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    by Published on 05-16-2017 02:01 PM
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    About once a year, I nag all of you to back up your important stuff. It's not because I have nothing better to write about, it's usually because I'm working with someone whose computer crashed. (Sometimes that someone is me.) If there's a good, recent backup then it's a matter of putting in some effort, but without that ...
    by Published on 05-16-2017 11:10 AM
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    2. TV Antennas
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    Leave it to Solid Signal to give you the ultimate resource for antennas. Other sites give you confusing graphs and charts, while we give you a city-by-city guide of what's available, what sports teams are on free TV, and the kind of insider info you'll need if you're thinking of cutting the cord.

    Our cord-cutting guide has tons of useful information collected by our researchers on every city we've looked at so far. It's our goal to eventually cover every single metropolitan ...
    by Published on 05-14-2017 05:35 PM
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    2. Satellite

    Dealing with DIRECTV and DISH is a drag. If you're an independent installer, getting satellite service activated is a pain. Independent guys get left out from all of the special phone numbers, apps, and tools. You're just looking to do a good job for your customer, and satellite providers don't make it easy.

    It's even harder if you're outfitting a boat or RV. There's new technology, changes in dish alignment and signals, and you keep hearing about even more changes on the horizon. How can you keep up?

    Luckily for you there's someone out there who speaks your language. You do what you do best... get that cable run, the dish aimed, the receivers in place. Then, give Solid Signal a call. Our "Signal Connect" professional division can handle all your activation needs, just like you were one of DIRECTV's own installers. We offer personalized service, not phone trees. We're ready to help you look like a star.

    We do more marine and RV activations than anyone and there's one simple reason -- we take care of our customers. We don't leave your high-dollar customer waiting on hold like some average Joe... we give you white glove service so you can give your customer white glove service.

    We can take care of you from beginning to end. Let us recommend the right equipment for the job, send you a custom, hand-picked package with everything you need, and then when you're ready to go let us handle the nitpicky details with the satellite provider. We've been doing it over a decade and we can do it for you!

    If you're interested in finding out more, give us a call! We're available at 866.726.4182 during business hours all across the country, and we employ 100% made-in-the-US professionals in our Novi, Michigan call center. Forget about dealing with someone half a world away who's never seen a satellite receiver. Our consultants are among the best trained in the whole industry.

    It's time you stopped getting frustrated with DIRECTV and DISH and got back to making money the best way you know how. Let us handle the heartbreak... you handle the profit!
    by Published on 05-14-2017 02:34 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite

    This one's easy to answer.
    The drip loop is a slack bit of cable that sits lower than the rest. The whole purpose is to let water pile up at the bottom and drip off. If your cables were tight, water from outside could travel down the wire and get straight into an outlet or onto your electronic devices. If water were to get into an outlet, it could start a fire (ironic, right) by making sparks along the wet areas.

    Drip loops and ground blocks are the two easiest ways to make sure that your home is protected. They may not look very attractive but they do their jobs well. Every installation should have a proper drip loop so that water doesn't travel where it shouldn't. Even if you live in a dry climate, it's going to rain sometime. You need that drip loop.
    by Published on 05-12-2017 06:13 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    DIRECTV's new Genie 2 DVR is the answer to the hopes and dreams of a lot of people, but if you're a true power user, it may not be the best thing for you.

    That's right, most people will love the idea that you can record 400 hours of HD, that one ...
    by Published on 05-12-2017 12:35 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    Well, it could work... but I'm not sure why you would want one. OK let me back up.

    One of our customers asked if there were a cellular booster that boosted Bluetooth signals instead of cell signals. That way, you could leave your phone ...
    by Published on 05-10-2017 05:40 PM
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    2. Satellite

    Yeah, that. Obviously everyone knows that a footprint is the print left by a foot. But, when we're talking about satellite TV, a footprint is something a bit different.

    In satellite terms, the footprint is the area of the planet where a particular satellite signal can be received.

    This is the footprint of a DIRECTV satellite that serves several cities in the midwest including Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit (courtesy iamanedgecutter.com.) If you're inside this yellow shape, you can get those signals. If you're not, you can't.

    Some satellite beams have a "CONUS" or continental US footprint while others, like the one in the picture, cover only a certain area and are referred to as "spot beams."

    Why is this important? If you're in an RV or yacht and you travel outside the satellite footprint for the channel you want, you lose that channel. While satellite signals can be fairly precisely aimed, it's still hard to be super-precise when you're aiming from 22,000 miles away. Most spot beam footprints extend out about 150 miles from the center give or take, and national "CONUS" beams extend about 100 miles from the shore.