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MB1 in remote mode 17 Aug 2016 14:13 #16

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Ok Dominique - thanks and I'll add your method to my write-up. I did it your way but my transmit audio quality was worse than with Skype, probably because the Skype method doesn't need the remote computer's sound card and the one I have is not very good. But if you have a Creative or other good one, I can see the benefit.
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MB1 in remote mode 17 Aug 2016 14:28 #17

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I've made some contacts on VHF last evening with some radio hams I usually contact and they found that modulation was good, no significant difference compared to when I'm in my shack directly with the MB1.

Concerning Expert Sync, I will ask to Vassily if there is a way to start the server automatically.
I can start the Expert Sync at ExpertSDR2 starting using Features in Options but I wonder if there is an argument to start Expert Sync server.
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MB1 in remote mode 24 Oct 2016 07:44 #18

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Dear Dominique,
The ExpertSync software starts automatically, you should open it only, for example, via features in the ExpertSDR2 software or place it to auto start folder in Windows.
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MB1 in remote mode 24 Oct 2016 13:04 #19

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Dear Vassily,
thanks for the info.

In fact, I'm opening it via "Features" in ExpertSDR2 and using it without problem for a while, yet. ;-)

I must confess I've forgotten to mention it on this topic. :sorry:
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 21 Jul 2018 10:03 #20

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Hello,
I have the reception and audio with expertRC on the remote computer but I can not find a way for transmit, who can help me?
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 21 Jul 2018 14:03 #21

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There in not TX capability yet, still in development
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 22 Jul 2018 07:52 #22

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thank you very much GEORGIOS ! 73 F4DNK
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 07:46 #23

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Recently I have had 3 requests for information relating to how to remotely power on the MB1. Possibly EE have received similar from other users. So here is the situation.

I erroneously informed one MB1 user that the unit will power up after a power loss, thinking that my MB1 did that. But actually, when I ran a test, it was in hibernate which of course is not the same thing. It can be woken from hibernate but cannot be remotely powered up.

Most computers, and therefore SunSDR PRO owners will enjoy this benefit, have a BIOS setting "power on after power loss". My desktop machine does this. If I shutdown Windows and remotely turn off the power at a remote-controlled power switch, when power is restored the machine boots. But with the setting enabled in the MB1 computer BIOS, our MB1s will not boot.

After investigating BIOS updates and other possible solutions, Mike PY5HOT found the answer from Olesya at EE:

"MB1 contains special power control boards which control power management and PC board can not control it via BIOS or other way.
Theoretically we can upgrade firmware and add this function. I'll put it into the wish list for programmers."

Clearly, with the advent of the much vaunted Remote Software, the natural progression is a full remote station using an MB1. Once remote is developed fully and the firmware upgrade released to us, this essential requirement will hopefully be available. Given that 'theoretical' was used in the reply, we must wait for implementation and testing to prove it can be done.

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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:01 #24

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Erik,

Thank you for the clarification! So if I go into hibernate mode, then cut the AC power with my web controlled switch, it will wake up when AC is turned back on again? Am I understanding this correctly?

I really hope EE will try to make a firmware upgrade to enable remote power on/off of the MB1.

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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:04 #25

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No sorry - I have confused you (I also confused myself at the beginning!!). Hibernate works if power is retained. You can wake it up and carry on. But if power is lost, deliberately or accidentally, then there is nothing to be done until EE examine the firmware upgrade enhancement. Until then there is no possibility to remotely power it up.

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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:11 #26

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I think it should somthing like a checkbox in the MB1 Utility (this utility has direct connection with Power Control board) - "Switch ON after AC lost". This checkbox state can be saved in the MCU of Power Control Unit. The MCU allways On from low power standby power supply - just connect AC and it's works. If firmware will have this function, MCU can switch On main powerfull power supply and to start PC board. I think so.
The wish was added to wish list will discuss it with programmer after Remote control software finishing.
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:15 #27

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Ok, I think I understand now. But how do you wake it up from hibernate when you are sitting on the remote position?

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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:19 #28

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LA9AKA wrote:
Ok, I think I understand now. But how do you wake it up from hibernate when you are sitting on the remote position?
Hans Christian LA9AKA
Hans, now if you'll disconnect AC from radio and connect after, the main power supply will be switched off and hibernate mode of the PC don't help you. Only way which discribed above.
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:29 #29

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Yes, I do understand, Vassily. But if I just leave it in hibernate mode, without cutting any AC power. How do I wake it up from my remote location? Or is this not possible either?

Thank you for your kind help :so_happy:
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MB1 in remote mode for tx 16 Aug 2018 14:29 #30

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If your network card and router supports it, enable Wake on LAN (magic packet) on both. These packets are sent on UDP port 7 and 9. When there is network activity, the MAC address of the router is sent by magic packet. I have 3 routers but only one supports this so you might not be able to implement it.

Or wait for EE to look into it. Given that Remote is the current activity for the programmer, we should know something more soon.
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