Maestro software and upgrades, how-to

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We've received a few questions about how to upgrade software on Maestro and how radio software is upgraded when you are using Maestro.  Maestro will check FlexRadio's servers on startup for new software.  If new software is available, Maestro will show the new version along with two icons indicating that the software needs to be downloaded and the radio needs to be upgraded.  If the radio needs new software, Maestro will automatically upgrade the radio as well.

Maestro, itself, can hold up to five versions of SmartSDR for Maestro and SmartSDR for the FLEX-6000.  Without the Internet, you can switch between any of these five versions and Maestro will automatically upgrade the radio and itself with the new software.  

So the short answer is that Maestro will walk you through upgrades and take care of it for you.  You do not need to manually download any software for Maestro.
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Steve - N5AC, VP Engineering / CTO

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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Hi Steve,

Does this mean that I can access with 1 Maestro different Flex radios with different HW Version Software as long as they are 1.7.30 and above?

So if I were to use my buddies Flex with my Maestro he/she doesn't need to change their software.

Furthermore, if I decide to move to 2.0 but they don't I will still be able to use my Maestro with their radio...., right?

Thanks
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The Maestro requires v1.7.30 or higher.  What you would typically do would be to upgrade their radio to use the Maestro.  When they reconnect with SmartSDR, they can downgrade the radio (or they can update SmartSDR to v1.7.30).  When v2.0 arrives, you will be able to have v2.0 as well as up to four prior versions of SmartSDR for Maestro on your Maestro.  When you connect to the radio, the Maestro will show you which versions require a change in the radio software.  To run the version that is in the radio, select the one that doesn't require a radio update.  The update to Maestro to switch versions takes about 1-2 minutes whereas a radio update takes about 5 minutes.

Incidentally, licensing is done in the radio.  So if you purchase v2.0 and your friend does not and you take a Maestro to their shack to give it a whirl, v2.0 cannot run on their radio (since they have not purchased it).  So you would have to run an earlier version on your Maestro, which again just requires a quick 1-2 minute change on the Maestro and can occur without a connection to the Internet.
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When V2.0 is released, will it provide the ability to connect more than 1 client to the FS 6000?

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Can't say for sure when we will have that feature.
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Thanks Steve. Exciting times ahead!!
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Frank, IZ7AUH/AK1CQ

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When Maestro on Europe?
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Matt - KD5FGE, Employee

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We will be shipping distributors units in order that they were received in our queue. We do have some distributors who are coming up for shipment so units will be headed that way soon!