Best of the Blog 2018, Volume 4

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 April, 2018.

  1. Do you need a UPS or just a surge protector?
  2. This little splitter could be your best friend
  3. TIP: Press the GUIDE button twice to see what you want to see 
  4. NICE AND EASY: DIRECTV and DISH on the same wire?
  5. Why upgrade to DIRECTV’s Genie?
  6. Should you put a TV antenna on your boat?
  7. Businesses need television too
  8. OPINION: The problem with old cell phones 
  9. Step by step: Hide Standard Definition Channels (new Genie menus)
  10. Should you amplify the output of a SWM-enabled dish?
  11. What does the new ATSC 3.0 standard mean for RVers?
  12. Should your antenna be level, even if you’re much higher than the towers?
  13. Do you need this LNB?
  14. Why are cellular antennas… sideways?
  15. Why would anyone buy an infrared remote?
  16. What remote codes are used for DIRECTV receivers?
  17. What is “fixed wireless” internet?
  18. Don’t use the Ethernet port on a DIRECTV H24. Just don’t. 
  19. How to turn on Native Mode (DIRECTV new Genie menus) 
  20. Smart Home Products make Smart Sense (finally)
  21. Lost Caller ID with the new Genie menus? Here’s why 
  22. Spring is here! Tune up your antenna!
  23. Cord-Cutters: Attenuator or Distribution Amplifier?
  24. FUN FRIDAY: Tesla’s own predictions
  25. What is the “shelf effect?”
  26. Fine-tune your Televes amplifier for maximum success
  27. Can you turn off the wireless radios in a Genie 2 (HS17)? 
  28. HOW TO DO IT: Record a series on just one channel (DIRECTV new Genie menus)
  29. How to view your signal strength in the new Genie menus
  30. Commercial Installers: How many lines are you running from the roof?
  31. How can I connect an antenna to my cell phone?
  32. Building Owners and Cell Boosters – looking good
  33. FROM THE FRONT LINES: Is there such a thing as a “World TV Tuner?
  34. Can you run a SWM-30 with only 4 lines?
  35. How can I show only local items on my playlist? (Genie new menus)

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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.