Using both Maestro AND Monitor together...

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Anyone else out in Flex 6K land wish we could use both the computer monitor AND the Maestro ? I like my Maestro but really miss looking at the 27" monitor. I want it all ! If there is a way to do this would someone please let me know.
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Brian Hemmis

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Mike va3mw

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Brian. Unofficially, this is being discussed by the Alpha team as a nice to have. No plans yet, but you are not the first to suggest it. :)

73, Mike va3mw
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Tnx, Mike. I'm a recent returnee to the Flex fold. I like my Maestro and will ultimately be using it more for a remote from my 2nd QTH in FL. I was really surprised when I initially hooked it up that I couldn't use my monitor with it. That's half the fun of a Flex.
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If you have a 6500 or 6700 with 4 or 8 slices it is a bit more than "Nice to Have" I would say almost "Must have"

Right now using the Maestro makes my 6700 a 6300 and removes TNF and Downward Expander.... it is a considerable "downgrade" in usability. 

I personally would like to see those 3 things added in the next 6 months to a year otherwise the Maestro might not make a lot of sense to me. 
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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@Mike with the RJ45 I meant the RJ45 connector of the hand mic not the ethernet which makes sense in the back.
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Salvadore- Looks like the switch did not auto-negotiate port speed and/or the duplex settings (or flow control) of the Maestro when it initially connected.
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Maybe. I will check other scenarios see if I can find the culprit.
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Brad Adams (N4PYI)

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Tim, what is the model of the switch you are using? I had a Cisco Gigabit switch that wouidl not work with the Maestro, but it was not a business class, Is yours a managed switch?
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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It is a managed switch.  I am using the Cisco SG 200-08.  I am not certain it is still in production.  I think the SG 300s have superseded it.
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Brad Adams (N4PYI)

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I vote yes also. Put it on the "must have" list. 
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Ed Rod kk4x

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Would love to have this feature!  also must have list

Ed

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Brian Hemmis

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That will be on the Maestro 2 if Flex follows Apple's business plan ;-)
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Simon Lewis

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ditto - not nice to have ... its a MUST ... I've a maestro and I still lean towards the PC ... it's not quite there
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I was starting to write something like this for almost this very purpose.

My idea was to write a piece of software that would sniff the network for the 6000 series radio and subscribe to the slice and perhaps meter data.  Then it would simply scan the network looking for outbound UDP packets from the radio IP and just piggy back decode them into pans and waterfalls.

I was going to call it Flex6000Monitor as it would offer no control, just sniffing and monitoring of the slice data and panafall displays.  I already have the code to connect to the radio, get slice data and also to paint waterfalls and pans.  I just need to pull that apart and make it work as a non-control app.

I was able to write a small app to sniff out the UDP packets of radio data.  So that combined with the code I have for displays might make a cool monitor app.

My idea was this would be great for a couple of purposes:

Any op could paint their slices and pans on a second, perhaps bigger monitor.

Ops with Maestros could use a laptop or other computer with display to show other slices/pans

Anyway I can think of lots of reasons this would be cool.  I have started on the project but have not had the time to get it really working yet.

If I make some progress before FRS puts this ability in I'll let everyone know.  If you'd like more personal updates on my progress drop me an email:  ws7m@arrl.net.  Let me know you are interested in the monitor app.
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Before you start down that path, please remember that the radio server calculates the panadapter display content, not the end device.  Multiple different displays needs multiple network connections and additional display content creation and FRS to write parallel support in the server.

This means that if the target is the Maestro, or a different device, the stream will be tailored for those screen/target attributes.

I share the request for multiple concurrent display devices as I like the Maestro control and work flow but also miss the high quality display (size and resolution) of SSDR.

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Hi Stan, this I know already.  The pan data particularly is amplitude and pixel related.  

While perhaps the "right way" to do this is the multiple network connections and having each "GUI display" tell the radio server what to send, I think it is while before FRS goes that way and with the pressure on WAN it will be one of the later features added.  I could be wrong.

That being said it is possible to examine the UDP pan packet and determine the pixel width of the display.  This I've done already.  Knowing that it is possible to apply an up or down scale factor to both X and Y.

Not saying it would be gorgeous or pretty but it might be usable and if I can somewhat mimic the current pan display with slice display it still might be useful.
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Mark, you could add spots to the pan image without too much overhead. Of course no click and tune using the second pan in this manner.
Glad to see you back in the fold:-)
Happy coding!
James
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