Stephanie’s younger brother played in her room while she worked. He played along with all his music and played his television along with the DISH Network remote. After a long day at work, Stephanie sat down that night watching television. She pressed the channel up button on the remote to change the satellite channel. But the remote control changed the television, and all he could see was snow and not the show he wanted to watch.
The remote was not in satellite mode, resulting in a frustrating night after a long day at work. Turns out his brother touched all the buttons on the satellite remote. The remote control instantly became inoperable. Stephanie’s little brother last pressed the AUX mode button on the top of the remote. Now when you use the control you think you are controlling a device that is programmed for AUX.
Setting limited mode on a remote can prevent you from accidentally changing the channel. For those of you who have built-in devices, this would inhibit the full functionality of those other devices. Programming this feature can reduce frustration, a phone call and a home visit.
For customers who only need power, mute, and volume for TV (or VCR) operation, program the remote to operate in limited mode. This prevents you from accidentally changing the TV channel far from where the satellite programming is located.
There are two ways to set this mode, depending on the model: “Normal” or “Easy” modes are available on the latest replacement remote control, including the 6.4 and 5.4 models, along with previous versions.
On the 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4.0, 5.0, 5.3, 5.4, 6.0, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 remotes, programming limited mode is as easy as adding the number 1 after the TV (or VCR) code when programming the mode button on the remote control.
Limited Regular Schedule:
The following procedure is used with the codes found in the back of the user guide that came with the receiver. Manufacturers often have multiple codes for each type of equipment they sell. If power scan was used, refer to remote control code reading in user guide. The following instructions show programming with the TV code. VCR codes are programmed in the same way using the VCR mode button.
- Press and hold the TV mode button until all the mode buttons light up at the top, then release it.
- Enter the three-digit TV code from the user manual guide.
- Press number 1 (limited mode)
- Press the Pound (#) button
5.3, 6.3 and future successors support Easy Limited Mode. Remotes that support Easy Limited Mode are circled around the SAT button.
Easy mode setup
After programming one of the buttons: Press and hold that mode button until all four mode buttons are lit, then release it.
- Press the Page Up button once.
- Press the pound (#) button.
Eliminate limited fashion
To remove Limited on remote controls that support Easy Setup, press the Page Down button instead. This procedure can be performed for TV mode, VCR mode, and TV and VCR programmed in AUX mode.
Eliminate this feature by reprogramming your device without entering “1” at the end of the program.