RTL-SDR Now Supported by MATLAB

The Communications System Toolbox in MATLAB 2013b now supports the RTL-SDR dongle. MATLAB is a scientific computing software product which scientists and engineers use for complex technical computations and simulations.

The RTL-SDR radio support package enables you to design wireless receivers using real world signals. Using Communications System Toolbox™ in conjunction with an RTL-SDR USB radio, you can design and prototype systems that process real-time wireless signals in MATLAB® and Simulink®.

Wireless engineers, students, and hobbyists can learn to receive and decode real-world radio signals using this low cost RTL-SDR hardware connected to your computer.

Key Features:

  • RTL-SDR radio as an I/O peripheral to receive streaming RF signals
  • Configurable center frequency and sample rate
  • NooElec™ NESDR Mini USB Stick (R820T) and NooElec NESDR Nano USB Stick (R820T) SDR devices with frequency range 30MHz – 1.8GHz
  • Compatible with other RTL-SDR USB radios (eg., Terratec T-Stick E4000)
  • Several application examples for getting started:
    • FM Mono / Stereo with RTL-SDR
    • FRS Receiver with RTL-SDR
    • Spectral Analysis with RTL-SDR radio
    • Frequency offset calibration with RTL-SDR
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I can’t download the hardware support package for the rtl. I have a 30 day trial of matlab/simulink but this doesn’t allow me to download the bsp!


I would like to bought RTL-sdr ,Which one is best modem to buy give some suggests with their description.

Breno Minzon

Matlab for Students is pretty much the same, with lots os packages already included, and costs U$89, what is really affordable


“MATLAB is unaffordable by normal humans.”
It is freely available on many torrents.


hello~ I know it’s been a long time, but I wonder where to find these torrents?


Interesting, but MATLAB is unaffordable by normal humans. Maybe this can be ported/used to/with the likes of open source alternatives like Octave or Scilab, etc?