Oscilloscope Program for Windows

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NM2008

Joined Feb 9, 2008
135
Hi,
Could someone tell me, is there a program for Windows that mimics a physical desktop oscilloscope in operation.
For example turns laptop to oscilloscope by using a usb port as a channel input. Similiar to connection via BNC.

What would the best/most user friendly program be and where can it be purchased?

Regards NM
 

tom66

Joined May 9, 2009
2,591
There is some free software available called zelscope which uses the microphone / line in jack, but there are many more. A limitation of this, though, is that the maximum bandwidth available is around 20 kHz.
 

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NM2008

Joined Feb 9, 2008
135
Would these programs be considered as accurate as the real thing or are they considered a little "gimmicky" among the trade?

At the moment I do not own an actual oscilloscope nor have the funds for one.

Regards NM
 

CraigHB

Joined Aug 12, 2011
127
Yea, get a real scope. There's some great deals to be had on eBay for 2nd hand analog ones. I've seen 100MHz Tektronix scopes go for under a $100 and there's lots of brand name ones with lower bandwidth you can get for $50. Digital storage scopes nice, but they're pricey. You can still do most of what you'd ever need with a plain ol' analog scope.
 
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