Here is my first experience with the ADALM-PLUTO:
- Ordered in October 2017 at Mouser.
- Received the item February, 28th 2018 - almost 5 months later... Patience is a virtue.
- I paid a total cost of 90 Euro with shipping included and no customs issue.
- Once the product was in stock at Mouser, shipping took 2-3 days.
- 1x ADALM-PLUTO
- 2x Small SMA antennas
- 1x SMA cable (female to female)
- 1x USB Micro cable (like the ones used for modern smartphones)
First steps (I only used Windows 10 @ 64bits so far):
- Downloaded and installed the drivers -> no issues
- After reboot, I opened the browser with 192.168.2.1 and got the ADALM-PLUTO welcome screen. Note that it does not matter that your PC is on a different subnet! This got me slightly confused in the beginning. Just type this address and off you go.
- Did a putty connection over COM port at 9600 baud. Did the "hack" with no issues. This will increase the bandwidth from 70MHz up to 6GHz.
# fw_setenv attr_name compatible # fw_setenv attr_val ad9364 # reboot
- Tried SDRsharp with the plugin -> no issues, but performance is much worse than with HackRF One (max. bandwidth is 5MHz, while HackRF One manages 10MHz without any problem - no sound clicking or other issues).
- Tried sdrangel -> works great (albeit with smaller bandwidth than the HackRF One). Had issues with the TX plugin, turned out that Windows Protection thinks that one of the output sinks is a malware and deletes it. Made a rule to not scan sdrangel folder and now it works fine.
- Tried Matlab -> works fine, but costs money (I have access to Uni license) and seems very similar to GNU Radio. Not sure what the benefit of having Matlab is, as I am not literate in Matlab.
- Tried GNU Radio -> No sink to support Pluto SDR under Windows available: bummer
Tried DATV-Express: AWESOME!!! This tool alone makes the purchase worth it. Being able to generate a DVB-S/DVB-S2 transponder that you can use to test SAT-Receivers without having access to a dish is amazing, especially considering that the hardware costs just 90 Euro! I have several Dektec Modulators, which cost a few thousand Euro (well, they support much higher bandwidth and functionality, but that is not the point).
I did have some issues with DVB-T, as the two field meter I tried only support 6, 7 or 8 MHz bandwidth. The ADALM-PLUTO does not support a continuous stream at this rate, so I couldn't test it further.
But DVB-S/S2 is great!
Much potential for the ADALM-PLUTO ("Pluto SDR"), at a great price but with an unacceptably high waiting time. This seems understandable, because the demand must be overwhealming. I cannot imagine this tool being actually used at schools, as you simply cannot get hold of it.
But I predict that many cool software applications will emerge for this product, once it is more easily obtainable.