One other thing - the only sat receiver that works with the roof top dish is a model VIP 211 (or variants) and a model 411. We happened to already have a 211. And, the 211's remote is IR. So, the remote can change channels "line of sight" in the living room only.
I had this setup in my Arctic Fox Travel Trailer and I wanted the sat recv to be tucked away in a cabinet in the bathroom. So, I purchased a IR to RF converter so the remote would work throughout the TT.
This comes in handy in the Forester because it means I can control the sat recv in the living room from the bedroom. Which make watching TV in bed much easier.
As I said, I already had this - so I've never tried using the standard IR remote in the bedroom. I don't know if it would work. But this setup also makes it so I can watch TV outside while grilling and still control the channel with the remote.
The IR to RF converter has a funny single AAA battery replacement that you put in the remote. Somehow, it knows what button you are pushing on the remote and sends it via RF to a small receiver with an antenna that I put behind the TV. Then there is a wire running from the remote receiver to IR emitters that I attach to the IR sensors on the SAT Receiver. And somehow this rube goldburg
It runs off of AC power and it has a charger built in for the AAA battery replacement and they give you a 2nd battery too. So one is always charging.
Here's the converter that does this: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Generatio.../dp/B000C1Z0HA