Eliminate 'TV Two Connection Fees' from Dish Network - 2 Simple Solutions
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Many people are making the switch to satellite TV. The two big players are Dish Network and Directv. I've worked with Dish Network for many years now, so let me help you with one of the annoying aspects of the service: The Additional Outlet Fees.
EDITOR's NOTE (added 10/7/2011) - DISH Network no longer charges what were known as Additional Outlet Fees. This article, in that specific regard, is antiquated. This was a legitimate concern when these charges exist. However, this article is still useful to those interested in learning about multi-room dual tuner receivers or how to use EasyJack or other devices designed to carry Phone or Internet signals throughout the house. Enjoy!
Dish has multi-room dual tuner receivers. This means 1 receiver will operate two TVs independently. They each get their own remotes, and can watch separate channels. The alluring feature is that you don't have to pay for the second TV connected to a dual tuner receiver. But, this fee is only waived if your dual tuner is continuously connected to a land based phone line.
What if I don't have a phone line? Well darn ... my phone line is not in the same room as my receiver. What do I do now?
How to use EasyJack with your Dish Network dual tuner receivers
This solution is perfect for people who already have home phone service,but do not have phone jacks in convenient, or desirable places to connect to the receiver(s).There is a way to send your phone signal directly through your power outlets, and automatically connect with your receivers no matter where they are in your home.
The product is called . You'll see it listed to the right, it can be bought right from Amazon, and it works like a charm. You can even read the reviews and see this is one of the primary uses people have for this product. Phonex PX-211 EasyJack 2 Wireless Phone Jack System
How does the EasyJack work with my receiver?
EasyJack, also referred to as HomePlug sometimes, connects directly to your active phone line through a standard phone jack in your wall. The other end of the wire is an adapter that plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet. This is where the magic happens.
The EasyJack device modulates an isolated frequency in your home internal electrical system and utilizes that frequency to transmit a phone line connection. You then take the second EasyJack unit and plug it directly into the power outlet nearest your receiver (into the wall, NOT a power strip / surge protector). The phone line signal is reconstructed by this unit and then connects to your receiver via regular phone line wire.That explanation might be slightly technical, so I'll reiterate in simpler, but effective terms.
The EasyJack plugs into your home's regular phone jack. This give you the ability to select any power outlet in your home and turn it into an operational phone jack.
This is what you need.
What if I don't have a phone line?
Many people no longer have hone phone service. Many of these same people also have Dish Network dual tuners and want to avoid those pesky $5 per month additional outlet fees.
If you have High Speed Internet, you no longer need to pay these fees.
The TRENDnet 85Mbps Powerline Fast Ethernet Adapter is a product specifically designed to extend a high-speed internet network over your power lines, similar to the EasyJack. The additional outlet fee for Dish Network will also be waived if you can plug your VIP Series Dual Tuner receivers into a high speed internet connection. This is easily accomplished, anywhere in your home, with this product.
This adapter plugs into the back of your high speed modem / router, and then plugs in directly to a power outlet. Once this is done, any power outlet in your home can have an ethernet connection.
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