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    by Published on 07-27-2016 01:03 PM
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    3. TV Antennas,
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    The story goes
    that Benjamin Franklin was flying a kite in an experiment to see if lightning and static electricity were the same thing. It may or may not have happened, but Mr. Franklin certainly did a lot of work about electricity leading to his invention of the modern lightning rod ...
    by Published on 07-21-2016 12:48 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Satellite



    Small business owners are squeezed from every direction. If you're just trying to run an honest restaurant, tire store, whatever... you need to cut costs everywhere you can without ruining your customers' experiences.

    So, you might be tempted to bring a receiver in from home, put up a dish, and voila, DIRECTV for your business. Except, it won't work for long.

    There's no technical limitation to this, it's all policy. DIRECTV doesn't let you use residential receivers or residential service in a business, and that's because they have to pay the content providers more for commercial accounts. Any time the TV is in a public area, they have to pay royalties. If they don't, they could get sued.

    And let me say, they take that very seriously. They literally have people roaming around from place to place looking for people who are doing this. Their "Fraud Squad" will find you, and they'll come in guns blazing. I'm talking cease and desist orders, potential lawsuits, anything they can to make sure you stop doing what you're doing. It would kill their long-term relationships with vendors and they're not going to let that happen. They would gladly throw you and your small business under the bus rather than ruin a billion-dollar business relationship. When you look at it that way, can you blame them?

    The good news is that there are DIRECTV packages for every budget for commercial customers. If you have a small public area, it's not going to cost you anywhere near what you think it will, so it's better to just get on the right side of this. The folks at Signal Connect, our business arm, are happy to explain all the advantages and disadvantages of this whole process to you, just give them a call at 866.726.4182!
    by Published on 07-20-2016 03:23 PM
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    This is the NAS STD-9501M diplexer. It's an essential part of a DIRECTV Residential Experience (DRE) system. But, it's also a misunderstood part. Let's take a look at what a diplexer does and how you should be using one.

    The purpose of a diplexer is to allow you to use two different cables and combine their signals into one cable. ...
    by Published on 07-11-2016 01:42 PM
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    Residential DIRECTV installers know that if you're feeding an external multiswitch, you'll need a PI-29Z power inserter. It's important to put enough voltage on the line so you can power the dish and the SWM, and the PI-29Z is the only power inserter on the market that does that.

    On the other ...
    by Published on 07-10-2016 04:10 PM
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    It's another one of those terms the old-timers use. Generally pronounced "smat-vee," SMATV is a term that means using one dish to serve multiple apartments. In the past, it meant one big, ugly dish like the one in the picture above. Today it's likely to be a DIRECTV dish just like you'll find on a home.

    Before cable, ...
    by Published on 07-05-2016 12:20 PM
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    2. Commercial,
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    If you have a DVR in a public place, you may turn it on in the morning and turn it off in the evening. Unfortunately, DIRECTV has recently put power saving measures in the DVR and by default, it will turn off by itself after four hours without a button press. This can be a problem for commercial accounts.

    In most cases, receivers for commercial accounts should not have the power saver option at all. Sometimes you get older software that still has it, and some people are using the wrong sort of receiver. If you've brought a receiver from home or activated a receiver for work using your commercial account, you should know that it's a really bad idea. I've known quite a few people who were visited by the DIRECTV "fraud squad" after running unauthorized equipment. But as for me, I'm not here to nag you. I'm sure you'll make the right decision.



    If you're having a problem where your DVR turns off after four hours, follow these steps to turn power saving off:


    1. Press {MENU} on the remote.
    2. Arrow down to “Settings and Help” and press {SELECT}
    3. Observe that “Settings” is highlighted and press {SELECT}
    4. Arrow down to “Power Saving” and press {SELECT}
    5. Press {SELECT} to enable the dropdown and arrow to “Off” then press {SELECT} again.


    This should disable the Power Saver, and when your properly authorized commercial receiver gets the latest software, the power saver should be permanently turned off. By the way, this tip works for residential receivers as well if you don't want the power saver to bother you.
    by Published on 07-03-2016 01:38 PM
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    3. TV Antennas,
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    Remember these? For you young'uns, this is an RF Modulator. The purpose is to take an SD video signal and put it on channel 2,3, or 4 of your television. You see, kids, there was a time that the only input on a TV was the antenna, and if you wanted to watch something from a newer VCR or DVD player, you needed one of these to make ...
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