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    Game of Thrones Season 7. Even if you don't like this show or have read on

    What is RF4CE?

    If you have a Genie DVR or client, you know that it comes with a new read on

    What is "Low PIM?"

    Not something the average person would run into, but more and more read on

    DIRECTV for Business: Cheaper than online alternatives?

    How can it be cheaper to put DIRECTV into your business? It may not read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: PC Fails of 2013

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    Do you need to force an update on Genie Mini Clients?

    No question about it... we're huge fans of the tiny Genie Mini read on

    Ken Reid and the legendary "Weird Al" Yankovic

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

    Solid Signal makes every custom cable imaginable!

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    What about those giant indoor antennas?

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    by Published on 07-21-2017 11:12 AM
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    Game of Thrones Season 7. Even if you don't like this show or have never seen it, chance are you're at least marginally aware that the latest season is premiered last weekend on HBO.

    Basically every cable and satellite provider in the United States is holding a free preview of all the HBO and Cinemax channels this weekend. They hope you'll get addicted to this and the other quality programming you'll find.

    Personally my advice to you is to fill up your DVR with everything you could possibly want from these channels because that content won't disappear after the free preview is over. The preview starts today (Friday) and goes all weekend and that means with ten channels and 48 hours you could be looking at 3 weeks' worth of content even if you watched 24/7. Add on-demand content and that could be another week or two. That's a lot of value from a free preview.

    And of course, if you'd like to pay for HBO, I'm sure your cable or satellite provider would appreciate that as well. If you're a DIRECTV or DISH customer, call us at Solid Signal at 877.312.4547 and we'll take care of everything!
    by Published on 07-21-2017 09:09 AM
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    If you have a Genie DVR or client, you know that it comes with a new remote. Sure, it's smaller and looks a whole lot different, but it's still a DIRECTV remote, right? It sure is, and it can be used to control older equipment in IR mode. (It's also available here.) However, it can't be used for RF, ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 12:12 PM
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    Not something the average person would run into, but more and more commercial cables and connectors are being listed as "Low PIM." So, even if you're not a person who normally pays attention to commercial stuff you might find yourself asking about it. ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 11:52 AM
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    How can it be cheaper to put DIRECTV into your business? It may not make any sense, but putting in a DIRECTV private viewing account for business can actually be the cheapest way to give your employees access to entertainment programming.

    A lot of people think ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 10:22 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    What a quaint sounding article. "PC Fails of 2013" sounds like an old-school musical like "Sunshine Follies of '36." It's the name of an article I wrote about four years ago, in which I said PCs would never recover from the slump they were in. When will I ever get tired of being wrong?

    Realistically, PCs didn't ever recover but the bar has been lowered somewhat. We don't expect PCs to be the tech darling they were in the 90s any more than we expect Toni Braxton to be the darling she was in the 90s. Things change.

    Still, the article is an interesting snapshot of a time when we thought things would get much, much worse, and we wondered how people with desk jobs would ever be able to work the way they were. Microsoft had disappointed people so profoundly with an operating system that didn't actually operate on a desktop, and people were clinging to their antique PCs in horror just hoping they wouldn't break.

    Back then I imagined a cottage industry springing up fixing old PCs because places like doctors' offices and tire shops were terrified of going to Windows 8. That actually might have been good news for the environment, but it would have been a deeply destabilizing force for businesses. That never happened largely because Microsoft smartened up and made Windows 10 something we can all live with.

    On the other hand, Asus, Acer, and other mid-tier manufacturers never recovered from those days, and while the market for PC hardware is strong, it's never going to be as strong as it once was.

    Ah, well... reading old articles like that just makes me wonder what I'll be wrong about next.
    by Published on 07-20-2017 08:13 AM
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    No question about it... we're huge fans of the tiny Genie Mini Clients. They're perfect for guest rooms, bedrooms... anywhere you want true DVR functionality without size and noise. They're wired and wireless, whichever you need, and ...
    by Published on 07-19-2017 12:41 PM
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    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.

    I'm Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I've been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured ...
    by Published on 07-19-2017 11:58 AM
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    So you need a 12-inch jumper made out of LMR195 cable, with an N Make on one end and a right-angle TNC male on the other. That's pretty random. It's also right here. This is one of the thousands of exotic cables that are available at SolidSignal.com.

    Take a look at our expanded selection of wire and cable here. 75-ohm, 50-ohm, twisted pair, there's practically nothing that we don't sell. But, I'm willing to admit that it's possible there is a cable we don't have ready right now. After all, you may wake up one day and decide you want an LMR400 cable precisely 238 inches long with an N-female bulkhead connector on one end and a reverse-polarity right angle SMA on the other. I have no idea why you would, but I don't judge.

    If you need something really specific, just email us at info@solidsignal.com or call 877.312.4547. It usually takes a few hours to get a quote for a custom cable and then our technicians can get right on it!
    by Published on 07-19-2017 10:26 AM
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    One of our competitors is selling an indoor antenna that is about the size of your window. They're calling it the most powerful flat antenna ever.

    Yeah, it probably is, if you want to cover your whole window with an antenna. I mean seriously, it blocks out the light from the whole window. I am not kidding.

    But yes, it's a flat antenna and it probably is the most powerful one ever, because it's just so big. With antennas, size matters. Sure, smaller antennas can make up for some of their problems with super-clean amplifiers and smart design, but there's no substitute for good old length when it comes to an antenna element. An antenna that is twice as long will pull in twice as much signal and that means it's going to do a great job pulling in those weak channels. An amplifier can't amplify a signal if it doesn't come in at all, and a smaller antenna just might not pull in those weaker signals, period.

    Personally I would rather use a more conventional antenna like the Xtreme Signal HDB4X inside if I couldn't mount it outside. OK, it's not flat. But it doesn't block out the light either. And it does meet most HOA requirements so if you have even a small patio or ledge that it can go on, it will work outside where that flat antenna will just flop around.

    At Solid Signal we are not developing a competing antenna to that gigantic one that covers your whole window, because we just don't believe people want it. Simple as that.
    by Published on 07-19-2017 09:43 AM
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    One of the stranger things that shows up when you do an image search for "hub"

    "Hub." For some reason it's one of those terms that won't go away. The term was used in the 1980s and 1990s for networking equipment, and lately DISH has been using it for the nodes that connect their Hopper systems. ...

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