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Some XTL2500 questions...

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Hi all. Just have a few questions about the XTL2500 M5 control head. For the remote mount M5 head, can I plug a USB programming cable into the mic input for the remote head. Also for the speaker, can that also be attached to the remote head instead of having to run the cable from the back of the traditional XTL unit. Thanks.
 

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You should have 2 cables on the back of your control head. Blue CAN cable and Red Power/IS cable. On the Power/IS cable there are 2 leads for the speaker coming out. For the USB question I have yet to see a USB to USB programming cable for Astro25 Line. You can use the mic port or the Port on the radio.
 

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Hi all. Just have a few questions about the XTL2500 M5 control head. For the remote mount M5 head, can I plug a USB programming cable into the mic input for the remote head. Also for the speaker, can that also be attached to the remote head instead of having to run the cable from the back of the traditional XTL unit. Thanks.
You should have 2 cables on the back of your control head. Blue CAN cable and Red Power/IS cable. On the Power/IS cable there are 2 leads for the speaker coming out. For the USB question I have yet to see a USB to USB programming cable for Astro25 Line. You can use the mic port or the Port on the radio.
OP is asking if he can use a USB programming cable (HKN6184) into the front mic jack. Different people will tell you different things but I have programmed an XTL5000 with the programming cable mentioned above going to the mic jack and into a laptop with no problems. Granted it was a 5000 and you have a 2500 but I think generally speaking you should be ok.
 
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Bumping this thread with some other questions. What is the difference between the HKN6188A vs the HKN6188B remote head power cable. Also do I need to buy an ignition sense cable (GKN6271A) if the remote head power cable comes with it or is the ignition sense cable for the brick itself. Also, if I buy a stand alone brick and then a M5 head and connect them right away, will it work right out of the box or will I need to program it.
 

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What is the difference between the HKN6188A vs the HKN6188B remote head power cable.
It's just the revision. No real difference.
Also, if I buy a stand alone brick and then a M5 head and connect them right away, will it work right out of the box or will I need to program it.
If I recall correctly the head and the brick need to be the same firmware.
No matter what radio you buy, you will need to program it to your specific channels.
 
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