How To Program a Dish Network Remote: Using Your Remote with a New Device

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Connecting to TVs or Other Devices (Not Receivers)

Should you wish to control a TV or other device that does not have a satellite receiver on it, you can connect the required coax cable from that device to any LNB or input on your satellite receiver. To program a device, follow the steps in your TV or device’s user manual that instruct you to "program" the remote.

If the company you bought the product from does not have a step-by-step guide, try using the original remote control to program the unit. We hope this has made your life easier and you’re enjoying the conveniences you can now have.

50.0 and 52.0 Models

This is fairly simple, you just need to follow the instructions that came with the new device. Be sure to go through the simple steps very slowly and carefully. If that doesn’t work, contact DISH Network’s customer service, as they will be able to walk you through the process.

40.0 Model

The remote you’re using is most likely one of the older models that was replaced about three or four years ago. The newer models’ buttons and remotes have different features. If you want to use it with your TV, you’ll have to use the code for your VCR.

If you’re using a newer Remstar series, then see if it has a Model Number. If it does, you’re in luck. If you want to use it with another component, simply enter the remote’s Model Number.

If you’ve lost the Model Number, you’ll have to program it to work with another component.

The good news is, this is relatively easy to do. You’ll need to know the original three digit code and the approximate number of steps to match your remote.

20.0, 20.1, 21.0, and 21.1 Models

Many of the newer Dish Network receivers have a similar look, but they may have a few differences. As a rule of thumb, the new satellite dish HD receiver box has a Different model number compared with the older (larger) satellite Dish receiver box. For example, the 1.x large receiver is the 722 and is now obsolete. The new satellite receiver is the 21.1 Dish Network receiver, which is replacing the older 1.x large receiver. The 21.1 is the newer box and is similar in size.

The older, larger satellite receiver will have an IEC power connector and a single video output connection. The smaller satellite receiver only has a coax power connector. The newer receivers have only one composite video output. These new receivers can use the same remote as the 13.x, 12.x, and 11.x receivers.

Connecting to Receivers

If you have moved, you can save yourself a lot of time if you plan ahead and program your old remote first. There are several ways to program the remote to your different receivers even before you get to the playroom.

  • For receivers that are on the same remote, use auto-setup during configuration and the individual receiver ID’s will transfer over.
  • For receivers that are on different remotes, it will be necessary to program a different remote for each of them.
  • For TVs, base the code choices on the model and size. All TVs use code 798 for Sanyo and code 898 for Mitsubishi.

52.0 Model

If you have a Dish Network remote control, you can use this code to program your Dish Network Remote to operate a new device. On the back of the remote control, you will see a button that says, “add a device”. Press the button, and then scroll down until you see the following screen.

After you enter this screen, you will be prompted to enter the 52.0 code followed by the new device’s manufacturer code.

For example, to program a Dish Network remote control to operate a Sony television, you would enter the following.

Enter the 52.0 code.

Then enter the Sony code of 593.

After you hit the enter button, the TV screen will display a message that reads, “added device xx—. This means the device has been successfully added. If the TV screen displays a message that reads missed command, then you entered the code incorrectly. If the device is already programmed, you will receive another message.

50.0 Model

40.0 Model

The remote you’re using is most likely one of the older models that was replaced about three or four years ago. The newer models’ buttons and remotes have different features. If you want to use it with your TV, you’ll have to use the code for your VCR.

If you’re using a newer Remstar series, then see if it has a Model Number. If it does, you’re in luck. If you want to use it with another component, simply enter the remote’s Model Number.

If you’ve lost the Model Number, you’ll have to program it to work with another component.

The good news is, this is relatively easy to do. You’ll need to know the original three digit code and the approximate number of steps to match your remote.

Other (Older) Models

When the default channel changes, DISH Network remotes will no longer be capable of controlling the TV. So, you need to program your remote with the new channel.

This can be done using your remote control or the TV and remote control together. If your DISH Network remote does not have a setup code listed, then the code for the TV will work. Just power on the TV and with the DISH Network remote control press and hold the correct setup key. The setup key for that brand of TV should be displayed on the screen.

If you’ve done the above, but the DISH Network remote control still does not control the TV, you may need to reset the TV. You can do a hard reset by following the steps below:

Turn off your TV. Unplug the TV. Push and hold the power button until the TV starts back up.