What am I doing wrong or what procedure should I use to use DAX/CAT? Thanks for the help.
I'm guessing there is something in your network that after PC restart is not quite fully alive and therefore Dax and Cat cannot connect.
I have seen this before with a very slow DHCP server.
You could spend the time to find/fix that or decide that you will not start Dax and Cat during Windows startup and start them later.
This was my decision, not because they were not working but rather that I often op at different computers so I didn't want Dax and Cat left running.
So I removed them from startup folder. You can search google for "Location of startup folder windows 10" and that will get you to the folder. You'd remove Cat/Dax from there.
Then before you want to op, run Dax, run Cat then run SmartSDR. I do this is a batch file that I stored on my desktop:
rem Flex startup batch file
cd "C:\Program Files\FlexRadio Systems\SmartSDR v2.1.30\DAX"
cd "C:\Program Files\FlexRadio Systems\SmartSDR v2.1.30\SmartSDR CAT"
cd "C:\Program Files\FlexRadio Systems\SmartSDR v2.1.30"
start SmartSDR.exe --serial=####-####-####-####
Obviously replace the ####-####-####-#### with your radio serial number. And if you are not on version 2.1.30 you'd replace that with your version number.
I have a similar batch file to stop all flex programs. This process has been working very well.
But again, I am not advocating that this is the "right" or "best" way to do this. It works well for me. But I think you do have a network issue and it could take effort and time to track down.
I tried to reproduce your problem but everything worked as expected. My computer and the 6400M are both connected via Ethernet CAT5 cabling to a switch and then the household "IQ" router.
My test follows:
1. Action: Start computer (CAT and DAX are configured to auto-start)
2. Result: CAT and DAX auto start with minimized GUI in the taskbar
3. Action: power up 6400M and wait for full operation
4. Action: on PC, start FLDIGI
5. Result: FLDIGI connects to the DAX stream OK
6. Action: On PC, start LOG4OM (logging program)
7. Result: LOG4OM connects to the CAT port OK
Mark made a good point about potential network / DHCP issues. I suppose another test might be to attempt a Windows SmartSDR connection to your rig when this happens< as a data point. Let us know - thanks!
73, Mike KE4U
I had an issue recently with DAX showing connected however it was not. Well not from the PC I wanted anyway. My "shop" computer has SSDR installed and DAX and CAT is in the startup by default. It was taking over. I no longer allow DAX or CAT to start automatically.
I doubt this is the case with you but thought I would throw it out there !