2014

What is a subnet mask?

Masks. We all wear them. But folks, this is The Solid Signal Blog. It’s not some sort of pop psychology seminar. We’re here to talk about subnet masks, what they are and why we use them….


2015 Predictions: The year of 4K?

It won’t be the year of 4K. There, see how much time I’ve saved you in reading this article? Well, I hope you continue reading anyway, since there’s a little bit more to the story. We’ve…


What is digital signage, anyway?

It’s a pretty fair question, and a term a lot of people haven’t heard. Digital signage is the biggest thing in business-to-customer advertising, and there’s no doubt you’ve seen it, but maybe you didn’t know what…


BREAKING: DISH adds Netflix to Hopper

This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix streaming into its products. According to a press release dated today, Hopper users will be able to access their Netflix content through the familiar…


Do you need a Slimline-5 Dish for tailgating?

Quick Answer: probably not. DIRECTV’s Slimline-5 dish is its most versatile dish, pulling broadcasts from DIRECTV’s four primary satellite locations. (The fifth location, 110 degrees, is no longer used for US operations.) It would seem to be…




Do You Need the Internet For DIRECTV’s Genie?

DIRECTV’s HR44 Genie DVRs are super-duper. But there’s a lot of misinformation as to whether you “need” to connect them to the internet. You’ll hear different answers on different blogs and even from different DIRECTV people. Let’s take…




Is it ok to use a rabbit ear-type antenna?

Sure, they were all the rage in 1955. Today’s antennas look sleeker and sexier than these old rabbit ears, but believe it or not, this is an image from our current catalog. That’s right, we still sell…