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  • Programming Motorola DLR Series Radios

    Motorola DLR Series Radio WIth AccessoriesOne of the questions we get asked most often is "How hard is it to program the settings I need into the Motorola DLR radios?" While we realize this can seem confusing to novice radio users, Motorola does offer a free CPS (customer programming software) that will make this process much easier. In this article, we will be giving you some tips on how to use this software to meet your needs. These same steps apply for both the DLR1020 and DLR1060 models.

    First, you will need to download the programming software from the DLR page at MotorolaSolutions.com. As already mentioned, this is a free download. Second, you will need to purchase the Motorola DLR series programming cable. Once you have these two things, you are ready to begin programming your Motorola DLR radios!

    Motorola DLR Series Programming SetupThe programming cable will communicate with your radio via the drop-in charger tray. Plug one end of the cable into your USB port on your computer, and the other end into the power connector on the back your charger. Make sure the radio is secure in the charger tray and turned ON. Also, be sure that the switch on the programming cable is set to the position marked Digital.

    Motorola DLR Series Programming Read RadioAt this point you should be able to access your programming software. Run the application, choose RADIO in the top column and select "DLR" as your radio type. If you would like to view the current settings of  your radio, click the option Read Radio. This will upload the current settings of the radio to the application. If you would like to begin customizing your radio based on the default settings, you can click New Profile.

    Motorola DLR Series Programming Basic SettingsThe screen that comes up will now give you the options to change your basic settings. These settings include options for setting the microphone gain, turning voice prompts on or off, setting volume levels, audible beeps, and selecting your "home" channel, just to name a few. This screen also has several options that you can choose to become part of your Advanced Settings, discussed in the next two paragraphs.

    Motorola DLR Series Programming Profile IDIn the top center of your screen, you will see a button labeled Switch to ADVANCED. These advanced settings offer several options, but the most commonly used is the Direct Call feature. This will give you the option to select and call an individual radio in your fleet, instead of transmitting to an entire group.

    This feature comes in handy when you want to have private conversations. For instance, if two supervisors need to discuss something privately, without employees hearing them, they would use Direct Call. In order to enable the Direct Call feature in your Basic Menu options, you need to first upload the unique “private” identification (12 digit) number of each radio. Click on the Switch to ADVANCED button. Under Privates (Advanced) tab, click Add for CPS to upload the radio ID. You can customize the radio ID name under the Name column. Once a radio ID is uploaded, the CPS will give the option to enable Direct Call. Customize your PROFILE ID Number for any 4 digit number different from “0000” to differentiate your radios in a radio fleet.

    Motorola DLR Series Programming Profile Save AsOnce you have changed all the settings, click Write to radio in order to program your radio with the new settings. The CPS will display a window confirming the writing (programming of your radio) is successful. You can also save your profile at any time in order to use the same settings when programming other radios by clicking on Save to profile. This will save the profile to the current default path in your computer. To specify a different path to save the profile, click on the Save As button.

    Your DLR radios are now programmed to your preferred settings, and you are ready to use them as needed! If you have any questions concerning the programming, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-584-1445, and one of our experts will be happy to assist. We thank you for choosing Buy Two Way Radios!

  • Pros and Cons of the Motorola DLR Series Radios

    Motorola DLR Series Two Way RadiosAs we've mentioned in previous articles, podcasts and videos, the Motorola DLR1020 and DLR1060 radios can be great assets for many different types of businesses. In this article, we will note some of the many pros, as well as the few cons, that these radios have.

    One of the biggest pros of the Motorola DLR series radios is that they operate on 900 MHz digital frequencies. This feature is beneficial in several ways. First, consider the level of privacy that these frequencies offer. The 900 MHz frequencies are much less common than standard UHF or VHF frequencies, and the FHSS "frequency hopping" method used by these radios allows you to completely eliminate any chance of unwanted interference from neighboring two-way radio users.

    Second, these 900 MHz radios do not require any type of FCC licensing. This saves you hundreds of dollars in licensing fees and allows you to use the radios as-is, "out of the box", with minimal, if any, programming required.

    Third, because the DLR series radios are digital, the sound quality is impeccable. You will find that there is no background static or "white noise" like you may experience with normal analog radios.

    Another major plus is the ultra-compact size of the Motorola DLR radios. They are very small and incredibly lightweight, making them practical for use in almost any situation. Even with their small size and light weight, these units offer military-grade specs for durability and resistance against dust, water, vibration, shock, and extreme temperature variations. Like many of the other Motorola onsite business radios, the DLR radios have antimicrobial housings to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria.

    With all the  pros, there are also a few cons. One disadvantage of the Motorola DLR radios is their low power. The transmit power of radios that operate on this 900 MHz band is limited to 1 watt by the FCC. This means they are not practical for very large industrial job sites. Also, the FHSS frequency hopping technology will not work with typical repeaters, limiting the possibility of extending their range.

    Perhaps the biggest con would be the lack of cross-compatibility with an existing fleet of two-way radios operating on standard business frequencies. Based on their rather unique frequency hopping capabilites and the fact that they operate on 900 MHz frequencies instead of the UHF or VHF business bands, they are not universally compatible with other digital radios. Also, most companies still tend to use analog radios, which these digital units will not communicate with at all. The Motorola DLR technology is cross-compatible with only one other line of radios, the Motorola DTR series.

    On the plus side, if you happen to already have Motorola DTR series radios such as the DTR600 or DTR700, the DLR line will work with them and will be a much sleeker, smaller, more affordable option.

    With all this being said, the pros of the Motorola DLR1020 and DLR1060 radios far outweigh the cons, and tend to be an excellent option for almost any on-site business use!

  • Differences Between the Motorola DLR1020 and DLR1060 Radios

    Motorola DLR Series Two Way RadiosThe Motorola DLR series radios are an excellent choice for businesses that want a high-quality digital radio with excellent privacy features. These radios also operate on 900 MHz digital frequencies, which means they can be used legally without applying for an FCC license!

    The DLR series radios are ultra-compact, lightweight, and offer crystal-clear communication. They also use FHSS "frequency hopping" technology, which gives you a much higher degree of privacy from outside interference generated by neighboring businesses that may also be using these radios. Built to military-grade specifications for shock, dust, and water resistance, the Motorola DLR series radios are very versatile, and a great addition for almost any type of business.

    If you've decided the DLR series is right for you, your next task is to decide on a model. This series offers two options: the DLR1020 and the DLR1060. What are the differences between these two radios? Well, there are really only two, and for the most part, the model you choose depends on how many channels you need.

    The DLR1020 is the base model in the DLR series, and offers 2 channels. For most small, single location retailers and mom-and-pop type stores with simple operations and just a few employees, this is likely all you really need. The DLR1020 is priced at $209.00.

    For larger restaurants, retail operations, and businesses that need more channel groups, the DLR1060 model supports up to 6 channels. This allows you to assign a dedicated channel to different departments, such as front clerks, stock clerks, managers and maintenance personnel. The DLR1060 is priced $10 more than the DLR1020, at $219.00.

    Other than the number of channels and the price, there is no difference between these models.

    Need more than 6 channels? Move up to the Motorola DTR series!

  • Radio 101 - How to set a Call Tone on a Motorola T-Series Radio

    Some Motorola Talkabout FRS radios have a Call Tone feature. When enabled, the radio can transmit a call tone to other radios to let them know that you want to talk.​ But how do you activate and use it?

    In this episode of Radio 101, Rick shows you how to activate the Call Tone feature on a Motorola Talkabout T-Series radio quickly and easily. He also shows you how easy it is to use.

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  • Motorola radios with antimicrobial protection

    Motorola Business Two Way RadiosMotorola is a leading manufacturer of rugged durable two way radios for business and commercial operations. But did you know that many of these models also have antimicrobial properties? Well, apparently they do!

    According to Motorola, the tough, polycarbonate material used for the housing on their popular CLS CLP, DLR, DTR, and RM series on-site business two way radios includes built-in antimicrobial properties that help prevent the growth of bacteria and mold on the surface of the radio. In other words, it helps slow the spread of germs when handling and using these radios. This results in a more stain-resistant device with less odor, often created by the growth of mold and germs.

    Although these radios do have antimicrobial properties, it is important to understand that the use of these radios does not prevent the existence or transmission of germs. The antimicrobial housings do not kill bacteria, viruses, or disease related organisms. These germs can still exist on the surface of the radios. What an antimicrobial housing does is help inhibit the growth of bacteria on the device, so that germs don't reproduce as rapidly while on the surface of the radio. This helps minimize the germ count somewhat and makes the radio easier to clean.

    Important! for maximum protection from bacteria, germs and virii, Motorola recommends that you always clean the radios thoroughly before and after each use.

    So, which Motorola radios have antimicrobial protection? Here is a list of Motorola business radios we carry that feature an antimicrobial or microbial resistant housing:

    Model Type Mode Band Antimicrobial
    Housing
    CLP1010
    CLP1040
    CLP1060
    Business Analog UHF
    CLS1110
    CLS1410
    Business Analog UHF
    DLR1020
    DLR1060
    Business Digital 900MHz
    DTR600 Business Digital 900MHz
    DTR700 Commercial Digital 900MHz
    RMM2050 Business Analog MURS
    RMU2040
    RMU2080
    RMU2080d
    Business Analog UHF
    RMV2080 Business Analog VHF
  • Motorola Move up to Digital free radio offer!

    Motorola Move up to Digital PromotionJust when you thought the good deals were over, here comes the Motorola Move up to Digital free radio offer! Buy at least six Motorola CLS, CLP, RM or RD Series radios and get one FREE radio. Buy at least five Motorola DLR Series or DTR600 radios and get one FREE radio! This is a bit different from some previous Motorola rebates and promotions, but still a great deal for any business or organization looking to build, add to or upgrade a fleet of two way radios!

    As with past promotions, this one is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free radio will be shipped to you after Motorola receives your online redemption claim.

    Offer valid on up to ten (10) qualifying claims or 60 radios purchased through May 31, 2020. Limit of one free radio per six (6) analog radios purchased, or one free radio per five (5) digital radios you buy, up to 60 maximum. All groups of five or six radios purchased must be within the same product series. Offer valid from March 1 to May 31, 2020. Purchaser must redeem the free radio(s) or free radio(s) and free earpiece(s) online at www.MotorolaSolutionsRadioRewards.com. Other rules and restrictions apply. Read the promotional flyer for details.

    The Following models qualify for the offer:

    Model Type Min Purchase Max Purchase Free Item
    CLP1010
    CLP1040
    CLP1060
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    CLS1110
    CLS1410
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    DLR1020
    DLR1060
    Digital 5 60 1 Radio
    DTR600 Digital 5 60 1 Radio
    RDU4100
    RDU4160d
    RDV5100
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    RMM2050
    RMU2040
    RMU2080
    RMU2080d
    RMV2080
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio

    NOTE: Redemption requests must be entered by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, June 19, 2020. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.

  • Motorola VX-261/CP200d/SL300 rebate promotion

    Motorola VX-261/CP200d/SL300 Rebate Offer!From now until the end of June 2020 you can receive up to a $400 rebate* with the purchase of 10 VX-261/CP200d/SL300 portable two way radios!

    The VX-261 has enhanced audio, premium features and a universal battery system for maximum value. The SL300 combines the enhanced audio quality, range and battery life of a digital radio while maintaining compatibility with your existing analog radios. The CP200d is a great way to go digital and has the features and durability of its predecessor, the Motorola CP200. It's available for use in analog or digital mode. All three models are available to ship today at Buy Two Way Radios. Request a free quote!

    The rebate applies to the following models and rebate amounts:

    Motorola
    Model
    Rebate
    Amount
    Minimum
    Purchase
    Total
    Savings
    VX-261 $15 10 Radios $150
    SL300 $30 10 Radios $300
    CP200d $40 10 Radios $400
  • Motorola DTR700 video

    Commercial tier radios do not have many license free options, so when a manufacturer offers one, it's kind of a big deal. The Motorola DTR Series is one such option, and these 900 MHz radios eventually became fairly popular choices through the years for businesses, and even some consumers.

    Not long ago, Motorola replaced the DTR650 digital radio with a new model, the DTR700. So what's new and different with it? We're glad you asked.

    This video produced by Buy Two Way Radios is a brief introduction to the Motorola DTR700 license-free digital commercial two way radio and an overview of its features.

    Want more videos? Browse our video blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

  • Motorola More With Digital Offer!

    Motorola More With Digital PromotionBuy at least six Motorola CLS, CLP, RM or RD Series radios and get one FREE radio. Buy at least six Motorola DLR Series or DTR600 radios and get one FREE radio PLUS 1 FREE earpiece! This is a great deal from Motorola and is available for a limited time only!

    This offer is fulfilled by Motorola directly, so the free radio or free radio and free earpiece will be sent to you after Motorola receives your online redemption claim.

    Offer valid on up to ten (10) qualifying claims or 60 radios purchased through December 31, 2019. Limit of one free radio or free radio and earpiece per six radios purchased, up to 60. All groups of six radios purchased must be within the same product series. Offer valid from September 1 to December 31, 2019. Purchaser must redeem the free radio(s) or free radio(s) and free earpiece(s) online at www.MotorolaSolutionsRadioRewards.com. Other rules and restrictions apply.Read the promotional flyer for details.

    The Following models qualify for the offer:

    Model Type Min Purchase Max Purchase Free Item
    CLP1010
    CLP1040
    CLP1060
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    CLS1110
    CLS1410
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    DLR1020
    DLR1060
    Digital 6 60 1 Radio + 1 earpiece
    DTR600 Digital 6 60 1 Radio + 1 earpiece
    RDU4100
    RDU4160d
    RDV5100
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio
    RMM2050
    RMU2040
    RMU2080
    RMU2080d
    RMV2080
    Analog 6 60 1 Radio

    NOTE: Redemption requests must be entered by 11:59 PM EST on January 15, 2020. Redemption submissions received after that date will NOT be eligible. Offer good only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and is void where prohibited, taxed and restricted by law.

  • Differences between the Motorola CP200 and Motorola CP200d

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200dThe Motorola CP200 was a very popular business two way radio for many years, and one of Motorola's best selling models. In 2017, Motorola discontinued the CP200 and replaced it with an updated model, the CP200d.

    On the outside, they are essentially the same radio. On the inside, there's more to the story.

    The CP200 is an analog only radio. The CP200d adds digital functionality. This digital difference alone gives the CP200d an obvious edge over its predecessor. But is that the only advantage? Let's compare the differences and similarities between these two radios.

    Compatibility
    The Motorola CP200d is a combination analog and digital radio, so it is backwards compatible with the older CP200 in analog mode. The dual analog and digital mode capability allows you to upgrade to digital gracefully through normal attrition instead of ditching analog entirely and going digital all at once. This makes the move to digital much more affordable, and much easier to manage.

    Audio Quality
    It goes without saying that digital radios tend to have a greater clarity than analog models, and the CP200d is no exception. Digital audio is cleaner, without a lot of the background noise and artifacts typically heard on an analog transmission. This helps minimize requests for re-transmissions of garbled or lost dialogue, thus decreasing response time and improving efficiency of communications between everyone in your group. As a digital radio, the CP200d improves on the CP200 with crisp, clear audio for higher quality sound.

    Features
    Both models support up to 16 channels, and both share the same physical characteristics, such as the rotary channel selector knob, tri-color LED, accessory connector, large push-to-talk (PTT) button and two programmable buttons on the side.

    Inside, both models include many of the standard features typically found on many analog business two way radios, but the CP200d includes a few more, such as analog scrambling, a password lock, vote scan, and Auto Range Transponder System (ARTS™). The CP200d also has voice announcements.

    The CP200d is a DMR digital radio, so it adds some unique features not available in an analog radio such as the CP200, such as Dual Capacity Direct Mode, private calling, and transmit interrupt (decode only). These digital features, combined with the added features in analog mode, give the CP200d a significant upgrade over the old CP200.

    The table below compares the features of both models.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Features
    Feature CP200 CP200d
    (Analog)
    CP200d
    (Digital)
    Adjustable Gain
    Adjustable Power
    All Call
    ARTS™ Alert - -
    Call Alert
    Channels 16 16 16
    Channel Scan
    DMR - -
    Dual Capacity Direct Mode - -
    Emergency Alert - -
    Group Call -
    Low Battery Alert
    Monitor Channel -
    Nuisance Channel Delete
    One Touch Access - -
    Password Lock -
    Power Selectable
    Privacy - -
    Private Call - -
    Repeater Capable
    Scrambling - -
    Selective Call -
    Squelch -
    Talk Around
    TDMA - -
    Transmit Interrupt - -
    Trill Enhancement -
    Voice Announcement -
    Vote Scan - -
    VOX

    Battery Life
    The CP200d offers slightly longer battery life in analog mode than the CP200, and much longer uptime in digital mode. The CP200d consumes less power in digital mode than analog, and it's another advantage to going all digital.

    Motorola CP200 vs. CP200d Battery Life
    Model Power 1400 mAh
    NiMH
    1600 mAh
    Slim Li-ion
    2200 mAh
    Li-ion
    2250 mAh
    Li-ion
    CP200 (UHF) 4W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200 (VHF) 5W 10 Hours 12 Hours - 14 Hours
    CP200d (UHF)
    Analog
    4W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (UHF)
    Digital
    4W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    Analog
    5W 9 Hours 10.5 Hours 14.5 Hours -
    CP200d (VHF)
    Digital
    5W 11.5 Hours 13.5 Hours 18.5 Hours -

    Footprint
    Both radios are roughly the same size, but the CP200d is slightly lighter in weight, by about an ounce. Of course, this depends on the battery used, but in every case, with the same battery on both models, the CP200d comes out ahead.

    Durability
    The Motorola CP200 and CP200d are comparable in durability, with solid construction. These radios are built with a rugged, die-cast chassis to withstand harsh environments. Both models are rated IP54 for dust and water intrusion. They are also compliant to Portable Military Standards (MIL-STD) 810C, D, E, and F. In addition, the CP200d is MIL-STD 810G. The CP200d includes a two year warranty from Motorola.

    Accessories
    The CP200 and CP200d share the same form factor, so the batteries, chargers, antennas and other accessories are fully cross-compatible. If you already have a fleet of CP200 radios and want to migrate to digital, going with the CP200d is ideal, since you can use all the accessories in your existing fleet to mix and match with both models. This is a real money saving value and is another reason consider the CP200d.

    Although they have important differences, the Motorola CP200 and CP200d are also very similar in the sense that they are compatible with one another in analog mode. If you already use CP200 radios in your work environment and need to replace a few or want to go digital, the Motorola CP200d is the logical choice.

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