Important SmartSDR v1.8.4 info for Maestro users - Upgrading?

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We have just released the SmartSDR v1.8.4 ecosystem which consists of SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR CAT, DAX and SmartSDR for Maestro.  With the release of v1.8.4, we are deprecating SmartSDR v1.8.3, meaning that you can no longer down download SmartSDR for Windows v1.8.3 and you will not be able to run SmartSDR for Maestro 1.8.3 if had had previously downloaded and installed it on your Maestro.

For SmartSDR for Windows users, it is recommended that you install v1.8.4 at your earliest convenience.  You may want to remove SmartSDR for Windows v1.8.3 prior to installing the new release to ensure that you do not accidently run a deprecated version of SmartSDR.

For Maestro users, please select and download version 1.8.4.  While we have corrected the problem that resulted in a small percentage of Maestros becoming inoperable after upgrading to a new software version in release v1.8.4, that fix is not included in earlier versions of Maestro software, so we recommend that once you have upgraded to v1.8.4 that you only downgrade if it is absolutely necessary.
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Upgrading - SmartSDR v#.#.# and Maestro

July 2016

 

This is how I upgraded to the new SmartSDR v#. #. #

Flex-6x00:

 

Upgrade the Maestro to v#. #. #; and it will automatically upgrade the F-6x00 firmware to the same version.

Remember that there are 3 different things that need to be upgraded. "KY6LA"

1.  Maestro Internal Firmware

2.  The Flex-6x00 Internal Firmware

3. You need to downloaded from Flex SmartSDR for Windows

 1&2 are automatically updated when you update 1.

Important:

Follow these simple actions required to update the firmware.

1. Radio off (Flex-6x000)

2. Download SmartSDR firmware (v#. #. #) to the computer

3. Turn the radio on (Flex-6x00) and DO NOT OPEN THE FIRMWARE!

4.  Maestro must be connected directly to a modem or a switch.

5. Apply power to the Maestro: Preferably the AC wall charger, instead of the battery.

6. The Maestro will ask to install v#. #. #

7. The firmware will update both the Maestro and the radio.

The Maestro will open to a band the radio is on; all knobs and bottoms operate the unit.

Turn the Maestro off.

Go to the radio (Flex-6x00) PC and click on SmartSDR v#. #. #.

The radio will come alive and perform and operate as it was intended; with this new version.

Without having to read 8 or more pages of mumble jumble instructions that were hard for me to follow.

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While this procedure will work, this level of detail really isn't necessary.  It really makes no difference if the PC or Maestro is upgraded first nor does it matter which one does the radio firmware upgrade.  SmartSDR is designed to take the guesswork out of making certain that the client (SmartSDR for Windows or Maestro) software is in sync with the radio firmware and will perform a up or downgrade of the radio firmware if necessary.

What is important is that your Mastro is on a reliable network and power source.  The most reliable configuration is a wired Ethernet connection using the AC power adapter.
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Thank you for clarifying that point " makes no difference if the PC or Maestro is upgraded first." However, that is not even mentioned on the update.
You are doing a fine job and I am trying to inform those of us that need that extra and clear instructions; without all the wordiness.  K I S S is my motto. 
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Point taken. Thanks.