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General discussion / Re: Problem RRC Micro to IC7100
« Last post by w2hdi on 2019-02-03, 23:28:21 »
I also look forward to a solution to this issue.  The best solution would be to add a memory function to the nano app, but I do not get the sense that this is in the works.
Otherwise, I find using my cellphone with the nano app on HF works extremely well.
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General discussion / Problem RRC Micro to IC7100
« Last post by NR6J on 2019-02-02, 21:11:55 »
I am connecting my cell phone to my IC7100 to participate in my ham club's weekly net.  All worked fine until the club decided to add a tone to access the repeater.  I can set up the VFOA on my radio to use the tone, but it gets reset to no tone when I disconnect.  Therefore, I can use it once only!  Then I have to visit my base radio and set up the tone access again.  Is there any way to specify what gets sent to the radio at connect or disconnect time by accessing a file?  Can the disconnect data that is programmed in the radio NOT send the CI-V command that resets the tone?  Thanks.  Dennis NR6J
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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by K9IR on 2019-02-02, 17:43:52 »
Tnx, Mitch. Yes, hope this thread will help anyone else experiencing an out of the blue cessation of connectivity.

I think we'll be following in your footsteps with cutting the cord. I've heard of Magic Jack and it sounds like we should seriously consider it.

As we emerge from the infamous polar vortex here I would love to be at Orlando, but it's not in the cards this year. However, we will be at Dayton and I look forward to meeting you there.

73 Paula k9ir
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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by dj0qn on 2019-02-02, 16:35:25 »
Hi Paula,

Glad that changing the ports solved the problem. There is no real reason to understand why; it could
have been a change in Comcast somewhere, or maybe something local started using a port in that series.

Changing the router may or may not have solved the problem, depending upon where the port was used.
Not sure why they would not have anything against SIP, as long as it doesn't conflict with their own SIP
implementation for your home phone (which usually uses port 5060).

There are indeed routers on the market with phone ports that are certified for Xfinity use, since I just helped
someone here in Naples make the switch. I personally "cut the cord" last year and only have internet. I use a
TV streaming service for the handful of U.S. channels we watch. I have always had my U.S. phone on a Magic
Jack device, which you can port your number to and have a much cheaper and more flexible long-term solution.

So hopefully your problems and solution will help someone else that experiences similar problems find a solution.
Hope to see you in Dayton in May or Orlando next week.

73,
Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX

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Funktioner i den "utökade" versionen / Re: ACP som nollställer sig
« Last post by erhug on 2019-02-02, 13:41:12 »
Hittade felet själv. Det finns en bugg i Androidappen för att kontrollera ACP.
Appen skickar per automatik med tiden 0:00 vid ACP styrningen som webswitchen tolkar som 24:00. Det leder till att senaste läget för ACP programmet endast gäller fram till 24:00. Försöker man ta bort 0:00 i appen så kraschar appen.

Går över till att styra ACP programmen via http strängar istället för appen.
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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by K9IR on 2019-02-02, 07:35:21 »
Tnx once again, Mitch. This blind dog finally found a bone. I figured out how to change the ports - of course, all as you described - and made the changes to the Radio unit, the remote router's port forwarding, and the Control unit. Connected!

I couldn't set up the Control box in the DMZ, as my Arris Comcast router requires me to enter both an IP4 and IP6 address for the "computer" placed in the DMZ. The Belkin router at my remote site is not so picky. The Arris assigns both addresses to PCs, laptops, etc. However, my networked printers and, alas, the Control box, only get IP4 addresses. So the change wouldn't save.

Under the Triple Play services package we have, I don't think I can replace the Comcast router with anything that wouldn't have the same issues. I believe the Comcast voice service requires either the rented router or one of the other routers Comcast lists on its website as compatible, for example, the Moto MT7711. We could buy the Moto, but I suspect it will have the same issues re: SIP.

I agree with you that Comcast is ripping us all off. It's not just the rented equipment, I suspect it's also mucking with SIP in favor of its own services. My system worked fine with the default ports of 13000-01-02 until yesterday. Did it detect the use of those ports for SIP and start blocking me? We will see how long it works with the new ports; at least I'll know what my first step should be in that event.

Our Comcast contract is up before the end of this year. It's likely we'll just use Comcast for internet access thereafter. That should give us a wider range of modems/routers from which to choose, as we no longer would need voice.

Yeah, they didn't cover this topic in law school with me either ;-). A large part of the frustration is simply not understanding how everything works, which makes t-shooting that much more difficult. My knowledge of networking fundamentals was rapidly exhausted during this endeavor. I still don't know exactly what SIP is, but that's another topic for me to tackle ;-).

Many thanks for your ongoing support and patience. You saved me a huge trip, and pointed me to the steps that I was too inexperienced to recognize as the right way to go about this.

73 Paula k9ir
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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by dj0qn on 2019-02-02, 06:47:49 »
Paula,

My personal opinion is that Comcast is ripping off their customers. If you plan on keeping them a few
years (at least the internet part), then the ROI is about one year if you buy your own router/modem.
They charge $12/month rental and a new set should be in the $150 range, depending upon your needs.
So it is also a long-term financial decision and will hopefully solve any technical issues.

Note that you can borrow a router from someone else and try it out. You need to go through the process
of having it enabled, but they now make it easy with a web page and text message. Switching back and
forth is only a few minutes.

Changing the ports is easy if you have remote access to the radio RRC and its router. Just change the three
ports to something else, then go into the router port forwarding an change them there. Then locally change the
control RRC's ports and it will be fine. If you don't have remote access to the radio RRC and router - and you
should always have both - then you would not be able to make the change without traveling to the radio site.
Since this is an experiment and may not have any effect, I would not make an extra trip there. You also would
possibly need to try various port numbers to see if one works, so definitely it only makes sense to make these
tests from the control location. I recently solved a guy's problem by changing one port, so you never know.

The whole thing is about eliminating each possibility until you find the problem, and it can be complicated. I did
not learn this in either law or in business school, so believe me it is something we can all learn if I can  ;)

73,
Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX



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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by K9IR on 2019-02-02, 05:21:16 »
Mitch, tnx very much for the additional ideas, as I have run out of them ;-). My brother uses AT&T. He has a TPLink router. I just plugged an ethernet cable into an available port on the back of that router, fired up the Control box after plugging the TS-480 remote head in, and voila - connection established.

The Arris routers used by Comcast do not have a SIP ALG parameter to configure.

I will try to figure out what I need to do to change the SIP ports and see if that works. I'll also try the DMZ solution (although totally disabling the FW had no impact).

However, I'm not inclined to start buying and testing replacement network hardware just yet. I continue to be puzzled as to what could have changed with the home network, as we certainly did nothing to (re)configure the network or router in any way. I'm also struck by the fact that nobody else using RR with Xfinity seems to be facing these issues--there's very little info posted to the forum regarding Xfinity networks and routers.

As a result, I'm reluctant to start buying all sorts of replacement gear without knowing whether that even addresses whatever the problem is. I could end up with lots of devices, none of which resolve the problem. Worse, I could end up with gear that has the same problems as what I have now!

73 Paula k9ir
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Hardware, Cabling, Installations / ICOM IC-7100 with iPhone - Instructions
« Last post by W3RX on 2019-02-02, 04:50:07 »
Using Remoterig with the ICOM IC-7100 and iPhone 7

I use the WiFi installed in the Control-RRC in my car to run HF mobile by remoting back to my home station. The control head of the ICOM is in the car, the transceiver is at home. The iPhone 7 provides the connection from the Control-RRC to the LAN/Radio-RRC. I have full control of the rig and functionality of the touch screen and other controls. This is what I found works.

1. Install Radio-RRC and Control-RRC using ethernet cables connected to your LAN, and the IC-7100 head unit connected to the Control-RRC and the radio connected to the Radio-RRC. You will also need the software running on a PC, also connected to your LAN. This is exactly as described in the instructions. Use a static IP address as suggested.

2.The station should work properly. The path is only via your LAN, but if it does not work in this configuration, it will not work using the iPhone. When you are satisfied that it works, go to the Radio Settings and set the audio to A-law 8 Hz (setting 0) on both the Radio- and Control-RRCs. Set the Rx jitter delay to 11, the jitter buffer to 9 and the packet size to 40 ms on both units as a starting point. Increase the Codec input gain in the Radio settings of the Control-RRC from 18 to 24.

3. Follow the instructions to set up the dynamic DNS on the Radio-RRC. Use the ddns.remoterig option. On the control-RRC place the own host name as seen from the Radio-RRC in the SIP contact box (you can copy and paste). This is critical.  Check the site from an internet browser after about 5 min and see that you are there. The station should still work fine, as you are on your LAN. Consider the DNS service as just a way to connect using a name instead of an exact IP address.

4. On the Control-RRC, now set the IP address to DHCP. This is necessary for the iPhone. You may now loose the ability for the station to run via the LAN.

5. Forward the 3 ports on your home router (or combined WiFi/router) as described in the instructions. With today’s robots out there trolling, I do not recommend the DMZ method. Reboot router. I did not find it necessary to disable SIP ALG on my ASUS router, and in fact I could not make Outlook communicate with my email server at work when I did so. But this may be different with other routers, servers, and internet service providers.

6. Now assemble the WiFi transceiver and antenna in the Control-RRC. Follow the instructions as written. You will need to tell the Control-RRC which smartphone to connect to. I have renamed my iPhone and given it a simpler password, but this is not necessary. Remember to connect the USB cable to the PC to perform the WiFi setup. Turn off then on the WiFi hotspot on your iPhone. Place the phone on top of the Control-RRC and proceed to scan for WiFi signals. It should be the first or second signal to be found, since it will be so strong. Choose it, then add the password that is found in the hotspot tab of the iPhone (under Settings>Personal hotspot). See why I made the hotspot password in my phone something simple and easy to remember? Do not add any other WiFi units that you may see to the list; just your iPhone.

7. All of the above steps require you to Save the new settings, of course. Now disconnect the power from the 2 RRCs and the IC-7100. Remove USB and ethernet cables.  The set-up should be: Connect the short cable that is supplied to socket on the back of IC-7100 called “Control” and to the “MIC/AUX” connection on the Radio-RRC. Connect the ethernet socket on the Radio-RRC to your router. Connect the control head via an ethernet cable from the “CONTROL”  socket on the back of the control head to the “MIC/AUX” socket of the Control-RRC. I prefer the flat, shielded, type of cable. Connect mic to the back of the control head.

8. Turn the personal hotspot off then on again on the phone. With power cables connected to the two RRCs and the IC-7100, turn on the power. You will see the green light blink only a few times on the Radio-RRC, and then be on constantly, indicating it is on the internet. That same light on the Control-RRC will blink until it finds your iPhone WiFi hotspot. I have seen this take up to 1 min. You know that it connects when you see the blue stripe across the top of the phone stating that there is a connection to the hotspot. It may take 5-10 seconds more for the green light to stop blinking. If unsuccessful after 1.5 min, cycle the power to the Control-RRC, or turn hotspot off, wait a few seconds, and then back on. I am not sure why it fails sometimes. In my experience it is uncommon.

9. If both green lights are on and not blinking, press the power button on the IC-7100 control head. You may need to hold it for up to 5 sec. The screen should light up, a frequency shown, and you should here audio from the IC-7100 control head speaker unless it is squelched. You should have full functionality, even with 2 bars of signal on the phone. If not moving, even 1 bar works fine.

10. There are 2 modifications for the ICOM IC-7100 radio that markedly improve the audio responsiveness. These can be found on YouTube. In my opinion you only need the jumper added (There is no need for the other modification, which is the addition of a capacitor. It is a tricky soldering job). With the jumper you should get 100 watts or more on voice peaks on SSB with mic gain set at 50% and compression at 3-4. Adjust to your liking. If you do not do the modification, you will need the mic gain at max and compression at 6, to get maybe 50-70 watts on voice peaks. I tried increasing the codec audio input gain on the Control-RRC, but this is not very helpful because the problem from the factory was a very conservative ALC circuit, limiting peaks too quickly.


I will upload a final version after any feedback that I receive. The system works very well. I use it almost every day on my 2 hour commute.

steve
W3RX



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General discussion forum / Re: System died, how to resuscitate?
« Last post by dj0qn on 2019-02-02, 04:04:48 »
Paula,

Does your brother also use Xfinity?

I never took their router and pay their rent. I bought a modem and router myself and have always been satisfied.

I am not sure if they even have an SIP ALG setting; not all routers do.

Bottom line is that something changed somewhere, it is most likely in the network or router. If you are using
an ethernet cable directly to the router, than you have bypassed any other possible problem causes.

Now to fix it, I only see two possibilities:
a) Replace the router (or have Xfinity replace theirs)
b) Try changing the ports from 13000-13002 to something else. Could be that there is a port conflict somewhere

What you can also try is something that makes no sense: place the control RRC in the DMZ to see if that makes
a difference. If that makes a difference, which it shouldn't, then you know you have a firewall problem.

73,
Mitch DJ0QN / K7DX
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