Operating with a Maestro

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Can someone explain clearly the station configuration when operating with a Maestro? For instance I understand that the Maestro is connected to the PC Ethernet port directly. So how does one use the PC for running such as a logging program or N1MM+ for operating in contests. Will it be possible to operate with the internal connections such as DAX, CAT for using CW, SSB dvk or DATA for instance.  Can the Maestro work simultaneously with a PC running SSDR?   Does it mean a return to using an external interface somehow? 
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Mal, the Maestro is not connected to any PC.  The Maestro communicates directly to the radio over a network.  The entire intent with Maestro is not to have to use a PC to operate the radio.

For operating digital modes with Maestro, you will need to connect the FLEX-6000, Maestro and the PC running your digital, mode logger or any other CAT enabled application to your TCP/IP network in your shack.  This is usually an Ethernet network, but there can be wi-fi elements involved too.

For example, my 6700 is connected to my wireless router via a wired Ethernet connection.  The Maestro communicates to the radio via a wi-fi connection.  My PC running Fldigi which requires SmartSDR CAT and DAX (not SmartSDR for Windows) is also connected to my network via a wi-fi connection.  Both the Maestro and my PC communicate over the network to the radio.  

And to answer your last question, the answer is no, you cannot run Maestro and SmartSDR for Windows at the same time.  Both are classified as GUI applications and currently there can only be one GUI application connected to the radio at one time.