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Guided USRP Radio Support Package Hardware Setup

To use Communications Toolbox™ Support Package for USRP™ Radio features, you must establish communication between the host computer and the radio hardware. For details on establishing and verifying the connection between the host computer and the radio, see the related topics. Each operating system (OS) has instructions specific to that OS. Choose the instructions for the OS on the host computer.

  • The host computer can be a desktop or a laptop.

  • For USB-based radios (Ettus Research™ Bus Series radios - B200, B200mini, B200mini-i, B205mini-i, or B210), the host computer must have at least one available USB port to connect to the radio.

  • For Ethernet-based radios (Ettus Research Networked radios - N200, N210, or USRP2™), the host computer must contain at least one dedicated Gigabit network interface card (NIC) for connecting to the USRP radio.

    • When connecting to an Ethernet-based radio, a second NIC is recommended for the host computer to remain simultaneously connected to the radio and a network (or the Internet). Alternatively, you can use one NIC for the radio connection and WiFi to connect to a network. If the host computer has no WiFi and only one NIC, see Using One Ethernet Port.

    • Directly connect your USRP radio to the NIC on the host computer with an Ethernet cable.

    • USRP radios have a factory default IP address of This value is used for the radio IP address throughout the setup instructions. If your radio has a different IP address, modify accordingly.

To install the Communications Toolbox Support Package for USRP Radio software and configure the host computer, use the recommended installer by following the Install Communications Toolbox Support Package for USRP Radio directions.

After completing the Communications Toolbox Support Package for USRP Radio installation, the installer guides you in setting up the connection between the host and the radio.

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