I have an HP Envy Win 10 laptop I plan on using for the interface. Will this work and will I be able to use the touch screen? Is there a way to download the actual operating software before the 6700 arrives so I can at least see the controls?
Yes, I have a small laptop with a touch screen and it works just fine. You don't need a huge amount of computing power in the client. Most of the digital "heavy lifting" is done in the radio.
You can download and install SmartSDR but, unfortunately, it won't actually show you anything because it won't "see" a radio yet on your network.
Sorry, the waiting is the hardest part!
You don't need to put your radio in the same room as your router. I am using the Asus Aimesh which allows one to create mesh nodes that operate on the same SSID. I have my radio in the garage with all the goodies hooked to my Asus router/node. I operate from anywhere in the house or yard using a computer or IOS device. Mesh nodes are wonderful!
Mind blowing fun!
If you are anything like the rest of us here you will become a Flex-Nerd and eat, sleep, and dream in panadapteric resolution!
You will need a full couple of unhampered days to unpack, install, and just poke away at the radio and wipe up the drool regularly.
But ya... Do go hardwired on the network. It works great WiFi but you have to have good gear.
Look for me on CW: 40m and up around 7.165 SSB.
Mark - WS7M