Remote Operation Comfiguration?

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I am running 100% remotely (no antennas at home QTH) using using a 6700 at the Remote Site and either my Maestro, SmartSDR for iOS or my Home PC to access via SmartLink. To date I have been mainly operating SSB or CW in bedding the system down but now I'm ready for the serious stuff and have a number of questions as to the best way to configure the setup. I do have an i5 fanless PC running 24/7at the Remote Site. Connection is via a 3 hop Wi-Fi Bridge to Fibre at the nearest Town. I am currently accessing the PC via Parallels Access which has been rock solid.

Currently I am running my control and monitoring software on the remote PC but I am unsure where to install all the ancillary software - Digital Software, Log etc.

A) Should I continue to install everything on the remote PC and continue to use Parallels Access as a remote desktop, or

B) would I be better setting up a VPN between the home QTH and the remote site and install everything on the PC at the home QTH? Somewhere I'm sure I read that SmartLink should not be used over a VPN

Sorry if these questions are a little basic, it's just that it's new territory for me. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Winston VK7WH
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I have a 6500 that I use remotely all the time (similar to your setup without the PC in reverse).  In other words, I turn on the 6500 independently without an attached computer.  It is only attached to a 5 port switch, attached to my Fios router.  It use it remotely, I turn it on and off (with a power supply) using an EZ Outlet (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ4R1RK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) .  Also attached to the same power supply is a Paradan Radio Antenna Disconnect Actuator (https://paradanradio.com/products/antenna-disconnect).  This enables me to turn on and off both the 6500 and my antenna (for use or to auto ground it), all in one point and click from either my iPhone or iPad.  This system works very well for me.  Of course I do use SmartLink. 
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Hi  on my EME remote station  i use small  win10 atom based computer for run VPN  and  PstRotator  also run TeamViewer on it in case need debug stuff ...

so i run Radio trough VPN this make DAX work remote 
PstRotator  is configured for TCP  remote  server /client
VPN let me access to Digital Logger  Power-BAR  ,this also  control  radio   remote ON
use VPN for access both IP HD camera , one on antenna  ,one inside remote station

when i not operate the radio i let local running CW skimmer / WSJT-X for spot 6m opening  , in that case VPN have no traffic so may let run 24/24 and my internet provider not complain   , if i see on PSkspotter  that may radio see something i fire SmartSDR on my local PC ;-)

if win10 PC fail ,still have SmartLink as backup 

as PC i use MINIX NEO Z83-4 Pro  , aviable on amazone  ,very small  , last bios permit to restart itself in case of power loss , very low power 

that the power bar  https://www.digital-loggers.com/epcr.html   i use old version whit no wi-fi   

hope it help ,this setup let many option and redundancy

p.s. test you PC for power consumption i find that DELL PC i used before cost me 30$/mont power bill  only for PC alone !!!    
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Thank you David and Marc. Your replies are very helpful and much appreciated.

While I can operate at the moment without the remote computer running, I do leave it running 24/7 because of it's low power consumption of around 10 watts.

Can you clarify some additional questions Marc

1) What VPN are you using?
2) Are you able to run all of your ancillary programmes (CW Skimmer, SDR Bridge, Logging Software etc) on your shack computer via the VPN connection to your remote Shack just the same as if the 6700 was sitting next to you in the shack?
3) Would you still connect via SmartLink when operating as in 2) above, or is this now redundant?

Many thanks

Winston VK7WH
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Hi Winston

1-) SoftEther  Ria  and other have make here some great tutorial about it
2-) yes VPM make my radio appear as is on my local LAN  no difference at all
3-) personally i use VPN only since i do lot of Digital  / CW via CWskimmer  and CWType
      but if need smartlink  i may use SmartLink   
      test i made show that internet usage is about the same ,think VPN have bit of compression 

  the fun Thing is that my VPN setp also work whit my SunSDR ,that i use waiting for my 6600 
  i have operate during the whole ARRL constest last week-end whit no issue  ,but internet usage hit the sky  ,since  only Flex have "thin client" architecture 

73!  Marc  VE2PN
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Many thanks Marc. Your comments have been very helpful

Winston
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@Winston

I run remote about 80% of the time.. most of it from other countries.   Like Marc I use Softether VPN for Digital Modes when I have a PC with me.   For SSB, I use SmartLink because its easier and much more efficient than the VPN connection and uses far less bandwidth which can be expensive when travelling ..

However if you had to pin me down, I probably do 80-90% of my SSB remote via SmartLink on SSDR-iOS on my iPad Pro or iPhone X...By far the easiest and most efficient.  It has a low bandwidth mode that can really cut down that 1Gb/Hr data usage to something much more reasonable.

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Yes I agree Howard, Marcus's app is superb and I will continue to use it for most contacts however, as my station is remote and I mostly operate from home, it looks like SoftEther is the best option for me for Digital modes?

Thanks for your comments.

Winston
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Soft ether is great. Easy to setup and use

Been using it for years. No issues.
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Winston VK7WH

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I couldn't get a better recommendation than that, so SoftEther it will be.

Thanks Howard and everyone else for sharing your experiences.

Best 73 Winston