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SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:47 am
by no9e
I would like to use SDRplay some 100-300m away over WiFi in the middle of nowhere (no access to internet). Is this possible?

I operate amateur radio but often my location with power outlets has high noise level. Locating SDRplay 100-300m away with battery power would solve the problem. Did anyone use USB over WiFi or any other suitable solution?

Ignacy

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:27 pm
by dsalomon
I've seen WiFi USB hubs advertised, but I have no idea if they work with an SDR and if, how well. Example:

https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Wireless- ... fi+usb+hub

73 - David, AG4F

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:10 pm
by F1BJB
I tried this:
http://www.usb-over-network.org/downloads/
It works but unlimited version is expensive
Tried it with an RTL DVB dongle from an orangePI with only 100Mbps network to a windows PC
It seems that 100Mbps is too slow for some USB2 devices.
For WIFI I think you must use locally a WebSDR software.
It will be too slow for using usual software on the listening side.
Have a look here :
http://www.websdr.org/

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:20 pm
by no9e
Thnak you for the information. It seems that the only choice is adding a computer with decoding functions that will also limit the bandwidth. Could be Raspberry Pi or a cheap laptop. Otherwise Cloud-iq from rfspace.
Ignacy, NO9E

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:58 pm
by DanubeBCL
When Zeusradio ZS-1 came on the market some people sucessfully operated their transceiver with this USB-Server:
http://www.ssb.de/sdr1/transceiver/zs-1 ... -interface
The server is basically a Silex:
http://www.silexamerica.com/products/co ... ds-3000wn/

But I have no experience. Just for information.
73s, Heinrich

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:38 pm
by no9e
Interesting.
Apparently the Silex device works. An earlier post mentioned that the IOGEAR device did not. Wonder whether is the network speed (300MBs vs 150Mbs), setup or drivers.

Ignacy, NO9E

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:25 am
by F1BJB
DanubeBCL wrote:The server is basically a Silex:
http://www.silexamerica.com/products/co ... ds-3000wn/

Thanks for the link I didn't knew this product existed.
I think that transparent access to a USB device on a network is limited by the fact that USB is a half duplex protocol
and limited to short distance so latency can be a problem.

Re: SDRPlay as remote receiver over WIFI

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:49 pm
by dsalomon
It seems like bandwidth will be the problem for any SDR device. There are some other alternatives:

1. A device designed to operate over the internet, such as the Cloud-IQ from RFSpace (http://rfspace.com/RFSPACE/CloudIQ.html). That doesn't help you with your SDRPlay, but it's a SDR designed for internet based usage. It does the decoding work in the SDR box itself and sends the decoded results over the internet. It's a solution, but a costly one ($630).

2. SDR Console SDR software from Simon Brown. I don't know if his new version 3 supports client/server mode, but version 2 did with any radio it supported. The software has both server and client modules. Version 2 worked very well. You can dig for more detail on his website: http://sdrspace.com/. His software DOES support the RSP. This doesn't help you as far as being able to use SDRUno, but it does allow you to use the RSP hardware.

3. Another solution from RFSpace is their own software for use with their NetSDR that provides server and client modules. It works with their NetSDR and (I think) a few of their other radios. Again, not RSP, but an option for client / server.

These are just a few options. Unfortunately, none of them are a direct solution for your request.

I know that client / server operation has been requested for SDRUno. I haven't seen any response from the SDRPlay folks about whether they plan to implement this and if so, when.

73 - David, AG4F