I would appreciate any suggestions on how to solve this problem.
73, Bob, KN4HH
When you make connection to SmartSDR over the VPN how many bars do you see on the bottom which indicates the data speed? On mine I get either 4 or 5 bars 100 miles away. However in order to obtain that quality, I need make sure that the Radio is the only service on the server side and my smart SDR client is the only service running on the remote side. Otherwise, I get 1 or two bars and very poor service.
I, also, have OpenVPN running on my router at the server side (not using softether) and I find the quality of service very similar except that I don't need a remote computer acting as the server.
If you go to www.pingtest.net, what do you see for latency numbers? I would do it both on the ciient and server side.
SmartSDR is remarkably tolerant about latency regardless of the number of bars showing on the bottom. What it loathes is lost packets.
Bear in mind that most home broadband connections are heavily asymmetric - way more bandwidth down to your home than up. On a low speed up link its really easy for the capacity to be exceeded resulting in dropped packets and eventually lost on connections.
Use SpeedTest.net from home to see what you up link capacity can support.
To make SmartSDR use LESS bandwidth do the following:
1. Reduce the fps rate on the panadaptor and only have one pan open. Try a fps rate of 3 - its still very usable.
2. Reduce the waterfall line duration - for starters, reduce it to 0 - that will result in about one line every minute of so but its a good place to start.
3. Make sure that DAX and DAX IQ are turned off.
As an example, the K6TU Remote iPad app drops to about 300 Kbps with the above recommendations.
GL & 73!
Do you know what you are paying for? If you aren't getting what you pay for, then you should talk to your ISP. When you did your test, make sure you are hardwired and not connected via wifi. Even better if you can plug your computer directly into the cable modem at least just for the test.
Since you seem to drop your connection every few minutes, that tells me that you have an issue where something is failing. Maybe a router rebooting or some other intermittent maybe even outside of your house.
Let us know how you make out.
this will run a traceroute show latency points and could be very helpful in fully understanding what is happening. you can save the records for viewing later.. run it though the day and see what the scoop is. 256k upstream is going to be rough.
It may be worth looking at some other providers who may have access to better DSL line repeater tech. Earthlink is a third party provider and there maybe a local telco that can give you a better DSL experience (if not horribly worse customer service, service or speed, pick your poison).
Now that my maestro is in hand and working via my local WiFi, has anyone set up softether for it.