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Dish Network Remotes
There are four main generations of Dish remotes
use, all of which are divided into two types - infrared and UHF.
Infrared remotes require a direct line of sight to the receiver, while
UHF remotes allow you to control your receiver from up to 200 feet
away. With very few exceptions, newer remotes are backwards
compatible with older receivers.
Dish remotes can be programmed to operate with different
addresses. A remote set to a certain address will only operate a
receiver that is also set to the same address. This is useful when
multiple receivers are in use, since it keeps the remote for one from
changing channels on the other and vice versa. Addressing is available
on infrared and UHF remotes. On most remotes the address is represented
by a number between 1 and 16. There are two different frequencies used
for the UHF remotes, labeled A and B. Both the receiver and remote have
to be set for the same frequency. Older receivers like the 625 and 322
only work with the A frequency.
To change the remote's address
Hold down the SAT button until all of the indicators
the SAT button starts blinking. Key in a number between 1 and 16. Press
the # key, the SAT button will blink three times to show that the
remote has accepted the code.
To change the receiver's address
Press the System Info button on the front of the
receivers that don't have a System Info button, turn the receiver off
and press the channel up button. Press RECORD on the remote. The box
labeled Remote Address: will
change to whatever address the remote is set for.
Programming the remote for your TV
There are multiple ways to program a remote. Probably
easiest is auto-scan. Press and hold the TV button until all the indicators
light and TV starts
blinking. Press the red power button to put the remote into auto scan
mode. Aim the remote at the TV and press the Channel Up key until the TV turns
off. The remote sends a different code every time you press the button.
If you skip past the right code you can go back by pressing the Channel Down key. When the TV turns
off press the # key to set the code. To find out what code the remote
is using, press and hold the TV button
until all the indicators light and TV
starts blinking, then press # twice. The TV button
blink the three digit code.
If you know the code for your TV's manufacturer, you can
it directly. Press and hold the TV button
until all the indicators light and TV
starts blinking. Key in the three digit code and
# key, the TV button will blink three times. The TV power button and
volume keys will work with the TV even when the remote is in SAT mode.
To lock the remote so that it can't be put into TV mode, append a 1 to
the end of the manufacturer's code. For example, the TV code for
Panasonic is 512, to lock the remote, enter 5121. This is handy for
children who might get the remote into the wrong mode or put the TV on
the wrong channel.
SAT Auto Tune
This feature automatically puts the TV on the right
which is handy for the second TV on a dual tuner receiver. To setup a
remote to automatically tune to channel 60 when the SAT button is
pressed, hold down the SAT button until all of the indicators light and
the SAT button starts blinking. Press * then 60 then #, the SAT button
will blink three times.
The 20.0 and 21.0 remotes can learn commands from other
remotes. I'll walk you through learning the power command from the
manufacturer's remote. Press and hold the button for the device you
want to program unil all of the indicators light and the button starts
blinking. Hold down the RECORD
button until the light goes off and comes back on steady, the remote is
now in learning mode. Press the POWER
key on the Dish remote. Aim the DVD player's remote at the sensor at
the top on the left side of the Dish remote and hold down the power key
until the light on the Dish remote blinks once. If the light blinks
three times the remote didn't accept the code. Repeat this process for
each button you want to program. Press the SAT button to take the
remote out of learning mode.
Comes in two versions, the infrared-only model is 20.0,
infrared/UHF version is 21.0. A small switch inside the battery
compartment toggles between IR and UHF modes. The key on the bottom of
the 21.0 remotes slides out and can be reversed so you can use it with
TV1 or TV2 on a dual tuner receiver. A and B frequency UHF remotes are
available. The A models are backwards compatible with all UHF capable
receivers, while the B remotes only work with ViP receivers. The two
different versions aren't labeled, and can't be switched to the other
These are the gray remotes which were originally shipped
out with the
522, 625, 622, 722 and other assorted receivers. They're functionally
identical to the later 20.x remotes, have all the same buttons and work
on all the same receivers. The UHF remotes can be switched between the
A and B frequency with a switch inside the battery compartment, but can
not be switched into IR mode.
Basic remotes supplied with the non-DVR SD receivers
like the 301, 322, and 311. These remotes have a record button, but it
only works when the remote is in VCR/DVD mode and will not operate any
of the receiver's DVR functions. There are two types of type 5.x
remotes: IR, which is the "standard" and UHF which is only used with
UHF capable receivers like the 322 and 811/381.