Table of contents

  1. Specifications
  2. Device Fingerprint
  3. Firmware Sources
  4. Supported Software
  5. Command Line Tools

Currently, the most popular SDR device. Supported by the PiSDR with the modified library provided by the RTL-SDR Blog. This library adds patches to improve performance within the L-Band, improves over-heating problems and enables the Bias-T on supported devices.


Specification Value
Frequency Range 24 - 1766 MHz
Bandwidth Up to 2.56 Msps (Stable)
ADC Resolution 8-bits
USB Speed 2.0
TX Mode No
Crystal TCXO (0.5-1.0 ppm stable)1
Bias-T Yes1

Device Fingerprint

$ lsusb
Bus 020 Device 006: ID 0bda:2838 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL2838UHIDIR  Serial: 00000001

Firmware Sources

Supported Software

  • GQRX
  • SDRAngel
  • GNURadio
  • Soapy Remote

Command Line Tools

  • rtl_adsb
  • rtl_biast
  • rtl_eeprom
  • rtl_fm
  • rtl_power
  • rtl_sdr
  • rtl_tcp
  • rtl_test

  1. Official model from the RTL-SDR blog.  2