The Motorola DM4000 and the newer Motorola DM4000E radios have a rear 26-pin accessory connector. This can be used for a number of different purposes including programming and controling external equipment.
Motorola Solutions has asked us to place this note on this page: Motorola terms and conditions apply with regard to responsibilities and warranties for what is connected through this connector kit.
This article applies to the following radios:
DM4000: DM4400, DM4401, DM4600 and DM4601
DM4000E: DM4400e, DM4401e, DM4600e and DM4601e
DM3000: DM3400, DM3401, DM3600 and DM3601
XPR5000: XPR5350 and XPR5550
XPR5000e: XPR5350e and XPR5550e
One thing that worth noting is that the accessory connector on the back of the DM4000 and DM400e is upside down, with regard to the pin numbers.
DRAIN WIRE AND BRAID
DIGI IN I (EXT PTT)
^ USB refers to USB cables PMKN4010 and PMKN4016 (special order item)
* DB25P refers to PMKN4016 only
Rear Connector Options
In order to use this rear accessory connector, you will need the following connector kits:
Almost all analogue Motorola two way radios use the same antenna connectors. But it can be a tricky task working out which antenna you need. To make things easier, we’ve put together this guide to Motorola analogue two way radio antennas.
If you hae the Icom IC-F100 series (Consisting of IC-F110S VHF / IC-F210S UHF, IC-F110 VHF / F210 UHF (display version)), you might have heard they’re both cancelled by Icom. That’s technically true. But there is some good news.
Update (2020): Icom has announced that the radios mentioned above are all due to be cancelled in favour of their new IC-F5400/IC-F6400 series.
Spare Parts Available
There are a number of spare parts available for the IC-F100 series radios. Sparte parts include:
If you want to move to digital, then the replacement are IC-F5122D (VHF) and IC-F6122D respectively. These radios both work in analogue and digtial mode. So if you’re looking to move to digital in future, but want to stay on analogue for now, IC-F5122D (VHF) and IC-F6122D are worth considering.
Here at Radiotronics we tend to be asked this question a lot, and for good reason. Picking wrong could result in your radios not working as effectively in your business, or not even working at all. Firstly, this is what they are:
UHF – Ultra High Frequency
This is the frequency band of 440-470mHz for business-grade two way radios. This frequency band is often selected if the radios are to be used both indoors and outdoors. A UHF wavelength is smaller (about 70cm) than VHF which means it is much better at penetrating walls and obstacles. Because of this, UHF is a much more common choice than it’s VHF counterpart, for example in schools, offices, warehouses, etc. Wherever there are walls, think UHF!
VHF – Very High Frequency
This is the frequency band of 136-174mHz for two way radios. This band is often used for the outdoors only. VHF’s wavelength is much larger (around 2m) than UHF, which means it can really struggle through solid objects. However, in the outdoors, it tends to have better range than UHF in open environments, such as farming, hiking and outdoor activities.
One very important thing to know about these frequency bands are that they do not mix; UHF radios will not work with VHF radios and vice versa. These radios are manufactured so you could not add a frequency if it is not within the range.
If you have purchased licenced radios from another company in the past and are wanting to purchase more from Radiotronics, we can confirm what frequency your radios are already on before you select a band and make a purchase. You can either contact us and quote the long model number on the radio (which can be found when you remove the battery on a sticker on the radio side) or alternatively take a look at our detailed product pages which are being updated with this information.
If you have purchased radios from Radiotronics in the past, your previous invoices will confirm your frequency version.
If you are wanting to purchase a brand new fleet of radios and can’t decide which frequency band would be best for you, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist!
Yes! You’ve noticed it too then? A problem with the latest version of CPS 2.0 for Motorola MOTOTRBO radios is that it appears to be so slow!
But there is a fix. It’s a bit of a mess around, but it seems to work.
Our colleague, Sam from BTW in Canberra, went under the hood so-to-speak and made some adjustments in CPS 2.0 configuration file which makes most, if not all, operations many times faster than before.
Until the necessary improvements are made in the next release, here is the modified configuration file:
English [MD5 hash e0b529485e2efdd726fb1c37705f6b04]
All other languages [MD5 hash b126e04c65e8b706ce15851317e88a5d] results might not be as fast as the above file.
To use it:
Download either of the above files. (Optionally confirm the MD5).
Make sure CPS2 is closed.
Copy(overwrite) the above downloaded CPSshell.exe.config file to C:\Program Files (x86)\Motorola\MOTOTRBO CPS 2.0. Optionally, you can create a backup of the existing file by renaming it to CPSshell.exe.config.bak.
Updating to the latest firmware is a must. It contains some important bug fixes and keeps your radio up to date. The latest FW contains new features, extended programming options and occasionally, fixes to bugs. CPS 2.0 is now the recommended customer programming software for Motorola MOTOTRBO two way radios.
Tip: It is recommended you read this article until the bottom of the article.
The Current CPS 2.0 Version
The table below contains the current CPS version as well as the respective versions of CPS 2.0 firmware.
This is a great video that demonstrates various functions of CPS 2.0.
NOTE: Hidden Cotcha – Must Be On Latest V1.0 Firmware
Your MOTOTRBO radio MUST be on the latest verison of 1.0 firmware to be able to upgrade to 2.0 firmware. That means that you cannot upgrade a DP4400 on really old firmware to 2.0 firmware without first updating it to the 1.0 latest firmware.
But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. If we have supplied CPS 1.0 subversion 16.x within the last 12 months, we will supply CPS 2.0 for free*.
*We must have supplied CPS 1.0 subversion 16.x within the last 12 months.
The Current CPS 1.0 Subversion 16.x Version
Bearing in mind you will need CPS 1.0 subversion R16.8 to upgrade your old radios to the latest version of v1 firmware, you will also need CPS 1.0 subversion R16.8 and the firmware that corresponds to your radio.
One of the least known, but arguably one of the most important accessories for modern Motorola digital-series MOTOTRBO two way radios is the Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System.
Err… Operation Critical? What does that mean?
Before we explain what the wireless bluetooth earpiece system is an how it works, let’s explore what Motorola means by Operation Critical.
Operation Critical, sometimes termed as Mission Critical, is Motorola’s clever marketing way of saying unlikely to fail. That doesn’t, by any means, mean that it can’t fail. Afterall the Titanic had watertight bulkheads and was unlikely to sink. Yet it did sink – because more than the critical number of bulkheads were breached. In the same way, Motorola’s Operation Critical equipment is built to such a high standard that it’s very unlikely to fail, but if dropped so many times, it will eventiually stop working.
If you take care and look after your Motorola operation-critical equipment there is no reason that it shouldn’t work indefinitely.
Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System
This wireless earpiece system is probably one of the best innovations from Motorola Solutions in recent times. There are several parts to this system. The Bluetooth Module and earpiece options. Then there are charging options. We’ll cover all these options step-by-step below.
Only For Bluetooth-Enabled Motorola Two Way Radios
At this stage it’s important to note that, in order to use the Bluetooth system, you will need a Bluetooth-enabled two way radio. Note the word enabled here. This is beause some Motoorla two-way radios are provided as capable and require licence keys (enablemnet ID codes, or EID codes) to enable the Bluetooth feature within the radio.
At the heart of the system is the Bluetooth Module. This is the part that wirelessly connects to the radio. and contains an internal lithium battery. On the top is the on/off and Bluetooth connect switch. In the middle is the connectivity LED indicator. On the other side is the earpiece jack socket. There are only a selected numer of earpieces compatible with this module which are shown below.
At present, there are two earpiece options for this system. The first is the PMLN6397 swivel earpiece eith a combined microphone and push-to-talk module. The second HKLN4514 is also a swivel earpiece but this one has a boom type microphone.
Note: Unfortunately, these earpieces are not available individually, ony available in packages. See the ordering guide below.
The Motorola CLP is, by a long way, the most compact two-way radio on the market. Designed exclusively for retail and hospitality, the Motorola CLP is lightweight and descreet. But buying the Motorola CLP can be a complicated matter as there are multiple charger options, loads of earpiece configurations and the option of bluetooth. Read on for the ultimate guide to the Motorola CLP two-way radio.
The first thing to note when buying a Motorola CLP, and especially when researching online, that the Motorola CLP has different model numbers in different countries. In the UK and mainland-European countries CLP is called CLP446 (8-channel). In the USA, CLP is called CLP1010 (1-channnel), CLP1040 (4-channnel) and CLP1060 (6-channnel). In Canada, CLP is called CLP1043. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know which model suits your region.
The next thing to note is that all CLP models are available with and without Bluetooth. In all regions, you have the option of buying the Bluetooth-enabled CLP, or non-Bluetooth CLP. If you’ll ever need Bluetooth functionality, even in the furture, you must buy the Bluetooth-enabled model now as you cannot add it later.
UK & Europe
The 3rd thing to note is the Motorola CLP radios must an audio accessory connected. On non-Bluetooth models, this must be a wired earpiece. On Bluetooth-enabled models, this can be a wired earpiece or a Bluetooth earpiece, using the Bluetoth pod (more details below).
Just to be clear: Motorola CLP is not supplied with an earpiece.
Wired Earpiece Options
There are three wired earpiece options. The earpiece shown above is model number HKLN4602 and is the most popular and most cost effective earpiece available. The HKLN4602 is suitable for most environments such as retail and hospitality. Moreover, HKLN4602 earpiece can be shared amongst employees; as long as careful hygiene precautions are observed.
If your requirement is for someting more discreet, then we recommend the HKLN4603 covert acoustic tube (FBI-style) earpiece. This can be used in very noisy environments as it slots right into the ear canal. It’s important to note that this earpiece, like all tube-type earpieces, is a very prsonal item and should not be shared, for obvious hygiene reasons.
Bluetooth Earpiece Option
NOTE: Bluetooth earpiece options only work with Bluetooth-enabled CLP radios (see model table above).
The Bluetooth earpiece for the Motorola CLP is actually a package consisting of multiple parts. And this also varies by region. In the USA and Canada the bluetooth parts are purchased as completely separate items. In the UK and Europe, the Bluetooth earpiece parts are sold as kits.
USA & Canada Bluetooth Solutions
Typically, in North America all Bluetooth items are purchased as individual parts. You will need a Bluetooth pod (HKLN4512), and an earpiece (HKLN4513).
Bluetooth Module Single Charger, PSU Not Included
UK & Europe Bluetooth Solutions
Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Swivel Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Boom Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
Package: 3x Bluetooth Pod
Package: 3x Swivel Earpiece
Package: 3x Boom Earpiece
When you buy a Motorola CLP radio, it’s supplied with a standard lithium battery and back panel (battery door). Why do we mention the battery door, I hear you ask… This is because the battery and the battery door are a set.
Motorola CLP has two battery options and each battery requires a specific back panel (battery door).
Also known as BT60. 1100mAh Capacity.
Also known as BT90. 1800mAh Capacity.
One thing that sets the Motorola CLP range apart from all other compact two way radios is it’s versatile charging options. Motorola CLP has the option of a single charger or a 6-way multi-unit charger. If you have the budget, it’s our recommendation that you opt for the 6-way charger, especially if you’re buying the Bluetooth model Motorola CLP.
The single charger is able to charge either the radio with battery installed, or recharge the battery on it’s own. This is ideal for keeping a spare battery charged all the time. The single charger is usually supplied with a region specific power supply.
Cloning Capable: Two single chargers can be used to clone programmed settings from one radio to another. In order to do this, the HKKN4026 (replaced by HKKN4028) cable is required (sold separately).
The CLP-series 6-way charger is the best charging solution, by far. Multi-unit chargers promote good charging behaviour in that, usually, team mates are required to collect a radio at the start of their shift and return it at the end. If a radio is missing, it’s more obvious and can be dealt with immediately. Radios rarely get lost in this scenario.
But more than that, this innovative charger can also charge
The Bluetooth Module Charging Insert, Wait, What?
OK, so here’s where this charge comes into it’s own… In the back of the charger is a gap where you can store an earpiece… OR, you can fit a Motorola HKLN4508 charging insert which then allows you to charge your Bluetooth module as well as your radios! Of course, this only works with the 6-way charger.
Both the single charger and the 6-way charger can be used to repropgram the CLP radio by using HKKN4025 cable (HKKN4025 has been replaced by HKKN4027).
Both chargers can be used to “clone” the settings from one CLP radio to another. The single charger requires a HKKN4026 (or HKKN4028) cloning cable. The 6-way charger can clone driectly and does not need a cable.
Where to Buy?
Radiotronics sells the CLP radios in the UK, Europe and North America. Click on the model of interest in the table below to be taken to the page on our website.