BladeRF on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

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BladeRF on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Post by teb » Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:17 pm

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my Windows 10 using the latest Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
and activated the BaldeRF PPA by following the steps below: ... ted:-Linux

Plug in my device and run bladeRF-cli command with -p (probe) option, but it couldn't detect
the BladeRF and said no devices were available.

I can always see the device from the Windows command prompt with the same command
but not from bash on Ubuntu.

Does anyone know a way to access BladeRF from WSL?

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Re: BladeRF on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Post by bglod » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:21 pm

We have not tested this functionality. My initial guess is that this is a limitation with WSL. I know they had some trouble getting USB drive support working initially. Not sure if other types of devices would need specific fixes as well. I'm curious -- does "lsusb" work and/or detect the bladeRF?

If you switch to a standard VM (VirtualBox, VMWare, etc.), you'd need to enable USB passthrough and pass the bladeRF device to the guest OS. Note that running in a VM can have performance implications.
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