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'''Sentinel''' is a software package published by [[Uniden]] for controlling their Home Patrol line of scanners.  There are two versions, one for the [[HomePatrol-1]] and [[HomePatrol-2]] and another for the [[BCD436HP]] and [[BCD536HP]].
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=Sentinel=
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Software package published by [[Uniden]], for their [[HomePatrol-1]], [[HomePatrol-2]], [[BCD436HP]], [[BCD536HP]], [[SDS100]] and [[SDS200]] scanners; freeware that allowing all users to download and try,  before purchase of the scanners. Both version give the user the ability to Update Firmware, Update the Radio Reference Data Base (RRDB), build, create, edit and maintain Favorite List, Systems, Departments, analog & digital channels (Talkgroups), frequencies and various other attributes including Services Type to Monitor all via the software package for Windows based PC's and not MAC (See Below) and requiring a free PC USB port a USB A - USB Mini B connection cable and/or a MicroSD card reader and/or adapter for standard sized SD cards. Follow Uniden recommendation on install.
  
  
*[http://info.uniden.com/twiki/pub/UnidenMan4/BCD536HP/BCDx36HP_Sentinel_Version_1_02_01.zip Version 1.02.01 for BCDx36HP] - Uniden
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==Current Versions==
*[http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/HomePatrol/HomePatrolSentinel Version 2.0.3.2 for HomePatrol-1 and 2] - Uniden
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* See the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCDx36HPSentinel Sentinel Versions and Releases] article on the Uniden TWiki
  
  
Sentinel-related articles:
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==Sentinel Pages==
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* [[Sentinel for the Home Patrolx]]
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* [[Sentinel for the BCD436HP/BCD536HP/SDS100/SDS200]]
  
*[[Importing and Exporting Sentinel .hpe Files]]
 
*[[Sentinel User's Guide]]
 
*[[Sentinel .hpe Files Library]]
 
*[[Editing Conventional Favorites List in Sentinel]]
 
*[[Adding a Rebanded System Manually via Sentinel]]
 
*[[Writing Your Own Service Searches Using Sentinel]]
 
  
External sites:
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==Options for running Sentinel on an Apple Mac running macOS==
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Covers options like running Windows natively, using a Virtual Machine (full-featured Windows inside macOS), or simply running Sentinel inside macOS using a lightweight Windows runtime environment.
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*[http://sittingtime.com/how-to-update-a-uniden-bdc436-scanner-using-a-mac/ Sittingtime.com w/ a Mac]
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*[http://www.scannermaster.com/Mac_Users_of_Police_Scanner_Radios_s/575.htm ScannerMaster w/ a Mac]
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* [[Running Sentinel under CrossOver]]
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===Options for running on an Apple Silicon Mac===
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: The above only applies to Intel Macs. The newer Apple Silicon Macs can run ''some'' Intel software using Rosetta 2, but it can't run an Intel-based OS like Windows. Apple Silicon uses the ARM instruction set, so ARM native software runs nicely there. Microsoft has a version of Windows 11 for ARM under development, and is free to download. Once Windows 11 is run as a virtual machine on Apple Silicon, MacOS allows it to use Rosetta 2 to run Intel applications. Such as Sentinel.
  
[http://marksscanners.com/536/X36%20HP%20Sentinel.shtml Sentinel BCD436/536HP Software Manual] - http://marksscanners.com/
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: [https://appletoolbox.com/how-to-install-windows-11-on-mac/?doing_wp_cron=1661386072.0099809169769287109375 This article] gives instructions for three different ways to run ARM Windows on a Apple Silicon Mac. Of the three, [https://mac.getutm.app/gallery/windows-11-arm UTM] is the simplest and least expensive (it's free). I've run Sentinel with it on an M1 MacBook Pro, so I know it works. Just remember you're running a version of Windows that's still under development, so things are a little rough around the edges.
  
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: One oddity with UTM (Parallels and VMWare probably have their own quirks) to be aware of: When you plug the scanner into the USB port (you'll probably need a USB-A to USB-C adapter) select <code>Mass Storage Device</code> on the scanner when asked. At this point, the scanner will mount as a disk on the Mac. In order for Windows under UTM to see the USB device, eject the mounted scanner from MacOS. At this point the Windows VM ''should'' see the scanner, and you can use it in Sentinel.
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==Sentinel Searches==
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* [https://tinyurl.com/eua322vh Microsoft Bing search on Sentinel for the x36 Scanners]
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* [https://tinyurl.com/5yh8wh6z Microsoft Bing search on Sentinel for the SDS Scanners]
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* [https://forums.radioreference.com/forums/uniden-tech-support.248/?prefix_id=266 Sentinel search on RadioReference]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sentinel+software+uniden Uniden Sentinel Software YouTube query]
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* [https://www.zipscanners.com/resources/how-to-program-a-uniden-police-scanner/#.WZCRU1WGP0M| Zipscanners]
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[[Category:Software for Uniden Scanners]]
 
[[Category:Uniden Sentinel]]
 
[[Category:Uniden Sentinel]]
[[Category:Software Applications]]
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[[Category:Uniden Scanner Features]]

Latest revision as of 19:54, 24 August 2022

Sentinel

Software package published by Uniden, for their HomePatrol-1, HomePatrol-2, BCD436HP, BCD536HP, SDS100 and SDS200 scanners; freeware that allowing all users to download and try, before purchase of the scanners. Both version give the user the ability to Update Firmware, Update the Radio Reference Data Base (RRDB), build, create, edit and maintain Favorite List, Systems, Departments, analog & digital channels (Talkgroups), frequencies and various other attributes including Services Type to Monitor all via the software package for Windows based PC's and not MAC (See Below) and requiring a free PC USB port a USB A - USB Mini B connection cable and/or a MicroSD card reader and/or adapter for standard sized SD cards. Follow Uniden recommendation on install.


Current Versions


Sentinel Pages


Options for running Sentinel on an Apple Mac running macOS

Covers options like running Windows natively, using a Virtual Machine (full-featured Windows inside macOS), or simply running Sentinel inside macOS using a lightweight Windows runtime environment.

Options for running on an Apple Silicon Mac

The above only applies to Intel Macs. The newer Apple Silicon Macs can run some Intel software using Rosetta 2, but it can't run an Intel-based OS like Windows. Apple Silicon uses the ARM instruction set, so ARM native software runs nicely there. Microsoft has a version of Windows 11 for ARM under development, and is free to download. Once Windows 11 is run as a virtual machine on Apple Silicon, MacOS allows it to use Rosetta 2 to run Intel applications. Such as Sentinel.
This article gives instructions for three different ways to run ARM Windows on a Apple Silicon Mac. Of the three, UTM is the simplest and least expensive (it's free). I've run Sentinel with it on an M1 MacBook Pro, so I know it works. Just remember you're running a version of Windows that's still under development, so things are a little rough around the edges.
One oddity with UTM (Parallels and VMWare probably have their own quirks) to be aware of: When you plug the scanner into the USB port (you'll probably need a USB-A to USB-C adapter) select Mass Storage Device on the scanner when asked. At this point, the scanner will mount as a disk on the Mac. In order for Windows under UTM to see the USB device, eject the mounted scanner from MacOS. At this point the Windows VM should see the scanner, and you can use it in Sentinel.

Sentinel Searches