With this new update to Version 2.1.30 and I safe to update my Maestro and PC remotely as I'm 2,000 miles from home till April

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While I'm in Florida for the winter, do I need to be home for this update like the update to version 2.0 ? I have a 6500 and original Maestro .

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Bill
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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No update is truly foolproof. It's always good to have a backup plan, such as a remote power switch or someone physically at the radio. That said most upgrades have been flawless in alpha testing.

Ria
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I have done several of the updates of the beta versions of 2.1 while remote.

I would caution you that sometimes things can go wrong

The fix is that you will need to remove power to reboot the radio.

So it should be OK to update Remotely if:

1.  Your radio is set to Auto start when power is applied

2.   You can remotely reboot the power to the radio

CAVEAT...the MAC address of your radio will change in V2.1

So if you are using SmartLink with a fixed DHCP IP allocation in your router based on MAC address you will need be able to remotely redefine your routing table to point the IP to the new MAC Address.


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Bill / VA3QB

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Thanks Howard.

I have a WeMo for power control, full remote router access and a friend that can go into my freezing cold house (45F). So I should be ok.

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Bill
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@Bill

You should be OK,,, Especially with Human Backup

Like I said, I do remote installs all the time and in fact about 50% of the time I have upgraded remotely on all versions of SSDR.   

Used to use WEMO but I found that I needed to be able to reboot more than just the radio and PC.  So I ended up using 2 - 8 Port Digital Logger Webpower Switches in order to be able to reboot everything remotely.

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I concur with Ria and Howard.  While there is no hard requirement that you have to be physically at the radio to do this upgrade, any upgrade may require actions that do require you to be at the radio, so caveat utilitor.  
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I would also add that a fresh boot of everything BEFORE the update can always help.  Restart computer, maestro, and radio.  Give everything a lot of time to get fully booted before doing the update.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I recommend reviewing and doing the items listed in the Best Practices for Installing / Uninstalling SmartSDR v2 section in the Release Notes.

And always do all the instructions in the Important Release Details
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The release notes say that a cold power-disconnect restart is "imperative" after the update loads.  If I were 2000 miles away without an on-site helper, I would be very reluctant to do any upgrades!

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I have done  the update without any problem but i will never do it in your case remote (i am sure it will work 99.9%)

1. 2000 miles away - without radio?
2. the "more value" not exit in this version - yes, some nice feature but most cosmetics and (what we can't see) feature for the F64/66 TRX

Enjoy stay
73 Chris
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I agree.  It is all about risk/reward and the time to mitigate the issue if there is a problem.