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How to Program Your DISH Network Remote to a Device

May 20th, 2011

Your DISH Network remote can be programmed to control most televisions, DVD players, VCRs and stereos in three steps!

1. Press and hold the mode button.

At the top of your DISH Network remote there are four clear buttons, these are the mode buttons that are used to select which device you’d like your remote to control.

TV: When in this mode your remote will control your television, such as volume functions and changing the channels or inputs on your television. When your remote is programmed to your TV, you do not need to be in TV mode to control your volume, this can be done from SAT mode. Your remote should usually be in SAT mode for normal viewing functions.
VCR/DVD: This button is used to be programmed to your VCR or DVD player so you can control the power, and with DISH Network remotes that control DVR receivers you can control the play, pause, stop, rewind and other VCR/DVD functions.
AUX: Auxillary mode is used to program your remote to additional electronic devices in your home theater system, such as an additional VCR/DVD players or stereo equipment.

Press and hold the mode button you’d like to program for approximately 10 seconds and all of the mode buttons will light up.

Release the mode button and the button you are programming will begin to blink.

2. Program the code.

While the mode button is lit up, enter the code for the device you are programming the remote to on the number pad. You can find codes to program your remote on the DISH Network remote support site at the bottom of the page organized by receiver type. The codes are listed by brand, such as Sanyo or Admiral, and there are several codes for each brand. Start with the code at the top of the list, as the codes are listed according to highest success rate to lowest.

Once you’ve entered the code on the number pad, press the POUND (#) button on the bottom right of the number pad.

After you press the POUND (#) button the mode button will blink rapidly and then go out.

3. Test your remote functions

Are you able to control the device you were programming your remote to? Test the power on and off. If you are unable to control your device, begin again from step one with a new code until you find the code that works for your remote and device.

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