Nuand has new installer software for Windows
In the blog at nuand.com they write:
There is now a Windows based installer for the bladeRF that will install all of the relevant drivers, user mode utilities, and FX3/FPGA images. The file can be directly downloaded from http://nuand.com/downloads/bladerf_win_installer.exe .OK, download this installer and open it
A warning, but what else can I do than execute this file?
Yes! There is bladeRF CLI in the Windows Start Menu
What about USB3?
The bladeRF-board was connected all the time at anUSB2-port. Now the LEDs stopped blinking. The installation did something to it. The bladeRF-board was connected all the time at a USB2-port. I’ll unplug it and reconnect to a USB3-port and start bladeRF CLI
Reconnect to a USB2-port and restart bladeRF CLI
Get the latest image for the FPGA
I have to get the latest.img from http://nuand.com/fx3/latest.img
C:\bladeRF-master_new might be a good place for it.
I’ll put it on C:\Program Files (x86)\bladeRF
A lot of errors, I seem to have to define a variable
I get a lot of errors and I have to define an environment variable in Windows.
So, in the configuration screen of the start menu of Windows I select advanced and environment-variables.
Defined BLADERF_SKIP_FW_SIZE_CHECK = 0
Now it seems to be OK
Connect an antenna and try to get samples into a file
Oh boy, this is interesting. It is late in the night already but I take the antenna from my Kenwood TH-F7, it has the same connector as the bladeRF-board, and connect it to RX.
I created a file with samples. What is in this comma-separated-values file?
File C:/temp/new282810M.csv reads:
… 89, 81 88, 80 92, 76 84, 76 90, 77 88, 76 92, 77 90, 84 85, 77 92, 80 88, 81 86, 75 92, 73 86, 82 91, 76 89, 81 91, 77 92, 77 88, 81 86, 73 88, 77 86, 77 90, 77 90, 77 91, 77 88, 77 91, 79 …So, not so interesting. I’d expect more variation in the value of the numbers…
OK, installation of the Windows software with the installer from Nuand is a breeze! Thanks a lot for all their efforts. They keep doing a great job.
After installation I got error-messages with a clue: define BLADERF_SKIP_FW_SIZE_CHECK = 0
It seems I did only get some noise in the file with the samples. I'll experiment with some parameters like the gain, bandwidth, frequency and samplerate. I have a signal-generator that can put a signal up to 1 GHz on the antenna. With 100 W output-power to the RX-input of the bladeRF-board I should be able to get some smoke into and out of my file!
(dont try this with 100 W, some microVolts should be enough :>))