We frequently tried to find that "magic place" to aim the remote so it would work -- be it at the corner of the dresser mirror, at the headboard, at the window and so on. Making the remote work was like voodoo, and all the newest batteries didn't seem to help.
Then I found a way to get much better reception between the remote control and the DishDVR receiver. Hurray!
Step 1: Identify and gather your equipment
You'll want to get the following:
- a 6ft length of coaxial cable with connectors
- a barrel connector