Uniden R1 & Uniden R3 Updated to Firmware 1.53

Uniden just released firmware 1.53 for the Uniden R1 and Uniden R3.  This is a small update that improves MRCD detection, changes how speed camera overspeed alert show up, and improves the responsiveness of the detector’s interface. This update adds some changes first brought over to the Uniden R7 with fw 1.29.

Uniden R3 running firmware 1.53

Let’s cover all the new changes and then go over how to update.

MRCD Improvements

There are several nice improvements to MRCD detection and alerts with 1.53.

  • MRCD detection range and false alert filtering have been improved
  • MRCD alerts always have priority over other radar alerts (X, K, Ka), even when Ka Priority is on
  • MRCD alerts are no longer muted by Quiet Ride (since MRCD is often used on city streets)

Speed Camera Overspeed Alert Improvements (R3 only)

  • 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

Button Presses are Now More Responsive

  • Press “Mute/Dim” button for 0.5 seconds during standby mode to enter dim mode (previously was 1.0 sec)
  • Shorten display change time from 3 sec to 2 sec when changing display brightness and detection modes

How to Update your R1 or R3 to 1.53

Uniden R3 updating from 1.50 to 1.53

You can download firmware 1.53 directly from Uniden’s website.

Here’s direct links to save you some time:

These downloads come with Windows (not Mac) update software.

If it’s your first time updating on Windows, be sure to first download and install the Windows drivers.

If you’re a Mac user, Uniden doesn’t have 1.53 packaged with the Mac update software. I’m not sure why because you can download firmware 1.48 that comes packaged with the Mac update software and use that to install 1.53 linked above.

If you need help installing these updates, this tutorial will walk you through how to update.

Finally, if you need to purchase either detector, you can purchase the Uniden R1 here and purchase the Uniden R3 here.

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    • Vasiliy Dobrynin on March 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm
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    Awesome!! 🤩🖖🔊🎉

    • Trevor on March 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm
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    So Are we able to update on a Mac?

    1. Please see the bottom of the article.

    • Sebastian Sefyu on March 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm
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    Vortex is speed camera alert every 1.5 seconds or it alerts for 1.5 secs and shuts up?
    Thank you in advance.

  1. Greetings. Love your site; great job. Would it provide any benefit to run my R7 and Bel 965 in the same vehicle simultaneously?

    1. Not really. The Bel doesn’t add anything to the R7 which already does everything better. In fact, adding a second detector is only going to be detrimental. See this video for more info: https://youtu.be/nxtBGUhwpBE I wouldn’t recommend it.

    • JB on March 24, 2020 at 4:16 am
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    I haven’t been able to update my R3 in almost two years. Am I missing important updates before I download version 1.53? If so, how do I get those

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