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Hello. I purchased a Motorola CDM-1550LS+ for use on GMRS. I purchased a USB to RJ-45 cable to connect my computer. I'm wondering if I need a RIB box as I do with older radios? Thanks
 

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Hello. I purchased a Motorola CDM-1550LS+ for use on GMRS. I purchased a USB to RJ-45 cable to connect my computer. I'm wondering if I need a RIB box as I do with older radios? Thanks

Which cable did you buy, exactly?
A basic USB - RJ-45/Ethernet adapter isn't going to work. If you bought a specific CDM radio cable with a USB connector or a "RIB-Less" cable, then you should be OK.
 

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I purchased it for Ebay. It said it is for the CDM-1550 and has a driver CD with it. "
USB Programming Cable CDM-750 CDM-1250 CDM1550-LS+ Radio US
 

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You may have to use an older computer for the programming. I have at least 4 different older radios that use similar cables, and none of them work on anything well above Windows 7 32 bit, and Win XP 32 bit gives the best results.
 

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If you've never programmed radios before, let me drop this little bit of hard learned advice on you:

Step 1. Read the radio.
Step 2. Save that file.
Step 3. Now, Save it somewhere else.
Step 4. If you skipped the previous 3 steps, go back and do them.
Step 5. Make your changes to the file.
Step 6. Write to the radio.
Step 7. save that file. Then save it again.

If you hose things up, having the known good file to roll back to can save you a lot of headaches. Have watched people rush into this before and deeply regret not saving the original file.
 

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If you've never programmed radios before, let me drop this little bit of hard learned advice on you:

Step 1. Read the radio.
Step 2. Save that file.
Step 3. Now, Save it somewhere else.
Step 4. If you skipped the previous 3 steps, go back and do them.
Step 5. Make your changes to the file.
Step 6. Write to the radio.
Step 7. save that file. Then save it again.

If you hose things up, having the known good file to roll back to can save you a lot of headaches. Have watched people rush into this before and deeply regret not saving the original file.
And if it's the first time you are programming a radio, save the codeplug before anything. If you make a wrong change and it does something to the radio you want something to revert to. If you just change it and write then you have nothing to go back to.
 
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