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    by Published on 08-17-2017 02:03 PM
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    Easy answer: you pretty much can't. Let's say you were fed up with bad reception and your goal was to bring a new cell tower into your neighborhood so you and your neighbors could benefit. Here's one possible way it could go.

    Find a company willing to do it.
    This is probably the easiest. Cell towers make good money after their initial ...
    by Published on 08-16-2017 05:17 PM
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    2. Satellite

    It's a fact. DIRECTV's satellite at the 119 location is going out of service within two years. This will mean that pretty much all standard definition service will go with it, since the content on the 119 satellite will take the place on standard definition content on one of the 101 satellites.

    All English-language HD programs have already moved off the 119 satellite, and what's left is basically local programming for a few markets around the country. The only thing left is SD programming, so even if you're in one of those cities where the 119 satellite is in use, you still don't need it if all you want is HD.

    Every year, we revise our list of cities that require the use of the Slimline-5 dish. The Slimline-5 dish is harder to aim and harder to keep aimed. The preferred dish for almost the entire country is the Slimline-3 dish, or if you want 4K, the Reverse Band 3 Slimline dish. Chances are you don't need the Slimline-5 dish.

    If you do have it, it won't hurt you for now but at some point it's going to stop working and you'll have to deal with that. For now, take a look at our newly-revised list of markets that still receive programming from the 119 satellite location. That way you'll be able to figure things out for yourself!
    by Published on 08-16-2017 01:10 PM

    Easy answer: It's the opposite of a power passing splitter. We told you all about power passing splitters in an earlier article. Power passing splitters make sure that your equipment gets the power it needs. DC blocks, also called voltage blocking couplers, make sure that your equipment doesn't get cooked.

    Most devices aren't designed to take DC power in from their coaxial lines. In fact, if you put a powered connection into an input that isn't designed to take it, you'll probably fry that device. (It's happened to people I know.) When you use something like the DIRECTV SWM system, the ports that carry voltage are very well labeled with red centers, and the splitters used in that system are designed not to let DC power get to those other ports. That's a good thing.

    What if you're putting together something custom? You might not be able to rely on a splitter to block that DC voltage, and the equipment you're using might be too expensive to risk. If that sounds like you, you'll like the cheap insurance offered by voltage blocking couplers. These friendly little devices don't cost a lot and they'll block DC power coming into your devices. They don't contribute to any measurable signal loss, either.

    Of course, not every installation will need these couplers. However, if you're working with power inserters in ways that the manufacturer didn't count on, you'll be glad you had a couple of these in your toolbox.
    by Published on 08-15-2017 01:28 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite

    No, not a band made of up bass players. Who finds these pictures?

    Another term that shouldn't have you shaking your head. Nice and simple... baseband video is plain old video or audio over a wire. Think of composite video cables, or even HDMI. It's a signal that isn't modulated onto a channel, isn't put out over the internet, just the basic signal that comes from your satellite box or media player and goes to your TV. That.

    In case you're curious, modulated video refers to one cable that distributes lots of channels, like an antenna signal. It has to be demodulated and that turns it into baseband video. Broadband video is video that is delivered over the internet in digital chunks and coexists with everything else out there. You know, like Netflix. Broadband video has to be decoded and then it turns into baseband video.

    So, you could say baseband video is the simplest form of video there is. Everything else... isn't nice and easy.
    by Published on 08-15-2017 11:40 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite


    If you're asked if there are "obstructions" between your antenna or dish and another location, you might have sheepishly said no, not knowing what an obstruction is.

    "Obstruction" is just a fancy word for something that comes between you and what you're trying to see. In the suburbs, the most common obstruction is a tree that blocks the path between your antenna and the broadcast towers, or between your dish and the sky.

    The path between your antenna or dish and the thing it needs to see is called "line-of-sight," by the way, and if you have good line-of-sight it means that you can see what you need to see. Or, at least, your dish can... those satellites are awful small and hard to see with the naked eye at 22,000 miles away
    by Published on 08-14-2017 05:57 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Data/Networks
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    If you've been around DIRECTV for a while, you may have some unused wiring in your home, and a few unused parts. The good news is that it's possible to turn that unused stuff into an ethernet connection for any room!

    Before SWM technology, every room with a DVR needed two satellite ...
    by Published on 08-14-2017 02:59 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    This one's easy, but you won't like the answer.

    Although the Genie 2 can support up to 7 receivers or smart TVs, only two of those can be 4K. You can use the C61K 4K Genie Mini (which is what I would recommend) or you can use a DIRECTV 4K-Ready ...

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