Frequently-Asked Questions

FAQ - General
FAQ - Installation
FAQ - Callsign Validation
FAQ - Nodes
FAQ - Servers
FAQ - Connecting
FAQ - Operating
FAQ - Advanced Operating
FAQ - Audio
FAQ - iPhone
FAQ - Android
FAQ - EchoLink Web
Firewall Solutions
Validation Documents
Access Policies


I see the list of stations, but every time I try to connect to one, I get a "Connect attempt failed" message after 30 seconds.  What's the problem?

First, try connecting to the Test Server (*ECHOTEST*). If that succeeds, but connections to some other nodes fail, it's most likely a networking issue at the other end.

However, if the test to *ECHOTEST* fails, you might need to make an adjustment to your router or your computer's "firewall" configuration.  For more information, see the Firewall Solutions section, or the Help section "Firewall Issues".

For more FAQs about connection problems, see FAQs - Connecting.

In the Windows app, why are some stations in the Index View highlighted in yellow?

A yellow-highlighted line indicates a station which has just recently come on line.  If a station's Status is highlighted, it means the station's status has recently changed (from On to Busy, or vice versa).

Some of the stations I see online have an "[r]" at the end of their description. What does that symbol mean?

The [r] indicates a station running on a smartphone or tablet (Echolink for iOS or Android) which is operating through a Relay server. In this configuration, the station can make outgoing connections, but can't accept incoming connections; if you try to connect to one of these, you'll get a "No Route Available" message.

I have two computers on a home network, that share a connection to the Internet.  Can I run EchoLink on both computers at the same time?

Because each EchoLink station must have a different Internet address, it is not possible to run EchoLink on two or more computers that share a common "public" address, even under different callsigns, unless you choose one of the Proxy options, or run one or both using a VPN service. 

Some cable-modem and DSL providers, however, offer the option of multiple IP addresses sharing the same Internet connection.

For more information on this topic, please see Internet Service Providers.

Is EchoLink compatible with "screen readers" for the visually impaired?

Several amateurs have had success using screen readers with EchoLink.  The program has also been designed so that nearly all functions are accessible from the keyboard.  For some tips on using EchoLink with screen readers, e-mail Roger, KA1USA, at

Can EchoLink for Windows be used without a mouse?

Yes.  Virtually all of the mouse commands have keyboard equivalents.  For a full list, see the Keyboard Commands section in the EchoLink Help file.

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