Best of the Blog 2015, Volume 1

With the move to our new platform complete, we proudly present the best articles from our distant past.

The Solid Signal Blog is your resource for thousands of articles and reviews, with new content coming every day. 2018 marks our twelfth year since our humble beginnings, and today over 200,000 people read the blog every month. Every month, the staff gets together and gathers articles that really seem like they have long-term appeal. Here’s the list for January and February of 2015.

  1. How does an infrared remote work?
  2. NICE AND EASY: Can you use an HD-BLADE antenna outdoors?
  3. How does a hard drive store so much stuff?
  4. The antenna terms you need to know: MONOPOLE
  5. The antenna terms you need to know: YAGI
  6. The antenna terms you need to know: GAIN
  7. Can you use leftover cable for your cell booster?
  8. DEBUNKING THE BLOGS: Will ATT drop the DIRECTV name?
  9. The power of the power-passing splitter
  10. Should you leave those plugged in?
  11. DISH: How can the 2nd TV remote still control the receiver?
  12. NICE AND EASY: Cascade DISH multiswitches?
  13. Are you a good candidate for cord-cutting?
  14. So, your antenna has bent elements. Is it worth it to fix it?
  15. If a cell booster promises 60dB boost, why doesn’t your phone get 60dB more signal?
  16. The ultimate guide to DIRECTV Genie and RVU
  17. TIP: Program your Genie Remote for your DIRECTV Ready (RVU) TV
  18. Weather stations? Don’t you have a smartphone for that?
  19. How does Bluetooth work?
  20. NICE AND EASY: Whats the difference between a router and an access point?
  21. What kind of cable is needed for an amplified antenna?
  22. How can you turn off just one thing using the Genie Remote?
  23. Why are there so many different kinds of combiners?
  24. Can you use a satellite splitter to distribute signals from an antenna?
  25. DIRECTV: What’s the difference between a regular search and a “keyword” search?

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.