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SDR# options

SDR# : Choix du mode d'installation


SDR SHarp (SDR#) is a software that allows using electronic chips onboard some DVB USB tuners to make broadband radio receivers. The advantage of this program is its modularity. With the addition of further modules, it is possible to extend its capabilities. One of the most interesting modules is the one that corrects the Doppler effect on the receive frequency to maintain a continuous reception during satellite's broadcasts.

SDR # is software that requires Microsoft.NET to run.


Under Linux, there are two alternatives to this environment: Wine and Mono. Each has its advantages and disadvantages but to date, none is satisfactory.

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There are two ways to install this software in the Linux environment :

  • The first is to use "Wine", the Windows emulator. This method has the advantage of getting a fast but outdated software. In fact, SDR # now uses Microsoft.NET version 4.6 which is not yet supported by Wine. We have to use an older version of SDR #. Therefore some recent plug-ins like those dedicated to decoding the russian meteorological satellite "Meteor" don't work. In addition, the USB port is not operational and we need to implement a TCP-IP gateway.
  • The second is to use "Mono", the emulator Microsoft.NET. The advantage of this method is that it allows you to use the latest versions of SDR # that is compatible with the latest plug-ins. However, SDR # with Mono is very slow and there is often regular audio stutter to deplored.

In conclusion: if you don't need to use the latest plug-ins, the method with Wine is better. If you need to use the latest plug-ins, choose the method with Mono but you'll need a powerful computer to compensate the slow emulation.