Is there any compelling reason to have "both" a Maestro and a 6600M?

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Additionally, I ordered the 6600M but travel a "lot" in a motor home, sometimes staying at hotels as well.
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Dave Gipson

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It really comes down to whether you enjoy operating your Flex remotely via a Pad, laptop, or the Maestro.  Any of these will suffice for remote operation. 
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Dave Gipson

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Makes sense but... Is there anything the Maestro can do remotely that my laptop can't do?
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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When I’m traveling I tend to take an iPad using SmartSDR for iOS.

My Maestros (I have one for each QTH) spend much of their time remoting to a radio elsewhere in the QTH, though I often have one on my desk at work using SmartLink to remote home.

How an M-model and a separate Maestro work together is presently you can use one or the other to access the radio. That will change, but what it will look like is in flux.


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Not that I'm a where of, although the Maestro does have a string of jacks on the back which makes it convenient for connecting external speakers, key, line in, line out, two microphones, phones, PTT, etc.  I'm sure there's also a way to make these connections to a laptop, but not sure how convenient it would be.   Laptop users... weigh in!
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I used my Maestro from a hotel way back before SmartLink existed. 

WiFi from laptop to my Verizon hotspot since hotel WiFi was crap. Ethernet from the Maestro to laptop. I used OpenVPN software to set up the laptop as a client back to the home network and bridge over to the Maestro. Worked great, had access to the radio, logging, auto tuner, amp, etc.

Today with SmartLink you would just use WiFi for Maestro to radio via SmartLink and the laptop back to the network using TeamViewer for remote desktop. You can alternately use a VPN server /client setup if you want to logging software and other software locally on the laptop remote.

The only thing you cannot do at this time is have the DAX audio outside of the local network, so for digital modes you would need to run the digital software on the home computer and access it via remote desktop.

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Bill - W9KKN

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At some point, multi-client support has been discussed...not sure if it's still in the works, but in theory, SO2R/4V would be really cool if not overwhelming.
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Isn't Multi-Client 2 operators on one radio??