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    by Published on 01-01-2017 02:30 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite,
    5. Data/Networks
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    As a professional you probably understand wire gauge.
    You may be able to imagine what a 16 gauge wire looks like, and you know that as the number goes up, the size goes down. Did you ever wonder why that is, and what wire gauge is actually measuring?

    Wire gauge is one of those old-school measurements like teaspoons and grains that really should have no place in our super-accurate world. It's based on measurement systems that go back close to 200 years and ...
    by Published on 01-01-2017 12:58 PM



    It's going to be a great one... and I can tell you that big changes are coming to your favorite consumer electronics web site. I can't tell you what they are but you're going to find even more reasons to shop at Solid Signal and even more reasons to read this blog.

    The blog turns ten years old this year, and we'll be doing a bunch of stuff to celebrate. That means more contests, more giveaways, more content, more of everything!

    The Solid Signal Blog started as an experiment in 2007 to see if our team members could get more involved in social media in a controlled way. Remember this was really before Facebook and Twitter were on anyone's radar so this was a way to introduce the team to the rest of the world. The blog and forums continued on until late 2010, when staff changes and the global recession meant that we took a little time off to focus on core issues. We relaunched in 2012 as the ultimate source for tutorials, opinions, and support, merging together our blog and forums. Since that cold January day when we went live, this blog has been seen on over 2.75 million devices (it's a little harder to say how many actual people that is), our tutorials have been downloaded over 200,000 times, and our videos have seen a combined 500,000+ views. That's a lot to be proud of.

    And to be honest, we couldn't have done it without you, our readers. Even though I know that about 95% of you read without commenting, I can still tell you're there, and I wanted to personally thank you for all the support over the years.

    We're just getting started... keep reading and we'll keep writing!

    Yours,

    Stuart Sweet
    Editor-in-Chief
    The Solid Signal Blog
    by Published on 12-31-2016 02:22 PM
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    2. Online/MobileTV
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    Streaming services were a pretty big deal in 2016. Here are the hits, misses, and groundbreaking moments for this year in streaming.

    With the dawning of a new year, we took a look back at 2016 and what was the biggest news in streaming. If thereís one thing that can be determined, itís that streaming will continue to build in popularity. Its original programming and availability of commercial-free content makes it a hit with people ...
    by Published on 12-31-2016 12:53 PM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Data/Networks
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    Internet at home has always meant a wire. When I was a kid and my dad worked from home, and this was 40 years ago, there was a wire. There's always been a wire. First it was dial-up, then DSL, and today most of us use some sort of fiber-based internet. But no matter what kind of wire it's been, it's always been a wire.

    That may be about to ...
    by Published on 12-30-2016 01:23 PM



    This recently unearthed video shows us what people thought things would be like in 2017. It was made back in 2007 and I'm not saying it's wrong, just not quite right.

    Facial recognition? check. Biometric payments? check. But where are the smartphones? There's no question in my mind that the biggest difference between 2007 and today is the ubiquitous smartphone with its always-on internet connection. In 2007 you could leave the house and maybe someone would text you, maybe they wouldn't. Sure, you might have a GPS unit with you, or you might just have to know where you're going. You could call someone from the car, and you might have even have a Bluetooth headset (I did, and it was really heavy) but more likely you opened up your flip phone and talked into it.

    Even Brian Williams didn't have a tablet in 2007... he made do with a sort of clunky looking laptop and let's be honest, that was probably there as a prop.

    See, you can't really predict the future, that's the one thing that's certain. For every prediction that comes eerily true, there are a dozen that are totally off base. Take a look at what people in 1900 thought that our lives would be like. The predictions they got right were all just extensions of what was going on then, like electricity and airplanes (being researched, not quite there in 1900) but as they go further... weather machines?

    I know that since the internet remembers everything, it will remember my predictions for 2017 and beyond, and I'll tell you know history won't be kind.
    by Published on 12-30-2016 10:55 AM
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    It's a weasel, figure it out.

    Every year, the smartest minds in the country get together and forecast what we'll see in the next 12 months. All I'm saying is, there's no one who could have guessed what we'd see in 2016, and personally I hope the coming year is much, much calmer. We had exploding phones and security issues and changes both big and small... and it hasn't all been fun and games. ...
    by Published on 12-30-2016 10:36 AM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite




    Your Solid Signal team has been hard at work creating a tool to help you find just the right mount for your TV. There are literally thousands of TVs represented in this tool, all with clickable links to products. All you need to know is the manufacturer and model of your TV, usually found on a sticker on the back. Fill them in and you'll find your choice of several mounts that should work in your situation. Choose the right one for you and click to be taken to the ordering page for that product. It's that easy!

    Click here to be taken to the Video Mount Finder!

    by Published on 12-30-2016 04:46 AM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite
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    This article originally ran several years ago. I thought it was time to bring it up again.

    Sometimes they don't make it easy. The photo you see above is a component video cable. It's got three RCA connectors and one of them is red. Seems simple enough.

    ...
    by Published on 12-29-2016 01:19 PM
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    2. Data/Networks
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    This was the year the PC came roaring back.

    After years of downward spirals brought on by smartphones and tablets, the traditional PC sprung back to life this year, driven by the successful release of Windows 10 in 2015. Windows 10 was the cure for the sales slump brought on by the hugely unsuccessful Windows 8, and its combination of advanced security ...
    by Published on 12-29-2016 01:04 PM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    2012 was the first year of our new and improved blog. It's hard to believe it's been five years! Back then we were just getting our feet wet but since then, it's been nothing but up!

    That isn't to say I haven't made a few mistakes along the way. Take a look at this excerpt from 2012: The Year In Signals, a post I made at the end of that year. I do okay until you get to the bottom...

    MDTV - The Revolution's late but it's finally here

    It took years but we finally saw a mainstream MDTV product with the eyeTV Mobile. There's still a demand for live TV while out and about, and using your data plan isn't the way to go. Now there's a product that turns your iPhone or iPad into a TV, even in a moving car.
    MD what? MDTV was a failed attempt at bringing live, broadcast TV to smartphones. I was pretty excited about the technology back then and it's completely gone now, thanks mostly to healthy data plans and fast download speeds. No one wants to just watch TV, they want the whole internet experience and in 2017, you can get it.

    As we look forward to 2017, no doubt we'll see even more growth in mobile technologies, and without a doubt at least one of the predictions I made this week will look like complete rubbish. You'll just have to wait and see!
    by Published on 12-29-2016 12:50 PM
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    A few weeks ago, a discussion got started on our forums about antenna meters. The question is, do you need an expensive signal meter to aim your antenna? And honestly, the answer is sort of up to you. But let's look at the pros and cons here. ...

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