SmartSDR 2.0 UPnP

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If you want a simple, no brains, solution to opening ports to use SmartSDR 2.0 then be sure you have Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) enabled on your router. If you do this, registering your radio for WAN operation takes less than 30 seconds. This simple check will save FlexRadio dozens of hours of support time when SmartSDR is released.

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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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What is the work around for UVerse and commercial system users where UPnP is not supported?

Of my three QTHs' services I believe only one supports UPnP.

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Steve,

You'll need to manually forward ports. I suggest you read up on how to do this.

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No doubt this is debatable but there's a widespread view that UPnP is inherrently insecure. Wouldn't the best advice therefore be to disable it and learn how to port forward manually?
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Paul,

If you have the skills to do manual port forwarding then fine. I'm using UPnP even though I'm a Cisco Network Certified Engineer. No issues here.

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Fair comment Mack. I only mention it because I was considering using UPnP for a NAS drive here. When I researched the subject there was a large amount material condemning it as insecure. Because of that I found out how to port forward - which in fairness is very trivial. But clearly YMMV.
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Everyone and their auntie is using UPnP these days. Yes it's "insecure." If you want the most secure method you should use a VPN. However the security risks aren't insurmountable and much of it comes down to your router and how good its firmware is. You should also get good malware protection on your PC anyway as much of the UPnP security issues have to do with malware opening ports for intruders to remotely control your PC.
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Yes I agree Ria and I have taken all of the precautions you mention. However, there has been a great deal if discussion here about maintaining the security of our remote stations. I find the recommendation to sacrifice even a little security for simplicity something of a contradiction. Especially when the alternative is so straightforward.

That said, people will obviously make their own choice.
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Which ports need to be forwarded? Might as well get it going!
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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One time configuration, per radio.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Ditto per Maestro?

Thanks!

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Yes, same for Maestro. It's the radio hardware that gets registered, not the client.

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Just to clarify - you only port forward for the radio. The maestro is a client and does not need to be forwarded. Ditto your iPhone/iPad, laptop, or Mac (whenever Don gets dpSDR updated). Those don't need to be port forwarded. It's a one time process, as is the radio registration when you verify that you have physical access to the radio.

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George - to answer your question, you can set the manual port forward mapping to anything you like for the radio
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Hi Andrew. Port forwarding is done in your router. The exact procedure depends on manufacturer & model. I have found the following site very useful:
https://portforward.com/
It has comprehensive instructions for a large number of routers. They even have some software to automate the process if required. You just select your router, follow the instructions to get into the port forward configuation page, then enter the ip and port(s) you want to forward to your radio.

Hope this helps.
FOOTNOTE: this was in answer to a question that appears to have been deleted whilst typing the reply. Hopefully it may help someone else.
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