SmartSDR 1.10 and FlexControl

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With SmartSDR 1.10 can I just plug my FlexControl into the back of my 6500?
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No, and let me explain the reasoning. The USB port on the back of the radio is being used to implement Radio Control Point devices, meaning devices that must reside close to the radio hardware, like an amplifier or a tuner in order to function.

The FlexControl is a Client (operator) Control Point device, meaning it has to be where the operator is located. Since SmartSDR is a client-server architecture and the client (SmartSDR for Windows) is no longer bound to the radio, it can be in a different room, different building, or different country. Since the FlexContol must be associated with the operator, it interfaces with the client software (SmartSDR for Windows).

While a lot of people chose to combine the radio and client control points together since this is how it has been done traditionally, our vision of a distributed radio system differentiates the two and this will become more important when SmartSDR v2.0 is released with native and seamless remote operation of your FLEX-6000 over the Internet.