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Feb 24, 2001
Does anybody know how to get messages about what's going on the system by hooking up a XPR 4550 or 6550 (preferably a 4550) using a cable. Will it by default output messages. What format will it be in? I'm trying to create a custom dispatch application (can't convince my boss to buy the full program) and I want to know if it is similar to decoding a P25 system or if I'm going to have to spend $300 on some unknown protocol and probably get lost. The radios I will be using are already on the system.


Aug 28, 2006
Boynton Beach, FL

The short answer is NO. It is not a RS-232 serial protocol from the radios. You really need to sign up for the developers program and get the information. Then it will take you a while to get everything operational. Or buy a messaging interface that is already operation ours is one of many in the market place, although unique in that it's Software as a Service (SaaS).


Good luck..
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