Firmware update via SmartSDR for iOS?

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I've been experimenting with a combination of SmartSDR for iOS as well as dogparkSDR for use on my Mac.  I love both programs and find no real reason to use Windows; well, except for the need to update the Firmware in the Flex 6500 when necessary.  Thus my question. 

Is there any intention to allow updating of the Flex's firmware via SmartSDR for iOS, or is it already able to do that and I just haven't been using it very long, thus no new Firmware?

I'd really love to delete my Windows VM to save the disk space, but am using it right now for those times I need to update the firmware. 

Thanks in advance and 73

Dave
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K3DCW

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Alex - KM5YT

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Amen to this:  given no path for IOS update and Dogpark Software replying a couple of weeks ago that they had no plans to support firmware upload, we are left with Shifty Bill's Windoze - which I
am gradually trying to walk away from and isolate.  I am also hoping for a LINUX suite with firmware
load ASAP. 

Alex/KM5YT
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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You can always use a Maestro to update the radio firmware.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I may be mistaken, but I get the impression from reading a variety of posts and release notes through the years that the firmware update routine may be one of the more complex operations in SSDR for Windows of Maestro -- requiring complex communications timing, updating multiple processors inside the 6000 rigs, error checking, rebooting different internal processors, etc.  And the consequences of getting this wrong may be extremely serious - perhaps even bricking the rig and requiring a trip back to Austin.  This may be one reason that other developers are reluctant to pursue adding a firmware update routine to their client software.  Perhaps the software team would enlighten us?
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I can't speak for anyone else - but allowing dogparkSDR to update the firmware would make it possible for us to break something that we couldn't fix. I don't think anyone would want to risk that.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Right, Don.  I get nervous if strangers ask me to help jump-start their car...if something breaks, even if it wasn't my fault, I could get the blame!   
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Alex - KM5YT

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Having trouble getting this replied to - but here goes again:
--- I think it should be a design desideratum that the F6K+ series be 'robust' or 
'anti-fragile' in the  Nassim Taleb sense. The unit should a) not be able to be  bric'd
by any logical signals sent to it, b) and/or fully field resettable with or w/o a 'magic
dongle (supplied)' - the only reason for a return of the unit should be fried componentry -- which is why I have annoyed the Flexvolk to go to a card cage layout!
We will have to visit this issue again when a LINUX version of smartSDR. 
--- Isolated jumpers (or just good procedure) can avoid such agonies - even in the
pathetically fragile electronics in rolling stock on the market of late! 
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