Remote SSDR with Smartlink Versus Maestro

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I am a newbie and run my Flex 6700 with a fast dedicated Win10 laptop with 2 external monitors.  I also have everything working remote either using SmartSDR on another laptop on same home LAN or alao set up with Smartlink when away from home.   Wow what great functionality.  Now I am trying to understand why I would want a Maestro?  Except for the traditional buttons and knobs, what other functionality does the Maestro offer over my laptop running SmartSDR with or without Smartlink?

Jerry NY2KW
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jerry stern

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Doug K0DV

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You can use the Maestro as a control for your 6700 and have real buttons and knobs.  I use it at the ham shack and remote. 
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jerry stern

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Yes buttons and knobs are nice but other than that are there any other functions that can only be had with the Maestro compared to a remote Laptop and headset running Smartlink?
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Ted VE3TRQ

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I believe the Maestro has a built-in WinKeyer, so if you do CW, you will probably like having a Maestro remote.
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Bob Craig, K8RC

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As does SmartSDR...
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Ted VE3TRQ

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But you can't just plug a key into your PC :-) Of course with some added hardware, they would be equal.
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Doug K0DV

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It's more than "nice" to some of us. I have both and there is a different and more pleasant feel to running with a rig that has knobs.  With a laptop you always have to worry the cursor over your virtual control. I suppose this comes from  50+ years as a ham running radios with knobs. You do have nearly all the functions on the Maestro, but you are limited to two slices.
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Bob Craig, K8RC

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To answer your actual question - No, the Maestro does not have additional functionality compared to SmartSDR running on a computer. 

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Steven Linley

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I like using the Maestro remote because it removes the radio from my laptop screen and I have more room for logging and other programs.