I've been spending a great deal of time (and some $$ too) reacquainting myself with amateur radio, specifically the digital modes. D-Star has been a lot of fun, and my enjoyment of it has grown rapidly, to the point where I decided to invest in a DV4Mini dongle so I wasn't croaking local repeaters or my good friend N1RCW's D-Star hotspot with my incessant playing.
Well the DV4Mini is touted not only to work with D-Star, but also with DMR, C4FM (Fusion), P25, and even dPMR (experimental). It plugged and played perfectly on D-Star. The setup was relatively effortless. DMR? Not so much, but I ultimately won the battle.
There is an apparent rapidly growing DMR Network called "BrandMeister", which is built with catering to amateur radio operation and experimentation in mind. After an on and off two day battle to get it working I suddenly had a breakthrough and I have it working quite well according to signal and audio quality reports. All this via my Tytera MD-380 portable (which was originally bought for monitoring Eversource and some hospital security DMR) and a Dell tablet with an Atom processor running Windows 10 home and sitting in a docking station.
Wondering if anyone here besides me owns a DV4Mini and can comment on their experiences with it, or furthermore any other type of "ham appliance" like a DV4Mega, DVAP, etc....for $129 delivered the DV4Mini is turning out to be a huge success in my case.