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    OPINION: Apple vs. Android, 2015

    Image courtesy GSMNation. So here it is 2015, and both of the read on

    A Quick Discussion of DIRECTV Remotes

    At this time there are three classes of DIRECTV remotes in use. read on

    NICE AND EASY: What is "messenger" wire?

    Thanks to Signal Pro Ashley for this question! It's amazing how read on

    NICE AND EASY: Can you bring your access card to your friend's DVR?

    Don't do it. The access card used in your DIRECTV receiver is tied to read on

    Make almost any remote control shoot through walls

    No, it's not a new product but people still love our NextGen Remote read on

    End of the road for Al Jazeera America?

    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip! So long, read on

    Hot Deals for the week of June 29, 2015

    Take a look... these deals can't be beat! read on

    DIRECTV Remote Question: ENTER or SELECT?

    Did you ever wonder... Why do DIRECTV remotes have both an {ENTER} read on

    Save yourself time and effort: map those cables first

    Remember when they used to say, "Measure twice, cut once?" It's still read on

    Why streaming won't kill broadcast TV, according to Re/Code

    There have been many people, myself included, who have expressed read on

    Why do you need a special mount for the Slimline dish?

    Because, you know, DISH's stuff fits on a regular mast. And their read on

    What's the best location for a satellite dish?

    You've decided to put up your own dish. Good for you! Remember that read on

    FUN FRIDAY: Get that dialed in.

    When you get old enough you tend to accumulate a lot of mental bits read on

    Will the government approve the DIRECTV/AT&T Deal before July 1?

    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this suggestion! Also Solid read on

    Can you use a powerline adapter on a smart TV?

    The better question is, "should you?" Powerline networking kits like read on

    NICE AND EASY: Can you use an SSD with a DIRECTV DVR?

    The better question is not "can you..." but "should you." And the read on
    by Published on 06-30-2015 03:36 PM
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    At this time there are three classes of DIRECTV remotes in use. DIRECTV is taking steps to consolidate their stocks and reduce confusion. Here is a visual and written inventory of the remotes that might be used to fulfill orders today:

    PREHISTORY

    First, a little prehistory. The familiar white remote was introduced in 2003 as the DIRECTV RC24 as a replacement for the much-loved RCA satellite remote seen above. The RCA remote actually won awards for being “easy” to understand compared to earlier remotes that were just rows and columns of identical buttons. DIRECTV developed the RC24 because they started using other ...
    by Published on 06-30-2015 03:04 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
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    Thanks to Signal Pro Ashley for this question!

    It's amazing how there's always something more to learn. Just when you think that you've amassed a truly encyclopedic knowledge of cables, home theater, and the whole geeky lot, there's something else that creeps up that you didn't know. Perhaps today you woke up not knowing what "messenger" wire was, or perhaps you thought it maybe had something to do with a telegram. (Pause while younger readers google "telegram.")

    Messenger wire is a second cable that's bonded to regular cable like the image above. It doesn't carry any signal and is just there to add strength and rigidity to a cable. That extra strength could be needed to keep a cable from sagging when run through the air or make it easier to fish over long distances in commercial installations. Essentially messenger wire provides the backbone so that the cable carrying signal isn't strained.

    You'll actually see messenger wire used on telephone poles a lot, but you are a DIY'er would probably use it to avoid burying the cable because of local ordinances or because let's be honest, you just don't want to bury it. If you are going to string wires up in the air, using messenger wire is a pretty good idea.

    By the way, you should never use messenger wire for grounding. If you do want to have a ground wire bonded to the cable, Solid Signal sells that as well, but the messenger wire itself isn't designed to carry current. It's better to use ground wire for grounding and messenger wire for support.
    by Published on 06-30-2015 02:05 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite



    This isn't just our country's birthday, it's also a chance to take care of a few projects you've been putting off! Listen to the Solid Signal Podcast and then visit Solid Signal to shop for the things you'll need!

    Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser.
    Option 2 Search iTunes for "Solid Signal" (click here if you have iTunes on this device)
    Option 3: Click here to download the podcast in MP3 format.
    Option 4: Paste the following link into your favorite podcast program:
    forums.solidsignal.com/podcasts/solidsignal.xml
    by Published on 06-30-2015 01:02 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    Image courtesy GSMNation.

    So here it is 2015, and both of the dominant mobile operating systems have been with us for eight years. We tend to remember the iPhone coming first but it's really a toss-up; the first iOS device was the 2007 iPod Touch while Android's development actually traces back to 2003. Still, it's the phones that came to market in 2008 ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 03:14 PM
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    Don't do it. The access card used in your DIRECTV receiver is tied to your account and in some cases tied to the specific model or receiver ID of your DIRECTV receiver. If you pop out your card and try to put it in a friend's DVR or receiver, two things will happen. First ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 02:42 PM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite,
    5. Data/Networks
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    No, it's not a new product but people still love our NextGen Remote Extender even after all these years. It will take any remote control that uses an AA or AAA battery and converts it so it can shoot through walls and doors. You don't need a special RF remote, and that means you can use any universal remote control, or use IR and ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 12:05 PM
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    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip!

    So long, farewell... Well not yet, but it's likely that Al Jazeera America will cease to exist before long. The channel which came into being just three short years ago seems to be on the ropes, and it could be DIRECTV that delivers the final punch.

    Al Jazeera ...
    by Published on 06-28-2015 03:21 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
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    Remember when they used to say, "Measure twice, cut once?" It's still a good idea. If you plan a big project that includes cables, it's a good idea to plan things out first. Here are some things to think about:

    Do you have enough room in the walls? It's a good idea to know where the ...
    by Published on 06-28-2015 12:10 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    Did you ever wonder... Why do DIRECTV remotes have both an {ENTER} and {SELECT} button at the same time? Seems like kind of a waste when they both seem to do the same thing, right?

    Friends, let me tell you of the hidden power of the {ENTER} button. You'll soon realize it's the best ...

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