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Device Identification

Identifying USRP Devices

Devices are addressed through key/value string pairs. These string pairs can be used to narrow down the search for a specific device or group of devices. Most UHD utility applications and examples have an --args parameter that takes a device address, which is expressed as a delimited string.

See uhd::device_addr_t for reference.

Note that the device "address" can also take configuration options. See Configuring Devices and Streamers for a list of those options.

Common device identifiers

Every device has several ways of identifying it on the host system:

Identifier Key Notes Example
Serial # serial globally unique identifier 12345678
IP Address addr unique identifier on a network
Resource resource unique identifier for USRP RIO devices (over PCI Express) RIO0
Name name optional user-set identifier my_usrp1 (User-defined value)
Type type hardware series identifier usrp1, usrp2, b200, x300, ...
Vendor/Product ID vid,pid For USB devices. Both must be provided vid=0x04b4,pid=0x8613

Device discovery via command line

Devices attached to your system can be discovered using the uhd_find_devices program. This program scans your system for supported devices and prints out an enumerated list of discovered devices and their addresses. The list of discovered devices can be narrowed down by specifying device address args.


Device address arguments can be supplied to narrow the scope of the search.

uhd_find_devices --args="type=usrp1"

-- OR --

uhd_find_devices --args="serial=12345678"

Device discovery through the API

The device::find() API call searches for devices and returns a list of discovered devices.

uhd::device_addr_t hint; //an empty hint discovers all devices

The hint argument can be populated to narrow the scope of the search.

hint["type"] = "usrp1";
-- OR --
hint["serial"] = "12345678";

Device properties

Properties of devices attached to your system can be probed with the uhd_usrp_probe program. This program constructs an instance of the device and prints out its properties, such as detected daughterboards, frequency range, gain ranges, etc...


uhd_usrp_probe --args <device-specific-address-args>

Naming a USRP Device

For convenience purposes, users may assign a custom name to their USRP device. The USRP device can then be identified via name, rather than a difficult to remember serial or address.

A name has the following properties:

  • is composed of ASCII characters
  • is 0-20 characters
  • is not required to be unique

Set a custom name

Run the following commands:

cd <install-path>/lib/uhd/utils
./usrp_burn_mb_eeprom --args=<optional device args> --values="name=lab1_xcvr"

Discovery via name

The keyword name can be used to narrow the scope of the search. Example with the find devices utility:

uhd_find_devices --args="name=lab1_xcvr"

-- OR --

uhd_find_devices --args="type=usrp1, name=lab1_xcvr"