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Hacker's corner

RF Explorer is a hacker friendly device. As hackers ourselves, we do like customizing, tinkering and expanding gadgets.

We certainly designed and built RF Explorer with these factors in mind.

Resources:

  • Windows PC Client source code : Developed in C# and VisualStudio 2015 Community Edition, you can fully extend and customize it for your own needs, under LGPL license. The latest source code is available in Github repository: github.com/rfexplorer.
    • Library .NET for easy integration of Windows applications, (Linux/Mac can use it together with mono): github link
    • Library Python 3 for plug and play integration (multiplatform): github link
    • Library for Arduino in standard C++/wiring: github link
  • UART - USB protocol specification : Full documentation to interface RF Explorer with any RS232 capable software or Operating System. The limit here is the CP2102 USB driver, currently supported in Windows, Linux, WinCE, Android and MacOS by Silicon Labs. Please refer to Github Wiki.
  • RF Explorer circuit schematic : Discover the internals of RF Explorer, so you get a better idea of how it works, and how to get the greatest value from its implemented hardware and software. RF Explorer is based on a powerful Microchip PIC24FJ64GA004 16 bits MCU, together with a Silicon Labs transceivers. Circuit link here.
  • RF Explorer for Python libraries: Python is a modern, portable multi-platform programming language. We developed a full portable library so you can create your own Python applications to connect with RF Explorer devices. Visit RF Explorer for Python wiki for more details.
  • RF Explorer IoT modules: If you need a fully customizable platform, both software and hardware, you can use RF Explorer IoT modules, supported in many platforms. More details at the IoT site.
  • Raspberry Pi: The Raspberry Pi is a nice Single Board Computer running Linux which can easily control RF Explorer and automate lot of actions. By making use of the the USB RS232 protocol, it has enough power to work realtime with RF Explorer product family. Check RF Explorer for Raspberry Pi wiki to get sample Linux source code you can use as starting point. You can also use Phyton and Mono among other libraries to communicate from Linux to RF Explorer.
  • Other Linux SBC : BeagleBone Black has been also tested to work fine with RF Explorer, if you test any other SBC please let us know so community can benefit from it.

Stay tuned for any new developments...

Buy RF Explorer

RF Explorer is available at SeeedStudio online store as well as a worldwide distributor network, select from below list the closer and more convenient to you. SeeedStudio delivers worldwide by airmail and courier.

Seeed Studio online store

For stock information, actual cost and delivery timeline, please check directly with the distributor of your choice from the list below.


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Americas

Nuts About Nets in USA
EMR Shielding in Canada
Location Sound in LA, USA
Gotham Sound in NY, USA
RF Electronics in Canada rp electronics
Several vendors available at Amazon
Chatral Wireless in Brazil
Silicio MX en Mexico

 

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Monacor International
ML&S in UK
Cool Components in UK
EXP-TECH in Germany
WIMO in Germany
Mattijsen in the BeNeLux
AudioSense in Belgium
Robot-Italy in Italy
Mods Art in Italy
AGV-Radio in Spain & Portugal
FreeBytes in Greece
RLX Components in Slovakia rlx components
Sigint in Slovakia Sigint Logo
Eidolon in Norway
Westridge Audio in Sweden

 

Asia - Pacific

SeeedStudio in China Seeed Studio online store
HobbyKing in China logoHobbyKing
Soundlabs Group in Australia
Sound Techniques in New Zealand
NiceGear in New Zealand nicegear logo
SCA Sound Solutions in Japan
Sengoku Densyo in Japan
Akizukidenshi in Japan
MCUApps in Taiwan
Pacific Technology PTech
Backstage in South Korea backstage logo
ThaiEasyElec in Thailand
 
   

RFBee monitored by RF Explorer

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use a RFBee transceiver from www.SeeedStudio.com together with a RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer from www.rf-explorer.com.

The RFBee is a nice transceiver device which accepts some simple AT ASCII command strings to do some basic configuration. It hides some of the complexity of a full fledged transceiver by embedding an ATMega inside. An ideal tool to experiment with digital RF transmission for the beginner.

This example code is in the public domain and available here . It was tested in Arduino IDE v0022.

 

 

RF Explorer Downloads

Welcome to the official RF Explorer download page. For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

Downloads are organized by cathegory and include documents, Computer Software and device Firmware.

This site is secure. All our software is protected and continuously scanned by these four major Antivirus and Antimalware platforms. Some "free" antivirus (such as AVG and AVAST) may produce false positives detection sometimes from heuristics, you can safely ignore these and trust downloaded software from our official website.

We do not recommend downloading our software from third party websites.

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Documents and User Guides

All documents and user guides are available in English. Some documents are available in other languages.

RF Explorer Quick Start instructions
RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer User Guide (English)
RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer User Guide (Chinese)
RF Explorer Signal Generator User Guide
RF Explorer for Windows User Guide
RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer Standard firmware Release Notes
RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer PLUS firmware Release Notes
RF Explorer Signal Generator firmware Release Notes
RF Explorer for Windows Release Notes
file zip icon 10 RF Explorer Near Field Antenna calibration/correction files
RF Explorer RFEAH-25 Near Field Antenna datasheet
RF Explorer Near Field Antenna Kit datasheet
RF Explorer Upconverter datasheet
file zip icon 10 RF Explorer Upconverter calibration/correction files

 

Free Software downloads for Windows

RF Explorer for Windows - Latest Version

Version v2.0.1904 - for use with firmware Standard v1.28 and Plus v3.10

Includes firmware v1.28 for Analyzer Standard, v3.10 for Analyzer PLUS and v1.31 for Generator

For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

Supported on Windows XP / Vista / Win7 / Win8.x / Win10 and Windows Server

More details at www.rf-explorer.com/windows

Note: WindowsXP computers may require prior install Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 Hotfix from this link.

Note: The installer will automatically detect and install Microsoft .NET 4 if required.

RF Explorer Preset Manager for Windows - Latest Version

Version v2.00.1902 - for use with firmware v1.26 and v3.06

Requires firmware v1.26 for Analyzer Standard, v3.06 for Analyzer PLUS and ProAudio

For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

More details at www.rf-explorer.com/preset

Supported on Windows XP / Vista / Win7 / Win8.x / Win10 and Windows Server

USB Drivers

Silicon Labs drivers version 6.7

Note: Instructions included in the Readme.txt file

Troubleshooting USB connection issues: online help link.

  

Free Firmware Upgrade downloads for Windows

Please visit this link for MacOS versions.

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Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer Standard

Version 1.28

RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer Standard firmware.
Only for Handheld Spectrum Analyzer Standard (7 buttons)

DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SIGNAL GENERATOR

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the download package
Apple Mac users please visit specific instructions and software on this link

For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

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Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer PLUS

Version 3.10

RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer PLUS firmware.
Only for Handheld Spectrum Analyzer PLUS model (9 buttons)

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the download package
Apple Mac users please visit specific instructions and software on this link

For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

Hardware Chip icon Large generator

Latest Firmware for RF Explorer Signal Generator

Version 1.31

RF Explorer Signal Generator firmware.
Only for Handheld Signal Generator

DO NOT INSTALL THIS IN SPECTRUM ANALYZER models

Firmware Upgrade Instructions included in the download package
Apple Mac users please visit specific instructions and software on this link

For Copyright and License note please read this page link.

 

Software for RF Explorer IoT modules

micro sd card

Raspbian OS image for Raspberry Pi 1 model B+ (ARM6)

Download link

Note: requires micro-SD card with at least 16GB size

Important: please make sure to upgrade latest libraries from GITHUB, the SD image may not have the latest developments and examples. More details: https://github.com/RFExplorer

This is a 3GB download. Use standard Raspberry Pi instructions to create the image

For more details visit RF Explorer 3G+ IoT for Raspberry

micro sd card

Raspbian OS image for Raspberry Pi 2 model B (ARM7)

Download link

Note: requires micro-SD card with at least 8GB size

Important: please make sure to upgrade latest libraries from GITHUB, the SD image may not have the latest developments and examples. More details: https://github.com/RFExplorer

This is a 3GB download. Use standard Raspberry Pi instructions to create the image

For more details visit RF Explorer 3G+ IoT for Raspberry

micro sd card

Raspbian OS image for Raspberry Pi 3 model B (ARM7)

Download link

Note: requires micro-SD card with at least 8GB size

Important: please make sure to upgrade latest libraries from GITHUB, the SD image may not have the latest developments and examples. More details: https://github.com/RFExplorer

This is a 3GB download. Use standard Raspberry Pi instructions to create the image

For more details visit RF Explorer 3G+ IoT for Raspberry

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Native Arduino libraries

Support for Arduino Due and Seeeduino

Note: For more details please visit RF Explorer 3G+ IoT for Arduino

 

Free software for MacOS 

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RF Explorer Preset Manager for Mac - Latest Version

Version v2.00.1902 - for use with firmware v1.26 and v3.06

Requires firmware v1.26 for Analyzer Standard, v3.06 for Analyzer PLUS and ProAudio

More details at www.rf-explorer.com/preset

Available in all MacOS versions with Mono support.

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iRF-Explorer for Mac

3rd Party software contribution from user Dirk-Willem van Gulik.
We do not officially support this software but can provide help if you run
into issues in our online forum link.
Please visit online site or the AppStore for downloads and more info.

This is free open source GUI Client for MacOS X, tested up to OSX 10.8 but should work 
in new OS versions.

USB Drivers for Mac

Latest Silicon Labs drivers for MacOS

Update up to MacOS Mojave - note page is from Silabs and outside our server.

Download and install Silicon Lab USB drivers is required for MacOS to recognize device connection.

 

Free software for Linux 

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RF Explorer Preset Manager for Linux - Latest Version

Version v2.00.1902 - for use with firmware v1.26 and v3.06

Requires firmware v1.26 for Analyzer Standard, v3.06 for Analyzer PLUS and ProAudio

More details at www.rf-explorer.com/preset

Available in all Linux platforms with Mono support. 

USB Drivers for Linux

Latest Silicon Labs drivers for Linux

Most modern Linux kernels already include support for Silabs CP2012 driver. Visit link above if your specific distro does not work yet with CP2102 natively.

 

 

Additional 3rd Party software options for RF Explorer

Please check our RF Explorer Software Reference page here.