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TV2 remote rarely works

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by beagan, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. beagan

    beagan AllStar

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    We've had our 722 for almost 3 years now using the TV2 remote for our second fed HDTV (via HDMI splitter) in our bedroom, that is roughly 35 feet away. Initially, we had to point the remote in certain directions to get it to work and then found the A/B switch to increase the sensitivity distance. That worked beautifully and we've had no problems...until now. We've swapped the batteries and just cannot find a consistent sweet spot to get the remote to work...extremely frustrating. If I go to the living room and stand right in front of the box, it works perfectly. So, this drives two questions: 1) do I need a new remote or 2) is something wrong with the box/antenna attempting to receive the remote's command at that distance? Nothing has changed in my house (no new walls or anything). I don't really want to spend $15 on a new remote when I don't know if that will solve the problem. Any advice / troubleshooting tips would be much appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. beagan

    beagan AllStar

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    I just had a thought after writing this...would it be possible to make the "antenna" closer to the bedroom by running coaxial cable from the antenna point on the receiver box under the house and attaching the "antenna" connector on the opposite end closer to my bedroom? Thanks.
     
  3. MattG@DISH Network

    MattG@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

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    This is what I was going to recommend. You'll need a spare piece of coax and a barrel connector. Connect the coax to where the antenna would be on the back of the receiver, and connect the antenna on the end of that piece of cable. Run the cable off to the side a bit so the antenna is more exposed, and see if your remote is working better. If it's still having the same issues, you likely need a replacement remote.
     
  4. beagan

    beagan AllStar

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    Thanks for confirming my suspicion Matt. It actually couldn't have been any easier. I already had a coaxial run going to the bedroom for when I use to use the standard def feed. I simply removed the antenna from the box and swapped it with the SD feed, then connected the antenna to the wall plate I had in the bedroom. It works perfectly and is nicely hidden behind my HDTV. Whew! Finally an easy fix comes my way.
     
  5. BobaBird

    BobaBird EKB Editor

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    If you still want to use that line for independent TV2 SD viewing, you can add a pair of splitters to combine the signals.
    http://www.dishuser.org/uhfextend.php
     

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