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Does a Roku Work On Older TVs? (Yes, It Can!)

By Greg Martinez / September 1, 2022

Do you still use an old tube TV? If so, you may wonder if you can connect modern devices to it, for the simple reason that most of today’s devices use HDMI, which your old TV may not have. But worry not. It’s likely you can still connect your old tube TV with a modern […]


Cat5, Cat6, Cat7 vs. Cat8: Which Cable is Right For You?

By Greg Martinez / June 22, 2022

Did you know the plain old Ethernet cable you use for connecting your cable modem and WiFi router is but one of several types? Ethernet cables have in fact come a long way since the 1980s and keep evolving to carry greater volumes of data at higher speeds. But yes, there are several different categories […]


HDMI ARC vs. Optical (Toslink) – Which is Better and Why?

By Greg Martinez / June 13, 2022

HDMI and optical are among the most practical ways available to establish a functional audio/video connection between devices. Most people find themselves stuck when deciding between these two technologies for their domestic or commercial uses. Your decision boils down to which devices you’ll connect to, the connection possibilities of the devices, and the video and […]


Ethernet Splitter vs Switch vs Hub – Which Do You Need?

By Greg Martinez / May 12, 2022

A common problem that a lot of people face is having too many Ethernet cables for too few ports on their networking device. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow make the ports magically multiply to match your number of cables? The next best option is to use a splitter, switch, or hub. But […]


5 Ways You Can Get Local Channels without Cable

By Greg Martinez / May 10, 2022

Are you thinking of doing away with traditional cable TV? Or maybe you live in an area that does not have exciting cable company options. There are many reasons why one would want to enjoy local channels like Fox, CBS, and NBC without cable. The good news is that you can still catch your news […]


How Do You Get Free Local Channels without an Antenna?

By Greg Martinez / September 7, 2021

It costs roughly $40 a month to access a basic set of channels on cable. More comprehensive packages with more channels cost upwards of $150. It’s easy to see how much money cutting the cord can save you. It’s on the scale of hundreds of dollars a year.  And cord-cutting doesn’t always involve getting your […]


How Do You Build a 40’ Antenna Mast?

By Greg Martinez / August 29, 2021

If you live in a hilly area or one that’s surrounded by a lot of trees, your antenna may not be picking up TV signals well.  Luckily, there’s a workaround that can help with this issue—an antenna mast. And unlike a regular tower, a mast can be taken down with ease when it’s no longer […]


Can You Plug an Antenna into a Roku? (Depends On the Roku)

By Greg Martinez / August 24, 2021

Roku devices are a popular cord-cutting option among those looking to ditch their expensive cable packages. The devices are budget friendly, come in all form factors, and are easy to set up. But perhaps most importantly, they cost less than other options for the purpose of consuming media. It’s no secret that Rokus allow the […]


Stacking TV Antennas

By Greg Martinez / February 7, 2021

You’ve probably heard the term antenna stacking, but what does it mean exactly, and is it a good idea? Let’s take a closer look at the concept and see some examples. “Stacking antennas” means setting up multiple TV antennas, either on the same mast (vertical stacking) or adjacent to each other (horizontal stacking), and combining […]


How To Use A TV As A Computer Monitor

By Greg Martinez / December 6, 2020

Using a TV as a computer monitor can be a viable solution for those often hunched over their laptop and hurting their neck. Maybe you’ve built a new PC and want to save some money on the monitor. Or perhaps you want a larger or a second screen to make multitasking easier. Regardless, repurposing an […]

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