January 2015

Will a DIRECTV remote control your cable box?

We’ve been running a lot of sales lately on our 4-device universal remotes for DIRECTV. The most common question we have is, “will this work with my cable box?” Unfortunately in most cases the answer is…



The antenna terms you need to know: YAGI

Yagi. OK, it’s a silly sounding name. Maybe it conjures up images of the original Karate Kid or a certain picnic-basket-stealing bear. The yagi antenna, however, is one of the most important advances in outdoor antenna technology and…


YES YOU CAN: Build a wireless network over 8 miles long

OK, not everyone needs this… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cool. Wireless, secure network communication between two points 15 kilometers apart. It’s not only possible, it’s easy using Ubiquiti’s Nanostation M5 adapters. Put one where your network…


The antenna terms you need to know: DIPOLE

Dipole. This is a little more complex sort of antenna, and they’re everywhere. The most common way of thinking about a dipole is a “rabbit ears” antenna but really most indoor antennas, whether they are cats’s…



CES2015 Wrapup

We’re all back at our desks now and there’s been plenty of time to absorb the impact of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. From the point of view of our Solid Signal fans, we saw the…



What is eSATAp?

Does it seem like this alphabet soup is out of control? Because SATA was hard enough to swallow. If you trace the origins of this acronym all the way back, you’ll learn that the middle “AT”…


How does a hard drive store so much stuff?

When it comes to computers, the physics and math involved makes them almost impossible for the average person to truly understand. You can look at a small box full of moving parts, about the size of…


CES2015: We weren’t the only ones unimpressed

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was kind of like bad pizza. It’s better than no pizza, but still… While it was hardly a flop, there just wasn’t a whole lot to see that really lit up…