Also, The demo audio is atrocious. Is it supposed to be that way? It is all choppy and distorted on both devices. as if it is experiencing packet loss. but this shouldnt be if it is simulated as a demo.
Why is this program any better than a VNC and Skype which are both free?
Not to be a buzz kill but I've been trying this since yesterday and wasting a lot of time trying to get this working when I already have a method that works just fine.
This app is much MUCH better because it's the full client at your fingertips rather than redirection of another computer.
If you can't get your VPN connected, and you have no need for it on your LAN, you should likely pass for now until 2.0 comes out.
If you will be using a iPad or IPhone remotely via the built-in iOS L2TP client you will need to setup additional port forwarding rules on your router. Those forwarded ports are:
UDP 1701, UDP 500 and UDP 4500
I had the same issue because I forgot to do the port forwarding. Once I setup port forwarding everything started working fine!
I myself have used a PPTP VPN included onmy ASUS router with my iOS devices. It isn't as secure as L2TP, but works.
I have also used OpenVPN on my ASUS router to VPN with my Windows laptop from the office.
I've had some success using it over the WAN using both SoftEther and OSX Server VPN (Both L2TP). Ive yet to get the waterfall to work when doing this. It doesn't matter if I'm usin a Maestro, SmartSDR for Windows or IOS, the waterfall just doesn't play through my VPN configuration. Everything else works like a champ including the Panadapter. That the waterfall doesn't work for me is not Flex Radio's or Marcus. We are trying to trick the software to be used in an environment for which it was not designed. This will be native in upcoming releases of SmartSDR for Windows and IOS. Until then I still search for the "special sauce" that gives me the full native experience via VPN connection.
If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.
As to the audio quality, th demo is of a prerecorded QSO which has been saved within the applet. High quality audio takes a lot of memory., artificially bloating the size of the App. The demo is to give you a taste of the experience. There is nothing nefarious going on. It was a smart decision on Marcus's part to tchoose a smaller applet size at the cost of lower quality audio recording on the demo.
It's only $50 + Spots and Bandmap = $59.99
Try it.. if you do not like it
How to get a refund using iTunes
I suspect that you will like it enough to want to keep it..
I tested the Alpha Version during several days in early June over 3G/4G sitting in the basement ladies shoe department in Galeries Lafayette in Paris.. I made over 100 remote Q's. using my iPhone and a MIFI Box on Orange 4G/3G. I used the Apple Ear Buds albeit at the time we had issues with the loudness of the mike that was corrected in the production release.
I guarantee I would have gone insane long ago if I could not remote from shoe stores waiting for the XYL to try on every pair of shoes in the store...
I highly recommend this to Husbands who are dragged along by XYL on shopping trips...It's a life saver...
...and there is no possible correct answer to the question
"Do these shoes make my feet look fat"
There are a couple of Neat Extra Features that Marcus has added to the App ($4.99 each)
1. Band Plan this is a graphic on screen band plan to make sure you do not transmit out of band
2. DX-Cluster - I really love having spots show up on the display...
this is a must have if you plan to work DX from your iPhone or iPad.. it just makes life so easy to see the DX in front of you or by looking on the Spots lists.and clicking on a spot brings you to the correct frequency..
I just worked Vannutu yesterday while babysitting a grandkid... saw him on my iPhone display and BAM he was in the log... Now if he would only LOTW
Perhaps this is why I am having difficulties.
I just upgraded and am running IOS 10 on my IPHONE which I now have VPN working properly... hmmmm the plot thickens.
The device rebooted, reconnected it to the Wifi, setup the VPN again, and worked fine. I hope this helps someone else who may have this issue.
After spending two days trying to provision Softether and SSDR-ios with my iPhone/iPad settings, I finally have a VPN path between those devices and my Flex 6700. So that others do not have to go through this level of pain, I have some suggestions, that hopefully will be of some value:
1) I don't want this to sound mean-spirited, but many folks, including K6OZY have been directing us to the K6OZY videos to set up SSDR-ios with Softether VPN software. Chris has done a fine job with the presentation of the 2-part videos, but it must be understood that the videos were intended as a tutorial for remoting Maestro over a VPN, using a Raspberry Pi device. When using Softether with SSDR-ios, the Part 1 video is not relevant until approx. 22 minutes into it. Also, the video directs us to install only Softether Manager for Windows and not the Softether Server -- because again, the video is intended for VPN use between Maestro and a Raspberry Pi. Bottom line, you need to install Softether Server with Manager. Please folks, if you're going to direct users to a tutorial -- no matter how helpful your intention, at least explain the caveats stated herein. When you know this stuff and point others to a tutorial that is filled with irrelevant, confusing gaps, it's easy to assume others can fill in the gaps -- but the gaps are big in this case. End of sermon;
2) It may be best to first configure router ports before attempting to download and install the Softether VPN software. If you cannot figure out how to provision a router, there's no need to aimlessly start clicking away at the Softether configuration menus to try and get a working VPN path;
3) Another part seriously missing in these discussions is the ios VPN setup meanings. A couple parameters need clarification, I think:
(a) TYPE: Use L2TP as others have correctly instructed;
(b) SERVER. This is the target address set up in Softether. Mine is w9ac.softether.net and further discussed in paragraph 4(a) below.
(c) ACCOUNT: This one had me going in circles and again, not explained by other users here. To be clear, ACCOUNT is the USER Name as set up in the SoftEther installation process. it is NOT the Softether HUB NAME. While folks have pointed to other on-line ios VPN tutorials, they are absolutely useless because they're generic and do not convey the association between ios VPN and Softether;
(d) PASSWORD is the USER Name password set up in Softether. It is not the Softether Administartor password or any other password field used in Softether;
(e) SECRET had me going in circles again. But the fine print in the Softether L2TP menu does clearly explain this is the term that is used when the word "Secret" is asked in the ios client. Mine is set up with the default "VPN," but I honestly thought this was a "secret reminder" for the PASSWORD above. OMG, why call the damn thing "secret" next to password in the ios VPN setup menu? Just my opinion, but the ios VPN configuration menu should have a small "what is this?" (i)nformation button next to these terms;
4) Within Softether, the Destination VPN Server Host Name is the global IP address, it is not an IP on your LAN network address (e.g., 192.168.1.x). Mine is set to the dynamically changing Comcast DNS address. Supposedly, this will track as the ISP periodically changes the IP. As a test, I did try using my NO-IP DNS manager account and that worked too since NO-IP tracks my ISP's IP. We'll see how this goes but a DNS manager like NO-IP should not be needed and the reason for the xxx.softether.net addressing to manage this.
(a) Under Dynamic DNS Settings, this is where you set the xxx.softether.net address. This must match the SERVER name in ios VPN. Give it time to propagate. I had to wait over 10 minutes.
(b) Under the Local Bridge menu setting, my Intel Gigabit Ethernet adapter had to be opened for VLAN, even though it works fine for VNC and TeamViewer, and several other remoting programs. I had to use the VLAN Transparency Setup Tool on the same menu page to open up the Intel Ethernet port;
(c) Under the IPsec/L2TP menu, this is where you will enable it with a check bot next to "Enable L2TP Server Function (L2TP over IPsec). Upon doing so, the IPsec Pre-Share Key box opens and this is where you put the same name as the ios VPN SECRET name. Again, mine is set to VPN as discussed in 3(b) above;
Another user here had to reset his ios Network Settings. I had to do the same. Re-entered the ios VPN information, and thank God, finally established a VPN connection. Once connected. there were zero issues with SSDR-ios finding my Flex 6700.
Those are my issues. No doubt others will have their own. For Flex to make 2.0 work among its users, they will need to create a dedicated wizard with a means of streamlining the VPN set-up process to circumvent these configuration issues. Otherwise, they will be faced with a nightmare.
The Maestro and SmartSDR-Windows VPN situation is more complicated than using an iPhone or iPad native VPN, because the software lacks the configuration option to specify a fixed radio IP address, so requires a broadcast-passing VPN. Most VPNs do not pass broadcast traffic. I keep asking about this, because I believe this basic option would vastly simplify use and support.
- Device Audio must be turned On, top option on left-side menu.
- Audio panel from frequency control must have Volume slider set to 90-100
- iPhone/iPad side-volume control must be set to near maximum
I believe this is probably a bug.