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Whistler MFU440 User Guide
MFU440
User Guide
MULTI-FUNCTION
RADAR DETECTOR
W/FULLY INTEGRATED DASH CAM
WELCOME
Dear Whistler Customer,
If you have questions concerning the operation of this
Whistler product please call:
Customer Service
1-800-531-0004
Monday - Friday • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT
or visit our website
www.whistlergroup.com
Please keep the receipt in a safe place. You may
register your product online at
www.whistlergroup.com. For warranty verification
purposes, a copy of your dated store receipt must
still accompany any unit sent in for warranty work. If
the unit is returned without a dated store receipt, an
out-of-warranty service charge applies. NOTE: Your
warranty period begins at the time of purchase. The
warranty is validated only by the dated store receipt!
Please record the serial number of the unit in the
space provided in the warranty section of the guide.
To fully acquaint yourself with the operation of your
Whistler detector and to better understand the
differences between detecting radar, laser, and safety
radar signals, we recommend reading this entire
guide or visiting our Help Center & FAQ page on our
website www.whistlergroup.com
Enjoy your Whistler detector and please drive safely.
Sincerely,
The Whistler Group, Inc.
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Feature Description.................................................................5-7
Installation.............................................................................. 8-10
Mounting Guidelines
Windshield Mounting
Power Cord Connection
Fuse Replacement
Operation............................................................................. 11-24
Power On Self-Test and Volume
Audio Level Adjustment
Integrated Real Voice®
Feature Engaged Confirmation
Quiet Mode
Auto Quiet Mode
City/City 1/City 2 Modes
Highway Mode
Understanding the Display
Signal Strength Display
Dim/Dark Modes
Vehicle Battery Saver Mode
Teach/Tutorial Mode
TFSR /FDSR
Filter Modes
Speed Selectable Auto Quiet
Speed Selectable Filter Mode
VG-2 Mode
Laser Signature ID (LSID)
Segmented Selectable Laser Receiver
POP™ Mode Alerts
Safety Warning System™ SWS™
Alert Priority
Getting a Satellite Lock
Red Light/Speed Camera Alerts
Manual Entry (Waypoint)
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Updating the Database
Wi-Fi App Installation
DVR Operation.................................................................... 25-26
Resolution
Exposure
Loop Recording
Gravity Sensor
Date Stamp
Date/Time
Language
Factory Reset....................................................................... 27-28
Option Select Mode........................................................... 29-30
Troubleshooting.................................................................. 31-32
Care and Maintenance
Legal Notices / FCC............................................................ 33-34
Are Detectors Legal?
FCC Information
Radar/Laser Alerts....................................................................35
Radar Alerts
Laser Audio/Visual Alerts
Pulse Protection®
POP™ Mode
Speed Monitoring............................................................... 36-39
Laser Facts
Laser Tips
Radar Facts
Other Speed Detection Systems
Radar Detector Detectors
Warranty Information........................................................ 40-43
Specifications.............................................................................44
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FEATURE DESCRIPTION
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FEATURE DESCRIPTION
1. Bracket Release Button – provides quick and easy
release of the mounting bracket.
2. Speaker – provides distinct audio warnings.
3. Mounting Bracket Location – slot holds mounting
bracket firmly.
4. Radar Antenna – compact, high-efficiency
antenna receives radar signals.
5. Front Laser – provides increased sensitivity and
field of view for leading-edge laser detection.
6. City Button – reduces the annoyance of false
alerts typically encountered in urban driving areas.
Press and hold 3 seconds to manually lock a video
file.
7. Quiet Button – pressing QUIET before a signal
is detected engages Auto Quiet Mode which
automatically reduces the audio level after the
initial warning to a low audio level setting. Pressing
QUIET during a radar/laser encounter silences
audio alerts, while allowing visual alerts to keep
you informed. Press and hold 3 seconds to turn
Microphone On/Off.
8. Power / Volume Control – turns the unit on/
off and adjusts the audio level. Press and hold 3
seconds to store a manual waypoint.
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FEATURE DESCRIPTION
9.
Dim / Dark – engages Dim/Dark modes. Press
and hold 3 seconds to start or stop recording.
10. Menu Button – enters Option Select Mode.
Press and hold 3 seconds to turn Wi-Fi On/Off.
Engaging/disengaging Wi-Fi will pause the
Recording.
11. OLED Text Display – provides better contrast,
brightness and color/shows alerts detected,
signal strength, and indicates engaged modes of
operation.
12. GPS Antenna – provides Traffic Camera alerts as
well as other speed selective settings.
13. Power Port – provides connection for the power
cord.
14. USB Port – provides connection to a PC for data
updates.
15. DVR Lens – 130° field of view.
16. Wi-Fi – Allows unit to connect to app via Wi-Fi, to
control DVR settings.
17. Micro SD Slot – Slot for memory card.
18. External Audio Port – 2.5 mm size port for
external audio use.
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INSTALLATION
Mounting Guidelines
• Mount the unit as high as possible near the center
of the windshield.
• Do not mount unit behind wipers, ornaments,
mirrored sunscreens, etc. These obstructions have
metal surfaces which can affect radar and laser
signals and reduce critical warning time. (Tinted
glass will darken the DVR image.)
• Some windshields have an Instaclear™ or
Electriclear™ type coating which may affect radar.
Consult your dealer or the vehicles owner’s guide
to determine if your windshield has this coating.
• To reduce the possibility of theft, conceal your unit
when not in use.
Notice to Drivers in California and Minnesota:
State law prohibits drivers in California and Minnesota
from using suction mounts on their windshields while
operating motor vehicles. Other dashboard mounting
options should be used. (See California Vehicle Code
Section 26708(a); Minnesota Statutes 2005, Section
169.71). Check local laws for compliance.
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INSTALLATION
Windshield Mounting
• Clean the selected area of the windshield for
mounting using a quality glass cleaner.
• Slide detector onto bracket until it locks in place.
• Peel plastic cover off sticky portion of suction cup.
• Press the suction cup onto the windshield.
To secure, press the locking tab toward the
windshield. Important: make sure unit is level.
• Loosen the knob on the bracket to adjust the angle
of the unit to be level with the road. Tighten knob
to secure the unit's position.
Locking
tab
Adjustment
knob
Release
tab
Bracket
Important: Some newer cars have a plastic safety
coating on the inside of the windshield. The
windshield bracket may leave permanent marks.
Check the vehicles owner's guide or ask your dealer
before applying suction cup mount.
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INSTALLATION
Power Cord Connection
• Plug the small end of the power cord into the unit’s
power port.
• Plug the large end into the vehicle’s cigarette
lighter/12V accessory socket.
NOTE: Cord fits tightly into detector. When installing
the cord, expect some resistance.
The power plug USB port can be used to charge an
ipad, iphone, smartphone, MP3 or tablet. The output
for the USB port is 1A.
Fuse Replacement
The lighter/12V accessory socket plug is equipped
with a replaceable 3 amp fuse located behind the
silver tip. To replace the fuse, carefully unscrew the tip
of the plug.
Important: Unscrew slowly. The tip contains a spring
which may fly out when disassembling. Insert the
new fuse with the spring and screw on the tip. With
use, screw cap on plug may loosen. Retighten
occasionally.
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OPERATION
Power On Self-Test and Volume
Each time your Whistler detector is turned on, an
automatic self-test sequence confirms that the
speaker and visual displays are functional along with
many of the saved settings.
Audio Level Adjustment
To change the audio level:
• Move Power/Volume button back to increase audio
level.
• Move Power/Volume button forward to decrease
audio level.
Integrated Real Voice®
Real Voice® will be used to articulate the following:
1.
Band Identification
2.
Safety Warning System™ categories
3.
Feature Selection
Feature Engaged Confirmation
Each time a button is pressed, one beep confirms
radar feature “on”, two beeps confirm radar feature
“off”. DVR and Wi-Fi functions require a press and hold
3 seconds to engage or disengage function.
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OPERATION
Quiet Mode
Quiet Mode cancels audio during an alert and any
new alert within 20 seconds. After 20 seconds of no
alerts, the audio is restored for any new alerts.
• Press Quiet during an alert to cancel the audio.
• Press Quiet a second time during an alert to restore
the standard audio alert pattern; or turn the unit off,
then on.
Auto Quiet Mode
Auto Quiet Mode reduces the selected audio level
approximately 5 seconds after a radar signal is
detected followed by a reduced tone. The reduced
tone will continue for as long as the detected signal
is present and for any new signal within 20 seconds.
Auto Quiet Mode does not affect laser alerts. Press
Quiet (before a signal is detected) to engage Auto
Quiet Mode.
• Once the Auto Quiet Mode is engaged, you may
cancel the audio alarm by pressing Quiet.
• Press Quiet (when the unit is not alarming) to cancel
Auto Quiet Mode.
NOTE: Speed selectable Auto Quiet is selectable in
Option Mode.
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OPERATION
City/City 1/City 2 Modes
Whistler’s City Modes are designed to reduce the
annoyance of automatic door openers and other
devices which share frequencies with police radar.
• Press City to cancel Highway Mode and engage
City Mode. In City Mode, weak radar signals give
an initial alarm of two beeps, then remain quiet
until the signal becomes very strong. When the
signal strength increases, two additional beeps are
provided.
• Press City again to enter City 1 Mode. Operation of
audio is the same as Highway Mode but in City 1
Mode, X band is lowered.
• Press City again to enter City 2 Mode. Operation of
audio is the same as Highway Mode but in City 2
Mode, X band is not reported.
Caution: Some towns/small cities may still be using X
band radar. City Modes do not change the audio alert
for laser.
• Press City a fourth time to cancel City 2 Mode and
return the unit to Highway Mode.
Highway Mode
Highway Mode provides full audio warnings, and is
recommended for open road driving.
For more information on City and Highway modes,
please visit our Help Center & FAQ page on our
website: www.whistlergroup.com
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OPERATION
Understanding the Display
When not alerting, the units display can be used to
indicate Heading, Mode of Operation (Highway and
City modes), Clock, DVR and Wi-Fi status.
Rec
Wi-Fi
GPS
Micro SD
Heading
Clock
Mic
Radar Mode
Signal Strength Display
When a radar signal is detected the audio alerts have
a Geiger counter-like pattern to help you determine
the strength of the radar source; the faster the
beeping the stronger the radar signal. At the same
time the audio is reporting, the display illuminates the
band identification Icon and relative signal strength
from 1 to 9.
1 = weak signal, 9 = strong signal
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OPERATION
Dim/Dark Modes
Dim/Dark Mode reduces illumination of the display.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button to reduce
illumination to a Dim setting.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button a second
time to engage Dark Mode. In Dark Mode, the
display appears a bit dimmer than Dim mode and
will go completely dark for as long as a signal is
being detected and for 20 seconds after, then the
display returns to the dimmer illumination. Dim
Modes can be engaged during an alert.
• Briefly press and release the Dark button a third
time to restore full illumination to the display.
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OPERATION
Vehicle Battery Saver Mode
If selected the Vehicle Battery Saver Mode
automatically shuts off the detector after 3 hours if the
unit has constant power.
The timer is reset when:
1. Each time the detector is turned off.
2. The power cord is disconnected or power is
removed to the unit.
3. Any button is pressed before the timer has expired.
The detector will alert you with an audible and
visual PWR OFF warning before it shuts off.
During this warning you can reset the timer by
pressing any button. If the unit has automatically
turned itself off, press any button to turn the unit back
on.
Refer to “Option Select Mode” for instructions for
changing the battery saver mode option.
Teach/Tutorial Mode
Provides simulated alerts for each type of signal.
• Press City and Quiet simultaneously and release.
Display briefly shows:
• Press Dark to cancel.
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OPERATION
Traffic Flow Sensor Rejection (TFSR)
Field Disturbance Sensor Rejection (FDSR)
Recently many new products that operate on police
radar frequencies have been causing nuisance alerts
to radar detectors. These radar based sensors are
installed alongside the Highway and more recently
on vehicles used as lane change assist / blind spot
detectors / collision avoidance systems. TFSR when
turned ON is designed to eliminate alerts from
specific Traffic Flow sensors. FDSR when turned
ON is designed to identify all radar based collision
avoidance systems that operate within the same band
as police radar and provide a brief, less intrusive alert
to keep you informed and aware.
A signal strength indicator will help determine
your proximity to the source without the continued
annoyance of audio.
Filter Modes
There are times when a radar detector in another
vehicle can emit a frequency which can cause your
detector to falsely alert. The Filter Modes allow you to
select the level needed for your area to minimize the
occurrences of these false alerts. Filter 1 is the factory
default setting and should provide adequate filtering
for most conditions. If you experience excessive alerts
due to radar detectors in other vehicles, increase the
Filter level. See Option Select Mode chart at the back
of this user guide to change the filter settings.
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OPERATION
Speed Selectable Auto Quiet
Traveling below the speed selected in option mode
will engage Auto Quiet mode.
NOTE: Enter Option mode to set Speed Selective
Auto Quiet. (0-40MPH / 0-65KMH)
Speed Selectable Filter Mode
Traveling below the speed selected in option mode
will apply the maximum Filter.
NOTE: Enter Option Mode to set Speed Selectable
Filter. (0-40MPH / 0-65KMH)
VG-2 Mode
See Option Select Mode to turn this feature on/
off. When a VG-2 signal is detected, the VG-2 alert
is sounded and the display flashes “VG-2”. After 3
seconds the audio is canceled and the display no
longer flashes. This cycle is repeated if the VG-2 signal
is detected again­­.
During the period a VG-2 signal is detected, a
radar signal cannot be detected.
However, because the VG-2 alert has confirmed that
a patrol car is nearby, you are already aware of the
potential for speed monitoring and can adjust your
speed accordingly. Laser detection is not affected
while a VG-2 signal is detected.
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OPERATION
Laser Signature ID (LSID)
Identifies the Laser gun’s pulse rate or PPS (Pulses per
Second) that is transmitted by the speed laser gun.
LSID may also be used to identify other forms of laser
sources such as LACC (Laser Assisted Cruise Control)
systems found in some high-end vehicles. If the Laser
PPS information displayed is due to another source
such as local airports or LACC, LSID allows you to lock
out this rate from giving you the continuous audio
alert during this and any new encounter of the same
rate.
To lock out a PPS, press the Quiet button during the
Laser alert. This will place an * on the screen beside
the PPS rate and lock out this signature ID. Any new
encounter with the same Laser Signature ID will
provide the display information and two quick beeps.
Caution: Do not lock out a PPS rate if it is close to
known speed laser guns.
Segmented Selectable Laser Receiver
The laser validation windows are separated into
segments allowing for customization.
Segment Pulse Rate
Laser Area 1: 20Hz to 950Hz (.02 - .95)
Laser Area 2: 2600Hz to 3200Hz (2.6 - 3.2)
Laser Area 3: 3800Hz to 4200Hz (3.8 - 4.2)
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OPERATION
Laser Area 1 covers the traditional laser guns used in
North America. Laser Area 2 and 3 cover laser guns
recently approved for use in North America. You can
change the selection from yes to no individually in
option mode. If a laser within a group is not used in
your area, you may shut off that group (change the
selection from Y to N while in Option Select Mode) by
pressing the DARK or QUIET buttons.
POP™ Mode Alerts
Because POP™ Mode radar utilizes the same K or Ka
band frequencies, POP™ Mode Alerts will initially be
displayed as POP K or POP Ka then switch to band
and signal strength.
Safety Warning System™ (SWS™)
In communities where transmitters are located,
the Safety Warning System™ provides over 60 text
messages. When SWS™ is detected the audio alert is
geiger counter-like.
Safety Warning System Text Message
Example: HIGHWAY HAZARD
Alert Priority
When two or more signals are received at the same
time, the alert priority is:
1. Laser
2. VG-2
3. Speed Radar
Example: A laser warning will override a radar alert.
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OPERATION
Getting a Satellite Lock
Powering up, the unit will begin its search for satellites.
During this time, the unit will flash the satellite icon on
the display. Please allow several minutes for the unit to
lock onto the satellites.
Satellite lock
Satellite no lock
NOTE: Driving while initially searching for satellites
will take longer than if you are stationary. Acquiring
satellites takes much longer the first time.
Red Light/Speed Camera Alerts
When approaching a known camera, the unit will
provide the type of alert (Red Light Camera, Traffic
Camera, Speed Camera, or User Location). Example:
the display will show TRF CAM then count down
the distance to the camera. Once past the camera
location, the unit will provide a beep-beep audio tone
and the word PASS will be shown on the display.
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OPERATION
Manual Entry (Waypoint)
Once GPS has a lock, you can save a special location
(i.e., a new red light camera or even a “trap”). The unit
will store 1000 user locations.
NOTE: Manual entries must be approximately 330
feet apart to prevent overlapping locations. To
manually enter a location, press and hold the Power
button for 3 seconds and the unit will beep to confirm.
Manual entries can be deleted within a certain radius
(selected in Option Select Mode). With a radius
selected, the data can be deleted within the Radius or
they all can be deleted completely from memory.
ADD is displayed when
you first add a Waypoint.
EXISTS is displayed when
a Waypoint already exists.
USR LOC is displayed when entering a manually
stored user location.
Distance to waypoint will be displayed (negative
yards) until Waypoint is reached.
PASS is displayed after reaching Waypoint.
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OPERATION
Updating the Database
Follow the steps below to update the Laser-Radar
Detector.
Step 1: Remove the Laser-Radar Detector from the
vehicle and bring it to your PC.
Note: You do not need to power the Laser-Radar
Detector to update it.
Step 2: Download the update program and install it
on your PC.
https://whistlergroup.com/pages/downloads
NOTE: Program is not MAC compatible.
Step 3: Download and save the .cdb file downloaded
to your PC. Create a folder for the unit so you can
store future updates and save these files into the
newly created folder.
DO NOT RENAME THE .cdb FILE OR TRY TO OPEN
IT!
Step 4: Open the update program and plug the USB
cable into the Laser-Radar Detector. If PC asks to
reformat, select Cancel and go to Step 5.
Step 5: Click the “DB Update” button on the update
program and locate the saved file from Step 3. Click
Open to install the file.
Step 6: When update is complete, close the update
program, unplug the USB cable and the Laser-Radar
Detector is ready with the new updates.
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OPERATION
Wi-Fi App Installation
For iPhone, visit the app store, download and install
RD-DashCam.
For Android users, visit Play store,
download and install:
RD-DashCam
Minimum OS requirement:
Android 7.0 / iPhone 11.0
1.
Press and hold the MENU button for 3 seconds
on your MFU detector, the Wi-Fi icon appears on
the display.
2.
Connect your mobile phone to the MFU through
Wi-Fi settings. Select Sports DV from the list of
available networks. (The numbers after DV are
unique to each unit should you own more than
one) enter password 12345678.
3.
Close settings and open the app. NOTE: Accept
all permissions when prompted, location services
must be on, GPS must be enabled. Press the play
button to open app.
4.
In the menu you can control DVR functions
and format your SD card. NOTE: See DVR
OPERATIONS.
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DVR OPERATION
DVR Operation
When power is applied to the MFU, unit will
automatically start recording if it contains a properly
formatted microSD card. DVR settings must be
changed in the app.
Settings Icon - takes you to the DVR menu.
Files Icon - takes you to video files to be
viewed or downloaded.
Microphone Icon - tap microphone icon to
mute microphone.
Mode Icon - allows you to change modes
from Record or capture.
Phone Icon - takes you to the home screen of
MFU 440 RD/DASH CAM.
Record Icon - stops and starts recording
Record Indicator - when recording, icon will
blink
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DVR OPERATION
Resolution
You can choose the quality of the video
1080FHD 1920 x 1080 30fps
1080P 1440 x 1080 30fps
720P 1280 x 720 30fps
WVGA 848 x 480 30fps
VGA 640 x 480 30fps
Exposure
Lighten or darken video from +2 thru -2.
Loop Recording
Saves the recordings in separate files every few
minutes. Once memory card is full, unprotected files
will be overwritten in the order they were created. You
can select: Off/1 Min/2 Min/3 Min/5 Min/10 Min.
Gravity Sensor
G-Sensor, will automatically lock current video
file if shock exceeds setting. This can be set to
Off/2G/4G/8G. Record icon will blink to show locked
file.
Date Stamp
When On, will stamp the video with the Date/Time.
Date / Time
Choose method of displaying date format
YY/MM/DD, DD/MM/YY, MM/DD/YY.
Language
English or Español
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FACTORY RESET
Reset Features
All Radar/Laser features can be reset to factory
settings. To reset, follow these steps:
1. Remove Power from the unit.
2. Press and hold the Power and Quiet button.
3. Restore Power to the unit.
4. FACTORY RESET will be displayed followed by 2
beeps.
5. Release the Power and Quiet buttons.
Unit is now reset to the following features and
settings.
City/Highway to Highway Mode
Dim/Dark Mode - to full illumination of display
Auto Quiet OFF
Vehicle Battery Saver OFF
Full Power Up sequence
Default TONE 3
Laser LSID YES
SWS OFF
POP™ OFF
VOICE® EN
TFSR ON
FDSR OFF
XK and Ka Filter 1
Laser Segments ON
VG-2 OFF
GPS YES
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FACTORY RESET
- GPS RELATED FEATURES DST: NO
GMT: -5
Clock: YES
Auto Dim: ON
Compass: YES
Compass Voice: NO
Speed: MPH
Overspeed: CLEARED
Auto Quiet: SPD 0
Auto Filter: SPD 0
Alarm Radius: 400
Delete Radius: 400
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OPTION SELECT MODE
Press the Menu button to enter Option Select Mode. Press
the Menu button again will step thru in an ascending
order while pressing the City button will step thru in a
descending order.
Press and release the power button to exit. Option mode
will automatically exit if no buttons are pressed within 20
seconds.
Feature
Display
Shows
To Change:
D=Dark Q=Quiet Option
Change tones TONE 3
D or Q to select
TEST
TEST ON
D = ON Q = OFF
X
X=ON
K
K=ON
Ka
Ka=ON
D=ON
Q=OFF
D = ON
Q = OFF
D = ON
Q = OFF
Laser pulse
rate
LSID YES
D or Q to select
Laser area 1
.02-.95 Y
SWS™
D = ON
Q = OFF
= ON
2.6-3.2 Y D
Q = OFF
D
ON
3.8-4.2 Y Q =
= OFF
VG-2
D = ON
OFF
Q = OFF
= ON
SWS OFF D
Q = OFF
Voice
VOICE
EN
POP
= ON
POP OFF D
Q = OFF
Laser area 2
Laser area 3
VG-2 Mode
™
D or Q to select
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Tone 1, 2, 3
(3 Different Tone Patterns)
ON = X, K, Ka Audio Tones
OFF = One Beep During Power Up
X Band = ON (Default)
X Band OFF
K Band = ON (Default)
K Band OFF
Ka Band = ON (Default)
Ka Band OFF
LSID YES (default)
LSID NO
Laser Area 1 ON (default)
Laser Area 1 OFF
Laser Area 2 ON (default)
Laser Area 2 OFF
Laser Area 3 ON (default)
Laser Area 3 OFF
VG-2 ON
VG-2 OFF (default)
SWS ON
SWS OFF (default)
VOICE EN (English, default)
VOICE SP (Spanish)
Voice N= OFF
POP ON
POP OFF (default)
OPTION SELECT MODE
Battery Saver
B SVR OFF
D = ON
Q = OFF
X/K filter
XK FLTR 1
D or Q to select
Compass mode COMPAS Y
D = YES Q = NO
Compass Voice
VOICE N
D = YES Q = NO
Battery Saver = ON
Battery Saver = OFF (Default)
Filter 1 (default)
Filter 2, Filter 3, Filter 0
Filter 1 (default)
Filter 2, Filter 3, Filter 0
TFSR ON (default)
TFSR OFF
FDSR = ON
FDSR = OFF (Default)
FDSr = FDSR, no Audio
GPS Mode ON (Default)
GPS mode OFF
Change Time Zone
Daylight Savings YES
Daylight Savings NO (Default)
Clock Display YES (Default)
Clock Display NO
Auto Dim ON (Default)
Auto Dim OFF
Compass Mode ON (Default)
Compass Mode OFF
Compass Voice ON
Compass Voice Off (default)
Ka filter
Ka FLTR 1
D or Q to select
TFSR
TFSR ON
D = ON Q = OFF
FDSR
FDSR OFF
D = ON Q = OFF
BOTH D & Q
GPS mode
GPS Y
D = ON Q = OFF
Local time
Daylight
savings
GMT-5
D or Q to select
DST N
D = YES Q = NO
Clock
CLOCK Y
D = YES Q = NO
Auto Dim
ADIM:ON
D = YES
Q = NO
Unit of
measure
Speed
warning
Auto quiet
speed
Auto filter
speed
SPD MPH
D or Q to select
MPH / KMH / OFF
O-SPD 0
D or Q to select
AQSPD 0
D or Q to select
AFSPD 0
D or Q to select
Over speed warning, select
desired speed limit for alert
Select low speed limit for
Auto Quiet to engage
Select low speed limit for
Auto Filter to engage
Alarm radius
RAD 400
D or Q to select
Select 200, 400, 600
Delete radius
D-RAD 400
D or Q to select
D and Q to
execute
Select delete waypoint radius
Delete
waypoint
ALL DEL
Press D and Q
Delete all manual waypoint
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Your Whistler detector is expertly engineered and
designed to exacting quality standards to provide you
with reliable, trouble-free operation. If your unit has
been correctly installed following the guidelines in this
guide, but is not operating optimally, please refer to the
troubleshooting guide below.
PROBLEM: Unit does not turn on.
• Check fuse in power cable, replace if necessary.
• Check fuse in fuse box, replace if necessary.
PROBLEM: Unit alarms when vehicle equipment or
electrical accessories (brakes, power mirrors/windows,
directionals, horn, etc.) are in use.
• Check conditions of vehicle’s electrical system,
including battery and alternator.
PROBLEM: Audio alerts are not loud enough.
• Cancel Auto Quiet Mode or City Mode.
• Check audio level setting.
• Check Speed Selective Auto Quiet setting in Option
Mode.
PROBLEM: Unit alarms when vehicle hits bumps.
• Check for loose lighter socket; tighten and clean.
• Check connections at both ends of the power cord.
Substitute another cord to determine if the cord is
defective. Return defective cord to the factory.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM: Unit falses too much.
• If alarms are POP™ Ka, switch POP™ Mode to off.
• If the above option doesn’t help, use a higher Filter
setting or if Ka is not used turn Ka band off.
• If alarms are due to radar based traffic flow sensors or
radar based vehicle blind spot detectors, turn TFSR
ON.
PROBLEM: Unit does not record.
• If the SD card icon does not show on the unit when
powered on, please check to make sure there is a
microSD card in the microSD card slot.
• If display indicates SD CARD FULL, save any important
files then use the phone app to format the card. This
will erase ALL videos or pictures on the microSD card,
including any locked files.
If difficulties occur which cannot be solved by
information in this Troubleshooting section, please call
Whistler Customer Service at 1-800-531-0004 or visit our
Help Center & FAQ page at www.whistlergroup.com,
before returning your unit for service.
Care and Maintenance
During the summer months, avoid prolonged exposure
to direct sunlight by removing your unit from the dash
when your vehicle is parked for an extended period of
time. Do not spray water, cleaners, or polishes directly
onto the unit. Do not use any abrasive cleaners on the
unit’s exterior.
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LEGAL NOTICES
ARE DETECTORS LEGAL?
In Most States YES.
Laser-Radar detectors are legal in every state (except
Virginia and Washington, D.C., which have local
regulations restricting the use of radar receivers in
any vehicle) when used in automobiles or light trucks
(under 10,000 lbs.). The Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA) issued a regulation, effective January, 1994
which prohibits radar and laser detector use in vehicles
over 10,000 lbs. Prior to the FHWA regulation, laws
existed in New York restricting the use of radar detectors
in trucks over 18,000 lbs. and in Illinois in trucks over
26,000 lbs.
Notice to Drivers in California and Minnesota:
State law prohibits drivers in California and Minnesota
from using suction mounts on their windshields while
operating motor vehicles. Other dashboard mounting
options should be used. (See California Vehicle Code
Section 26708(a); Minnesota Statutes 2005, Section
169.71). Check local laws for compliance.
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FCC
FCC Information
FCC ID: HSXWH44
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference,
(2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
IMPORTANT: FCC requirements state that changes or
modifications not expressly approved by Whistler could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
-Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
-Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
This equipment complies with RF exposure requirements.
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RADAR/LASER ALERTS
Radar Alerts
When X, K or Ka is detected, the band ID and signal
strength are displayed. The audio alert is continuous and
has a Geiger counter-like pattern. The faster the beep,
the closer or stronger the radar source.
Laser Audio/Visual Alerts
When a laser signal is detected the word “LSR” and
the corresponding laser pulse rate is displayed, the
audio alert is continuous for a minimum of 3 seconds.
“LSR 238”
Pulse Protection®
Pulse (or instant-on) radar remains “off” until activated to
measure the speed of a targeted vehicle. When a pulse
type transmission is detected, your Whistler detector
sounds an urgent 3-second audio warning.
Display Shows:
After the 3-second pulse alert, the standard alert
pattern continues for as long as the signal is present. It
is important to respond promptly to a pulse alert, since
warning time may be minimal.
POP™ Mode
POP™ Mode is a feature on some radar guns operating
on K and Ka bands. When activated, a brief burst of
energy, less that 1/15 of a second, is transmitted and the
vehicle’s speed is quickly acquired. A detector without
POP™ Mode detection capability cannot respond to this
brief transmission.
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SPEED MONITORING
Laser Facts
It’s well documented that many radar guns cannot
reliably provide the speed of a targeted vehicle that is
traveling in a group of vehicles. In contrast, a laser gun
can target a specific vehicle out of a line of traffic and
determine its speed. The advantage of laser over radar
in terms of target identification is the result of the laser
gun’s narrow beam. A radar gun’s transmission can cover
more than a four-lane highway at a distance of 1,000
feet, compared with a laser gun’s transmission which
covers about 3 feet at the same distance.
For best protection, keep these points in mind:
• Because the vehicle’s license plate or headlights
are the laser gun’s primary targets, mounting the
Whistler detector on the dashboard can improve laser
detection at short range.
• Do not follow closely behind any vehicle you cannot
see through. If you can’t see past a vehicle ahead
of you, chances are your detector can’t either. The
receiving range of your laser detector will not be the
same as a radar detector. Laser guns are most often
used at short range.
• Whistler Laser-Radar detectors receive all current laser
guns which operate at a laser wave length of 905nm
+/- 50nm including but not limited to the following:
• Ultra Lyte
• LTI 20-20
• LTI TruSpeed® S
• Laser Ally
• Pro Laser™ I II III
• Laser Atlanta® Stealth Mode
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SPEED MONITORING
Laser Tips
If you are the targeted vehicle, a laser gun can often
determine your speed within a few seconds after you
receive an alert. In this situation, there is generally no
time to safely adjust your speed. However, if you are
traveling near or behind the targeted vehicle and receive
an alert, response time should be sufficient. Any laser
alert, regardless of duration, requires immediate action.
Radar Facts
A radar gun operates by transmitting radio waves at
certain frequencies which reflect off objects and are
picked up by the radar gun’s receiving section. When a
radar beam reflects off a moving target, a measurable
frequency shift occurs. The radar unit converts this shift
into miles per hour to determine your vehicle’s speed.
This laser/radar detector receives signals from traffic
radar guns at X Band (10.500 - 10.550 GHz), K Band
(24.050 - 24.250 GHz), and Ka Band (33.400 - 36.000
GHz).
NOTE: Your radar detector is designed to alarm if an
officer is transmitting on any one of the above radar
bands.
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SPEED MONITORING
Other Speed Detection Systems
Several techniques other than radar or laser are used
to measure vehicle speeds. When these methods are
being used, no detector can provide a warning. These
techniques include:
• Pacing - A patrol car drives behind you and matches
your driving speed.
• Vascar/Aircraft - The police measure the time it takes
your vehicle to travel a known distance.
Radar Detector Detectors: VG-2, Spectre
The Interceptor VG-2 or simply VG-2, is one type of
microwave receiver used by Police to detect signals
radiated by the local oscillator of a radar detector.
Because its purpose is to identify persons driving with
radar detectors, these devices are known as a “radar
detector detector” (RDD). An RDD is the primary tool
used by the police to identify radar detector equipped
vehicles. If caught in a state or country where detectors
are illegal, drivers risk losing their radar detector and
receiving a fine. In addition, instant-on radar is almost
always used in combination with an RDD, leaving
unsuspecting motorists vulnerable to receive two tickets;
one potential for speeding, and the other for possession
of a detector.
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SPEED MONITORING
NOTE: The newest tool police have to detect radar
detectors is called Spectre. Spectre can detect the
majority of undetectable (VG-2) laser/radar detectors on
the market.
It is the responsibility of the individual radar detector
user to know and understand the laws in your area
regarding the legality of the use of radar detectors.
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
Consumer Warranty
This Whistler Laser-Radar detector is warranted to
the original purchaser for a period of one year from
the date of original purchase against all defects in
materials and workmanship. This limited warranty
is void if the unit is abused, modified, installed
improperly, or if the housing and/or serial numbers
have been removed. There are no express warranties
covering this product other than those set forth in this
warranty. All express or implied warranties for this
product are limited to the above time. Whistler is not
liable for damages arising from the use, misuse, or
operation of this product.
NOTE: Units that cannot be repaired will be replaced
with the same or similar model. Replacement unit’s
warranty will be based on the original unit’s purchase
date.
Service Under Warranty
During the warranty period, defective units will be
repaired without charge to the purchaser when
returned with a dated store receipt to the address
below. Units returned without a dated store receipt
will be handled as described in section “Service Outof-warranty.”
Due to the specialized equipment necessary for
testing a Laser-Radar receiver, there are no authorized
service stations for Whistler brand detectors other
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
than Whistler. When returning a unit for service,
please follow these instructions:
1.
Ship the unit in the original carton or in a
suitablesturdy equivalent, fully insured, with
return receipt requested to:
Whistler Repair Dept.
1412 South 1st St.
Rogers, AR. 72756
Please allow 3 weeks turnaround time.
IMPORTANT: Whistler will not assume responsibility
for loss or damage incurred in shipping. Therefore,
please ship your unit insured with return receipt
requested. CODs will not be accepted!
2. Include with your unit the following clearly
printed information:
• Your name and street address (for shipping via
USPS), a daytime telephone number and an email
address, if applicable.
• A detailed description of the problem (e.g.“Unit
performs self-test but does not respond to ”radar”).
• A copy of your dated store receipt or bill of sale.
3. Be certain your unit is returned with its serial
number. For reference, please write your unit’s
serial number in the space provided.
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
Units without serial numbers are not covered
under warranty.
IMPORTANT: To validate that your unit is within the
warranty period, make sure you keep a copy of your
dated store receipt. You may register your warranty
online at www.whistlergroup.com, however, for
warranty verification purposes, a copy of your dated
store receipt must accompany any unit sent in for
warranty work.
Service Out-of-warranty
Units will be repaired at out-of-warranty” service rates
when:
• The unit’s original warranty has expired.
• A dated store receipt is not supplied.
• The unit has been returned without its serial
number.
• The unit has been abused, modified, installed
improperly, or had its housing removed.
The minimum out-of-warranty service fee for your
Whistler detector is $75.00 USD. If you require out-ofwarranty service, please return your unit as outlined
in the section “Service Under Warranty” along with
a certified check or money order. Payment may also
be made by MasterCard, VISA, or American Express;
personal checks are not accepted. In the event repairs
cannot be covered by the minimum service fee, you
will be contacted by a Whistler
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technical service specialist who will outline options
available to you. If you elect not to have your unit
repaired, it will be returned to you along with your
certified check or money order.
IMPORTANT: When returning your unit for service,
be certain to include a daytime telephone number
and an email address (if applicable).
Customer Service
Representatives are available to answer your
questions Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(CT - USA) at: 1-800-531-0004
via email at: support@whistlergroup.com or visit the
Help Center & FAQ at www.whistlergroup.com.
Write Serial Number in the space provided
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SPECIFICATION
SPECIFICATIONS
Radar Frequencies:
10.500 - 10.550 GHz (X Band)
24.050 - 24.250 GHz (K Band)
33.400 - 36.000 GHz (Ka Superwideband)
130° Optical Quality 4 Glass Lens
Supports microSD card up to 32GB Max
G-Sensor Setting 8G Max
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Password 12345678
Operating Temperature Range:
-10 C to +70 C (+14 F to +158 F)
Power Requirements:
Operational 12 to 15 volts DC, 320mA nominal (3
amp fuse) Vehicle Battery Saver, 50mA nominal.
Patents can be viewed here:
www.whistlergroup.com/pages/pat
POP™ Mode is a trademark of MPH Industries, Inc.
SWS™ Mode is a trademark of Safety Warning Systems
L.C.
Minimum OS requirement:
Android 7.0
iPhone 11.0
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
1716 SW Commerce Dr. Ste. 8
Bentonville, AR 72712
Toll Free (800) 531-0004
TEL (479) 273-6012
www.whistlergroup.com
CUSTOMER RETURN CENTER
1412 South 1st St.
Rogers, AR 72756
Email: support@whistlergroup.com
P/N 507033A
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