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Dish Network’s DishCOMM Technology

by Dish Systems Team

Posted on May 14, 2007

DishCOMM is a technology that allows compatible DISH Network satellite receivers to send and receive data via the home power lines. • DishCOMM is based upon HomePlug 1.0 technology, but adds capabilities and features specific to DISH Network receivers. • The first implementation of DishCOMM will allow compatible receivers to share the phone line. • DishCOMM is designed to be a very robust network, and works in a variety of home installations and with common household equipment. DishCOMM Supported Receivers: • ViP622 DVR • DISH 411 • ViP211 • ViP222 • All future modelsDish Network's DishCOMM overview: •DishCOMM technology sends and receives data over the home power lines, providing communication between DishCOMM-compatible receivers and equipment, such as the DishCOMM Modem. • Initial implementations of DishCOMM will allow one or more receivers to “share” another receiver’s phone connection, or to use the DishCOMM Modem which eliminates the need for a physical phone connection to the receiver. • Future implementations of DishCOMM Technology will include a HomePlug to Ethernet adapter to support DishONLINE downloads over the home network without an Ethernet connection.Creating a Dish Network DishCOMM Network: To enable communication between DishCOMMcompatible receivers and equipment, you must create a DishCOMM Network. The DishCOMM Network uses the home power lines to send data. Create a DishCOMM Network by “adding” compatible receivers and equipment. Use a single receiver to enter the receiver (and modem) IDs on the DishCOMM Setup screen.1. Access the DishCOMM Setup screen (MENU, System Setup, Installation, DishCOMM Setup). 2. Select Add to go to the Add Device screen, where you enter the ID number and Type for the equipment you are setting up. For receivers, enter the Receiver ID number from the System Info screen. 3. After you have added all the equipment to the DishCOMM Network and return to the DishCOMM Setup screen, select Test to test the network, or Done to save your changes. 4. Sharing a modem: • If one DishCOMMcompatible receiver has a physical phone line connection, the receiver’s modem can be shared with other DishCOMM-compatible receivers in the home. • If no receivers in the house have a phone jack located close enough for a physical connection, the DishCOMM Modem can be shared among multiple DishCOMM-compatible receivers. a) To share a receiver’s modem:1. Connect a phone line to one receiver.2. Create the DishCOMM Network (see instructions, above). 3. Using the receiver that is connected to the phone line, go to the Phone System menu (MENU, System Setup, Installation, Phone System). Ensure that under Modem Type “Local” is selected. 4. On the other receivers, access the Phone System menu, and ensure that “Remote” is selected. b) To share a DishCOMM Modem:1. Connect a phone line to the modem. 2. Create the DishCOMM Network (see instructions, above). 3. Ensure that all receivers have “Remote” selected on the Phone System menu. Dish Network DishCOMM Installation Considerations: • If using a surge protector, one that is approved for use with HomePlug devices must be used, and the receiver(s) and/or modem must be plugged into the HomePlug outlet of the surge protector. • DishCOMM equipment should not be plugged into switched outlets. • Dimmers for home lighting can interfere with DishCOMM. It is not recommended to use dimmers on the same circuit as DishCOMM equipment. • Avoid plugging DishCOMM devices into GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets as they may interfere with the communications. • When sharing a receiver’s modem, Caller ID must be enabled on both receivers to receive Caller ID information on the receiver that is not connected to the phone line. • Do not use non-HomePlug powerline networking equipment, such as Phonex wireless extenders, in installations where DishCOMM is used. • A DishCOMM option is available on the “Attention 587” message, allowing you to create a DishCOMM Network during the initial receiver installation.Dish Network Provides Great "How-To" Documents on the customer Tech Portal Please visit the DISH Network Customer Tech Portal Dish Network Provides Great "How-To" Documents on the customer Tech PortalPlease visit the Dish Network Provides Great "How-To" Documents on the customer Tech PortalPlease visit the