Will the Maestro need to be on the same lan as the radio to upgrade to 2.0?

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I leave my Maestro at my vacation home and want to know if it will have to be on the same lan as the radio to upgrade to 2.0.  I use softether vpn and R PI to connect for operating now but have always brought the Maestro home to perform any software/firmware update.  I just plug it into the same switch that my 6700 is plugged into.  Will I be able to upgrade the Maestro from the remote location after I upgrade the 6700 or will I have to bring it home?

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Jeff N3VE

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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Hi Jeff,

To upgrade the software it needs to be on the same LAN. Upgrades can't be done via SmartLink (yet). 

You will also need to be physically at the radio to add the radio to SmartLink. It will require a physical button push (PTT) to get the radio paired.

Ria
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Jeff,

You can update the Maestro separately from another location. You just select the new software version on the Maestro.

However, you MUST be in front of the radio to press the PTT on the mic or back panel in order to register the radio. This prevents someone from "stealing" control of your radio without your knowledge. This is a ONE TIME event when you first register the radio and you'll never have to do it again unless you change your login information. 

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Ria and Mack have described the SmartLink pairing procedure.  But in general, any SmartSDR client program can be installed anywhere, with or without the radio in the LAN.  It has to be this way so that a remote client can run whatever version of the software it needs to run to access a radio.

The software license is installed in the radio and is associated with the radio, not the clients.  If your radio has Version 2 licensed to it, then it can be connected to by any authorized version 2 client.  Since the license is in the radio, not in the clients, you can install version 2 clients anywhere.  If you attempt to connect to a version 1 radio with a version 2 client, that connection will be refused because the radio is not licensed to run V 2.  I'm not sure what will happen if you try the reverse.  It may be refused because of software incompatibility.  But, you can install multiple versions of the client software on any system, so you can have a V1 client for one radio and a V2 client for another.

When Maestro goes out on the net to look for versions of software to run, it hasn't looked for a radio yet. You could have the latest V1 and V2 codes installed in Maestro then pick the appropriate version for the radio you intend to operate.  The V1 radio would need to be in the same LAN (or connected via VPN), but the V2 radio could be anywhere connected via SmartLink.
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The maestro gets its software from the flex mothership. So it can be upgraded anywhere.
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Jeffrey Kerber, N3VE

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Ria, different question, if 2.0 comes out while I am at the remote location can I upgrade the 6700 via teamviewer?  Not sure I would want to try, I have had an upgrade where I had to hard reset the radio.  Seems this would be possible though.
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NO

You have to physically hit PTT to register the radio to your SmartLink account

Solution: put a remote relay across the PTT port so you can register the radio remotely

I]I am going to do that formy radio so I can register it with new versions of alpha code when I'm away
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Actually the answer is yes. You can upgrade to 2.0 remotely.

But you can't register the radio in smartlink until you can physically push the PTT.

So all other functions of 2.0 will work except smartlink.
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Howard - please read the thread.  This is not about SmartLink Registration, it is about software updates.  You're confusing the issue.
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