Any benefits of SmartLink if running JT65/JT9?

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So now that everyone has calmed down since Hamvention and we know 2.0 is out soon I was wondering how will SmartLink benefit me if I'm running any of the digi modes? As far as I understand it I will still need to VPN into my computer that is running my logging and JT software.
So just trying to wrap my head around running all the 3rd party apps with SmartLink. Thanks all.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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There's no real benefit because even if/when you get DAX on smartlink, the latency may not work well with time synchronized JT modes. 
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Probably not.  Strict timing modes, like JT65 and reliable delivery of data from the radio to the PC running the digital mode, is paramount for reliable operation.  Add the Internet into that equation and the possibility for dropped audio packets and variable latencies increases by orders of magnitude.
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Thanks, Tim and Ria I was trying to do mental gymnastics in my head on this. I'll just sit back and enjoy my 11 month and 22 days old 6500!
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Now if digital mode developers decide to start to bi-directionally transfer audio data to and from the radio using IP streams (UDP VITA-49) rather than rely on Windows sound cards, then things open up for remote digital mode operation.  This architecture would cut down on the latency by removing the Windows audio layer from the equation and you could easily do remoting by using port forwarding.  I could even see the ability for SmartLink to embrace this type of architecture and do the remote setup automatically*

* Please do not interpret this speculation as a forward-looking statement regarding a feature that will be added to SmartSDR or a timeframe or version for when a feature like this might be added.  It is only a discussion for academic purposes only ;-)
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Rory - N6OIL

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I was wondering why more devs have not embraced VITA-49?
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Probably because only one amateur radio company is using it, same reason nobody touched d-star for years.  I dunno. :)  I do wish JT65 would be implemented in the radio though. That level of programming is way beyond my capabilities at this point or I'd take a stab at it.
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VITA-49 discovery is very easy to program and the flex API is not hard either. The problem as you said is that it's only for one company and for the most part windows drivers "just work."