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  • How to update the firmware on Uniden R1 and R3 radar detectors

    Uniden R3 Radar DetectorThe Uniden R1 and R3 radar detectors are a good value. They both have long range detectability and great features. What makes them even an even greater value is their upgradeablilty. Both models allow you to update the firmware for the long term. Here's how to update the firmware on Uniden R1 and R3 radar detectors.

    Note: these instructions are for the US versions of the R1 and R3 only.

    To update the firmware:

    1. Turn the detector off and connect to a PC using a USB cable via the micro USB port located on the side of the detector. Allow the PC to install the necessary USB drivers to access the detector as needed.
    2. Go to Uniden's web site to locate and download the latest firmware updates for your radar detector. for the R1 and R3, the file is called Uniden R Series SW Download Tool and Firmware. You can find the firmware and installation instructions at https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/.
    3. Unzip the downloaded file to a new folder on your PC.
    4. Locate and run the file called “Uniden R Series SW Download Tool [version number].msi” (The current version as of the date of this article is V1.28). The download tool should install on your PC and create a shortcut on your desktop.
    5. Run the Uniden R Series SW Download Tool. The app should display your version of firmware.
    6. Choose the OPEN button and locate the binary file for your specific model from the unzipped files. As of this article, the file would be either R1_v150.208.000.bin or R3_v150.208.115.db190402.bin. Choose the correct file and click START DOWNLOAD.
    7. Select the OPEN button and locate the “DB_xxxxxxxx.bin” file (the x's are the date of the file) from the unzipped files, and click START DOWNLOAD. The app should install the update on the detector.
    8. Close the program when the update is finished, then enter the menu of your rader detector and reset the detector to factory default. Your radar detector should now have the current updates.

    If the instructions are followed correctly, updating your R1 or R3 detector should be a breeze. These and other Uniden radar detectors are available at Buy Radar Detectors.

  • The Differences between the Uniden R7 and R3

    Uniden R7 vs. Uniden R3Not long ago, Uniden reclaimed its reputation as a respected manufacturer of quality radar detectors with its DFR series and then reinforced it with the introduction of the Uniden R3. Recently, Uniden introduced the R7, an attractive detector packed with powerful features and high performance at a premium price. While both the R3 and R7 have many similarities, there are some important differences that put the Uniden R7 in a higher tier.

    The key differences between the Uniden R7 and the R3
    The R7 improves on the R3 primarily by adding a second antenna, a larger display, and directional arrows for the radar signal. It also offers wider scanning on K band plus a few tweaks that add to the overall experience of owning a high end radar detector. It also costs $200 more. If you already own an R3 and want to move up or you are shopping for your first radar detector and considering an R7, is it worth the extra money? Here are the key differences between the Uniden R7 and Uniden R3 that may help you decide which radar detector is the one for you.

    Dual Antennas
    The Uniden R3 has one front facing antenna. The Uniden R7 has two, one for the front, and a second for the rear. Like the Valentine One and the Escort Max 360, the Uniden R7 uses its rear antenna to find out from which direction the signal is coming. If you've driven with a radar detector before, you know the confusion that comes when receiving an alert, but not being able to quickly identify the source. For example, is there a police officer somewhere behind you, or is it a false alert from the car in the lane next to you? Knowing which direction of the radar source is a huge advantage, and is a big reason to choose the R7.

    As an added bonus, the second antenna also improves performance or range of the antenna, particularly from the rear. In some situations, this added sensitivity could make all the difference between getting an alert, and getting a ticket.

    Directional Arrows
    One major difference that puts the R7 above the R3 is the addition of directional arrows on the R7 display. The directional arrows are the most exciting new feature of the R7. When you get an alert, an arrow will display on the screen to show you if it is coming from ahead, behind or from the side. But there's more.

    The R7 allows you to customize the color of the arrows. You can also color code each arrow displayed by band for instant band Identification, using your choice of seven colors. For instance, you can set the R7 to display a red arrow for K band, a blue arrow for Ka band, and a yellow arrow for X band. If that isn't cool enough, an arrow can be displayed for up to three additional alerts. It's another feature that could point to the R7 as the radar detector of choice.

    Improved Display
    To accommodate the directional arrows, Uniden significantly improved the display. The OLED display on the R7 is much larger than the R3. It's shifted to the left side of the detector, and angled toward the driver's side of the vehicle. Like the R3, the display of the R7 is full color, bright, and easy to read, even in sunlight.

    Another difference is the color palette. The Uniden R3 has a six color display, which includes blue (default), amber, green, pink, grey, and red. The R7 has eight colors, which include red (default), white, violet, blue, amber, green, pink and grey.

    For even greater flexibility, the R7 has an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen when driving during the day or at night. In contrast, the R3 also has an automatic dim feature but it is GPS based by the time of day and is therefore not quite as accurate, since sunrise and sunset vary by location and time of year, and it does not compensate for lighting differences due to changes in the weather. This is another difference between the two models and one in which the R7 shines.

    Greater Sensitivity
    Both the R3 and R7 have great sensitivity, with advanced customizable filtering. However, with the added rear antenna, the R7 has a slight edge over the R3 with sensitivity or range. In addition, the R7 is reported to have a slightly wider scan range on K band than the R3, increasing its ability to pick up frequencies on that band. While not a major improvement, it does provide another reason to choose the R7 if cost is not an issue and you're on the fence about which model to buy.

    Improved Ergonomic Design
    Another difference between the R3 and R7 is the location of the controls, and in particular, the Mute/Dim and Mark buttons. On the R3, these buttons are located on the front of the unit, just under the left side of the display. On the R7, they are moved to the left side of the detector, behind the display. If you are used to having a mute button on the front or top of the detector, this can be a bit awkward, but if you've never used a radar detector before, it may not be something that cramps your style.

    The Power cable is on the left side on the R3 and on the right side of the R7. For most drivers, this location may be more desirable, as it keeps the cable from dangling down on your side of the dash. If so, the R7 may be the one to connect.

    Signal Strength Meter
    Both models have a signal strength meter with frequency Identification, but with one difference. The R3 displays the strength of a signal with five levels, and the R7 has eight. It's not a big deal, but definitely worth noting.

    Of course, there's more to these models than radar direction detection. Both units are equipped with GPS for red light camera notification, advanced customizable filtering, and ugradeable firmware. They are also designed to be undetectable by the Spectre Elite radar detector detector.

    The only other difference between the Uniden R7 and R3 is what comes with the detector in the package. Both models include a large, single suction cup mount, standard two suction cup mount, a coiled power cord with alert light and USB port, a USB cable for GPS and firmware updates, hook and loop mounting tape, and a zippered storage case. The R7 also includes a neoprene carrying case, and its power cord has a mute button.

    Considering the differences as well as the similarities, is the Uniden R7 worth the price? If you already have an R3, is it worth the upgrade? It's a personal choice, of course, since both models have a lot to offer. Which ever you choose, you can be confident that you'll have a solid performing Uniden radar detector as your companion on the road.

  • Uniden R7 Radar Detector video

    A couple of years ago, Uniden took the industry by storm with the R3 radar detector, boasting great performance and great filtering. In January 2019, Uniden announced the R7 Radar/Laser Detector, and since their announcement, the excitement has been building over the release of this product. Well, the R7 is finally here, and is available at Buy Radar Detectors.

    This video hosted by Danny Feemster introduces The Uniden R7, compares it to the R3 and talks about its new features. Buy Radar Detectors is an Authorized Uniden dealer.


  • The Uniden R7 is here!

    Uniden R7 Radar and Laser DetectorWhen Uniden first announced the production of the R7 radar and laser detector, it was met with much enthusiasm. It quickly became one of the most talked about and highly anticipated new radar detectors of 2019. Well, the time has come. The wait is over. The Uniden R7 radar detector has arrived, and is now available at Buy Radar Detectors!

    The Uniden R7 is an extreme long range radar and laser detector with a 50% faster processor, uniquely designed body and a diagonal, impressive OLED display with an easy, colorful view. This isn't just another detector, it's a state-of-the-art device equipped with the latest technology to provide a powerful countermeasure to speed enforcement.

    Here are a few of its key features:

    • Directional Arrows
    • 360° Laser Detection
    • Large, Ultra Bright OLED Display
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • GPS for Red Light Camera
    • Voice Alert
    • Advanced K/Ka Filter
    • Mute Memory
    • Spectre Elite (RDD) Undetectable

    This new detector is currently in high demand and short supply. We have a limited quantity in stock, so if you have an R7 on your radar, you may want to buy it now.

  • Which radar detectors are undetectable by police in 2019?

    Radar detectors are designed to hear and identify frequencies emitted from police radar guns. They also emit frequencies of their own, and can be detected by radar detector detectors (RDD). All radar detectors emit "stray" RF signals, but some are built with shielding to reduce or practically eliminate leakage. These are the radar detectors you want to use if detectability is a concern. The question is, which radar detectors are undetectable by police radar detector detectors?

    It's a valid question, because it can be a little confusing. There are different RDD devices in use with varying degrees of sensitivity. One type of RDD is VG-2. It is no longer widely used and can be defeated somewhat easily by many of the detectors available today. Another type of RDD is Spectre. The latest version, known as Spectre Elite, is rather effective at detecting radar detectors, and from a relatively short distance away.

    There are a number of radar detectors available on the market with various levels of undetectability. Some are undetectable from VG-2, Spectre, or both within a reasonable distance. A few are considered stealth, which means they are almost completely undetectable, depending on the position of the detector and the police RDD around it. A very few are considered fully stealth, meaning the detector is undetectable at almost any distance from any position or direction at all.

    The chart below lists radar detectors currently available from Buy Radar Detectors in 2019 for use in situations where RDD undetectability or stealth is desired.

    Stealth and Undetectable Radar Detectors
    Brand Model VG-2 Spectre Undetectability
    SPX 5300 ★★★
    Escort Redline EX ★★★★★
    Radenso SP ★★★
    XP ★★★★
    Pro M ★★★★
    Uniden DFR1 ★★★
    R1 ★★★★
    R3 ★★★★
    R7 ★★★★
  • The Uniden R7 is now available for pre-order!

    Uniden R7 Radar DetectorThe Uniden R7 is one of the most highly anticipated new radar detector products of the year, and detector enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting its arrival. At this time the estimated ship date is late March to early April 2019, but there's no need to wait in line to get yours. That's because the Uniden R7 is now available for pre-order direct from our site at Buy Radar Detectors!

    If you haven't heard of the R7, check it out. It's similar in features and function to a Uniden R3, but with the addition of an OLED display with directional arrows. It is equipped with GPS, Eagle Eye for 360° laser detection, 5 Level Signal Strength Meter, MAX Speed Warning System and upgradeable firmware. It's also Spectre Elite undetectable.

    One reason for the attention to the R7 is its directional arrows. It's somewhat reminiscent of the Valentine One, which seems to be a popular feature among Valentine fans. According to a recent poll on a popular radar detector forum, over 35% of respondents said they would switch their V1 for a Uniden R7 after it arrives. That is a significant number, and says a lot about the anticipation level for this new detector.

    Whether it's about the arrows or not, there is certainly plenty of excitement in the air for the new Uniden R7, and no doubt there will be a rush to buy one as soon as it arrives to market.

    So why wait? Pre-order yours now to avoid the initial sellout. We will have a limited supply available on the first shipment, so secure your order today!

  • Uniden DFR5 video


    Uniden was once a familiar name in the radar detector industry. Now it's back with a line of radar and laser detectors known as the DFR series. The mid-range model is the Uniden DRF5.

    This video hosted by Rick Savoia introduces the Uniden DFR5 radar detector and lists some of its features. Buy Radar Detectors is an authorized Uniden dealer.


  • FREE Guide to Police Radar with purchase of a Uniden or Whistler radar detector

    Driver's Guide To Police Radar book It's no secret that radar detectors make great holiday gifts. Now they are even more special. This holiday season, get a FREE Guide to Police Radar book when you buy a Uniden or Whistler radar detector from Buy Radar Detectors!

    With every Uniden or Whistler radar detector that you purchase, you will receive one FREE copy of Driver's Guide To Police Radar, by Craig Peterson. This book is a $10 value!

    Driver's Guide To Police Radar - Everything You Need to Know About Speed Enforcement gives you the basics on radar detection and how police speed measuring technology works. It covers moving radar, same direction radar, fastest speed radar, Instant-on radar and hand-held radar. It also explains other techniques and technologies of speed detection, such as Time/Distance Computers, Aerial speed enforcement and laser, or LIDAR. It even covers the facts and fiction of radar and laser jammers.

    No promo code is needed for this promotion. Your free book will be automatically added to your order at the time of checkout. This is a limited time offer and is valid until December 31, 2017 or while supplies last. No rain checks.

    NOTE: Offer good only in the U.S. and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

  • Uniden LRD950 video review with the Veil Guy

    Uniden recently returned to the market with a new line of radar detectors, the LRD450, LRD750, and LRD950. When bundled with Veil G5 Stealth Coating, these detectors can help provide a measure of defense against police laser threats.

    In this exclusive video interview, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors talks with Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, finds out what he thinks of the Uniden LRD950 and how it compares to other radar detectors on the market today.

  • Uniden LRD950 unboxing video

    The LRD950 radar and laser detector is the top model in the Uniden line, offering long range radar protection with built-in GPS at a value price. In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors opens the box and gives you a quick look at the menu of features included with this radar detector.

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