Hands on with the Antennas Direct DB8e

We’ve been raving about this antenna for about a year now, ever since we saw it at the CEDIA show. It’s the antenna of choice if you’re between markets but it hasn’t been available until now. Antennas…



FUN FRIDAY: Life in 1988

Here at the Solid Signal Blog we have staff members who remember 1988 like it was yesterday, and others who hadn’t entered kindergarten yet. It helps us keep a fresh perspective. So, the other day, we…


What do you mean, “Clear QAM?”

The TV industry loves to confound you with strange abbreviations. One of the weirdest is QAM, pronounced “kwam.” It sounds vaguely Australian, doesn’t it? What’s worse is that if you search for QAM, you find out…



FUN FRIDAY: Other things named Genie

No matter what they call it, we’re big fans of the DIRECTV Genie. Five tuners and all the hard drive space you need, plus the ability to run the tiny Genie Mini Clients. The system was originally…




Will Sprint be forced to use US-made equipment?

Will Federal regulators hold up the Sprint deal unless Sprint uses only American-made equipment? It’s possible. As a condition of deal, Softbank may only be allowed to buy Sprint if the FCC can mandate that certain…


Use a meter to read your signal levels

Whether you work with big beasts like this SWM-32 multiswitch or just average DIRECTV equipment, you need to know what to expect when setting up your system. You’ll need a signal meter like our AIM Advanced Installation Meter to test,…


Slow internet? Not just you.

Today, March 27, 2013 is the day of the biggest internet attack in history. At least so far. Don’t worry, it’s not Terminator 2: Judgment Day and obviously if you’re reading this article you weren’t affected. That doesn’t…