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    by Published on 03-09-2015 04:49 PM
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    I'm not sure why you would need to... but if you did need to, I'll tell you how to do it. Remember that Genie Clients are non-transferrable so you can't sell them or even give them away, and it's hard to imagine a client needing to get so messed up that you couldn't find a way around it.

    DON'T ...
    by Published on 03-09-2015 10:39 AM
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    If this were 2007, this would be bigger news. Back then, DIRECTV was working fast and furious to get new HD channels up and running. Now, with about 200 full-time HD channels, it's just not as much of a big deal when they add two more. On the other hand, Solid Signal Blog fans want 100% HD and two more channels gets us ...
    by Published on 03-09-2015 09:53 AM
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    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip!

    The best gets even better. As fans of our weekly emails know, Solid Signal now carries Tablo over-the-air DVRs. Tablo is one of that new generation of DVR that streams to your mobile device or can be connected over a streaming ...
    by Published on 03-08-2015 05:18 PM
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    Why, where you need it.

    Of course it's a little more complex than that. Really it depends on the use you're going to have for the booster, and how powerful it is. Remember that the coverage estimates from cell booster companies can be a little optimistic, and they prefer to talk about power levels instead of coverage. That's because the construction of your home or office has a lot to do with the amount of stuff in your walls as well as the overall construction of the home. Copper wires in the walls make it hard for cell signals to get through, and some sorts of faux finishes can have a real effect on cell signals as well.

    If you're using one of the smaller 55dB or 65dB boosters, it's best to presume that you'll get the best use out of them when you're in the same room or in the room next to where the booster is. Most of these boosters come with small antennas that are intended to be placed on a desk or somewhere near the intended use point. That's the best thing to do -- put the antenna on a desk, credenza or dresser where it has a good view of the area where you want boost. Despite the pleas of your significant other, resist the urge to put it behind a door or put a picture in front of it. Sure that means it will be visible but it will also be a lot more useful.

    If you're using a larger 70dB or stronger booster, you'll get coverage that can extend through the entire home and that means you'll want to plan a little bit where to put the antenna. It's best to choose a location on the ceiling that's centrally located in the home and yes, you do want to put it on the ceiling because that's where it's going to do its best work in radiating all throughout the house. If it's a two-story house, I'd put the antenna upstairs so that it can radiate down, but remember that you do want 15 vertical feet of separation between the outdoor and indoor antenna so you can get maximum power. That may be hard to achieve with the antenna on the top floor and it may mean that you'll have to put the outdoor antenna even further up on a mast.

    Call us at Solid Signal at 877.312.4547 and we can talk to you about the best cell booster solution for you and even recommend add-on kits that can allow you to have multiple antennas in the home for the best possible coverage. We have a wide variety of products and our team can put together the best solution for you.
    by Published on 03-08-2015 04:46 PM
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    The folks at DIRECTV were sure glad to have an extra satellite in the air a few weeks ago when they had some sort of unexplained glitch that caused the DIRECTV10 satellite to stop serving video. They simply lit up DIRECTV14 a little earlier and within hours of the outage, most channels were back up. They were able to accomplish ...
    by Published on 03-07-2015 04:05 PM
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    Oh, if only I could say yes. Just last year before the new FCC rules took effect, I could have sold you this Wilson 811201 to let you address really long cable runs. Unfortunately, FCC rules say that line amplifiers can't be used with cellular boosters or even sold separately. It's part of the plan to make cell boosters easier to use, but it does make it a little harder for large installations.

    If you plan to cover a very large area with cell boosters, for example over 10,000 square feet, the better plan is to use multiple cell booster kits, perhaps with additional antennas. The real cost difference is actually pretty minimal actually.

    It's worth pointing out that just because an amplifier is rated for cell phone frequencies does not mean it will work. For example, Sonora makes excellent line amplifiers but they aren't bidirectional, meaning that if they were used for cellular use they would amplify the signal from the booster but not to the booster. You'd get great reception but no one would be able to hear you when you speak.

    The FCC seems to be willing to make some tweaks to the process of cell booster certification so in the future it may be possible that we'll see some 15dB bidirectional amps like we saw in the past but for now, that's just off the table unless you are willing to plan out your entire system and submit it for FCC approval.
    by Published on 03-07-2015 03:33 PM
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    Who cares about standard definition? Yes, we love our HD. But there are times when we want to see the standard definition versions of our programs. Maybe you're temporarily using a round dish, or maybe you're temporarily using an old TV and want to fill the screen. No matter what the reason, DIRECTV makes it easy to change the guide to show both HD and SD versions of the same channels. Here are the steps you'll need: ...
    by Published on 03-06-2015 04:59 PM



    If you're not watching Solid Signal's Daily Deal microsite, you're missing out on a lot. Every day our team of crack marketers scours the internet to bring you the best deals on the stuff we know you want. We beat up our vendors for the best prices and we're always looking for new deals for you!

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    Watch The Solid Signal Blog for notices of special deals!

    There's no time to waste... when we get a deal supplies are always limited and it's always best to check early in the morning before anything sells out. While you're there, check out the other great stuff you'll find at Solid Signal, because we're sure you'll find something you really want!
    by Published on 03-06-2015 02:25 PM
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    Who bingewatched five years ago? It wasn't unheard of, but it was something you did in the summer when nothing else was on and you wanted to get caught up. There were a few early bingewatching hits out there...24, Lost, just to name two, but it wasn't part of our lifestyles. Why? Because in order to bingewatch you either needed a ...
    by Published on 03-06-2015 12:42 PM
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    In almost every case, the answer is "yes." Outdoor antennas will bring in a stronger signal than indoor antennas, often because they're bigger. Even so, the very same antenna will be able to capture about twice as much signal when placed outside. The very construction of your home absorbs and reflects some ...

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