v2 phone home optional?

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Bear with me for a little worst-case thinking.  (Worst cases are sadly too common these days. Sorry, Texas.)

Apparently the Flex 6000 with v2 software always phones home to Flex.  It must advertise "I am radio <ID>, and I'm at IP <IP addr>."  That's at a minimum.  FRS tells us this is encrypted, but we don't know what information is exchanged or how often.

There seems to be no way to disable this "beacon" transmission, short of disconnecting or firewalling your radio network from your ISP, but it has no value to you if you are not intending to operate WAN remote.  Network hawks would say this is a privacy and security gap.

Question: Should the radio setup panel include an enable/disable option for remote communications? (at least WAN remote?)

Similar remarks apply to the LAN beacon and connection process, which trusts that everybody (everything) on your home LAN is friendly and responsible.  But that's for another day.

73 Martin AA6E
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The communication to the SmartLink server is encrypted.  When the radio boots up, it registers with the SmartLink server and a keepalive (small packet) is sent every 30 seconds there after.

If you do not want your radio connected to the SmartLink server, do not associate it with a SmartLink account.