Since the original article was posted on using the RTL2832U DBT stick with, one of our readers (Jeff) pointed out that some new .dll files have recently been made available that will allow you to more easily use a RTL2832U stick with The biggest advantage of the of the new .dlls’ is not having to use with the rtl_tcp TCP server. This allows you not to have to start the server every time you use, plus starts processing data from the RTL2832U much faster. The other advantage, is that it does make installing the RTL2832U for a bit simpler. These .dlls’ were not developed by Simon ( author) but by a third party AA5SH and can be downloaded directly from his website. I did a quick test of the new .dlls and they seemed to work fine. You can choose to continue to use the TCP server, which might come in handy to stream data from a RTL2832U to a remote copy of, or you may want to give the new .dll method a shot. Heres how to use the new .dlls’:

  1. Download and install the latest preview version of
  2. As usual download and extract the latest Zadig drivers and install them for your RTL2832U stick. Remember you need the 7Zip software to extract Zadig.
  3. Download and extract the .dll files from AA5SH website.
  4. Open the folder that you extracted. There will be two folders 32bit and 64bit. Open the folder that matches your Windows version (32bit or 64bit). Copy the three .dll files contained in the folder to the folder on your PC (usually found in your Program Files folder).
  5. Start the SDRConsole.
  6. Click on the Radio Button near the top of the console.  Add a radio definition.  Be sure to change the radio type in the drop down menu to RTL SDR (USB). Click the Search button and if everything is installed correctly will find the RTL2832U. Click OK and your stick should show up in the radio definitions list. You can also select the sample rate at this point if you want to from the drop down in the radio definitions box. Highlight the RTL2832U device in the radio definitions list and click start.
  7. You RTL2832U should now be running with the RTL2832U stick.
  8. You may want to adjust the RF gain setting from the RF menu at the top of the SDRConsole screen.
  9. You also want to click on the More button at the top of the SDRConsole and set the PPM offset to have SDR-Radio to more accurately display the tuning value from the RTL2832U stick.

Thats it. Enjoy!

23 thoughts on “Alternate RTL2832U Install for”
  1. Nice work! Everything appears to work except I cannot get any sound. The speakers are not muted. SDR# works fine with speakers. Any suggestions? I’ve checkedand I couldn’t find out what was keepng the noise from the speakers.

  2. thanks for the help,
    I’ve ordered a dongle from Ebay, £8 including posting!
    from what my friend G1VVP tells me i’ve resigned myself to the fact that it will overload at home.
    but i do a lot of dxpeditioning and i don’t feel so anxious about taking an £8 radio and old laptop abroad as i would with a £3000 comms rx!

    i’ll review the Dongle from the Radio Quiet Zone at Jodrell Bank Observatory when it arrives, and if theres still problems i’ll try a Country road i know
    and if its still unusable – what the heck its only £8!

  3. ok, perhaps i am a idiot.
    but point 6.
    Click on the Radio Button near the top of the console. Add a radio definition.
    only radio button i see is RFspace,
    i got SDR-radio 1.5 build 1058 here….

    1. Yes, most of the SDR programs offer a PPM setting or an offset setting for dialing in the receiver frequency. You just have to hunt down that feature depending on the software you are using 🙂

  4. wel, on sdrsharp it is no isue, but on sdr-radio i cant (yet) find it.
    any way, i got it working ,works nice….
    thnxs forreply !

  5. Got sdrsharp working with the dongel, wanted to try Simon’s SDR-Radio. Got the dll’s from AA5SH website just fine.
    Must be getting old but no download link on for any version.
    Any one have a link?

  6. Nice demo (2.0 build 1361 64) in an alpha state but not more. Consumes huge amounts of memory, sound card not really selectable, hang-ups, multi VFO option not working, frequency not shown correctly, grafical window overlapping problems.

  7. When I use the rtl2832u+r820t with the v2 console, it lags up the computer and runs extremely slow and the audio is choppy, in and out. Other software allows you to adjust the audio sampling rate and speed of the spectrum, from slow to stop, and it frees up some ram to run smoothly. But I can figure out how to reduce anything to get the software to perform without sluggish behavior. It demands so much on the computer, using it is not fun.

  8. I tried downloading the AA5SH RTL USB ZIPS from his site but when i unpack / unzip them they keep displaying corrupted.

    Tried several downloads and various unzip packages – same errors.

    Any one got a good copy they would share / send to me?

    Any help would be much appreciated …

    1. The author contacted me and indicated the files were corrupt. He uploaded new ones and they worked Perfect!



  9. It keeps saying “nothing found” when searching for the usb radio card. Windows shows it fine in the device manager. Can anyone help? Thanks.

    1. Same here for v2.2 on x64 using a generic dongle with the r820t tuner. I’m going to start by falling back to 2.1 and if need be, forward to the 2.3 beta.

      Justin: which device, version and build are you getting this trouble with? It could be helpful to know.

  10. I was able to overcome this, and the solution seemed to be to keep the old libusb-1.0 when copying the libs over. If I have the chance, I’ll test this across the available v2.x builds.

    1. Well I tried, but leaving libusb-1.0 original and only copying the other 2 still leaves it as ‘nothing found’
      Using 64 bits versions.

      This software kluge-fix, copy over goofy dll’s is IMO, an untested piece of broken crudware.
      It is always too hard to figure out a developers mindset as to why they dont do the obvious stuff, wont include these cheap rtl-sdr usb very common devices in his software from the get go.

      1. its not a cludge fix!, it simply adds rtl usb to the devices dropbox and works exactly the same way as other sdr devices.

  11. ime trying to use sdr v2 consul but my dingle a rtl 2832u usb dosnt appear in the list and search dont find it. works ok with hdsrd ans sdr sharp pc is hp elitebook i5 2540p.manynthanks from richard is there an old people guide or video

  12. I installed my dongle as stated above and all went together well. I have saved all relevant software onto flash drive and will install on my other computer.

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