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Why do we all use RG6 cable?

Seems like RG6 cable is everywhere. It’s used on satellite TV, over-the-air antennas, cell boosters… it’s the one cable that can pretty much do it all. You’ll even find it in some home audio setups. But…

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What is plenum rated cable?

If you’re a building manager, you probably already know about plenum rated cable. You probably curse under your breath every time you hear it mentioned, because it’s much more expensive than regular cable. For example, our plenum-rated…


What does a compression tool do?

This is one of our most popular compression tools, the InstallMates Lock and Seal Universal Compression Tool. It’s a favorite of professional installers because it’s compact, light, and works with a variety of different connectors. Obviously, it has…



Save money by making your own cables

Why pay more when you can do it yourself? Yes, a lot of people are willing to pay extra for the quality and professional craftsmanship of Solid Signal’s custom made cables. There are just as many who want…



Why are compression connectors so important?

Even if you’re just a regular TV viewer, you probably noticed that the connectors on your cables don’t look like they used to. There was a time that video cables had a hexagonal connection between the…





FROM THE FRONT LINES: Easy conversion

Let’s say for example that you bought one of our DIGIAIR signal meters. It’s a great tool for people who need to measure antenna signals all the time because it’s very, very accurate. The measurements it takes,…


Death, taxes, and 3dB Loss. Seriously.

It’s inevitable, like death and taxes. There’s at least a 3dB loss from every 1×2 splitter. In fact, there could be more. Why is that? To understand why there’s no escaping a 3dB loss, you need…


DON’T DO IT: Twist-on F connector

The sad thing is, this image comes from Wikipedia, meaning it’s “The” official photo of an F connector in many people’s minds. It’s also about the worst thing you can do to an RG6 cable. You…