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Getting Started with the LimeSDR

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The LimeSDR family of software defined radios are designed to make it as easy as possible to get started in the world of SDR. Before you can begin, though, you'll need to run through some simple steps in order to get your LimeSDR installed and configured correctly.

1 Installing Lime Suite

Before installing your LimeSDR, make sure you have the latest drivers and software stack installed by following the instructions on Getting Started with Lime Suite. This installation should take place before you attempt to connect the LimeSDR to your PC, and Lime Suite will be required for testing the LimeSDR once installed.

2 Unpacking and Connecting the Hardware

Full instructions on unpacking the LimeSDR USB and LimeSDR Mini, connecting antennas, and connecting them to a host PC can be found on LimeSDR Hardware Installation.

3 Installing the Windows Driver

If you are using your LimeSDR with Microsoft's Windows platform, follow the instructions on LimeSDR Windows Driver Installation. Users of Linux or macOS operating systems can skip this step.

4 Updating the Firmware and Gateware

The code running on the LimeSDR itself - known as "firmware" and "gateware" - needs to be kept up-to-date. Read LimeSDR Firmware Management to find out how to update these, and how to recover them if anything ever goes wrong.

5 Testing the LimeSDR

To confirm that your LimeSDR is properly installed and operational, follow the instructions on Testing the LimeSDR. Once the test is complete, your new LimeSDR is ready to use.

6 Further Reading

For inspiration, and for more details on the LimeSDR and how it works, take a look at Karl Woodward's LimeSDR Made Simple series on the Myriad-RF blog.

For technical details on the LimeSDR family, see the LimeSDR wiki page.

For community support and discussion, visit the Myriad-RF forum.