Anyone else having their R7 not alert to Laser?

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I get it... We made two runs from Iowa to Southern Florida in a 4 month span, so a total of almost 6500 miles.

Let's say I wasn't leaving anything to chance especially when I knew that the return trip we'd be pressed for time and having many interactions.

So far the ALP system has about 4 saves, 5 if you include that one in the video- and if I had been relying solely on an RD and not been careful and been ticketed every time... If we average them out at $350 each (adding lost time, postage and likely underestimating insurance adding cost) the ALP paid for itself just in two trips.

Heck of an investment. With TMG coming out with theirs, if you bite into a $600 detector, it's not that much more than a second detector to get basic jamming capabilities.

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It was my understanding that the round lens on top is the light sensor for auto screen dimming....not the laser sensor.
 

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My R7 alerted to lidar at the same time as my TMG. I would not expect this to work on a consistent basis. Video here.
 

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I asked about that little sensor peeking out of the shielding in th
It was my understanding that the round lens on top is the light sensor for auto screen dimming....not the laser sensor.

Usually it's both. If it was only for dimming, they could have accomplished that with less effort I'd think. My rear laser sensor on my V1 doubles as the ambient light sensor.
 

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A great time to get targeted with laser to see if a particularly RD detects it is during laser jammer testing. I usually leave my radar detectors on while making the test passes. Once you do this a couple times you will never rely on a radar detector ever again to save you from laser. A lot of people around here have done that, hence the "meh" attitude regarding laser detection from radar detectors. Last time I tested I was using an R3 and only got alerts about 1/4 of the time and it hardly ever alerted to certain guns. Never alerted once from the rear.

It's true that the V1 is the best laser detecting radar detector, but it still won't save you 9 times out of 10 and it does laser false measurably more due to its increased sensitivity in this area.

If you live in an area where laser is used often and you feel that some of the top tier radar detectors are so expensive that you can't afford jammers, you should just buy cheaper radar detectors and still buy jammers.
 
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My V1 would false laser so much I turned it off. I'd never know if it was leo or another car. My R7 I actually double checked settings to confirm it's on. Haven't heard it once.

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My V1 would false laser so much I turned it off. I'd never know if it was leo or another car. My R7 I actually double checked settings to confirm it's on. Haven't heard it once.

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Same here - The V1 laser alert is going off constantly - My R3 laser alert has NEVER gone off.
Still.... I like the situational awareness the V1 gives you concerning laser, whether ticketed or not. It is disappointing with the R series...

I read somewhere that the V1 alerts regardless of the modulation to laser - Are the R series detectors looking for specific modulations and thus missing encounters?
 

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Same here - The V1 laser alert is going off constantly - My R3 laser alert has NEVER gone off.
Still.... I like the situational awareness the V1 gives you concerning laser, whether ticketed or not. It is disappointing with the R series...

I read somewhere that the V1 alerts regardless of the modulation to laser - Are the R series detectors looking for specific modulations and thus missing encounters?

I do believe (and I stress believe, not know) that the Unidens are working on known pulse rates. I'm not sure how, if at all, they deal with variable pulse rate lidar.

If one is looking for their detector to give them a few chances in a hundred to save them from lidar, then the V1 is the detector to get. If I saw enough lidar that I was going to make my choice of radar detector based on that factor alone, I'd get LJs.
 
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I do believe (and I stress believe, not know) that the Unidens are working on known pulse rates. I'm not sure how, if at all, they deal with variable pulse rate lidar.

If one is looking for their detector to give them 1 or 2 chances in a hundred to save them from lidar, then the V1 is the detector to get. If I saw enough lidar that I was going to make my choice of radar detector based on that factor alone, I'd get jammers.
To put some of the discussion to rest, like I said on another post/comment, I plan on taking everything I have out once my other R7 comes back from Vortex.

I have an ALP system so that will alert with every laser hit - and I can record results if the detectors notify at all. Wish I had a V1 as well but 2-300 is out of the budget at least for now.

I have a fairly new Ultralyte with a less common pulse rate that's harder to grab and jam.

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It would be nice to know because the "Eagle Eye" in my R7 is mis-positioned in the case with the front being lower into the case. And the side arrows don't really work at all except for a split second under some circumstances. Certainly not as well as my antique V1 used to.

So does that mean the "Eagle Eye" is supposed to pick up laser from 360 degrees? That seems kind of useless being that they have to be in front or behind you to get your speed and would never shoot you from the side anyway. Or is it to pick up a radar signal to activate the side arrows?...
the side arrows work fine. I mean they are for transition purposes anyway as even the V1 side arrows only work for that also.
 

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If you are slowly passing a source, the side arrows should indicate that. They do for me.
:offtopic: Given what I've seen of the R7 teardown, I would not expect much in the way of lidar detection.
 

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I have an ALP system so that will alert with every laser hit - and I can record results if the detectors notify at all. Wish I had a V1 as well but 2-300 is out of the budget at least for now.

I might know where you can pick up a used V1 or two... :biggrin:
 

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I might know where you can pick up a used V1 or two...
Haven't seen them for a reasonable amount of money that I can justify after dropping $600 on an R7.

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If you are slowly passing a source, the side arrows should indicate that. They do for me.
:offtopic: Given what I've seen of the R7 teardown, I would not expect much in the way of lidar detection.
Teardown? Where?

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Hell, I haven't even had my R3 alert to Laser yet and I've had it since day one! Not that I car though. I didn't buy it for laser.
 

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Teardown? Where?
Good question. Anyone have a link to that?

Between the 1-1.5 mm potential front sensor that may/may not be for laser and the light pipe assembly on top, there just isn't much that's going to catch lidar on the R7.
 

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If you are slowly passing a source, the side arrows should indicate that. They do for me.
:offtopic: Given what I've seen of the R7 teardown, I would not expect much in the way of lidar detection.

This issue might be people just aren't familiar with the way the arrows are working.

I get side arrows.. sometimes it's quick, sometimes it's nice and steady. Sometimes, I don't see them at all, but I think it's the environment, as in the objects that are around us when we pass a source.

Now this doesn't mean I don't have an issue with the arrows, but my issue I think is related to the rear antenna. It might be the software wasn't tweaked properly, but I swear, my rear horn is more sensitive than the front. Usually I can still be behind the radar source, and the arrow will show the source is in front of me. I usually have to be one or 2 car lengths, sometimes more, behind the source before I get the side or front arrows.

I think the stronger rear horn is causing a delay in arrow transition.
 

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Before I sent my r7 back, I did get an indirect laser save. What I mean by that, is that there was a mobile unit set up in a suv in opposing traffic shooting laser. This was on a dual highway btw. The r7 shockingly picked it up. Now, I wouldn’t have gotten a ticket anyway, because I was going the wrong direction for the last to take a pic of my tag but it did alert me for when I came back that way to go the speed limit. This is the type of situation where I do think laser detection can be useful if not perfect. Unfortunately I could never get it to alert to the stationary style speed cams. My v1 and escort 9500 xi, before that, did much better with those. I use my R3 and have learned to just use Waze, but it’s nice to have that little bit of extra security. I believe LJs are better, but I don’t commute enough to pay for a jammer.


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I do believe (and I stress believe, not know) that the Unidens are working on known pulse rates. I'm not sure how, if at all, they deal with variable pulse rate lidar.

My R1 has alerted to being hit with a Stalker XLR a couple times. Other times it either didn't alert, or I had the laser function turned off.
 

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