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LimeSDR Quick Start

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So you've received your LimeSDR board... what next? This page is intended to help you get up and running as quickly as possible.

1 Assemble the hardware

LimeSDR-USB acrylic case asembly.jpg

Unless you have U.FL to SMA cables for all the RF ports on the LimeSDR — and optionally a suitable case — decide which RF ports you are going to connect to.

If you have a LimeSDR Acrylic Case see the assembly instructions.

2 Connect the LimeSDR to your computer

Depending on which board variant you have, it will require one of the following USB 3.0 cables:

  • Type A plug to Type Micro B plug
  • Type A plug to A socket

3 Install Lime Suite

Lime suite comps.png

Lime Suite provides an SDR driver and a configuration GUI, along with numerous utilities. Support is provided for the following platforms:

  • Linux (Ubuntu packages)
  • Mac OS X (Homebrew)
  • Windows (PothosSDR Installer)

It can be installed from source or via packages/installler. Note that a O/S driver must also be installed on Windows.

For further details see Lime Suite documentation.

4 Testing

LimeSDR-USB SelfTest FFT.jpg

The Lime Suite wiki page explains how LimeUtil can be used to get a list of available devices, and SoapySDRUtil to verify that it will be available to ecosystem SDR applications via SoapySDR.

Low level testing of RX and TX directly via the Lime Suite GUI is also described in LimeSDR-USB Quick Test.