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    Is there any benefit to using wired ethernet for your Genie DVR?

    So, you're old school. I respect that. Back in the '00s, you wired read on

    NICE AND EASY: Can you use a TV antenna for FM radio?

    Absolutely yes. The FM broadcast band sits just below VHF channel read on

    NICE AND EASY: Make sure you're using Wi-Fi

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    FUN FRIDAY: High Tech in 1921

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    Can you use any remote with a DIRECTV receiver or DVR?

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    What is "Free-to-Air" Satellite?

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    NICE AND EASY: Why don't you need a license for Wi-Fi?

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    What if one wireless video bridge isn't enough?

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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: The SWM-5? Seriously?

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    My week with a standing desk

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    NICE AND EASY: Why can't you have a Genie in a bar?

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    NICE AND EASY: How many Genie Clients can you have?

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    by Published on 03-28-2015 05:22 PM
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    So, you're old school. I respect that. Back in the '00s, you wired all your DIRECTV equipment together with ethernet cables and you've been using them all this time. You share programming over ethernet, you even have a direct connection between your Genie DVR and the internet (a neat trick, because you'll need ...
    by Published on 03-28-2015 03:09 PM
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    2. TV Antennas



    Absolutely yes.

    The FM broadcast band sits just below VHF channel 7, and if your antenna is designed to get VHF reception at all, it's going to get FM. There are a few cases where a specific antenna will have something called an "FM trap" built in that actually stops FM reception. If you don't know if your antenna has one of these, it probably doesn't.

    It doesn't matter how old the antenna is, but if it's so old that the wire coming out of it is flat, you may need a transformer to convert it to coaxial, unless your A/V receiver is also so old that it accepts a flat cable using two screws for the antenna connection.

    Most UHF antennas will actually do a decent job of FM reception as well, even though they aren't designed for it. It's just that FM radio doesn't require a very complex antenna for reception. If you have an antenna of any kind up on the roof it's worth giving it a try.

    To get FM reception into your A/V receiver, you'll need to split the signal using any simple splitter. If your A/V receiver has an antenna input with two screws (and this would be an older receiver) you'll need a transformer to change the signal to 300 ohms. Many A/V receivers have a simple push-on connection for an FM antenna, and for this you just need to use any F female "barrel" connector.
    by Published on 03-27-2015 02:58 PM
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    2. Cell Phones



    Just a quick tip... if you're at the end of your data plan and you don't want to risk overcharges, you can still use your phone in Wi-Fi mode. It's easy:

    With an iPhone, go to Settings and turn off Cellular Data.

    With an Android, it is usually under Settings/More Networks/Mobile Networks. There should be a check box to turn mobile data off. There may also be a settings icon somewhere else, and every Android installation can be different.

    The point is that you can completely isolate your phone from cellular data so there is no possible way you can go over. Unfortunately, this also isolates you from GPS and may also limit your ability to get caller ID or voicemail, so it is an option of last resort. You'll want to turn that cellular data back on as soon as your plan rolls over.
    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:51 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    It's time for another free preview from DIRECTV... This time it's the entire Starz/Encore Super Pack that's available for you, completely free, for three whole days. It's already started, so if you have the DIRECTV app on your phone get some of those great recordings queued up.

    You'll get a lot of entertainment from Starz and Encore, including 8 HD channels and a ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:46 AM
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    As we all get older, we laugh at what we used to think of as "high tech." I myself couldn't wait to get my hands on one of those 1.44MB high density floppy disks. Because, who would ever need more portable storage than that? The humor is ever magnified as you look back further ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:16 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    There are a lot of reasons to choose a remote. Maybe it feels right in your hand, or maybe it seems familiar. Maybe you like the brand name. Maybe it matches the drapes. Whatever the reason, you have options.

    Most people do opt for the standard DIRECTV remote because it's so capable. You have the choice of the old-fashioned ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 05:17 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    The first satellite transmissions were 100% free. When Telstar, the first communications satellite to carry television signals, went live in 1962, there was nothing else like it. All it took was a very large antenna and anyone could get TV signals from space. Of course, it was a little harder than that at first -- you would have to build your own dish, your own receiver, ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 03:01 PM
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    3. Data/Networks
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    You do, actually... and the good news: you already have it. You might realize that Wi-Fi is a form of radio broadcasting, and so are cell phones, cordless phones, and even some remote controls. Radio broadcasting is tightly regulated, and not only do the radio stations themselves ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 12:44 PM
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    DIRECTV's wireless Genie Mini Client solves a lot of problems. You can be up to 50 feet from a coaxial cable with five walls between you and the signal remains nice and strong. That's enough to cover most homes, but let's suppose for a second that you're one of those lucky folks with a three-story, ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 10:24 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Once upon a time, DIRECTV released the very first SWM multiswitch, the SWM-5. It's not that it was a bad thing, but it never really made a dent in the market because it was ...

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