note: I only had one crash which was fixed, so I might be an outlier.
note 2: an update hosed my WSPR setup, so I did the uninstall-reinstall tango, and it fixed it. Been fine since.
note 3: I still really think, hope, and cajole that FlexRadio Systems will consider my FlexRefresh idea of a small application that you can run as a matter of habit every time Windows does an update. It would be a psychological boost, much better sounding than "A Windows 10 update hosed me again"
note 4: the latest update has been hosing some video drivers.
I have mentioned this before. I use a USB drive to run my Windows operating system. It gives me the pleasure of always going back to my hard drive if something goes awry and I don't play this waiting game. WinUSB allows one to image their operating system on a USB drive and you can run wild not caring what happens.
I have not been able to be very active due to work time constraints so 2.x was interesting to me as I could probably use my radio more remotely.
So far it is stable. Here are a couple of things:
1) Read the quick start guide front to back and read it again before you attempt the upgrade. I think the vast majority of issues have been people not following a step.
2) I DID NOT use a google or facebook login for SmartLink. I am not sure if that is any issue but to me it was one more possible weak link. I created my own account based on my email and a password.
3) I disagree with the FRS employee that said you do not need to uninstall SmartSDR 1.x. Well he is partially right but once you do update to 2.x you really cannot use 1.x as it will require you to downgrade your firmware. So I uninstalled it. My sequence:
a) Reboot the computer
b) Reboot the radio
c) Run SmartSDR 1.x and make sure I can find the radio and connect to it
d) Disconnect and quit SmartSDR, SmartSDR CAT and DAX control panel
e) Using programs and features in control panel: uninstall SmartSDR. Uninstall FlexVSP.
g) Install SmartSDR 2.x
4) After installing SmartSDR 2.x BEFORE you try to do anything with smartlink, run SmartSDR and your radio should show up with an UPDATE label. Go ahead and update it.
5) When the radio is updated attempt to connect to it locally (no smartlink) using SmartSDR. This is where you will probably be prompted to purchase a license. I used paypal and had no issues. I assume credit cards have worked ok.
*** At this step quite a few people have had issues getting the server to refresh and show their copy as licensed. If this happens I think you need to call FRS so probably best to do this during regular hours in case there is a problem. I did not have one. It just worked. I had to refresh twice but after that it locked in.
6) Again attempt to connect to your radio locally (no smartlink). You should be able to connect and run as you did before in 1.x.
7) Assuming you get this far, follow the process in the quick start guide for setting up and registering the radio for SmartLink. You will need a mic or key to actually key the radio. In my case I was able to use my WinKeyer USB and I had to send like three V characters and it came back and said it was all good to go. As soon as I did this my copy of SmartSDR 2.x I had running at work and logged into my SmartLink account suddenly showed my radio.
From this point on I could connect to my radio over smartlink anywhere that I had installed 2.x and logged into SmartLink.
That last statement is key: You need to remember your SmartLink login/password as you will use it on your laptop, your iPad, your phone, any additional computers etc.
At this point is fully possible now for you to go to a friends house, even a non-ham, install SmartSDR 2.x on his or her Windows computer, login to SmartLink and run your radio remote and show it off.
Of course you can do this on your own laptop but if you had a ham friend that wanted to try your radio and you were feeling generous you could do exactly that. Install 2.x for him/her, give him/her your SmartLink login/password and they can run your radio remote.
At this point in time you have the following abilities:
1) Voice Rx/Tx IE if the remote computer has a mic of some kind you can transmit using it
2) CW using the cwx window
You cannot do anything that requires DAX as digital audio is not coming over yet.
You also cannot directly control other shack devices like rotators, amps, etc through this interface. For that you will still need a VPN or other access to your shack.
When FRS comes out with power genius amp then you will be able to control that. But anything else you are on your own. For this reason I still have a VPN setup so I can control various parts of the shack.
This is probably more than you wanted to read but it is what worked for me. After installing it feels like the same SmartSDR that it always was. SmartLink offers a low-bandwidth connection which seems to work ok on slower LANs but probably not all.
I had a consistent string of crashes with the last non-beta version of 1.10.
I updated to 2.0 yesterday and had a little problem with my 2M FM signal dropping out for milliseconds. I down-graded, then re-flashed 2.0, powered down, unplugged it and then started it back up and now FM is fine.
In the 1.10 past the crash interval varied, from 3 hours to 36 hours...
It's been 38 hours and no crash!
Thank you FRS!