A Few Basic Benefits:

Improved Range

Digital signals offer better resistance to interference from other signals and avoid an analog signal's imperfections of transmission and reception.

Longer Battery Life

Unlike analog radios, digital radio transmitters are not constantly running.  Therefore digital radios can function 30-50% longer, on a battery charge, than a comparable analog system.

Privacy

Digital two-way radios operate on a closed network and offer an abundance of security features that are not available with analog radios.

No Licensing Fees

Digital radios function on a Frequency Hopping Spectrum and do not require an FCC license to operate.

 Analog
Two-Way Radios
Digital
Two-Way Radios
What's the difference?Analog broadcasts as a continuous stream of electrical signals that vary in intensity over time. Due to the electrical charge of the signal, analog transmissions are easily interfered with.Digital signals are represented by binary numbers (everything is a ‘1’ or a ‘0’), made up from a mathematical code, that sends the signals in block segments. Due to the mathematical exactness, digital signals are clearer and more reliable than analog signals.
How is the audio quality?Motorola's analog radios have exceptional audio quality and often work well in noisy environments.In comparison, digital software contains an algorithm that understands the differences between voice and background noise; thus canceling the unwanted background noise and unwanted audio for a crisper, clearer transmission.
How far will each technology send/receive a clear transmission?A typical analog signal will continuously deteriorate as it advances toward its maximum range, at which point only white noise is heard.A typical digital signal will stay strong and clear until it reaches its maximum range, at which point the signal is lost.
How many people can talk at a time?Only one two-way conversation can occur at a time on each channel.Simultaneous talking paths are possible; and information such as radio ID and status buttons can be embedded into a single digital radio channel.
Bandwidth consumptionAnalog systems make relatively decent use of bandwidth.Digital systems make better use of bandwidth by significantly reducing bandwidth consumption.
What kind of add-ons, upgrades, and/or advancements are available?Analog systems require hardware receivers and transmitters that are designed to fit the particular transmission. Analog devices can be upgraded with features but not technology.
No software-driven business applications are available for analog radios.
Digital signals can be handled by standardized antenna systems and existing infrastructure equipment.
A number of new software applications are available for use with the digital platform.

Over the last few years, digital two-way radio purchases in the workplace have been increasing. The shift from analog to digital continues to increase for a multitude of reasons.

 view   |   Overview
  • DLR Series
    The ability to communicate and solve problems in real time is the cornerstone of good business operations. With the Motorola DLR digital radio, your team can quickly and easily communicate to improve operational efficiencies, solve problems rapidly, address unexpected situations and improve customer satisfaction. This lightweight radio, with its sleek styling, is a simple yet powerful collaboration tool. Its unique features will take your organization to a new level of performance and operational excellence.
  • DTR Series
    Digital on-site communication has never been easier. Motorola’s DTR Series of two-way radios offers remarkable digital communications, wide area coverage, and crisp audio performance. Whether you’re a property manager or principal, plant supervisor or event planner, you can rely on DTR radios to boost productivity, cut downtime and strengthen service. Motorola’s DTR Series is the perfect partner for your small business communications.
 view   |   Flexible Unique Call Options
    Motorola's DLR and DTR Series radios feature unique call options that accommodate the unique needs of different business operations.

  • Private Reply
    Allows users to instantly communicate one to one privately after a group transmission is over.
  • Call All Available or Page All Available
    Flexible group communications that can reach all users available.
  • Direct Call
    Allows the user to easily reach a specific individual, enabling instant communication.
  • Instant Mute
    Lets you immediately lower your radio volume to the minimum level by pressing the radio's top button.
 view   |   Talk Permit Tone
    Promotes orderly communication through the use of a prompt tone that alerts team members when a channel is available and they can speak.
 view   |   License-Free Technology
    Operating in the digital 900 MHz ISM license-free band, DLR radios leverage on the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS), which makes communications more private and reliable when compared to analog radios.
 view   |   Extended Talk Range
    With digital technology, you can communicate clearly up to the edge of coverage without the static often found on analog radios.

  • Extended Range Coverage
    DLR Series - Up to 300,000 sq. ft. OR 20 floors*
    DTR410 - Up to 300,000 sq. ft. OR 25 floors*
    DTR550 - Up to 350,000 sq. ft. OR 30 floors*


    • *Coverage depends on terrain and environmental conditions.

 view   |   Unique Group Privacy & Interference-Free Options
    The digital DLR and DTR radios protocol leverages Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, which makes communication more reliable and private when compared to standard analog radios.

  • Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
    This technology enables the radio to continually change frequencies, making it virtually impossible for others to listen to your private conversations.
  • Radio Profile ID Number
    This differentiates your radio system, setting it apart from other business radios and thus providing private and interference free communications. Choose from 10,000 available codes to assure interference-free communications and privacy from other neighboring radios.
  • Computer Programming Software (CPS)
    Use our CPS to configure a Private Group and achieve the highest level of privacy.
 view   |   CPS Programming Software
    Customer Programming Software (CPS) allows you to program or change features in your radio.

  • Private Hang Time
    This refers to the period of time the radio is inactive after engaging in a private conversation. With CPS, you are able to determine how long that time is.
  • Group Hang Time
    This refers to the period of time the radio is inactive after engaging in a group conversation. With CPS, you are able to determine how long that time is.
  • Radio Name, Buttons, & Channels
    Customize the name of each radio; define the functionality of each button; name each channel.
  • Personalize Channel Voice Prompts
    CPS allows the user to determine which voice prompts to use and when to use them.
  • Download the Software
    Visit our Radio Programming page to download the software.
 view   |   Longer Battery Life
    The DLR battery (HKNN4013) and the DTR battery (53963)provide long lasting battery life for continuous operation of up to 14.5 hours.
 view   |   Reliable & Durable
    DLR and DTR radios meet test methods from Military Standards 810 C, D, E, F and G, including shock, vibration, extreme temperatures and dust. Tough, polycarbonate housing contains built-in antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold on the radio surfaces.