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Hello.
My apologies in advance if this looks like a newbie and covered question. Im completely new into this.

I moved to an apartment building and want to connect my old directv receiver to the main building line. My receiver is a LH01-O-100 model. I have the following questions

Right outside my door, there is the main cabinet with multiple providers equipment. There is a DirecTV multiswitch (SWM8-W) with both 13V and 18V lines connected to it. Nothing else connected to it.
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Cabling from here to my receiver has been done and its working properly (No shorts and around 76ohm with resistor plugged).

1- Being aware that the LH01-O-100 receiver is a legacy receiver with no SWM, I tried to connect it to one of the LEGACY ports. I dont get any signal. Why?
2- Is it correct that i must not connect the receiver to the SWM1 or SWM2 ports? I havent done so yet.
3- I disconnected one of the lines that go to 13V and 18V switch inputs and plugged it directly to the receiver. This time i did get signal but ONLY certain channels? Why? Am I missing something?

I will appreciate your help!
 

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That equipment is maintained by a company that supports your apartment building. You really shouldn't try to connect your own equipment to it. You're likely to mess up your neighbors' satellite. And isn't the LH10 a receiver used outside of the US? I'm not familiar with that model number.
 

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DIRECTV isn't going to activate your receiver even if you figure out how to get a signal to it. They're not even activating older US receivers on the same account that they were deactivated from, much less DIRECTV Latin America receivers on a new US account.
 
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why is that swm8 missing the other two connectors? did they design one specifically for the 18" dish or king?? Just doesnt look right......
He's probably posting from a Latin American country, they have dishes with only two polarities and that's why he was talking about an LH-10.

Another clue is the writing on it lists a top frequency of 2200 MHz, and it says "Hecho en China" instead of "Made in China".
 

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He's probably posting from a Latin American country, they have dishes with only two polarities and that's why he was talking about an LH-10.

Another clue is the writing on it lists a top frequency of 2200 MHz, and it says "Hecho en China" instead of "Made in China".
i see that but ive never came accross one even on ebay, used to buy a bunch of these.....had no idea they made other switches for different countries, but still called a swm8
 

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I realize this is a very belated post to this thread and the OP has probably long solved his problem. And while I'm certainly no expert with LA systems ....

But from the photo posted by the OP at least, it appears the problem is simply that the SWM 8-W has no power from an inserter connected anywhere from what I can see.

Since connecting the L10 to one of the legacy ports should have worked otherwise. ....

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I realize this is a very belated post to this thread and the OP has probably long solved his problem. And while I'm certainly no expert with LA systems ....

But from the photo posted by the OP at least, it appears the problem is simply that the SWM 8-W has no power from an inserter connected anywhere from what I can see.

Since connecting the L10 to one of the legacy ports should have worked otherwise. ....

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IIRC a SWM8 can only be powered via the 3rd legacy port (or of course the SWM1/PWR port)

While the other legacy ports are able to accept voltage signaling they aren't set up to provide power to the device.
 

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Exactly, that's what I mean ...

The legacy receiver cannot power a SWM switch of course and from the photo I don't see any connection from a PI for that SWM switch in either way ....

Though I admit the photo cuts-off short around the legacy ports, so I can't be completely sure there's no PI connected to the top one. ....

In fact if the bandwidth of the legacy ports is the same as the SWM-8 for DIRECTV USA service, then it should work better for LA service since all their channels, HD and SD, fall between 950-2150 MHz.

Whereas for DIRECTV USA the SWM-8's legacy ports won't pass the Ka-lo band. So they were only ever good for the Ku 101/110/119 band channels. ....

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Oh my bad ....

Yes it's actually legacy port 3 on the SWM-8 switch that had the option of external power application, not 1.

So since that SWM8-W apparently has no legacy 3 port (just a blank opening in the casting where it would have been) then the only way to power it with a PI is inline through the SWM 1/2 ports. Therefore it's clear that the problem here is that the switch in the photo simply has no power to supply it. ...

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