Best of the Blog 2015, Volume 4

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 July and August of 2015:

  1. NICE AND EASY: Don’t use an A/B switch with satellite TV
  2. It’s not just you: your old tuner isn’t as good as the old one.
  3. Is it normal for an antenna to sway in the wind?
  4. Is a cell tower bad for you?
  5. What is -“cord shaving?”
  6. How often should you scan for channels?
  7. NICE AND EASY: Can you charge your phone through the USB port on a DIRECTV box?
  8. Should you buy a satellite receiver from a thrift store?
  9. Why don’t your local channel logos show up on the DIRECTV guide?
  10. Setting display formats on your DIRECTV receiver
  11. What is a megahertz?
  12. NICE AND EASY: Why isn’t there a “universal HD LNB?”
  13. What is a cell booster?
  14. NICE AND EASY: What is an ODU?
  15. Hey baby boomers! Here’s some great TV for you… only available with an antenna!
  16. Can you take your DIRECTV receiver outside your local area?
  17. What is that ring of LEDs around a security camera used for?
  18. What does a DIRECTV access card do?
  19. Why connect your DIRECTV DVR to the internet?
  20. What is Bluetooth? Why is it called that?
  21. What is a Yagi Antenna?
  22. NICE AND EASY: What is a managed switch?
  23. NICE AND EASY: How fast is DIRECTV’s coax networking?
  24. Can a cell booster cause a nearby tower to explode?
  25. NICE AND EASY: What is SNR (signal to noise ratio?)
  26. NICE AND EASY: Can you use an indoor antenna outdoors?
  27. NICE AND EASY: What is LTE?
  28. Simple Math: Use a Splitter, and You’re Cutting the Signal Level
  29. COULD IT BE: DIRECTV’s latest DVR doesn’t output 4k?

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 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.