Will the SmartLink brokered connection be available for my other Remote Station needs?

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As I understand SmartLink the FRS involvement is limited to "brokering" the initial connection and presumably keeping track of resource locations to make the selector list valid.

Will I be able to use the final brokered connection for my other Remote Station connectively needs or will that connect once established be SmartSDR client limited (or restricted to a set of approved tools, or??)?

What I would like to be able to do is use SmartLink to first establish a local to remote SmartSDR link from a Maestro, then piggy-back down the same SmartLink established VPN my local-to-remote control programs from my local Laptop, up to & including a remote session to the PCs in the shack if need be.

Thank you and 73,

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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Official Response
The short answer is no.

First off, SmartLink is not a VPN.  It uses direct TCP (control and status) and UDP (audio, display, and metering) connections between the client and the radio.  The "broker" is used to locate your radio in the ever-changing world of public IPs and to only allow for secure session initiation.

Once connected to SmartLink, the traffic over the Internet is point-to-point between the client (Maestro, SSDR-iOS or SSDR-Win) and the radio.

If you need to control devices or systems in your home LAN, a separate VPN will be required.

Now, I am going to make a very broad forward-looking statement in that we may consider supporting peripheral devices from a SmartLink connection.  We have only given this some preliminary thought and we are not prepared to share any other details of how this might work.  And there is no firm commitment to do this or a possible timeframe if we do decide to add this type of functionality.