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    by Published on 05-07-2015 12:55 PM
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    Behold the SWM-32. It's the biggest multiswitch in DIRECTV's arsenal and capable of feeding 32 receivers at a time. It's strictly for commercial use, since you can't really use it efficiently to share programs between devices. On the other hand it has some benefits: its output power is stronger meaning longer runs, and it's designed to accept two power supplies meaning it can work redundantly.

    It's also the only multiswitch that's designed to be cascaded, in other words you can connect one to another for a total of 64 receivers fed from just 4 DIRECTV cables. SWM-16 multiswitches aren't designed for that purpose but they can be used that way if you are willing to deal with the uneven output power on the second one.

    Cascading a SWM-32 multiswitch is actually really easy. Connect cables from the bottom of one to the top of the other. DIRECTV recommends these cables be at least two feet in length. It's good that it's so easy, because the SWM-32 can be a bear to set up in other ways. It's the only multiswitch that requires you to use a separate power supply for the dish, and the inputs at the top are reversed, with the 18V input all the way on the right when you would normally expect it to be on the left.

    Here's a quick diagram showing a typical cascaded installation.
    by Published on 05-04-2015 05:03 PM
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    4. Data/Networks
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    Yes.

    Look, I know that when you're putting in a DIRECTV system in your bar, restaurant or waiting room, you're on a budget. Often times the basic installation isn't enough and you could be spending a lot of money to get everything wired up. It seems like the perfect time to cut out unnecessary ...
    by Published on 05-02-2015 04:37 PM
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    When you have to go big, SolidSignal.com has you covered with the best commercial products. You may think of Solid Signal as just a place for consumer-level equipment, but we've been working hard to get our commercial gear ready for installers from small to large!

    The latest addition is the full line of towers from Rohn. You will find complete kits for every commercial need no matter how large, all available for you. This means towers, masts, guy wires, hardware, the works.

    Of course this stuff isn't just for installers. If you're a high-end hobbyist you'll appreciate being able to get everything you need in one place. We make it easy, and if you need custom quotes, we're here for you as well. Call us at 877-312-4547 and we'll be happy to put together something that will help you broadcast or receive just about anything from just about anywhere!
    by Published on 04-29-2015 12:09 PM
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    OK, we know you love Solid Signal because we have the best selection of stuff for the DIY'er. We give you access to the same tools and parts that the installers use, so that you can do professional quality installations for yourself. But... what if you don't want to?

    We've all reached the point now and again where climbing up on that roof just isn't interesting. Sometimes too, we have to admit that a particular job is a little too much for our comfort level. And of course, there are sometimes external factors... that person who insists that a professional get involved no matter how much you think you have everything in hand.

    That's why Solid Signal has a network of independent installers all across the country who are there for you when the job needs just a little more than you can give it. Our network reaches from coast to coast and beyond, and every single installer is hand picked so that we can promise you a quality experience.

    If you need someone to help with a local project, start by giving us a call at 877.312.4547 and we'll be happy to recommend someone. If you are an installer yourself and you're looking to join the family, call the same number and we'll let you know what it takes!
    by Published on 03-29-2015 05:40 PM
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    Every day I stare at it with narrowed eyes. My largely unused inkjet printer sits on a corner of my desk getting dustier and dustier. When I do use it, it's likely to be out of ink or paper or need some lengthy maintenance process. My printer, it seems, hates me. I can say that the feeling is most definitely mutual.

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    by Published on 03-17-2015 02:18 PM
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    Found on the web... a new way to carry all the essential information with you. This comes from well-known tech forum DBSTalk.com, where satellite enthusiasts (myself included) have worked for ever a decade to make it better for regular folks with satellite TV.

    This time ...
    by Published on 03-12-2015 04:45 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Stuff from the past that we think is cool. That's the mandate of The Solid Signal Blog's Throwback Thursday column, and when you talk about cool, it's hard to imagine a microphone cooler than the Shure Super 55. You may not know it by name but you will by sight...



    This is the microphone that pretty much screams rock and roll, right? It's the microphone you'd associate with Elvis, yet it's the mike that Meghan Trainor uses, at least in the videos.

    The coolest and most throwbacky part of this is that a little digging uncovered this Shure catalog from 1954 showing the original Super 55 along with its cool modern cousins, displayed prominently with tape heads and phonograph cartridges. Even the Shure logo on the front with its nuclear design is cool.

    Take a minute and remember when high tech meant big, chrome microphones and then leave a comment with your recollections of the Shure Super 55.
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