Unfortunately connecting my Maestro to my LAN (with cat V cables to the router and switch/radio) only works to an extent. After the all green signal strength goes to red, the connection drops and I can't listen or transmit until it goes yellow or returns more green bars. Yes - I do show some dropped packets. I'm using V 2.4.9 (but 2.3.7 was the same)
So how do I connect directly to my 6600M? I'm afraid that I'm finding that my Maestro has no value. unless I can have uninterrupted communication between it and the rig. And I doubt that I'll have any success with remote ops over the internet.
Interesting is that I never have any trouble with Team Viewer over the same setup LAN OR WAN. So I'm wondering what communication protocol Team Viewer uses? Team Viewer WORKS.
Try swapping out wires first. If your current wires are Cat 5 (not Cat 5E), try putting some good quality Cat 5E in their place.
And, some home use routers and switches will drop packets at a rate that will cause a connection to break down.
And we may as well say a few words about Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi systems are all over the map in terms of their ability to carry this load. You'll find lots of references to Wi-Fi systems that can't run the radio reliably. Often times people expect distance to be the factor that causes the LAN to break down, but it is often other factors such as local RF noise, poor access point firmware, etc. that is really at fault.
I just got a Maestro after having a number of Flex radios and using them all via hardwired connection and sometimes to my laptop via WiFi.
During use with my laptop over WiFi, in my home, I have noted that the 2.4Ghz WiFi band is horrible. I regularly see the behavior that you see where it can start green, go yellow, then drop connection only to work fine again for a while when reconnected.
I see much better WiFi operation when using the 5.0Ghz band.
Enter my new (but used) Maestro. The very first thing I did was to connect it to WiFi and I used it that morning on my 5.0Ghz WiFi without issue.
The very next day I received a new WiFi router I had purchased that would eventually go into the remote kit that the Maestro was to be apart of. I did not realize when I purchased it, that it only had the 2.4Ghz band.
I connected to this new router using my Maestro and started to get the behavior you mention. At times restarting the Maestro ended up with a display of the meters but no pan or waterfall.
I began to think my new (used) Maestro had an issue. Then I noticed the signal was yellow to read. So I went and got a LAN cable and plugged the Maestro, hardwired, into the LAN.
I got much the same behavior and was about to post a help request both here and on the help desk. But what I realized before posting it was that even though the Maestro no had a good hardwire connection to the LAN it seems to prefer WiFi.
This for me was the key discovery. I cannot guarantee this is true and I don't have my Maestro sitting in front of me to check it but it did seem to want to connect to that sad 2.4Ghz router. It gave very erratic results even though there was a hardwire LAN connection.
I have not yet figured out how to basically turn off the Maestro Wifi and force it to use just the LAN hardwire. But I did realize it was trying to use my crummy 2.4Ghz router. So I reconnected the Maestro Wifi to one of my 5.0Ghz access points and suddenly it was very happy.
So for the poster with the issue:
1) See if you can try 5.0Ghz instead of 2.4 or vice-versa. If you only have 2.4 you might want to get a router or add an access point that can do 5.0. 2.4 is in use by so many devices I believe it just has poor performance, at least in my area.
2) For all, if there is a way turn off the WiFi in the Maestro and force it to use the LAN cable can you tell me how to do it?
I use my router to issue static IP addresses to my network devices. I have an address allocated for my Maestros mac addresses, both wireless and wired. However, I don't rely on the DHCP setting on the Maestro for the connection. Instead, i remove *all* settings from the wireless network setup, and fill in the address, subnet and gateway on the ethernet network page on the Maestro. Boom. It remains solid green from start up.
I haven't tried this the other way around, but it seems the Maestro may be running into a conflict between the ethernet IP and the wireless IP. It'd be nice if there was an easy way to turn off the interfaces individually and easily to stop this if it is the issue, even so far as logically interlocking the two, so only one can be used at a time in the Maestro software.
It'd be interesting if others tried this and fed the results back - it's worth a shot before replacing other hardware!
I had a D-Link 4 port ethernet switch between my router and connected to the Maestro and Laptop computer.
I removed the switch and then had a cat 5 cable directly from the Maestro to the Netgear router.
So far I've had a solid Network Health indicator and over ten million packets with 0 drops. So I think I've found the problem. I do have a 8 port "tp-link" gigabit switch between the router (hardwired) and the 6600M as well as a shack computer and other devices. But it seems not to introduce any problems. And I'll leave the existing CAT 5 cable in place - should I need a direct connect radio to Maestro in the futureI've ordered a CAT 7 cable to replace the CAT 5 between the router and 8 port tp-link gigabit switch. 150 ft. Mainly because its better shielded and has direct burial.
Thanks all for the replies and help