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what is wifi for on my XPR radios

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JCunningham17

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im a noob of course but i always buy the best. i just bought a XPR7550e and a XPR5550e and using them for GMRS. both have blue tooth, wifi, option board, and everything unlocked and included. i have CPS v16 with wide band key. my question is what is wifi and the option board for? I use blue tooth plus the oem programming cables to program.
 

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Wi-Fi is used in conjunction with the MOTOTRBO Radio Management Server for wireless programming and firmware updates. If you only have a couple radios for hobby purposes, it's more than likely overkill.

The Option Board allows applications like LTR or indoor location tracking (with the use of beacons) to be used. I'm sure there are others I'm missing as those are the only ones I'm familiar with but it allows for features not standard.
 

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WiFi Example:

Town has 150 trucks and they are converting from analog to TRBO, same frequency.

Program channel 1 to analog, program channel 2 to digital.

Once vehicle installations are complete, switch infrastructure to TRBO and have all vehicles switch to channel 2.

Use WiFi to push out a new code plug that removes channel 1.

I did this and it worked great. I set up an RM server and a hotspot near the towns gas pump. When the vehicles came in to fuel up, the radios were automatically reprogrammed, removing channel 1. Some might say just leave the analog channel but the system also has GPS and if the driver switches to the analog channel, the GPS stops reporting. True, they can't hear the radio but if they are screwing off and have to hide their location, I don't think they care about hearing the radio.
 

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Radios with WiFi can also be programmed remotely through CPS 16 directly as long you know the static IP of the radio and can connect to it from the computer which is running CPS.
 

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WiFi is less often used to connect to a WAVE server. WAVE (formerly Wave On Cloud) is a radio over IP application with PTT, location, etc. It isn't commonly used on the radios, but it is there if you pay for the service and have all the backend hardware hooked up. TT
 
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