Help Me Choose a Radio

Choosing the best two-way radio for an application requires a few pre-qualifying questions to be answered prior to calling for radio recommendation:

  • Are two-way radios currently being used, and if so; what is the brand, model and quantity?
  • What type of business is it?
  • How large is the area or facility?  Are there any obstructions?
  • How many total employees are working at one time?  Are there multiple shifts?  Are there different workgroups or departments?

Upon answering these questions, please call our customer service representatives, who can be reached for a radio recommendation, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Standard Time or email us at any time.

Most business users need to communicate on-site and around their structures. The primary concern in choosing the correct radio is coverage of the facility with a clear, crisp audio signal that is easy to understand. Wide area coverage of multiple buildings or the distance of a few miles may require use of a range extender / repeater. Range is determined by several factors:

  • UHF analog radios provide the best coverage indoors and out; especially in steel and concrete structures and large, industrial or multi-story buildings. A 2-watt, UHF analog radio will provide better coverage inside industrial buildings than a 5-watt, VHF analog radio.
  • DTR Digital radios provide comparable coverage to the 4-watt UHF analog radios in addition to having superior sound quality.
  • VHF analog radios are good for outdoor, “line of sight” applications and inside wood structures.
  • Power plays a role in determining coverage and signal penetration.
  • Obstructions such as steel, metal, and concrete will reduce range and coverage.
Range and Coverage Guide
Model Inside Steel / Concrete
Industrial Buildings
Inside Multi-Level
Buildings
Typical User Markets
RMU2040, RMU2080, RMU2080d Up to 250,000 SQ FT Up to 20 Floors Construction, Property Management,
Manufacturing, Lodging
CLP1010, CLP1040, CLP1060, CLS1110, CLS1410 Up to 200,000 SQ FT Up to 10 Floors Retail, Hospitality, Restaurant Lodging
DLR1020, DLR1060 Up to 300,000 SQ FT Up to 20 Floors Construction, Property Management
Manufacturing
DTR410, DTR550 Up to 350,000 SQ FT Up to 30 Floors Construction, Property Management
Manufacturing
RDU4100, RDU4160d Up to 300,000 SQ FT Up to 30 Floors Construction, Property Management
Manufacturing, Lodging
RMV2080, RMM2050 Up to 180,000 SQ FT Up to 10 Floors Construction, Property Management
RDV5100 Up to 250,000 SQ FT Up to 15 Floors Construction, Property Management

Below are some frequently asked questions:

Which is better? UHF, Digital, or VHF?
How much power do I need?
How many channels do I need?
Do current Motorola radios talk to older models and other brand radios?
Will DTR and DLR Digital radios work with UHF or VHF analog radios?
How many two-way radios can be used together?
Are there monthly fees or service contracts required?
Are Motorola two-way radios durable?
Can two-way radios be used with range extenders / repeaters and base stations?

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