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Linux Drivers

Make sure the following modules are installed in your kernel:

  • cdc-acm,cdc_ether
  • rndis_host
  • rndis_wlan
  • usbnet

On most modern distributions - these will be installed/compiled by default. It should just be a simple matter to plug the USB cable into your Linux machine. We have tested and verified on these distributions:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 1)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 2)
  • Debian 8.x
  • Debian 9.1
  • SUSE Leap 15

It is likely that other distributions can use the ADALM-PLUTO or ADALM2000, but we are in a limited position to provide technical support for those distributions.

In order to access some USB functions without root privileges, it's recommended to install the PlutoSDR or ADALM2000 udev rules. Simply download 53-adi-plutosdr-usb.rules and copy into into the /etc/udev/rules.d/ folder. You can also use this plutosdr-m2k-udev.deb package to install both the PlutoSDR and the ADALM2000 udev rules. To install the debian package, use one of the following: sudo apt-get install ./plutosdr-m2k-udev.deb or sudo dpkg -i plutosdr-m2k-udev.deb.
Afterwards reload rules or restart udev, using either udevadm control --reload-rules or sudo service udev restart

example dmesg

When plugging Pluto in (m2k should be similar), you (if you are looking), you will see kernel messages of:

[ 1776.708333] usb 8-2: new high-speed USB device number 3 using ehci-pci
[ 1776.843799] usb 8-2: New USB device found, idVendor=0456, idProduct=b673
[ 1776.843811] usb 8-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 1776.843818] usb 8-2: Product: PLUTO
[ 1776.843824] usb 8-2: Manufacturer: Analog Devices Inc.
[ 1776.843830] usb 8-2: SerialNumber: 00000001
[ 1776.853016] rndis_host 8-2:2.0 usb0: register 'rndis_host' at usb-0000:00:1d.7-2, RNDIS device, 9e:18:bb:fa:07:c6
[ 1776.853957] cdc_acm 8-2:2.2: This device cannot do calls on its own. It is not a modem.
[ 1776.854080] cdc_acm 8-2:2.2: ttyACM0: USB ACM device
[ 1776.855371] usb-storage 8-2:2.4: USB Mass Storage device detected
[ 1776.855559] scsi9 : usb-storage 8-2:2.4
[ 1777.852893] scsi 9:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Linux    File-Stor Gadget 0406 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
[ 1777.853329] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 1777.854618] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] 16384 512-byte logical blocks: (8.38 MB/8.00 MiB)
[ 1777.856248] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 1777.856252] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 0f 00 00 00
[ 1777.856863] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 1777.859892]  sdb:
[ 1777.862868] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk
[ 1778.022282] FAT-fs (sdb): utf8 is not a recommended IO charset for FAT filesystems, filesystem will be case sensitive!

Showing the three devices (ethernet, serial and mass storage) enumerating, and interface with the devices in the normal linux methods.

If you happen to see something like:

[ 84.257337] usb usb1-port2: unable to enumerate USB device

the solution is to use an external hub and after that all works.


NOTE: For suse and probably other linux versions -- be sure you are also member of the dialout group.

analog@imhotep:~$ cat ~/.kermrc
set line /dev/ttyACM0
set speed 115200
set carrier-watch off
set flow-control none
analog@imhotep:~$ kermit -l /dev/ttyACM0 -b 115200
C-Kermit 9.0.302 OPEN SOURCE:, 20 Aug 2011, for Linux+SSL+KRB5 (64-bit)
 Copyright (C) 1985, 2011,
  Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.
Type ? or HELP for help.
(/home/analog/github/iio-oscilloscope/) C-Kermit>c
Connecting to /dev/ttyACM0, speed 115200
 Escape character: Ctrl-\ (ASCII 28, FS): enabled
Type the escape character followed by C to get back,
or followed by ? to see other options.

Login timed out after 60 seconds

Welcome to Pluto
pluto login: root
Password: analog
# uname -a
Linux pluto 4.6.0-g88f1b2c #7 SMP PREEMPT Wed Nov 2 18:21:13 CET 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux
# exit

Welcome to Pluto
pluto login: Ctrl-\
(Back at
(/home/analog/github/iio-oscilloscope/) C-Kermit>exit
Closing /dev/ttyACM0...OK

Mass Storage

analog@imhotep:~$ mount | grep -i pluto
/dev/sdb1 on /media/analog/PlutoSDR type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=437,iocharset=utf8,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro,uhelper=udisks2)
analog@imhotep:~$ ls -l /media/analog/PlutoSDR/
total 8
-rw-r--r-- 1 analog analog  206 Dec 31  1979 config.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 analog analog 4721 Dec 31  1979 info.html
analog@imhotep:~$ firefox /media/analog/PlutoSDR/info.html


Ethernet Warning

Like most of the network settings on Pluto or the M2k - things are meant to be easy to use. This also means things are inherently insecure.

For example - the root password of Pluto is analog. We post it on the Internet. Think about that for a moment. This could allow anyone with an IP connection to take over the device and use it for malicious purposes.

Never set up a bridge between the Internet and a network connected Pluto with the default images.

Unfortunately - nothing on your host understands the what the IP address of the usb device is. You, the human behind the keyboard need to understand this before any sort of networking will work. There are two main ways to do this:

analog@imhotep:~$ /sbin/ifconfig
enx00e022d6d804: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet  netmask  broadcast
        inet6 fe80::2e0:22ff:fed6:d804  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 00:e0:22:d6:d8:04  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 4  bytes 1030 (1.0 KiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 47  bytes 10604 (10.3 KiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
analog@imhotep:~$ ip addr show
7: c: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:e0:22:d6:d8:04 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global dynamic enx00e022d6d804
       valid_lft 862988sec preferred_lft 862988sec
    inet6 fe80::2e0:22ff:fed6:d804/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

The weird enx00e022d6d804 comes from systemd on a debian based distribution (which my host is). The enu* prefix (or sometimes wlu*) would describe the USB port, and the rest 00e022d6d804 is the host USB MAC address. This is what it uses, rather than a USB path (like usb-0000:00:14.0-2, which is how the kernel refers to things) since USB path aren't persistent nor predictable (it changes depending on the port you plug things into).

ssh config

Adding a quick/short ssh config file, which describes the USB device can be helpful. It's maintained in github, and it's a simple matter of grabbing the raw text file. You shouldn't do the exact below unless you have no ~/.ssh/config file. Otherwise, click on this link and copy/paste it into the system wide /etc/ssh/ssh_config file, or the user specific ~/.ssh/config file.

analog@imhotep:~$ wget -O ~/.ssh/config
--2017-01-26 19:47:51--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 366 [text/plain]
Saving to: ‘~/.ssh/config’

~/.ssh/config         100%[===============>]     366  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2017-01-26 19:47:51 (6.49 MB/s) - ‘~/.ssh/config’ saved [366/366]

Since the ssh key on the pluto changes every boot, we want to be able to never store the key (so we store it to /dev/null. This does make it easier to use (don't need to continually edit the known_hosts file), but does make things susceptible to man in the middle attacks.

adi-mm:tests analogdevices$ ssh plutosdr
Warning: Permanently added 'pluto' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
root@pluto's password: analog
# uname -a
Linux pluto 4.6.0-08511-gc1315e6-dirty #247 SMP PREEMPT Mon Oct 24 16:46:25 CEST 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux
# exit
Connection to closed.
adi-mm:tests analogdevices$ 

if you have sshpass installed, you can use that so you dont need to type in a password:

analog@imhotep:~/pluto$ sshpass -panalog ssh plutosdr
Warning: Permanently added 'pluto' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
Welcome to:
______ _       _        _________________
| ___ \ |     | |      /  ___|  _  \ ___ \
| |_/ / |_   _| |_ ___ \ `--.| | | | |_/ /
|  __/| | | | | __/ _ \ `--. \ | | |    /
| |   | | |_| | || (_) /\__/ / |/ /| |\ \
\_|   |_|\__,_|\__\___/\____/|___/ \_| \_|

IIO devices

for SUSE: -- pick the repo and install via one click install

analog@imhotep:~$ sudo apt-get install libiio-utils
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 191 not upgraded.
Need to get 13.9 kB of archives.
After this operation, 74.8 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 stretch/main amd64 libiio-utils amd64 0.7-1 [13.9 kB]
Fetched 13.9 kB in 0s (70.1 kB/s)     
Selecting previously unselected package libiio-utils.
(Reading database ... 279782 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../libiio-utils_0.7-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking libiio-utils (0.7-1) ...
Setting up libiio-utils (0.7-1) ...

Try to make sure you can talk to the device, and find the IIO devices:

analog@imhotep:~$ iio_info -n | grep device
IIO context has 5 devices:
	iio:device0: adm1177
	iio:device1: ad9361-phy
	iio:device2: xadc
	iio:device3: cf-ad9361-dds-core-lpc
	iio:device4: cf-ad9361-lpc

Read from an IIO device buffer:

analog@imhotep:~$ iio_readdev -n -s 64 cf-ad9361-lpc | hexdump -x
0000000    ff8d    003b    002a    0013    006c    0045    ffdb    0001
0000010    ffc1    ffd5    ffc0    0030    ffbf    0068    0042    008f
0000020    0027    007e    fff5    ffe2    ffea    ffbb    ffd1    0039
0000030    ffd1    006e    0030    0058    0025    0034    001b    ffa0
0000040    ffde    ffe9    ff88    006a    ffff    0038    0071    0012
0000050    0031    ffdf    ffd7    ffc3    ff72    ffed    ffae    0016
0000060    0002    005d    001c    0031    ffff    ffef    ffec    ffe9
0000070    ff97    fff6    ffac    0024    0012    0047    00d6    0095
0000080    0087    0076    ffe4    0036    ff96    fffa    ff6b    0047
0000090    ffd8    0068    008e    0040    0133    ffc8    006a    ffc4
00000a0    ff8d    ff9d    ff89    ff9d    0005    0012    002c    0073
00000b0    0036    005c    006c    fff6    005d    ffff    fffc    ffce
00000c0    ffbc    ffdc    fff5    004d    0037    008a    004b    0045
00000d0    0044    ffad    0012    ff90    fff8    ffa3    ffa6    ffef
00000e0    ffe8    0079    0086    0097    005e    0041    005f    0005
00000f0    007b    ffe6    0025    ffa3    ffef    0011    ffef    0044

Our support follows Red Hat’s support policy for minor versions of RHEL
Our support follows SUSE’s support policy for minor versions of Enterprise Desktop
university/tools/pluto/drivers/linux.txt · Last modified: 12 Jan 2019 11:42 by roelandjansen