July 2015





NICE AND EASY: What is an ODU?

It’s this. ODU is DIRECTV’s acronym for Outdoor Unit. It’s a common enough term in the industry, so common that you don’t tend to think about why it’s ODU and not just OU which you…


What is a cell booster?

It’s the answer to your problems. OK, that may be overstating things a little bit, but it’s certainly the answer to the problem of poor reception in the home or office. Here in the 21st century,…


What is a balun?

A balun, if you really want to be precise, is a conversion device that turns a balanced signal into an unbalanced one or vice versa. What that means is that it converts between two types of…




Can you rack mount a SWM multiswitch?

A couple of weeks ago there was a discussion in our user forums about rack-mounting a multiswitch. It brought up the question about why SWM multiswitches are not designed for rack mounting, and it’s worth talking…