Mac with VirtualBox Windows VM or Parallels or ???

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Has anyone had any luck with running the Flex Radio software on a Mac via Parallels or VirtualBox Windows VM or ???  Looking for anyone that has any success with any of them and any additional software you may have run with it like DDUtil, etc ... I have an Elecraft Amp, Tuner and two transverters and am looking for a solution so I can possibly TOSS this windows machine once and for all or is there talk of Flex writing their SDR code for MAC....or am I forever doomed?

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I was able to operate on Parallels on Mac. The twist is I had to modify the Parallels networking mode to directly share the Mac network so UDP discovery of the Flex worked. Otherwise it was fine.
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thank you
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Rick, how did modify Parallels to make it work?  I am able to run SmartSDR on the Mac, Catalina OS, Windows 10, Parallels, but the only radio that it sees is the FlexRadio 6400 that appears to have a WAN MAC address.  The LAN radio does NOT appear.

If you could, can you share what screen you might have navigated to in the Parallels setup and what values you entered to finally make it work.  I am at my wits end, here!
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I am in parallels using win 10 xfrd from my pc connected to my network i can ping the flex at 192.168.2.169 which is its adx but smartsdr cannot see any radios. I have shared the mac network as recommended but see screenshot from win 10 showing a 10.x.x.x adx yet it pings fine.
I know its a paralells setup issue as my win10 machine works fine on the same net. What do i need yet?
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You must use a Bridged network setup in Parallels - that way you will be in the same broadcast domain with your Flex (and the Mac). If your Mac and your Flex are on a 10. network, your Parallels version of Windows must also be on the 10. network.

You do this by setting Parallels up for bridged networking.
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You got me on the right track after thinking ... I went to parallels win 10 hdwre configure and changed share mac network to thunderbolt ethernet adapter then in win 10 network used dhcp and changed dns server adx to my private network router adx of 192.168.2.1 the restarted windows and all works fab now. Thanks.
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Have also run SSDR on Mac under Parallels with bridged network, as well as VirtualBox under Linux.
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Thanks
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Of course, the DogPark Software applications (dpSDR, MacLoggerDX) work beautifully with Flex and are Mac-native.
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I certainly concur with George’s opinion - on a Mac, use dogParkSDR, until you need to run SSDR to update software on the Flex - then use that VM.
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Thanks George
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I've been using Parallels for about 4 years and never had a problem running SSDR on my MAC. Like George said, dogparkSDR is also a native program on the Mac to run your Flex radio. Both do a fantastic job.
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I use both Parallels and dogParkSDR.  They both work 100% with the latest versions of Mac OS X.  I am currently running Mojave and has had no problems.  As said before you need to be careful on how you setup your network.  Otherwise no issues.

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I have used Parallels and VMware fusion and they both work well.  The problem with Parallels (unless they changed their licensing policy) is you had to pay more each Mac installation (I have 3 Macs) and you had to pay to update every year.  With Fusion, I can run on all 3 Macs and not have to purchase for each one.  Also, I don't have to pay an update fee each year to keep in working.  The updates are optional.

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I have used parrallels since version 1 series of Flex software on a now 9 year old Mac Tower.

There were speed issues in the very early days of version 1 but once Flex got to version 2 the software has had no issues with performance.

As with all Macs memory size effects operating performance. If you have performance issues at all upgrade your memory size.

I have had no issues with Parrallels and highly recommend it. Good advise on the network settings, worth noting, made the same mistake.

Ham radio Delux, Flex Smart SDR, WinLink, FT8, PC-ALE etc. all have worked well locally and via remote using Parrallel remote access.

Don’t forget your Mac can also run Windows natively by booting up in Windows 7 and even 10 if not too old a Mac.

I have had none of the Windows issues in 7 that we hear about from updates in the last 3 years running natively (booting up in Windows 7)). Perhaps the Apple drivers for Windows are better matched to the hardware.

Last the dog park software is great and has worked well for me also.

The Mac Hardware platform is my preference for Windows when required.

Watts

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Lots and lots and lots and lots of success using parallels. I even remote in to my MacOS/Parallels combo with teamviewer running in MacOS, and everything works great.

With two monitors and a MacPro, it’s like having to completely different machines. You can’t tell that the W10 display is a VM.

I sometimes use DPSSDR to run all Mac when doing Sats, but usually run SSDR in W10 along with WSJT-X. I run MacLoggerDX in MacOS, and connect everything with JT-Bridge.

You can very successfully use a Mac for all of your ham radio desires.... ;-)

Hope that helps a little, good luck!

73
Justin
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One thing no one has mentioned, but can be a big part of being successful running Windows in a virtual machine is the ease of creating “restore points” - whenever you make a change that you want to be able to get back to, just make a copy of the virtual machine file :-) Quick and easy, and I’m sure everyone making use of VM’s knows about it, just didn’t mention it as a positive.
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I’ve been running SmartSDR under “Bootcamp” for years. Bootcamp with Win7 Ultimate works fine, including DDUTIL v3.
I’ve also run SmartSDR under VBox (Win10) on. 17” MacBook Pro.
The only reason I haven’t switched to Dogpark is that it isn’t quite ready for prime time, YET.

73’s de Mike wa6fxt
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Just remember running any of the solutions like VM, Boot-camp, or Parallels it is still running Windows, 
Windows 10 will still have the same issues you had on the other hardware and Windows 7 is at the end of life soon. 
I wish I could get my mind around DogPark to go native but I still have a lot of issues with it.
A couple years ago they talked about making MAC run IOS which would have been great with the SmartSDR for IOS APP but I think that idea got dumped in the trash. 

I have heard some people playing with WINE on MacBook Pro but haven't gone that route to see if I could get it running and load DOT-NET 4.0 under WINE. 
If DOT.NET 4 won't load don't bother trying to run SmartSDR installer under WINE it won't work, Maybe next crappy weekend I'll give it a go.
 
Bret
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Just an update, started playing with DogPark.. so far so good but am still evaluating 

Thanks for all the replies
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I have been using Dogpark for about a year and love it !
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Just downloaded the Dogpark software for 6700 that arrived on Monday.  Any user manuals hidden ?
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the manual for dogpark are on the website
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Update from the original post - I'm still trying.  And I'm not there, yet.

As of today, I am able to connect to and operate the FLEX using SmartSDR under Windows 10, using Parallels on my Mac, BUT ONLY WHEN I'M ON AN OUTSIDE INTERNET CONNECTION.  On the plus, at least that proves that Parallels and SmartSDR can work, which many of you have confirmed.

When I try to run it on the LAN, it only sees one radio, and it is my FLEX-6400 on my CenturyLink static IP address, not my LAN.  IT DOES NOT SEE MY RADIO ON MY LAN.

Ken, at FLEX, has been an incredibly good help!  Unfortunately we've not gotten this issue solved, but I don't blame him as he is not a Mac user, and especially not a Parallels user.

I found a network configuration screen in Parallels and it says that the Mac needs to be connected to the following network.  It has the following settings:

Start address - 10.211.55.1
End address - 10.211.55.254
Subnet mask - 255.255.255.0
Subnet - 10.211.55.0

The IP address of the FLEX-6400 is 192.168.0.39
The IP address of the Maestro is 192.168.0.38

When I "come in" from the outside, the port forwarding seems to properly route the traffic thru to the FLEX and it works.  The router is at address 192.168.0.1, on the LAN side.  So the FLEX and the incoming router are on the same network, and it works.

I am suspecting that with the Parallels VM interface to Windows it looks like it must be on the "10" network and that may be my problem.  Unfortunately I don't know how to fix it.

I don't use Windows for much of anything other than local special purpose applications like the FLEX Radio, or programming the Intellitec control pads in our motorhome, or any other Windows only applications, but I don't want to "break it!"

If my analysis is right, is there such a thing as a guide as to how to reconfigure Parallels to operate on the "192" network?  Somehow I suspect that might fix my problem.
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I just fired up Parallels and checked out a few things. The key is to go to the Parallels network settings (in the Window that has the Windows version you are running, it is the cobweb icon. Set to Bridged Network, and pick Ethernet (or however your Mac is connected). In the picture below, you can see that my IP address is 192.168.133.31, which comes from my LAN router (192.1698.133.0 network). Sees the Flex locally just fine. I think I mentioned this once before. Good luck.

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Thank you, Ted, thank you!!  My screens don't look anything like what you show above, but I was able to find a screen that had similar choices and tried the Wi-Fi AND IT WORKED!!!

My top bar didn't have any of the icons that I see on your picture, and definitely no spider-web icon.  But you gave me the pointing that I needed to find where to fix it.

Again, thank you so much!!!