Why the XiOne SDR receiver is different (in a good way!)

We’ve talked a lot about the various Software Defined Radio (SDR) USB dongles that have popped up over the last couple of years. I own several and have often played around with them. They suffer a bit of a flaw in the fact that they connect directly to the computer via USB which isn’t ideal because my computer room isn’t the ideal RF environment.

The advantage of the XiOne is that it has the capability of connecting to your home network allowing you to use a computer/tablet/phone that network to operate it. You can locate it away from RF interference sources and either use the XiOne’s Wi-Fi or run ethernet to connect it back to your router. Very cool. That’s why I think the XiOne’s Indigogo campaign from a German company called XiVero is worth looking at.

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As of this writing, they still have 35 out of 100 of their specially priced (US$139) slots left. If you’re interested, might be worth a look. If they can get enough funding momentum, this looks to possibly be a very popular little receiver.

Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of AmateurRadio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

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