USRP1, GNU Radio, UHD?

Hello,

  this is my first post here and I would like to ask a question. I
bought a
USRP1 hardware with some daughterboards and I would like to start to do
something with it, but the problem is that I don’t know where to start.

   As I read messages here in the mailing list I realized that I’m
really at
the beginning compared to all of you. I read some questions about the
usage of
GNU Radio and Windows to control USRP1, but I could not found any clear
answer.
This is why I’m asking for some help.

   The OS I’m using is the Windows OS, I really didn’t tried out Linux
and
others, because the majority of softwares I write is for Windows
environment. So
I’m familiarized with the Windows environment and this is where I would
like to
do my work if it is possible.

   I have to do my diploma work and I have to us an USRP to make an
application, to be able to read some data from a hardware, to show how
it can be
integrated in a system, I’not giving any more details because it’s not
important. My whole project will be written in VisualStudio this is why
I want
to use the Windows environment.

   My USRP1 is running, powered, but what’s next? I tried to install
GNU Radio
with CygWin and MinGW but no success, then I read something related to
UHD, but
it’s not clear, how much support it brings for USRP1, and what I will be
able to
do, or how to use it.

   Could anyone (those who have installed successfully GNU Radio or
used
UHD)Â to explain in some big (or detaild)Â steps what they have done. How
they
started USRP1, how they read out some values. For example if I will use
a
Bluetooth module, ZigBee module or any custom made module using some
custom made
protocol (something simple to be able to implement it) and I will send
some data
(a single byte to use bits from it for switching different devices,
it’snot
import), how I could receive that data? What should I do (OK, I make a
python
script that will read data out of the USB port of the USRP1 and what
should I do
with it to pass it to my application [maybe I could make a stream to
transfer
data or a file]Â because I want to use it in real world application)?
Maybe there
are persons who already made this and could help with a few ideas.

   Now, please don’t think that I want anyone of you to solve any
problems that
I might encounter, or to make my job, I only want some help, some basic
help,
from those who really used GNU Radio in Windows environment, after that
if I
understand in big steps how it’s working and I will be able to install
GNU Radio
or configure UHD than I will be able to make my project. Maybe with a
few
ideas will be more clear to me how this (USRP1, daughterboards, Windows,
USB,
Python, VisualStudio) is working and it will help other people to
unrstand and
to have something in written form therefore this questions will be never
asked
again (I saw that many people asked these questions or something
similar).

    I only want some ideas like (ex: you can get the files to install
from
there, don’t get them from other places because are not trustfull or
don’t do
that because it could crash the whole installation process).

   I hope that your answers will make all this more clear not only for
me, but
for others.

   Thank you very much to all those who are so kind to give an answer.
I wish
to all of you a wonderfull day.

                     Mason S…

On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM, Mason S. [email protected]
wrote:

I have to do my diploma work and I have to us an USRP to make an

application, to be able to read some data from a hardware, to show how it
can be integrated in a system, I’not giving any more details because it’s
not important. My whole project will be written in VisualStudio this is why
I want to use the Windows environment.

USRP1 support in UHD depends on libusb-1.0, which currently only has
windows support in beta form. Therefore, I would only recommend using
USRP1 with UHD in windows if you’re willing to deal with experimental
dependencies. Until the windows backend in libusb becomes stable
(hopefully in the next few months), most USRP1 windows users will be
better served by the gnuradio driver, which uses libusb-win32.

My USRP1 is running, powered, but what's next? I tried to install GNU

Radio with CygWin and MinGW but no success, then I read something related to
UHD, but it’s not clear, how much support it brings for USRP1, and what I
will be able to do, or how to use it.

Hopefully, in time, timestamped sample support for the USRP1 will be
added to UHD. In the meantime, USRP1 features in UHD and GNU Radio are
identical, though with different host side implementations.

Could anyone (those who have installed successfully GNU Radio or used

UHD) to explain in some big (or detaild) steps what they have done.

Perhaps you could mention what specific problems you ran into while
installing GNU Radio?

Tom

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