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Cellular provider recommendation for use with Smartlink


My Flex support ticket was closed with the end result of Flex determining that my cell provider, T-Mobile, is not compatible with Smartlink for remote operation. I am not prepared to change my primary cell provider. I am looking for a recommendation of a cell provider that offers a stand alone cellular hotspot that is known to work successfully with Smartlink.

I would appreciate any comments.Bob, KN4HH



  • AA1SS
    AA1SS Member ✭✭✭

    Thats ODD . . . I have a RFinder B1+ ht that is android based and I use RC Forbes Remote Hams Client on it. I have Mint Mobile which is T-mobile and can remote into my 6500 flawlessly.

  • WX7Y
    WX7Y Member ✭✭✭✭

    The reasons RCForb works is because it is totally different lower security 3rd party type of Remote base software and uses different network technologies, It is great software as I have ran a RCForb remote here for MANY YEARS with great success but is a lot easier to be hacked then the built in SmartLink.

    For me to run SmartLink /SmartSDR reliably using T-Mobile I have to use my SoftEther server VPN at home for my IPhone and IPAD's built in VPN client.

    I wish there was a Android App for SmartSDR and a IOS App for RCForb, If there was I would trash my IPhones and IPads and go strictly Android devices.

  • Bob  KN4HH
    Bob KN4HH Member ✭✭

    I use RCForb to remote my Ic-7300 on my wife’s android phone. I can also remote my IC-7300 using RSBA1 using a windows laptop and my T-Mobile hotspot only because the data structure is not the same as Flex.

    Thanks for your comments.

    Bob, KN4HH

  • John K3MA
    John K3MA Member ✭✭

    I am assuming your talking about this in the context of an Android or iPhone accessing a cellular tower. If not and you are talking about T-mobile and their home service which also accesses through the cellular tower and provides the home user with a router for home use there is a solution. The regular home service does not allow port forwarding but if you get a business EIN number (easy to apply online via the IRS website) then you can request the router they will provide as a business. I believe it is a small monthly extra charge $15+/- but with that, you get a Static Public IP address and also the ability to do port forwarding.

    I suspect this is not your case but just in case it is or someone else comes around that might find this information of use.

  • Dan Trainor
    Dan Trainor Member ✭✭✭


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