SDR-Radio.com V2.0 Now Supports RTL2832U SDR

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Simon, creator of the very popular SDR-Radio.com has recently released a newly designed version 2.0 of SDR-Radio.com. The software has pretty much redesigned from the ground up. The big news for RTL2832U SDR users, is that Simon has added support for these devices via TCP. So, if you would like to try a different SDR software package with your RLT2832U dongle, take a look at the 2.0 version of SDR-Radio.com. The software offers some very nice features like a frequency manager, sharing your SDR over a network, and a nice user interface. Right now the software can be downloaded as a technology preview from the SDR-Radio.com preview at SDR-radio.com 2.0. Simon is gradually adding new features and fixing bugs right now with SDR-Radio.com since it is mostly beta at this time. With that being said, the software seemed to work pretty well using the RTL2832U DBT stick as a software defined radio. Right now, the setup is a little different than you might be used to since SDR-Radio.com uses TCP to communicate with the RTL2832U stick. Here is a brief overview of what you need to do to get SDR-Radio.com working with a RTL2832U stick.

  1. Download the technology preview of SDR-Radio.com
  2. Download and install the latest Zadig USB drivers for you RTL2832U stick.
  3. Download RelWithDebInfo.zip and extract the files to your desktop. Within the rtl-sdr-rlease folder, you will see two subfolders x32 and x64. Open the folder that matches your Windows version you are using ,Win32 or Win64 bit. You will see a file named rtl_tcp.exe, that is the file you are going to need to run under a Command Prompt Window.
  4. Open a Command Prompt (DOS Window) and use CD to navigate to the rtl-sdr-release/x32 (or x64 depending on your OS) folder. For example depending on your machine it might be something like cd Desktop/rtl-sdr-release/x32 and then type rtl_tcp at the prompt. If you have installed the Zadig drivers correctly, you should see the TCP server startup.
  5. With the TCP server running, you will need to start SDR-Radio.com.
  6. With SDR-Radio.com running you will need to select the Radio menu and add a new radio.
  7. Be sure to pick RTL TCP as the radio type, you can then Add a new radio. If you use the Search feature SDR-Radio.com should see your running instance of the rtl_tcp server. Be sure to tell SDR-Radio.com what type of chipset you are using, by selecting the appropriate button listed in the form. This will setup the proper gain table for use in SDR-Radio.com Gain setting menu.
  8. You now should be able to Start your RTL2832U. The audio may stutter a couple of seconds until the TCP stream settles down.
  9. You may want to click the button that allows you set the PPM settings to calibrate the tuning frequency to be more accurate with your particular RTL2832U device.

Again V2.0 of SDR-Radio.com is still in preview form, you can submit bug / issue reports to the SDR-Radio.com Yahoo Group. Give SDR-Radio.com a try with your RTL2832U dongle and see how you like it. Be sure to check out the SDR-Radio.com setup and demo video below!

SDR-Radio.com Setup and Demo Video

26 Responses to SDR-Radio.com V2.0 Now Supports RTL2832U SDR

  1. Jeff says:

    The article is now out of date.
    After you run Zadig.exe you only have to install
    new dll’s from a new custom set created for SDR-Radio into the root of SDR-Radio-Pro folder.

    RTL_TCP is no longer needed.

    Files are located at:
    http://www.aa5sh.com/?page_id=65

  2. Adam Ebel says:

    This looks so complicated.

  3. Adam Ebel says:

    I tried it, it’s terrible. It was so complicated to work with and It needs alot of bugs worked out.

  4. Beau says:

    Hi Mike how do you get white s-meter bigger when its docked ?
    Beau

  5. Mike Mynn says:

    I’ve been trying it with an RTL2832 for a few days & it great. Ok its takes a while to get used to but it works & is very sensitive. Its good now so when it’s de-bugged it should be even better.

  6. Zach says:

    The preview link no longer works. I downloaded 2.0 Build 1361 (Beta 1 64-Bit) and RTL is not a radio options.

    • DaveB says:

      Like Zach I downloaded the 1361 build to replace the previosu version on which the license expired. Updated all the drivers as per aa5sh website and popped them into the indicated folders. Whilst the edintion ProElectric appears and identified the dongle – the frequency span option is blank and the start button is greyed out. When I loaded the earlier it worked straightway.

      What have I missed. Windows 7 64bit system.

  7. Brian says:

    I Have been using SDR V2 now for some time and i find it to be very good. Iuse it on weather sats and ship weather maps and I do not need to use a TX/RX I have it stand alone on a 2.8 2core computer with the Dongle..
    Going to be a very nice and handy program ..Well done to all
    Brian M0COG

  8. treaki says:

    Hi,

    my problem is: there is no RTL TCP in the list. I have only this 3:

    http://treaki.tk/upload/uploads/1379888754/2013-09-23%2000_20_35-screenshot-Greenshot.png

    please tell me how to get RTL TCP working with SDR Console. I need RTL TCP NOT USB because my reciver is running on the garret with another computer.

    greetings treaki

    • Brian says:

      You need to download
      SDR-Radio.com.RTLUSB-20130209 .
      Place the files into Program Fles/SDR-RADIO-Pro.com Folder.. You should not have any more truble.Don`t
      forget to use Zadig to install drivers ..
      Hope this helps Brian

      • treaki says:

        thank you for your replay. but i was not asking for rtl_usb. I was asking for rtl_tcp. My Reciving rig is on another place and only connected over network. So i need RTL_TCP!! But i couldnt find any way to use it with the sdr-radio software.
        please help

        thanks and greetings

        treaki

  9. Brian says:

    Hello Everyone
    I am still using SDR Console V2. Have it on Both my Computers gt;gt; AsRock 3.2 6Core . Using V2 for allsorts of decoding .Weather Psk32 Morse sips and aircraft.. I can`t find any faults in it atall .
    Waiting to see the next version Hope it has the decoder with it ,It will be the best I Think ..
    Brian M0COG

  10. Brian says:

    HI all
    Still using SDR V2 .Upgraded to windows 8.1 and the program is working well..Doing all decoding with sdr v2
    The Satellite program is great, have it working with Voice . Using Asrock 3.5 Gb 6Core ,with 4Monitors 23inch.Have it running 24Hrs ..Had no problems with SDR V2 so far ??..
    Thanks all for great program. Looking forword to next update . Brian M0COG

  11. Txema EA2AFR says:

    HI all around !
    I’m a newcomer and found that SDR Console V2 is a nice soft (TKS to Simon !). As receiver I was using a cheap RTL dongle as well a FunCube Pro+. When started to use the Console I was able to run both but with the latest beta versions (I’m waiting for a final release in order to use it on a regular basis) found that I can’t use the RTL dongle because I can’t select it on the RADIO DEFINITIONS window. It’s sure I’m doing something bad but I’m unable to get it running anymore so all advices are welcomed. Thank you very much in advance. Txema EA2AFR

  12. Stan says:

    Hi all!

    I have been using v1.5 and connecting to the radios on the web. Hooked and I’ve just ordered the SDR dongle, and upconverter from NooElec today. I have installed Ver. 2.0. But I am not seeing the ‘Browse Web’ when I try to connect to a remote SDR. Appreciate any help.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hello
    If I have to use dropbox to get SDR V2
    Then I will use HDSDR from now on Thank you Brian

  14. Brian says:

    Hello All
    I have now closed sdr v2 down on my coputers..
    I will not use Dropbox..Gone over to HDSDR instead??
    Sarry

  15. Brian says:

    Is there a update to SDR v2 if so where is it ???
    ANYONE KNOW

  16. Brian says:

    Very Nice bit news about SDR V2 Being updated .
    I can now go back to it .If I have to pay for it I will .
    Brian M0COG well done and thanl you for the Info ..

  17. david kerr says:

    First class program Simon
    downloaded and run no problem with the tv dongle
    running on windows vista and xp
    would like to have a squelch for narrow fm for marine channels
    David
    mxp y3

  18. Brian says:

    hello all
    I have downloaded SDR V2 Latest ,What a program Its the best .
    I. Am using it with ship plotter and plane plotter. Doing HF FAX and weathersats .Wxtoimg
    Have not had any faults yet . Its a must have for any one Interested in radio.
    Great program well done Simon ..
    Brian M0COGh

  19. Brian says:

    hello all
    I have downloaded SDR V2 Latest ,What a program Its the best .
    I. Am using it with ship plotter and plane plotter. Doing HF FAX and weathersats .Wxtoimg
    Have not had any faults yet . Its a must have for any one Interested in radio.
    Great program well done Simon ..
    Brian M0COG

  20. Laurence says:

    I just downloaded V2 of the SDR software but cannot get the USB Dong (R8207) to work with it. I ran the ZAdiag but still cannot see the option for USB in definitions. We are setting up a few APT Satellite computer stations for Search And Rescue and any help is appreciated…

  21. Brian says:

    I have Finished Using HRD now . Iam Using SDR v2 For all my Radio Work . Had no truble with it and have 3 upconverter now one on each of my computers.. I cannot find anything wrong with it …
    WELL DONE TO SIMON

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