Best of the Blog 2016, Volume 12

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 December, 2016:

  1. Why are satellite dishes for RVs and boats so much more expensive?
  2. Here’s your solution for a cell booster on a yacht
  3. EDITORIAL: I hate Bluetooth, because it hates me back
  4. The real reason phones explode
  5. Will USB C be the last connector youll ever need?
  6. Improve your TV watching experience with bias lighting
  7. OPINION: Enough with the comic book movies
  8. The rabbit hole of driver updates
  9. Has antenna technology peaked?
  10. Treat yourself to a really good satellite meter.
  11. What can you do if you live in a cinder block house?
  12. My Genie DVR says it needs to change channels. How can that be?
  13. Leave it on or turn it off?
  14. Even if you have a smartphone, a separate GPS still makes sense
  15. NICE AND EASY: Do you need a special HDMI cable for 4K?
  16. Dont put tinsel on your dish
  17. Can you make an antenna out of copper?
  18. NICE AND EASY: What can you do with an old DIRECTV DVR?
  19. How long should a hard drive last?
  20. December TV blues? Getting an antenna can help!
  21. QUICK GUIDE: Upgrade to Genie
  22. Will you need a new antenna for 4K over-the-air broadcasting?
  23. FROM THE FRONT LINES: Weld an antenna to a roof
  24. Should you turn off cellular data to save battery?
  25. Why are some antennas hollow?
  26. Dropping the land line? Take the angst away with a cellular signal booster!
  27. What is dual bonded cable?
  28. Can you get closed captioning over HDMI with DIRECTV?
  29. Is there one app that works with DIRECTV NOW and DIRECTV Satellite?
  30. Is it ok to put an antenna in an attic?
  31. Kids in the house? Satellite beats streaming, and here’s why
  32. A dish heater can save you from getting up on the roof
  33. 2016: The year in satellite
  34. Dont let the HOA bully you into taking down your dish or antenna
  35. 2016: The year in antennas
  36. Live in a small town? What’s the best way to follow your favorite sports team?
  37. 2016: The Year in Cellular
  38. Should you get a booster or a microcell?
  39. Can you have more than one LNB on a dish?
  40. Should you buy an expensive antenna meter?
  41. What is the difference between component and composite?
  42. Cellular internet instead of wired internet? Sign me up!

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.