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Connect dish to wireless telephone jack?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jlblodgett, Feb 22, 2008.

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  1. jlblodgett

    jlblodgett New Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Please accept my apologies beforehand if this has been discussed beforehand-- I browsed throught he forums some and didn't see it. If it has been discussed, would you please link me the appropriate thread?

    I have recently moved into a new house, and taken my Dish Network system with me in the move. Unfortunately, while I was able to position the receivers at locations I wanted them- there are no telephone jacks anywhere near the receivers. As I am operating a two receiver system (4 televisions) I am now having to pay $10 per month because my system isn't able to dial into Dish every week to retrieve programming information. Aside from that, I'm not able to get my Caller ID information to display on my television anymore. :(

    So I have been looking at some of these "wireless telephone jacks" where you plug the telephone cable into one jack and then plug it into a wall outlet, and then plug the Dish receiver into the other jack which is plugged into a wall outlet near the receiver. Has anybody had any success with these?

    I have AT&T and have their DSL service-- do these types of wireless telephone jacks severly interfere with DSL? Unfortunately- the house I moved into only has TWO telephone jacks in the entire house, one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom -- so I've got my phone plugged into one and my DSL plugged into the other.

    Anyway-- long story short I'm looking for some information on these wireless telephone jacks and whether anybody has had any success with them. I greatly appreciate any help anyone can give.
  2. HobbyTalk

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    Does your DSL modem from AT&T have a router built-in? You can tell by looking at it for additional network ports (most have 4 ports). If so all you would need is a HomePlug adaptor to plug into a wall outlet by the AT&T router and run a ethernet cable from it to the router. You then connect both receivers directly into the wall (not through a power strip) and they will connect via the internet.

    Downside is you will not get caller ID on the screen. You can find more info here about HomePlug by searching on the word homeplug. They can be found on eBay for about $30
  3. generj

    generj Cool Member

    Mar 7, 2003
    They will work just fine. Check the Dish website as they offer a set. You don't mention the receiver mode, but if you don't care about the caller ID feature, but the charge for the receivers, you could connect to your DSL either wired or wireless and save the monthly fee.
  4. jlblodgett

    jlblodgett New Member

    Feb 22, 2008

    No- the DSL modem does not have a built in router. It is just a modem with a single jack to the wall (telephone) outlet and a single Ethernet jack.

    After doing a bit more searching of the forums I have seen that many people have used these wireless telephone jacks-- I guess I am most curious as to which kinds people have had success with, and specifically had success with when they have also operated a DSL modem.
  5. jlblodgett

    jlblodgett New Member

    Feb 22, 2008

    I have a 2 TV DVR (the 625, I believe) and a 2 TV standard receiver (the 322, I believe).

    There is a way to connect them to my wifi network???
  6. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    At my last house I had wireless jacks and DSL and it worked just fine. I honestly don't remember if there was any particular brand name, I just had a Dish retailer order them for me.
  7. HobbyTalk

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    You can use a wireless gaming controller to connect via wireless.
  8. dennispap

    dennispap Icon

    Feb 1, 2007
    I have bellsouth dsl, and i use the phillips wireless jack that they sell @ walmart and lowes. I got mine from walmart and it works perfectly. Dont know the model # but both pieces are white and it comes in a clear clamshell case.
    Caller id works everytime.
  9. jlblodgett

    jlblodgett New Member

    Feb 22, 2008

    And what will the wireless gaming controller be connected to?

    I am getting the $5 fee per receiver because I don't have the receivers hooked up to a telephone line. I am not sure what a wireless gaming controller, which would presumably be connected to my home's wifi network, is going to accomplish.

    Can you elaborate on this?
  10. snowcat

    snowcat Legend

    May 29, 2007
    A wireless gaming controller connects to your Dish receiver via its ethernet port. This allows you to wirelessly connect to your router.

    The $5 fee is waived if you connect your dual-tuner receiver to a phone line or if you connect your receiver to the internet.

    I have used the wireless telephone jack that I picked up at Home Depot (I think it was a GE brand), and it worked fine, and I had DSL at the time. I did drop phone service altogether, which is why I really like the internet method.
  11. jwjensen356

    jwjensen356 Mentor

    Apr 11, 2006
    To this I say "me too!" Mine is the Philips unit that I purchased at Walmart. I had a devil of a time finding someone that stocked these things. I found it on the Walmart website, so I went to the local store. Works fine. And the Caller ID is a great feature. You can't miss the message when the telephone is ringing.
  12. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    As the OP's receiver doesn't have Ethernet ports, we don't need to derail the thread by talking about wireless gaming adapters. That's been discussed ad nauseum in other threads.
  13. jlblodgett

    jlblodgett New Member

    Feb 22, 2008

    Where can a person buy one of these wireless gaming adapters??

    Oops- nevermind.
  14. kenyarnall

    kenyarnall Mentor

    May 11, 2004
    I recently upgraded to the vip-722, and installed a Phonex "EasyJack 2". Got it from www.buy.com for not very much. Installed the transmitter upstairs, on the other side of a DSL filter, and the receiver downstairs, on the opposite side of the house. It works with no trouble at all, so far as we can tell (caller ID pops up every time).
  15. jclewter79

    jclewter79 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 8, 2008
    Mine is a philips set purchased at wal mart. Works great.
  16. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    I have the Philips that I bought at Circuit City. Works fine. You'll need a DSL filter on the base unit.
  17. fijicougar

    fijicougar New Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    We have cell phones so we don't have a phone service. How do we connect the box to the cable modem that is in the other room? Is this even possible?
  18. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    Your cable modem probably has one network cable connection on it and your computer is connected to it. To connect your receiver you will have to add a router or a hub to the system.
  19. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    You will need a router. It can be a wired router (cheap, but requires cables) or a wireless router (more expensive, and requires a wireless bridge [also called a "game adapter"] to allow a wireless connection).




    This wired router has an input for the cable modem and 4 outputs to other devices, such as your computer and your sat receiver. If you can get ethernet cables where you need them, you'd be all set.



    This router is a wired and wireless router. It does everything the wired router does, but also has radios inside to allow WiFi connections. But... since your sat receiver doesn't have wireless capability, you'd still need to run an ethernet cable to it, or...


    ...you can get a wireless bridge (also sold as a "game adapter" for use with XBox/Playstations). This allows you to connect the bridge to your sat receiver with a short ethernet cable, and the bridge connects wirelessly to your WiFi router to complete the connection. It's more expensive and slower than a wired solution, but it's often much easier than running wires.

    I happened to use LinkSys as an example, but you can buy functionally identical products from a number of different brands, or even mix brands, as you like. Just stick to products that support 802.11g (or n, which is newer, faster, and backwards compatible with slower "g" and "b" devices).
  20. Hamp89

    Hamp89 Cool Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I have wireless phone jacks set up with my two receivers, but the caller ID only works sometimes. Does anyone else have this problem? I've only had it set up for 2 weeks, and was wondering if I might have done something wrong. Thanks!
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