Listening in on Burger Pagers with the RTL-SDR

Oona has written on her blog about how she used an RTL-SDR to listen in on those wireless devices that are given out at some restaurants and cafes to notify you when your food is ready.

While at a local burger chain she found a label on the back of the device given to her which specified the radio frequency used by the device. By tuning to that frequency with her RTL-SDR, she discovered that the device uses the POCSAG protocol, which is the same protocol that is used by pagers. She then decoded the data packet and found that it contains the device address, which is used to notify the correct device.


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