Not configured for SmartLink - Hardware key radio now (can't because I'm remote)

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Upgraded my local 6700 - worked perfectly.

Proceeded to upgrade my remote 6300 - it appeared to upgrade okay after power down/up following the upgrade.  However, when I click on "Register" to attempt to register it for SmartLink, it's no dice.  Since I'm remote, I'm unable to "hardware key the radio now".  Am I going to have to drive 2 hours to finish the upgrade??

Rick
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Rick - W5FCX

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Posted 12 months ago

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Rick - W5FCX

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Nevermind.  This was my mistake and misunderstanding.  Apparently one must "authenticate" by physically keying up the radio, even if you're running on the LAN (same subnet).  I understand it's a security precaution, but it seems a bit overkill.  It's certainly inconvenient for those of us whose radios are hundreds of miles away from us physically most of the time already...

I was hoping "SmartLink" was smart enough to know the difference between a LAN connection originating on my own subnet (within the boundaries of the radio and router/default gateway's subnet) and not require physical authentication, but alas, it does not.  What would've been sufficiently secure and much more convenient is to accept LAN-based client connections as pre-authenticated (they aren't authenticated today!!) and only force physical authentication like it does in the event the client's IP is outside the radio's subnet.

How about asking us remote users next time how we'd like to see it?  We can probably actually help.  (oops - now my negative comment will cause this thread to self-destruct)
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