SmartSDR Licensing Procedure

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Our club is considering a Flex 6XXX purchase and will use it on a computer with no Internet access. Does Smart SDR require that the computer contact Flex for permission to run via the Internet?
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Today, the answer is no, because there isn't any strict licensing with SmartSDR v1.x  

With SmartSDR v2.x and greater, those versions will be licensed and the licensing validation process will be done using a server accessible via the Internet.  How we intend this to work is that you can download the SmartSDR 2.x client software and run it.  When it connects to the radio for the first time, if the radio has not been authorized to run SmartSDR v2.0, it will contact the license server for a valid license.  If one does not exist, you will be prompted to purchase one or not use SmartSDR v2.x.  Once the radio has received a validated license, then it will never reconnect to the license server on the Internet unless you try and run a version of SmartSDR software that requires a license and that license has not been validated.  So once your new license validated, the radio does not require access to the Internet to operate.

However, if the radio does not have access to the Internet, then you will lose out on the primary feature for SmartSDR v2.0 which is Remote Access via the Internet.  I would expect that if you are going to use the 6000 for a club station, your members may want to use the radio remotely from their own QTH and in that case, Internet access is required.
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