Uniden R7 firmware 1.29: Lots of New Changes

Uniden has just released firmware 1.29 (download here) for the Uniden R7 radar detector (purchase here). This update brings a long list of changes that Uniden has been working on the past months including many features specifically requested by enthusiasts.

Uniden R7 firmware 1.29

Uniden R7 running fw 1.29

This firmware update improves MRCD detection range, allows you to dial back the sensitivity of the rear antenna, makes GPS lockouts safer, and includes a bunch of small changes and bug fixes.

Here are all the changes from 1.24 to 1.29, along with my notes about the changes.

Note: If you’ve never updated R7, you’ll need to download Uniden’s update software and driver from Uniden’s website. (Install the driver first, then the update software.) To save time, direct download links for both Windows and Mac.

R7 Firmware 1.29 Changes

  • Improved MRCD detection range and false alert filtering
    • Alert distances against the MRCD are now much better than before and finally usable in practice
    • MRCD falses still happen so leave the setting disabled unless MRCD is in use in your area

R7 alerting to MRCD ahead and 3 locked out K band signals

  • Rear Antenna Sensitivity Attenuation
    • This helps better balance front and rear sensitivity to avoid excessively long rear alerts.
    • The new rear antenna sensitivity attenuation option reduces the rear antenna’s sensitivity as a percentage of the detector’s (front antenna) programmed sensitivity level, not as a percentage of the detector’s max sensitivity.
    • For example, if you set the rear antenna to 50% and have the detector set to Advanced Mode with K band set to 70%, the rear antenna’s sensitivity for K band will be 50% of 70% = 35% of max sensitivity.
    • In my quick testing, arrows still flip properly when passing a source, even with the rear antenna sensitivity dialed back.
R7 rear antenna set to 50% sensitivity

R7 rear antenna set to 50% sensitivity

  • Improved K Filter for fewer BSM falses
    • I don’t know exactly what the improvements are
    • The R7 with 1.29 still falses more than comparable detectors like the Max 360c or Pro M
  • Narrowed the frequency range of Mute Memory to make GPS lockouts less risky
    • X Band: 25MHz -> 10MHz
    • K Band: 30MHz -> 10MHz
    • Ka Band : 100MHz -> 20MHz
  • If the main alert is locked out, the new second alert becomes the main alert so you can hear, see, and lock out the second alert  as well
    • This ensures new signals (ie. a cop near a speed sign) are given priority so you see and hear them
    • This also makes it easier to lock out additional false alerts in a lockout zone
  • MRCD alert always has priority over other radar alerts (X, K, Ka) even when Ka priority is on
  • MRCD alerts won’t be muted by Quiet Ride
    • Now they’ll always audibly alert even at low speeds
  • Signal strength meter for locked out signals now show up in gray when using the arc-shaped Alert Display #2 mode
R7 arc-shaped strength meter grayed out for locked out signal

Arc-shaped strength meter grayed out for locked out signal

  • Amber color adjusted to make it look more amber and less red
  • Arrow Color and Band Colors now also apply to secondary new signals in the All Threat Display
  • Adjusted latch time for the secondary signals in the All Threat mode
  • Added two more steps to Auto Mute volume level setting (0 – 7 levels)
  • If Auto mute volume level set in the Menu is higher than the current volume level, it now alerts at the current volume level
  • The voice announcement for radar or laser alert will no longer go off for the same signal detected again within 30 seconds
  • Alternates Overspeed alert (POI limit speed alarm) and Radar alert when Overspeed alert and radar alert are detected at the same time
  • Overspeed alert for 1.5 seconds
  • Display brightness can now be adjusted more quickly
    • Press and hold “Mute/Dim” key for 0.5 seconds (instead of 1 second) in standby mode to enter DIM mode
  • After manually changing display brightness, detector now returns to standby in just 1 sec instead of 3 sec
  • Displays “MUTE” on screen in green text when a signal has been muted
  • Added blinking Heartbeat icon on the standby display like R1/R3 when set to Scan display

Autolockouts have not been added to this firmware update. I’m not sure when they will be added. My guess is it may be due to the pending lawsuit between Escort and Uniden over autolockouts.

Update: Download firmware 1.29 here.

Tutorial: How to update your Uniden R7.

Purchase: Buy a Uniden R7 here.

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    • Rich C on January 22, 2020 at 8:37 am
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    Awesome! Thank you!

    • David on January 22, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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    why doesn’t my r7 go off for the photo radar in Saskatchewan. it’s laser because bel sti magnum used to go off. do I have something turned off I shouldn’t. I have laser settings turned off. any suggestions.

    • Eugene Lorenzetti on January 23, 2020 at 6:58 am
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    On website Uniden it doesn’t have new firmware for r7 yet ? Unless I’m in the wrong site

    1. I updated the article to note that. This firmware should be added on Uniden’s website by next week once they finish updating the R7 manual. It was posted this week on RDF as a treat to forum members so you can grab it early.

        • Jeff K on February 21, 2020 at 9:43 am
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        Hey Mr. Vortex,

        It looks like it is still not posted on Uniden web site. I feel more comfortable using firmware direct from Uniden web site. I called Uniden support and they do not have a time table for the release but they recommend waiting for their official release firmware. I was just wondering if you have heard from any connections more recently when it might be officially released?

        Thanks!

        1. I’m scratching my head on this too. I’ve asked several times and haven’t heard back about it and I have no idea why. Sorry.

    • Erik / aka FriscoDad on January 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm
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    Hey Vortex, any idea if some of these updates are coming to the r3?

    • Napster on January 23, 2020 at 5:43 pm
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    Where can we go to learn about the lawsuit? This (and your new video) was the first I’ve herd about it.

    1. If you’re an active RDF member, you can find it here: https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?threads/70187/

    • DB9 on January 23, 2020 at 6:38 pm
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    Because the lockouts have changed to a narrower range do we need to delete them all and start over or will they still be okay?

    1. Uniden hasn’t said anything about needing to clear existing lockouts. I’ve found that most of them still work fine. If any falses now start alerting because of the reduced lockout range, you’ll need to relock them out.

    • Perry on January 25, 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    Why when I download it all I am getting is the .BIN file?

    1. Because this is the firmware update file. If you don’t already have Uniden’s update software installed, you can download that from UnidenMa website.

    • neil schenkel on January 26, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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    Hello Vortex

    Is this zip download 1.29 for pc only not Mac

    Thanks

    Neil

    • Mitchell on January 26, 2020 at 9:47 pm
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    Do they have a mac compatable version yet?

    1. You can go to Uniden’s website and download the Mac updater for 1.24. Install that driver and software and use it to install the 1.29 update. I’ve also included direct links on my website so you can download it.

    • Vinh on January 28, 2020 at 9:29 am
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    Hey Vortex! Appreciate your review videos! I’ve been using the Valentine1 for 12 plus years now and just purchased the Uniden R7. I’ve noticed it’s not going off as much as my Valentine1 used to. I’ve driven by city police cars twice here recently and typically Ka band will just light up like crazy, the Uniden R7 didn’t pick it up. Any suggestions? I’m tempted to return it to get the 360C. I like the reported range of the Uniden R7. Thanks in advance.

    1. That’s completely normal. If the officer is not actively running radar at that time, your radar detector will not alert, and this applies to the V1, R7, and Max360c.

    • Vinh on January 28, 2020 at 11:03 am
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    I know that much, but it doesn’t seem as responsive. I just literally drove by a cop in a school zone and nothing.

    • securityguy on January 28, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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    Because he wasn’t running with his radar on…not that hard to understand.

    • neil schenkel on January 28, 2020 at 7:16 pm
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    hello vortex

    I cant for the life figure out how to get the 1.29 to uodate any suggestions

    download drivers and the zip

    cant get it to work

    very frustrating

    thanks

    Neil

    I cant believe people are saying this is an easy download

    1. Sorry to hear about the difficulty. If you’ve followed my step-by-step tutorial and are still having issues, please post on RDF for support.

    • Mike on January 30, 2020 at 6:53 am
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    Are you going to update your prior article, How to Set up the R-7? As a first time owner of a radar detector, I found that article to be very helpful and set my R-7 up using your proposed settings for a beginner. (Only problem I have is that when I travel through Kentucky, the signs used for road construction always causes an alert.) Thanks for all you do. This site is great.

    1. The article was updated the same day the firmware came out. The only change is the addition of the rear bal option. Is there something else specifically that isn’t covered in the article that you’re wanting to know? For the road signs, enabling TSF should help filter them out.

    • David on February 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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    Thank you for the information you provide. My R7 usually shows the speed of my vehicle. It’s usually 2 mph faster then the car or GPS on my phone. In fact my phone and car are in sync. is the calibration for the speed adjustable + or -?

    Again Thank you

    • Jake on February 11, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    Awsome stuff as always!

    • Nate on February 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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    Another great post, Vortex! Thanks for the rundown on the updates.

    Bit of a sidebar type question, but it relates to MCRD/T detection ranges. I am in an area that has both fixed and mobile Redflex red light and speed cameras. While I know Radenso is going to be dropping their new AI radar in the future, I am looking for a stopgap right now.

    Radenso Pro M and the R7 come to mind and I have watched so many videos at length about their detection ranges for MRCD/T; the only missing link I cannot seem to find solid information on is, what is the effective kill range for these radars? That is to say, at what yards/meters back will these MRCD/T devices pinpoint my vehicle and deem it to be traveling too fast?

    Will these new updates to the R7 (generally) give alerts prior to entering the detection zone of these devices?

    Thanks!

    1. For super specific Redflex or MultaRadar questions, your best bet is to hop onto the forums so you can chat with others who have those systems in use in their area as well. I don’t have any of them here. People who encounter those daily are better equipped to answer your questions. https://www.rdforum.org/index.php

    • Terry on February 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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    Thank you for the awesome content and your insights on these radar detectors, keep it up!

    • Donald Belseck on February 27, 2020 at 4:23 pm
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    Hi Vortex Radar, Thanks for all the valuable info you provide. Uniden has still not posted the R7 firmware 1.29 on their website. Any news on that? I was hoping to purchase an R7 with the new firmware already installed.

    1. I’m actually confused now too. I’ve asked Uniden several times and gotten no response. It’s very unusual.

    • Donald Belseck on February 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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    I’ve called Uniden twice over the last 2 weeks. One guy knew about firmware 1.29 and said it should be on their website very soon. The other guy I talked to didn’t have any knowledge of 1.29 and said that Uniden is probably still putting the finishing touches on it.

    1. I honestly have no idea what’s going on with Uniden. They’ve gone completely silent on us as beta testers as well.

    • Donald Belseck on February 29, 2020 at 10:04 pm
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    We’ll just have to wait and see. Thanks for all your help.

    • Tzah on March 15, 2020 at 5:26 am
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    Anyone who needs a bit more brightness on the R7 just pick the white color display as it seems to be 25-30% brighter during daylight.

    • Jeff K on March 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm
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    For those that are not aware, the “official” R7 1.29 firemware is posted on Uniden site now: https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/

    • Donald Belseck on March 19, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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    Thanks for letting us know. Greatly appreciated.

    • Tzah on March 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm
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    I downloaded 1.29 software 3 months ago or so.
    Does it mean that some changes has been made & now there’s a new 1.29 software???

    1. Finally!! Thanks for the heads up.

    • Tzah on March 20, 2020 at 11:01 pm
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    Hi, I’m asking again, is there a difference between the 1.29 firmware that is posted now on Unidens website to the 1.29 firmware I’ve downloaded 3 months ago?????
    Thanks again

  1. No. 1.29 is 1.29. If it was different, they’d give it a different firmware version number. That said, I believe it has a newer RLC database available now.

    • Jeff K on March 21, 2020 at 7:13 am
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    The early 1.29 firmware bin file and “official” 1.29 firmware bin file are exactly the same. I just did a binary file compare on both and they show exactly the same. You just need to update the database to the new DB_20200106.bin file.

    • Don Belseck on March 21, 2020 at 9:36 am
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    I believe the new ” official ” .129 has the new database included. Is that correct?

    • Jeff K on March 21, 2020 at 9:40 am
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    New 2020-0106 database file DB_20200106.bin is included in the 1.29 firmware zip file here:
    http://support.uniden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Uniden-R-Series-SW-Download-Tool-and-R7-Firmware.zip

    General link for firmware:
    https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/

    • John Hernandez on March 21, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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    why does it say to reset to default settings? what if i dont want to do that. will all my setting be screwed up…I like the way mine is setup now and dont feel like messing with it.

    • jim on March 25, 2020 at 6:37 am
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    still no official 1.29 release on Uniden’s page. It is 3/25/2020 and they are at version 1.24 from June.

    1. Don’t search for it. Click on “radar detectors” and then click on the gray “firmware” button and you’ll see it.

    • Jeff K on March 25, 2020 at 6:46 am
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    R7 1.29 is posted on Uniden site. Maybe you need to refresh your browser?

    https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/

    • barry on March 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm
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    How come 129 version is not on unidens site but only yours? I think their highest is 124. Thanks for the info!!!

    • John on March 30, 2020 at 7:02 am
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    it is! listed on thier site!

    https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/

    R7 (Last Updated 03/19/2020 v1.29)

    Ensure your R7 is powered off using the power button
    Connect the R7 to a PC with USB cable
    PC may automatically download USB drivers if needed. If message says that the device is not recognized, you can manually install the USB driver here: [ZIP] (Install drivers and then reconnect radar detector to PC)
    Download and install appropriate file:
    R7 for PC – “Uniden R Series SW Download Tool and R7 Firmware” [ZIP]
    After downloading, extract the files to a new folder.
    Run “Uniden R Series SW Download Tool V1.28.msi”
    After download tool is installed, run “Uniden R Series SW Download Tool V1.28” from a newly created shortcut. Your version of firmware will appear on the application.
    Select the OPEN button and browse to the “r7_v129.129.113_db191002.bin” file from the previously extracted files, then select START DOWNLOAD. Select the OPEN button and browse to the “DB_202000106.bin” file from the previously extracted files, then select RECOVERY MODE then select START DOWNLOAD.
    After update is complete, close the program.
    Firmware/Database/Voice is all updated with a single program.
    Reset the device to the factory default settings by using the menu after new firmware has been installed.

    straight from Unidens Site

  2. Right so as a few others have commented, it is on their site, but it’s not always easy to find. Go here https://support.uniden.com/radar-detectors/ and click on the gray button that says “Firmware” and you’ll see it.

    What’s confusing is if you search for the R7’s latest firmware, it pulls up 1.24, and I think that’s a big part of the confusion. http://www.uniden.info/download/index.cfm?s=R7

    Don’t use the search tool and you can find it. Weird, I know…

    • greg on April 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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    Just bought the R7. I have a Mac. I followed the instructions on the video. I am getting a message stating the usb is not connected.
    Am I missing something? Software?

    Thanks

    1. Make sure you install the drivers first. You may also need to give the program permission to run in the Mac’s security settings. https://youtu.be/CGmSWJEQ1Xs

    • John Tuvell on April 8, 2020 at 7:13 am
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    I recently bought an R7 for my Multistrada motorcycle. I picked up a ram mount handlebar setup with a long stem and a flat, round plate on top with a universal bolt pattern. Now I’m stuck. The shape of the R7 precludes the use of a typical phone mount, either of the scissor type or the side clamp style. Any suggestions on how to secure the detector? Obviously, on a motorcycle the detector needs to be firmly attached.

    Thanks.

    1. I’m not a motorcycle rider myself so that’s not something I can personally help you with, but if you ask here, I think you can get the answers you need: https://www.rdforum.org/index.php?forums/232/

    • Mike on May 21, 2020 at 7:41 am
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    If you notice in the above instructions on Uniden’s site, it states “Download and install appropriate file: R7 for PC – “Uniden R Series SW Download Tool V1.28 msi”. I have a Mac, where is the “appropriate file” for a Mac, that is, the “R& for Mac”? When I upgraded a year or so ago to 1.24, there was a separate link for “R7 for Mac,” but there is no similar link for 1.29. Bottom line, how do I update to 1.29 using a Mac?

    1. Download the Mac update software with 1.24 and use it to install the 1.29 firmware update. Weird, I know, but it works just fine.

    • Monus on June 23, 2020 at 7:50 am
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    Is it just me or is this version make the detector extremely “quiet”? It’s kind a scary… It picks up and alerts like normal but several places I would get alerts are quiet or very little alert level indicated.

    Seems like a serious improvement compared to other updates. Any word on the GPS lock out? I keep looking for information online about the lawsuit but can’t find anything about it.

    Have a great day and stay safe everyone!

    • JH on June 23, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    vortex?

    can you do a tutorial on how to setup the R7 with the new update and features
    sorta like the tutorial you did when the R7 first came out.

    that would be great! thanks!

    1. I’m not planning on redoing the tutorial all over again every time an update comes out, but you can always watch the older one and then look at the update articles like this one to see the changes. I know it’s not all-in-one, but I’ve got other higher priority things I want to share with you first. 🙂

    • Monus on June 23, 2020 at 9:14 am
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    I agree, a bit confusing, especially since it is so dang quite now…. Almost scary to be honest.

    Thanks!

  3. What’s confusing? This firmware update isn’t new anymore and there’s already a new update in the works to add more features.

    • Monus on June 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm
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    I have 129.129…. something brain fart! 😱 😂

    Seems so quite now it scares me to be honest. I am getting use to it now, scared the crap out of me though I bricked it.

    I like the fact it’s so quite now in places that I always had to mute it. I need to play with the Advance settings sometime. But as small of a city I live in they could have the car at the other end of town and I would know it in my drive way. 😂

    Have a great day!

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