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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Mark - WS7M

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Here is what worked for me but you may not have the hardware:

I had an external WinKeyer USB.  I was able to key that using CWType to get it done.

I think without something like that you may have to do the drive.
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Bob Craig, K8RC

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Yep. You have to go to the radio just once.
That's a "hardware interlock" to prevent someone from "stealing" a remote radio.
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Also just noticed that I am unable to see any Panadapter activity or add a new PA on Windows 10 (at remote site where 6300 is located).  I get the following.



I am able to connect to it and see it just fine through my VPN connection remotely.
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Also, after each failed attempt, the 6300 no longer shows up as accessible (from either PC).  Must power down/up again for it to show up as available to Connect.
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Very odd. I did not have that issue with my local 6700.  I suppose it knows I'm on a different subnet?
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Rick

Can you expand on the different subnet part, which radio and the client location.  And if SmartLink is involved.  

Mike
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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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Well... we sort of did.  :)  It is in the quickstart guide for SL.  
http://www.flexradio.com/downloads/smartlink-quick-start-guide-for-smartsdr-pdf/

I agree that it is a PITA, but all it would have taken is one person to have their radio some how hijacked and that would not have gone too well.

A lot of the Alpha testers are remote (like me).  I am remote 100% of the time and I also had to drive to my station to authorize it.  It was expanded to add to add the CW keying line as well.  
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I get that. These radios run on Private networks. Unless the private network is hacked or compromised there is no risk. And if a hacker did manage to hack into a PC on the network, they aren't there to talk DX.
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@Rick

Don't feel so bad, I had to fly back from France during the Alpha testing in order to physically Key my radio so that it would logon to SmartLink.

I totally agree that it is a total PIA and there MUST BE A BETTER WAY.

My TEMPORARY solution is YET ANOTHER Remote Controlled Relay to PTT the rig next time I need to log it on remotely.- fortunately I have a few remote controlled relays available - but a PIA to wire up yet another what should be no needed connection....

USE CASE...I want to demo my 6700 during a talk somewhere such as a long way from the USA and want to give people access during the talk.. so I would need to set up an alternative SmartLink Demo Account.. for the demonstrations.. then I want to go back to sole control... Needs a few remote PTT events


AND YES>>. I complained loudly during ALPHA Testing.

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I'm at the office and just gave up walking my girlfriend through plugging in a footswitch - I run 100% remote, even when in the house.  Ethernet, power, and RF are the only connections to the radio.
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A remote relay is a reasonable option, IMHO.

All it would take is a 120v relay plugged into a remote controlled AC power strip outlet. I assume that anyone running a fairly serious remote operation will have the ability to add a remote on/off relay tied to PTT connection... of course, learning about the requirement at the last minute when you are hundreds of miles away is 'sub-optimal'.
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Glad I upgraded. The seamless remote access without a VPN is worth every penny of the upgrade and the hassle of driving to my remote station to authenticate.


So all in all, it's all good!


Rick /W5FCX
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Yes it is good to have the Smartlink remote connection but quickly discovered I still needed a VPN connection.
I simplified the VPN connection by using the one built into the ASUS Router for feeding the DAX and Logging programs.  Smartlink replaced the Softether Server on the remote PC and the Softether Bridge to enable connecting the Maestro and 6700 together..

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