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    How does a powerline adapter work?

    If you absolutely need a real, wired ethernet connection in a room read on

    OPINION: Is ownership obsolete?

    Let's set the record straight: you don't own half the things you read on

    DISH plans another new facility in Denver

    I don't usually publish these press releases,, after all most people read on

    Who will end up getting the rights to stream Thursday Night Football?

    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip! Streaming is the read on

    NEW HANDS ON REVIEW: SureCall EZ4G Cell Booster

    SureCall has taken their top-notch EZ4G cell booster and given it a read on

    CONTEST: Tell us your favorite subchannel and you could win!

    Who doesn't love free TV? If you have a TV antenna, you know that read on

    SOUND OFF: How long should an outdoor antenna last?

    They don't make them like they used to. That's what you hear a lot read on

    Which is better, an RF remote or an IR target cable?

    What you see here is called an IR Target Cable. These used to be very read on

    NICE AND EASY: Can you use a Genie Mini Client without a Genie DVR?

    Sorry, no. The Genie Mini Client looks like a DIRECTV receiver, only read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: TV Guide Channel

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

    TIP: DIRECTV's search works better when you...

    About a year ago, DIRECTV rolled out a new search experience for its read on

    IT'S OFFICIAL: Cell service in the US isn't keeping up

    The state of mobile networks, according to an outfit called read on

    Clicky keyboards are coming back

    Although, they don't look like this anymore. What you see there is read on

    Don't worry, it's just rain fade. It fixes itself.

    Hey there, Californians and anyone else who's getting soaked in this read on

    Ken Reid gets Savage

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

    Why do you need 15 feet between a cell booster and its antenna?

    Partly physics, partly fear. That's a pretty good explanation of one read on
    by Published on 02-06-2016 01:48 PM
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    If you absolutely need a real, wired ethernet connection in a room far away from your router, a powerline adapter is a great choice. In many cases, all it takes is plugging two boxes into wall outlets, wiring one to the router and one to your device and you're all set. But how does it work?

    There are really ...
    by Published on 02-06-2016 11:55 AM
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    Let's set the record straight: you don't own half the things you think you do. You don't own the operating system on your computer, you don't own any of the digital music and video you have on your hard drive, and you sure as shooting don't own any of the content you stream from the internet. You don't own the satellite TV receivers you may have, ...
    by Published on 02-05-2016 04:14 PM



    Most of us will never live in space.Personally, I know that I won't. But there are very few people who don't dream of it, because they don't really think about the difficulty of being up there. I mean, if you need something you can't just drive over to the space Wal-Mart and you can't even order stuff over the internet since Fedex doesn't deliver up there.

    In recorded history, there have only been a few semi-permanent living facilities outside our atmosphere, and with the exception of the most recent, each has been put up there by either the US or the Soviet Union (later, Russia.) The latest contains modules from many different countries, which is pretty impressive considering that down here on earth we can't always even get the right screws for the cars we build.

    If you're interested in a visual history of all the space stations so far, you're in luck on this Fun Friday... here's a little video that gives you exactly what you're looking for.
    by Published on 02-05-2016 12:40 PM
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    I don't usually publish these press releases,, after all most people don't care too much about staff changes and relocations and stuff. You, my Solid Signal faithful, usually care more about the technical stuff, the hardware that makes your service work better. But it seems to me that you might be interested in the following press release:

    Click for full Press Release
    DISH and Sling TV Expanding to Downtown Denver with Software
    ...
    by Published on 02-05-2016 11:56 AM
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    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip!

    Streaming is the future. Heck, streaming is the present. There are plenty of times when I will move from live TV to recorded TV to streaming and not even think about it. It's a reality that's only getting more and more important. If you have doubts, look at what's happening ...
    by Published on 02-05-2016 11:20 AM
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    SureCall has taken their top-notch EZ4G cell booster and given it a complete overhaul. The new version is easier to install, just as powerful, and believe it or not only about half the price. And of course, we have the first review out there. You know it's available in online and PDF form, with an accompanying video, because that's just how we roll.

    What are you waiting for? Take a look!
    by Published on 02-04-2016 04:03 PM
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    They don't make them like they used to. That's what you hear a lot when you're talking about antennas. Antennas today, they'll tell you, are just not made right, they're just not solid like they used to be.

    And folks, I understand. I went back and looked at antennas from online catalogs sold in the 1950s and it looks like you can ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 03:53 PM
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    What you see here is called an IR Target Cable. These used to be very common, and now you hardly ever see them. They've been replaced with RF remotes. In order to understand why, you need to look at these two pieces of technology and what makes one better than another.

    An IR Target Cable is designed ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 01:35 PM
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    Sorry, no.

    The Genie Mini Client looks like a DIRECTV receiver, only smaller. It's supposed to, that's the idea. It's supposed to look friendly and familiar. But open up a client and you won't find any of the things that make a receiver or DVR work -- no hard drive, no tuners, no decoder, no access card. The client is just that... a client. In other words, it's really nothing more than an adapter that processes remote control commands and gets all its video from the DVR to which it's attached.

    There are some rumors that future clients will be even smaller, perhaps smaller than the remote control itself. They'll just hang on the back of the TV and connect to power, coaxial cable and HDMI. I'm sure that if they wanted to, DIRECTV techs could make a client box that looks like a streaming stick or flash drive, but that might mean sacrificing things like an infrared receiver that would give compatibility with universal remotes. It would also mean a higher cost to manufacture and a shorter lifespan, things DIRECTV is trying to avoid.
    by Published on 02-04-2016 01:08 PM
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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.

    Believe it or not, an onscreen, scrolling guide channel used to be a selling point. An even bigger ...

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