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Re: Dish Network
Dunno much about Dish network, as over here we have DirectTV, but im sure its basically the same concept.
Each reciever has to have a seperate line run to the dish. None of them communicate to each other.
When ours was set up, we had to call Direct TV, and they dialed into the house, scanned the cards over the phone lines (yes, they need a phone connection, too), and activated them so we were able to recieve channels. Basically, it validates the card. You cant use it before then, and once its done, i dont think you can use it in another house. Im not even sure if you can swap the cards between recievers.
Once upon a time, you used to be able to buy recievers, and if you paid cash, theyre were no records taken down, so no one could prove you bought it. That was when youd take your card to a 'professional' and he'd do something to it, imprint a specific code on it or something, and it would unlock whatever channels you wanted. Kinda like a black box for satellite.
forgot the dish!
Wer have the small dish on our house. For our application, its on the SW corner of our house. We rarely lose signal. Only when its pouring like hell, or when theres an electrical storm. Normal rain storms, wind storms, and snow has no effect on it.