Internet Speeds < 500KBytes/sec
Some would like to Remote Control their Flex Radio's 6xxx series without the need for
Spectrum Scope & Waterfall.
Yes, I turned the fps to 1 and Display off, but that is not enough when trying VPN to a
Flex 6xxx radio that on a Rural Slow DSL Internet
Be nice if Flex had a switch in SSDR for those with Slug Slow Internet
Just wanted Frequency Control and Tx & Rx Control and some basics
My friend K3 & K3 Mini works on Rural Internet Speeds of < 500Kbytes/sec
Another ham friend has his Kenwood TS-480SX with Remote Rig off Rural
Internet Speeds of < 500Kbytes/sec
Yes, SSDR looks great at 100Mbytes/second but I like to see a scaled down
version for those with Slug Slow Internet Speeds that want to remote their Flex
A switch in V.2.0 would be great for those with Slow Rural Internets and no need to see
Spectrum Scope & waterfalls, etc that eat up Bandwidth and Data Speeds
Any comments welcome !
I would imagine that some kind of optional compression can be added to further reduce audio bandwidth requirements and it can be turned off/on as needed.
I have done a lot of work on remote use of Flex radios. I also do own a TS480 with remoterig at the same site. Remote Rig is better, but not perfect. (BTW, I have been doing this for over 10 years) .
Can you run this test http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest at DSLreports and let me know what your bufferfloat setting is? Also, make sure your MTU value on your router is set to the correct value. This is super critical. http://www.tp-link.com/us/FAQ-190.html. Most routers can handle this.
I had problems with my Bufferbloat rating was D or worse. I was dropping about 0.5% packets. Now, I routinely get a B value and I have 0.01% dropped packets to my Maestro while remote. In the last 24 hours, I dropped only 100 packets. That is an amazingly low number.
Welcome to the world of networking. Any one can plug and play and connect to the internet. To get your full value, each installation needs to be customized.
If you don't have time to tune, you could try an IQRouter. http://evenroute.com/. I would install one, but they do not ship to Canada. This will really help your situation. Spend some time on their website and I think you will find they present some very good data that will help you out.
I 100% agree with their comments on WIFI range extenders and why they fail so much. Short story, make sure you are not using any Wifi range extenders (I know, that is not critical to this discussion, but it is important).
73 es HNY,
1) turn off DAX feeds from the remote rig.
2) turn display FPS down to between 1-6.
3) turn waterfall rate down low, or off. If you wish, also drag the waterfall/panadapter screen divider all the way to the bottom.
4) drag your SSDR window to make it more narrow. Height doesn't matter as much, but width uses more bandwidth.
It is amazing how much bandwidth things like DAX Mic Stream, DAX IQ, and other DAC streams add to the bandwidth. Also the waterfall seems to consume a lot if the rate is high
I have been able to operate remotely occasionally with just under 500 Kb/s. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. My UVerse dsl is often quite variable.
Ken - NM9P
In their manual they allow the user to choose the B/W for RX between 70Kbs to 1Mbs depending on the quality of their connection.
I have seen my friend's ColibrDDR-SDR RX run with the 70Kbs B/W option with full spectral display,control and audio over the WAN and I must say it was very good. Mind you it was over a good internet path so it would be degraded on a true skinny one.
The point is that it is possible to run SDR's over skinny circuits, just requires some compression and ingenuity.
BTW -- I own and run a 6500 remote and have owned most of the Flexes so far.
The application lets you control several different radio brands and models - Flex models included. I like using it especially with my IC-7100 as it gives me full control of the rig 160m through 70cm. It will even let me turn the rig on and off. I happen to also have an Elecraft KPA amp and KAT tuner that the application also gives me full control over. This is the best remote control software I have come across and I highly recommend it.
The security is also pretty good. You can selectively give others access privileges to selected portions or functions of your station. Pretty cool..... Works well with the Flex. Doesn't require much bandwidth. I've used it from all over. From Israel, Hawaii, Alaska and other places. Never a hickup or any issues whats so ever......
I have an IC-7100 up most of the time for VHF/UHF access. If you are interested in testing it, install the client on a laptop, configure your mic and speakers (I like wireless bluetooth headsets). Once you have the Client up and running, configure your login (your call sign) and a password. Next go in and upload a copy of your license (used to verify that you are actually licensed). Next look for W7CK (me). Go ahead and try to connect but make sure you read the first screen you get. It will give you the opportunity to "join the club"? If you press the button, I will get a notice from you. I'll look to see if you uploaded a copy of your license. If you have, I will then give you privileges to use the rig on VHF and UHF. I live just on the outskirts of Phoenix and there are a lot of folks that hang out on the local repeaters but also a bunch on 146.52 simples. Get on and play with it and see how it does from your rural location.
Norm - W7CK
Let me know if you decide to give it a try.
Norm - W7CK
I must tell you that some of us have only hot spot to work with. I am in a no Zone for internet, No cable or dsl. If i did have dsl it would be a waist because of the land lines in the woods here are useless. I get internet with hot spot and can only at best in the winter get G2 and some times G3. I have never checked my speed so can't give you data on that. I would like to remote but think it would be very difficult or very expensive. There is just nothing out here but cell tower and that is tough to work with. On top of that they limit me to my data for the month which I pay top dollar for at $50.00 for 5g. I have tried a few things but summer comes and the leaves fill in and than i'm luck to get g2. Would be nice to work remote on low data.
I use a hotspot too (a Verizon MIFI 6620L). While my area is supposed to be have Verizon Wireless 4G coverage, until I got an outside antenna I was limited to 3G, and poor 3G at that. After connecting an outside antenna I now get reliable 4G. Maybe that’s an option for you?
I have a 5 gig data plan too, so I feel your pain!
We travel a great deal internationally. So when I do not have a land based WIFI Connection, I use an unlocked Huawei 4G Hotspot Model E5377TS-32
$129 on Amazon
and local SIM Cards from whatever country I am currently in.
You can easily find local SIMS everywhere.
I find that using SmartSDR for iOS that I consume about 1GB an hour... yes I can likely consume less by cutting down display rates etc, but I like to go full bore when I have a good 4G signal...However many times and countries it drops down to 3G so you have to eliminate most of the visual displays.
Cost: If you are using a Local Country SIM... about €8 (USD$8.50) per GB
DO NOT USE ANY AMERICAN CARRIERS INTERNATIONAL ROAMING PLAN.
A typical AT&T International Roaming "DEAL" will rob you for about $150 per GB
So you can easily pay for the hotspot and a couple of GB of Data if bring your own.
Needless to say it would save a lot of money if there was less data consumption
To show just how critical your router is on this, on my Bell Canada supplied Sagecom router, I get
18 down and 7 up. However the Buffer Bloat is an A. That isn't too bad.
I changed out that Router for my Astaro/Sophos router and my BB goes to A+
Impressive. I'm very pleased with this.
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