Tagged: setup

Installing SDR# on windows …

How to install SDR# on windows …

You will need …

PC/Laptop (Recommended dual core, 4gb RAM)
RTLSDR dongle
(Optional antenna / adapter. *Recommended*)
.NET Framework 4.6

If you have uninstall the software, driver and unplug the dongle.

Goto airspy.com and download the ‘SDR Software Package’
Unzip the files somewhere
Run install-rtlsdr.bat
Plug in your dongle
Run zadig.exe (as administrator)
Click options
Make sure ‘show all devices’ is selected.
In the device drop down select ‘Bulk Interface 0’
Ensure WINUSB is selected in the other drop down.
Click install
Click OK to any warnings
Run sdrsharp.exe
Select the RTLUSB dongle
Click the play icon to start capture.
Tune to a known frequency (FM station)
Ensure WFM is selected
Open the options menu
Increase RF gain, but don’t let the signal distort.
If you can hear distortion try adjusting the volume control in SDR#

Give yourself a pat on the back and get scanning!

Moving on to gqrx and linux in the next video.

Recommended SDR shopping list for up coming content …
RTLSDR – RTL2832(u) DVB-T+DAB+FM Dongle (£10-£15)
MCX MALE TO BNC FEMALE (for connecting antennas) (Approx £2)
AIR BAND (or similar) antenna (usually with BNC male connector) (£3-£10)

Hakology Day 12 : Blog Entry

Kettle is on. Coffee to be made. So day twelve begins.

Tunes turned to 11 … its Friday!
Operation pre-weekend tidy up has begun.

Slow start, written up all the notes for the SDR# tutorial, might have a go at recording it later, need to clear some space in the garage for some new equipment arriving soon.

Just had a little jam on my drums .. its been way too long. Great warm up for some FPS.

Right time to do something productive.

Uploading SDR# tutorial, writing up notes in to a new post.


Really quick video showing you how to install and setup SDR# under windows.
Moving on to linux and gqrx next.




Hakology – Retropie steam controller setup guide

Notes to accompany the following video showing you how to setup and configure the steam controller for retropie. Tested and verified as working with python 2.7 on the rpi model B and rpi3 model B.

sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install libusb1
sudo pip install enum34
git clone https://github.com/ynsta/steamcontroller.git
cd steamcontroller
sudo python setup.py install
sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/99-steam-controller.rules
Add these lines :
SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, ATTRS{idVendor}==”28de”, GROUP=”games”, MODE=”0660″
KERNEL==”uinput”, MODE=”0660″, GROUP=”games”, OPTIONS+=”static_node=uinput”

sudo udevadm control –reload
sudo crontab -e
@reboot /usr/local/bin/sc-xbox.py start

Hakology Day 3 : Blog Entry

Good morning hakologists, mental note go to bed earlier. Coffee time then on with some research think I’ve decided on doing a really boring video tonight we’ll see. I need more time to compile a decent SDR episode but may well do a little v-blogging today, need to get the garage sorted out. So glad to be back computering.

Now I’m more awake I’m going to have a look at setting up my SDR rig the question is under linux on an old dual core atom or under windows on an i5 …. urgh windows.

Major panic over located my SDR, time to get the environment setup and working … oh fun 🙂 will post some bonus twitter / WP content when I can get a decent picture of what I’m working on.

Tea break, have some defcon vids on in the background, looking for a little inspiration and mental refreshment, realised I wasnt following Balint Seeber @spenchdotnot … well I am now.



Well I’ve got the sdr working! Progress.

Taking a breather for a while, need to start noting frequencies and gathering some stock footage. So far my refresher today has taught my its gqrx for linux, sdr# for windows and rtl-sdr gets installed with gqrx, need to also sort out a ‘better’ antenna so much noise in my flat. Anyway …. break time.

Spent the last hour or so taking a ‘break’ scanning with the SDR made me remember how critical height and position are when transmitting / receiving RF. Also have the ALFA sitting next to my rig might do a little war driving for shits and giggles.

Social, doom4 and insurgency time.

So my social time over ran, lol, back to the grindstone.

As promised random bonus content for the blog. Here’s a picture of an old swiss army knife and yes its seen better days and is missing a few parts/utilities its a very special one. This was my dads, dads, pen knife who I never got to meet but my dad gave me this a few years ago, dug it out tidying the other day. Will try and keep posting one original picture every so often.

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Really gone to town on the rpi retropie tutorial, signing off.

Pfsense behind a router

Ok so here’s my setup: - current adsl / cable router - router subnet

1. Install pfsense

2. Assign interfaces
1 for lan
1 for wan

Plug the WAN port into you ADSL / cable router
Plug the LAN port into eg. an un-managed switch.

3. Assign IPs
Subnet -
Gateway -
Enable DHCP
IPRange - to

WAN IP - (static)
Gateway -

4. Configure web front end
Go to (pfsense box) in your browser
Login using : admin pfsense
DNS1 :
DNS1 :
Allow router to override DNS
Allow 192/172/10 addresses (b/c pfsense is running on your lan)
(Click next, next, next)
Set the web gui password

5. Configure your router (cable/adsl modem)

Set a rule to route:

Go to the routers firewall rules and add this …
Ports : 1-65534
Protocol : ALL
Destination :

Or alternatively add the server to your DMZ

6. Load up your web browser and check you can get google.com

7. Enjoy … take a break and come back and install some ubercool packages.

Trouble shooting:
Can pfsense ping router – NO WAN config error
Can pfsense ping pfsense client – NO – LAN config error / Client firewall
Can pfsense client ping pfsense – NO – LAN config error / Client firewall
Can pfsense ping – NO – ASDL/CABLE router config error
Can pfsense client ping router – NO – NAT error
Can pfsense client ping – NO – NAT error / ADSL / CABLE config error
Can pfsense client ping – YES – All good
Can pfsense client load a website – NO – DNS Error – Check everything above is OK
Can pfsense client load a website – YES – Everything is working

If you are having issue make sure you disable any firewalls you have running on the pfsense client boxes … once you have your network configured you can enable them later.