How to Use JTAG With DISH Receivers

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How to Use JTAG With DISH Receivers
Fix your receiver so you can watch TV normally. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Using a Joint Test Action Group allows you to debug or modify the Dish receiver. Many people perform a JTAG in order to solve common receiver problems or to troubleshoot a receiver. Though you can use the JTAG to hack the receiver so you access free Dish Network TV, you should not use JTAG for that purpose. Hacking a receiver to steal TV access is illegal.

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Things you need

  • Soldering iron
  • Screwdriver
  • Signal cable
  • 5 resistors
  • JTAG software

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  1. 1

    Open the cover of your receiver by removing the screws that hold it in place. Set the screws aside and pry the cover off the receiver. Turn it over until you see the green PCB board.

  2. 2

    Solder the pins of the connectors, that look like small, silver circles, to alter the pin layout. Pins 13 and 2 though 5 must be soldered to the resistor. Connect the pins to a resistor, one at a time, using a small wire. Solder your resistors to the PCB board, above the location of the pins.

  3. 3

    Connect the signal cable to the computer. Connect the other end of the signal cable to the appropriate port of the receiver.

  4. 4

    Turn on your JTAG modification software by clicking on the "Start" button and scrolling to "Applications" then selecting the software.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Detect" button and enter the data in the relevant fields, such as model number.

  6. 6

    Perform the debugging procedures you wish to perform and close the software.

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