Video Update Uniden R7 Firmware Complete Step by Step Tutorial

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Hi There RDF,
My attempt at serving our community.
Video tutorials on the complete update process for a Uniden R7, using new firmware 135.
Key points in the video for new to Uniden users:
-Always EXTRACT the zip files you download first, and save to your preferred location. Save all your firmware versions going forward in case you want to try an older one sometime.
-Always use a proven high quality DATA USB cable, not just a power cord. It it won't connect with other devices to exchange photos or music etc, then it won't work for updating a detector.
-If you get a fail error when uploading the firmware, follow instructions and try first to unplug the detector, and reconnect, and start again. Try that a few times before exiting the updater and starting over.
-Reports come in that it may be a mistake if you choose not to do a factory reset. I know it's a hassle to change all your settings back to where you had them, but it's worth it for best enjoyment of a properly settled new firmware. Not neccessary for only a camera database update.

I hope this helps some of you out.
Regards,



New March 31, 2021:
Step by step in pictures to download and extract firmware update. (Windows 10)

Step 1: Click on the firmware zipped folder download in the first post here:

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Step 2: Left Click on the little up arrow in the download notice box.
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Step 3: How I would do it, left click "Show in Folder"
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Step 4: Now it will show you the folder it saved to, it will have a zipper symbol on the folder, we are trying to get rid of that.
Right click on the folder you see highlighted here, then left click on the Extract All... option
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Step 5: Now you want to choose where to save your unzipped R7 firmware to be used in the update, select the Browse button...
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Step 6: You will select a place in your computer where you want to save all your R7 stuff. I click on Documents, and a file I created called R7, but you can just save it in documents in any folder you like or not even have a folder other than in documents...
See the folder I highlighted (R7) also appears by the arrow at the bottom near Folder: That is where it will be saved and you will look for it there later.
Now press select folder...
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Step 7: You should see the location you picked in this destination box (I blacked out my name), then left click Extract.
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Step 8: Now my computer popped up to the folder I extracted it to, and this is what I got, the .bin file that I have the arrow pointed to is your extracted firmware/database update ready for loading to R7.
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Step 9: Now is when you can plug in your R7 (or after loading this), we want open your Uniden R Series updater, so double left click your shortcut on the desktop view that loaded when you installed the updater (ignore my version number, I'm messing around with other stuff)
When your updater is open, click on OPEN in the Download file section...
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Step 10: Your updater will have a pop up appear that you have to go to where you saved the unzipped .bin file in your documents, see here I navigate to is by clicking documents, then R7 then click on the .bin file. You should see 1- Where the file location is you saved the file to, 2- left click the .bin file to highlight it, 3- see that it has been chosen down in the file name box, 4- Left click on the OPEN box
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Step 11:
Confirm the right .bin file name is in the box I circled in the updater.

Now simply connect the R7, see that it appears in the top half of Updater and says connected, check the recovery mode box, then click the start download button.

Failed to Update??
Usually just follow the prompts to unplug the R7 and re-plug it back in, and hit start download again. Try 3-5 times to do this before giving up and trying different things, like turn off recovery mode, or restarting the updater and reloading firmware.

I have 1 R7 that works perfect every time, the other takes 3-5 tries every time.
Good Luck.
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Not bad for your first tutorial.
 

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Not bad for your first tutorial.
I hope it doesn't disqualify me from "not bad" if I attempted this before? :D
 

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In my experience, cable is so important. I have a number of nice quality Micro-USBs that fail and a cheap little 6" amazon charging cable that works every time. Crazy, but always have a few cable options and find one that works.
 

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Followed your instructions. Cant get the download tool to connect to my R7. Tried numerous usb's cables.
 

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Hi There RDF,
My attempt at serving our community.
Video tutorials on the complete update process for a Uniden R7, using new firmware 135.
Key points in the video for new to Uniden users:
-Always EXTRACT the zip files you download first, and save to your preferred location. Save all your firmware versions going forward in case you want to try an older one sometime.
-Always use a proven high quality DATA USB cable, not just a power cord. It it won't connect with other devices to exchange photos or music etc, then it won't work for updating a detector.
-If you get a fail error when uploading the firmware, follow instructions and try first to unplug the detector, and reconnect, and start again. Try that a few times before exiting the updater and starting over.
-Reports come in that it may be a mistake if you choose not to do a factory reset. I know it's a hassle to change all your settings back to where you had them, but it's worth it for best enjoyment of a properly settled new firmware. Not neccessary for only a camera database update.

I hope this helps some of you out.
Regards,


Nice. Thanks.
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Hi There RDF,
My attempt at serving our community.
Video tutorials on the complete update process for a Uniden R7, using new firmware 135.
Key points in the video for new to Uniden users:
-Always EXTRACT the zip files you download first, and save to your preferred location. Save all your firmware versions going forward in case you want to try an older one sometime.
-Always use a proven high quality DATA USB cable, not just a power cord. It it won't connect with other devices to exchange photos or music etc, then it won't work for updating a detector.
-If you get a fail error when uploading the firmware, follow instructions and try first to unplug the detector, and reconnect, and start again. Try that a few times before exiting the updater and starting over.
-Reports come in that it may be a mistake if you choose not to do a factory reset. I know it's a hassle to change all your settings back to where you had them, but it's worth it for best enjoyment of a properly settled new firmware. Not neccessary for only a camera database update.

I hope this helps some of you out.
Regards,


I thought you were @Vortex for a second lol. I will go subscribe now.
 

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Followed your instructions. Cant get the download tool to connect to my R7. Tried numerous usb's cables.
Maybe try reinstall of the driver package again?
Try your cables on another device with same connector to see if that wil connect?

Note: All mine are done on a Windows 10 workstation computer.
 

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Followed your instructions. Cant get the download tool to connect to my R7. Tried numerous usb's cables.
It's either the cable or the driver is not installing. Order a good, short USB cable and verify it has high-speed data capabilities. Next, check that the driver is actually installed on your computer. Check around for how to do this. It is a pain in the butt, I know, but it is one or the other.
 

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@Vortex
What I have discovered so far, is MRCD On, filters out Mazda CX-5 falses at 24.125 K Band.
What I have also discovered is with MRCD On the K Narrow lower frequency floor has dropped from 24.080 down to an undetermined frequency (to be tested soon), and I am now getting BSMs from the Caddilac Escalades around my city that previously I could filter out using K Narrow.
Escalades running at 24.068-24.072, out of the rear and front. I have also been getting 24.171-.172 out of the fronts of the Escalades. (Missing the new K Block range) Maybe the frequency is up higher by .002 because it's just below freezing here and my radar guns definetly go up in frequency when frozen.
I've done this twice now, cycled MRCD On/Off on two different Escalades with same results.

My question is this: Is it neccessary to have the K floor lowered for proper MRCD function? Or is this a quirk that can be corrected and keep my detection range within K Narrow parameters?
So Caddies or Mazdas, MRCD On or Off for what you encounter the most.
Can't have my cake and eat it too at this time.
 

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Great tutorial! Thank you. I wasn’t sure about whether or not I should do a factory reset after updating the camera database. I’m glad you answered that question for me before I even had to ask… LOL
I just installed 135 last night. My R7 was definitely quieter on my drive into work today. I’m definitely looking forward to the auto lockouts.

Thanks again!
 

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Great tutorial! Thank you. I wasn’t sure about whether or not I should do a factory reset after updating the camera database. I’m glad you answered that question for me before I even had to ask… LOL
I just installed 135 last night. My R7 was definitely quieter on my drive into work today. I’m definitely looking forward to the auto lockouts.

Thanks again!
Thank you.
These responses are why so many here reach out to share what they know with others, helping fellow enthusiasts enjoy it more.
 

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Great video, I never click the recovery mode box and never have had any issues, why click on it?
 

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Great video, I never click the recovery mode box and never have had any issues, why click on it?
LOL!
I don't know....
Everyone keeps saying make sure you do.
Might have something to do with how glitchy the process can be for some.
 

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Maybe try reinstall of the driver package again?
Try your cables on another device with same connector to see if that wil connect?

Note: All mine are done on a Windows 10 workstation computer.
It's either the cable or the driver is not installing. Order a good, short USB cable and verify it has high-speed data capabilities. Next, check that the driver is actually installed on your computer. Check around for how to do this. It is a pain in the butt, I know, but it is one or the other.
I've tried multiple cables. I will have to try and find out if the drivers are installed correctly.
 

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I've tried multiple cables. I will have to try and find out if the drivers are installed correctly.
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It's either the cable or the driver is not installing. Order a good, short USB cable and verify it has high-speed data capabilities. Next, check that the driver is actually installed on your computer. Check around for how to do this. It is a pain in the butt, I know, but it is one or the other.
Reinstalled the drivers. Computer said they were installed correctly. I open the download software, plug the r7 in and it just says searching but does not connect to the R7. I must be doing something wrong.
 

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