I presume that FlexRadio is collecting data from my radio?
What data and why?
TraceRoute from Network-Tools.com to 188.8.131.52 [server18103.teamviewer.com]
IP AddressHost name 1 Timed out Timed out Timed out - 2 0 0 0 184.108.40.206 - 3 0 0 0 220.127.116.11 ae-1-60.edge5.dallas3.level3.net 4 0 0 0 18.104.22.168 ae4-bbr01.eq01.dal03.networklayer.com 5 1 1 1 22.214.171.124 ae6.dar02.sr01.dal05.networklayer.com 6 1 1 1 126.96.36.199 po2.fcr03.sr03.dal05.networklayer.com 7 1 1 1 188.8.131.52 server18103.teamviewer.com
Looking at the original trace, there is other traffic to the Teamviewer IP during the same time from another IP on the network. It appears that this IP somehow responsed to a broadcast packet (to 255.255.255.255) from the radio on port 4992. Odd. There have been some historical bugs around broadcast forwarding, and it could be that something on the network (my router?) is doing it.
I repeated the trace several times with a complete startup/shutdown of the radio and Smart SDR and found no other packets other than broadcast packets from the radio and communication from the radio to the computer.
The radio and PC are behind a simple Arris router provided by comcast. NAT, DHCP (obviously) on the inside - 5 or 6 PCs and lots of gadgets (mostly Linux variants) on the segment.
Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed. I think it would be nice for FRS to be able to track radio versions, errors, etc., automagically, with our permission, of course.
Sorry to get everyone excited.
Your question and a visit to my insurance agent about naming the flex as a specific item (on my policy the flex is covered under personal items, even when out on FD) raised the question about tracking stolen items.
Would you want your radio to send a message to flex on every power up with external IP address, GPS location for those with that feature?
Would Flex want to receive this information or internally specify a target "collection" point? Whatever the address it must be on for everyone and not user configurable and be delayed until GPS establishes location (or timeout) and an external link is available.
As an aside: "I've got good news and bad news, You're not paranoid."