV where once you would have ...
    by Published on 12-19-2014 01:17 PM
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    1985 was one of my favorite years. Looked at through the lens of time, it seems like a simpler age when America was just learning how to feed what's become a insatiable appetite for nostalgia. It was the year big shoulder pads went mainstream and Madonna was like (but clearly no longer) a virgin. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2014 11:35 AM
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    Obviously the elves at DIRECTV's workshop are getting paid overtime this year. In just a few short days, DIRECTV has rolled out quite a bit of streaming content! Take a look:

    The DIRECTV Apps for Tablets and Smartphones got a nice little bump in specs for both iOS and Android. First, they've added live streaming ...
    by Published on 12-18-2014 04:33 PM



    Sure you've gotten the big presents, (or maybe you're still looking) but are you sure you have everything you need?

    Our millions of customers come to us because we're a one-stop destination for the things you'll need, the accessories and tools that it takes to get the job done. You might not have thought of Solid Signal as the place to buy gifts, but why not? There's a lot of great stuff you can find at low prices every day, and our specials are some of the most special things at this special time of the year.

    Here's the best way to get what you want... tell your friends and family about Solid Signal. Point out some of the choice gadgets and goodies you'll find here, and while you're at it, remember yourself when it comes time for gift-giving. What about that cable-stripping tool you've been lusting after? What about that power control center that you've always wanted?

    Remember that gifts don't have to be jewelry or clothing... anything can be a gift if it's something that will make someone else happy. You never know, there may be someone on your list who just might want 250' of RG6 cable, especially if you volunteer to run it for them. That's the magic of Solid Signal... we make it easy to find stuff for the people on your list who are insanely hard to buy for.
    by Published on 12-18-2014 12:47 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first seven years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Will we ever get 802.11ac Wi-Fi? OK that's not terribly fair since some of the prominent devices on the market finally feature the fastest wireless spec. The better question is, will anyone care? We've talked before about ...
    by Published on 12-17-2014 11:33 AM
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    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.

    I'm Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I've been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, ...
    by Published on 12-17-2014 11:14 AM
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    This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix streaming into its products. According to a press release dated today, Hopper users will be able to access their Netflix content through the familiar Netflix interface, right on their DVRs. All that's required is the latest-generation ...

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