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'''Sentinel''' is a software package published by [[Uniden]], for programming their [[HomePatrol-1]] & [[HomePatrol-2]] and [[BCD436HP]] & [[BCD536HP]] lines of scanners, it's freeware, allowing all users to download and try, even 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, Groups, Channels, Frequencies and various other attributes including Services Type to Monitor via the software package for PC (and not MAC [http://www.scannermaster.com/Mac_Users_of_Police_Scanner_Radios_s/575.htm click here ]for ideas) and requiring a free USB port with the included USB A - USB Mini B connection cable and/or a mini-SD card reader.
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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.
  
  
* There are 2 versions,
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==Current Versions==
**1. [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/HomePatrol/HomePatrolSentinel{{color|orange|Sentinel for HomePatrol 1 & 2}} ]  with a Bearcat Orange Shield Icon.
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* See the [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCDx36HPSentinel Sentinel Versions and Releases] article on the Uniden TWiki
**2. [http://info.uniden.com/UnidenMan4/BCD436HP{{color|green|Sentinel for BCDx36HP}}] with a Green Shield Icon.
 
  
  
[http://new.marksscanners.com/536/X36%20HP%20Sentinel.shtml Easier to Read Sentinel Guide]
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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]]
  
  
;Sentinel-related articles
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==Options for running Sentinel on an Apple Mac running macOS==
*[[Sentinel User's Guide]]
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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.
*[[Importing and Exporting Sentinel .hpe Files]]
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*[http://sittingtime.com/how-to-update-a-uniden-bdc436-scanner-using-a-mac/ Sittingtime.com w/ a Mac]  
*[[Sentinel .hpe Files Library]]
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*[http://www.scannermaster.com/Mac_Users_of_Police_Scanner_Radios_s/575.htm ScannerMaster w/ a Mac]
*[[Editing Conventional Favorites List in Sentinel]]
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* [[Running Sentinel under CrossOver]]
*[[Adding a Rebanded System Manually via Sentinel]]
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===Options for running on an Apple Silicon Mac===
*[[Writing Your Own Service Searches Using Sentinel]]
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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.
*[[Uniden BCDx36HP Quick Keys and Number Tags]]
 
  
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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.
  
;Uniden BCD536HP Related
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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.
  
[http://info.uniden.com/twiki/bin/view/UnidenMan4/BCD536HPWiFiTest RH-536HP_mkII] was  also published by Uniden for the BCD536HP and can be used over Wi-Fi, '''Note:''' ''it never is/was intended as finished product (for consumer use) but can allow limited remote control-ability through local Wi-fi, Serial Connection or USB port'' or click [http://info.uniden.com/twiki/pub/UnidenMan4/BCD536HPWiFiTest/RH-536HP_mkII.exe here] for direct download to begin.  Audio is via a direct cable  or Wi-Fi Audio has to use a third party application like VLC or Proscan to directly address scanner via rtsp://192.168.1.174/au:scanner.au use your local scanners address to receive ("192.168.1.174" is what will need to be changed) 'rtsp:// /au:scanner.au' will remain the same.
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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]
  
  
  
[[Category:RR Glossary]]
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[[Category:Software for Uniden Scanners]]
[[Category:Scanners Glossary]]
 
[[Category:Software Glossary]]
 
 
[[Category:Uniden Sentinel]]
 
[[Category:Uniden Sentinel]]
[[Category:Location Based Scanning]]
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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