February 2015

OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Amber monitors

The world seems to have forgotten about amber monitors. Believe it or not, it’s hard to even find a picture of one in action. Way back when color screens were considered too expensive for everyday use,…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Book and Record sets

A comic book that you read along with a vinyl record. Vinyl may be coming back, but this particular bizarre pairing probably isn’t. Oh, to be young again when there was actually some imagination required to…


IT’S REALLY TIME: Upgrade to SWM Technology

If you haven’t upgraded to SWM technology, the clock is running out. The last of DIRECTV’s non-SWM-only products are beginning to dry up and that means that while your non-SWM system will still work, parts are…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Dictaphone

People in today’s offices would simply have no way of dealing. You millennials may not believe it, but up until the mid-1990s, just a moment in time ago, there were a lot of people in offices…



Why are there so many different kinds of combiners?

If you search Solid Signal for “combiner” you’ll find pages and pages of what seem like the very same thing. Not only that, you’ll see things that look very much like splitters, and some that are labeled splitter/combiners….


What is the difference between a hub and a switch?

Well, other than the fact you can’t really find a network hub anymore. Once upon a time, network equipment was expensive. Of course today we have great product like our Datatronix Network Switch that’s very inexpensive and…