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 Until recently the only quick and easy option for using RTLSDR was with WINSDR and HDSDR with the EXTIO plugin from spench.net. ​ This has all changed now and all you need is the very nice, fast and open source [[http://​www.sdrsharp.com/​|SDR#​]]. ​ It natively supports RTLSDR hardware (along with FUNCUBE and the audio card) and is much kinder on the CPU than the others. ​ It also has code to deal with the so called DC spike so that you don't see it. Until recently the only quick and easy option for using RTLSDR was with WINSDR and HDSDR with the EXTIO plugin from spench.net. ​ This has all changed now and all you need is the very nice, fast and open source [[http://​www.sdrsharp.com/​|SDR#​]]. ​ It natively supports RTLSDR hardware (along with FUNCUBE and the audio card) and is much kinder on the CPU than the others. ​ It also has code to deal with the so called DC spike so that you don't see it.
  
-You may converse directly with the author "​prog"​ on IRC at Freenode on channel #sdrsharp.+You may converse directly with the author "​prog" ​and others ​on IRC at Freenode on channel #sdrsharp.
  
 ==== Installing SDR# ==== ==== Installing SDR# ====
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-You can install SDR# one of two ways... an automated version or a manual version. 
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-=== Automated === 
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-Download [[http://​sdrsharp.com/​downloads/​sdr-install.zip|sdr-install.zip]] and unzip it.  Double click on the ''​install.bat''​ file to have the script download everything you need including Zadig. ​ If you haven'​t already run Zadig to set up your RTLSDR dongle for use with SDR# follow the Zadig instructions below. 
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-=== Manual === 
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-To install SDR# manually in Windows you need 4 things: 
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-  * A compatible Realtek RT2832U device 
-  * Zadig 
-  * SDR# 
-  * A functioning Windows XP or better PC .NET 3.5 installed. ​ CPU's from Pentium 4 up at 1GHz and above are recommended. ​ For now Atom type CPU's may well struggle. 
  
 === Zadig === === Zadig ===
  
-When you plug your RTL device in for the first time, Windows may request a driver or automatically install a driver from Microsoft - this is OK as it will be replaced in the next few steps. ​ Don't install the software on the CD that comes with the device.+When you plug your RTL device in for the first time, Windows may request a driver or automatically install a driver from Microsoft - this is OK as it will be replaced in the next few steps using Zadig.  Don't install the software on the CD that comes with the device.
  
-  ​* Download the latest version of [[http://​sourceforge.net/​projects/​libwdi/​files/​zadig/​|Zadig]]. ​ You will need to use [[http://​www.7-zip.org/​|7zip]] to extract it from the .7z file.+Note that you will need to run Zadig for every USB port you use an RTLSDR dongle in as Windows seems to only apply this driver to the port in question at the time. 
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 +  ​* Download the latest version of [[http://​zadig.akeo.ie/​|Zadig]]. ​ You will need to use [[http://​www.7-zip.org/​|7zip]] to extract it from the .7z file.
   * Run the Zadig.exe file and you should see the following with an empty list.   * Run the Zadig.exe file and you should see the following with an empty list.
 {{:​zadig1.png?​nolink|}} {{:​zadig1.png?​nolink|}}
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 Note that if you insert the dongle into a different USB port you may have to use Zadig again. ​ It seems that you can change which driver is loaded depending on the USB port used.  So you could use one USB port for RTLSDR and another port for using the dongle to watch DVB-T with the supplied Windows application. Note that if you insert the dongle into a different USB port you may have to use Zadig again. ​ It seems that you can change which driver is loaded depending on the USB port used.  So you could use one USB port for RTLSDR and another port for using the dongle to watch DVB-T with the supplied Windows application.
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 +=== Automated Installer ===
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 +Download [[http://​sdrsharp.com/​downloads/​sdr-install.zip|sdr-install.zip]] and unzip it.  Double click on the ''​install.bat''​ file in the newly created ''​sdr-install''​ directory to have the script download everything you need including Zadig.
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 +You might find on occasion when re-running ''​install.bat''​ to update SDR# that it doesn'​t seem to get the latest version. ​ In this case you will need to clear the cache in IE as shown [[https://​kb.wisc.edu/​page.php?​id=15141|here]].
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 +Once the script has completed it will have downloaded the latest SDR#, the latest RTL driver from Osmocom (and enabled use of RTL-USB) and Zadig and put them in a new ''​sdrsharp''​ directory.
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 +If you haven'​t already run Zadig to set up your RTLSDR dongle for use with SDR# for the first time follow the Zadig instructions above (skipping the step to download Zadig) to configure the correct USB driver.
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 +Once the the WinUSB driver is installed you are ready to run SDR# with the ''​RTL-SDR/​USB''​ input device.
  
 === SDR# === === SDR# ===
-  * Download the latest [[http://​sdrsharp.com/​index.php/​downloads|development]] version of SDR#. 
-  * Unzip it to a folder - you don't need to run an installer which is nice for a change. 
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-As of development version 515 the RTLSDR libraries are no longer included because of open source license conflicts. ​ This **isn'​t** a big issue to fuss about and it's //easy// to resolve. ​ You will just have to separately download the RTLSDR plugin components and manually add them to the SDR# directory. ​ SDR# is a general SDR program and supports hardware other than just the RTLSDR dongles. 
  
-  ​* [[http://​sdr.osmocom.org/​trac/​raw-attachment/​wiki/​rtl-sdr/​RelWithDebInfo.zip|Download]] the pre-built Windows Zipfile RTLSDR binaries and libraries from Osmocom. +  * Run ''​SDRSharp.exe''​ and you should see the following window ​(note these are fairly old screenshots).
-  * From the zipfile directory ''​RelWithDebInfo.zip\rtl-sdr-release\x32\''​ copy ''​rtlsdr.dll''​ to the directory SDR# is unzipped to. +
-  * Download the [[http://​sdrsharp.com/​downloads/​sdr-nightly-rtlsdr.zip|SDR#​ RTL Plugin]] and copy the contents contents of the zip file to the SDR# directory. +
-  * From the ''​sdr-nightly-rtlsdr.zip/​config/''​ directory copy the file ''​SDRSharp.exe.config''​ file and overwrite the original one. +
-  ​* Run ''​SDRSharp.exe''​ and you should see the following window.+
  
 {{:​sdrsharp1.png?​nolink|}} {{:​sdrsharp1.png?​nolink|}}
softwarewindows.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/23 03:08 by roklobsta