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Cobra Road Scout Radar/Laser Detector with integrated Dash Cam User manual
Quick Reference
The Cobra Road Scout combines the peace of mind of a dash cam with the meaningful alerts of a
radar/laser detector. Videos recorded store location, date and time to tell your side of the story.
Automatic speed-based filtering intelligently reduces false alerts.
• Road Scout’s HD Performance accurately identifies real threats sooner than other detectors,
and with threat direction arrows, provides you with location information about these threats.
• Updatable IVT Filter™ automatically reduces false alerts from moving In-Vehicle Technology
sources such as collision avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control.
• Road Scout features a customizable display that intuitively displays threat information
and device status at a glance.

• Access to the DEFENDER Database, which warns you of verified speed traps, speed cameras,
and red light cameras.
• Built in Bluetooth® technology gives you access
to iRadar.
This real-time ticket-protection network warns you of
upcoming alerts received and reported by other users in
the area, and gives you access to local speed limit data for
over-speed alerts.
2 - I N - 1
Your new detector comes with our latest EZ Mag Mount™. Simply slide the detector onto the mounting
bracket fully and that’s it. To remove the detector from the mount, simply pull the detector off the mount.
Mounting Tips:
• Center of windshield between driver and passenger.
• Ensure clear view of road ahead and sky above.
• Avoid windshield wipers and heavily tinted areas.
To mount the detector in your vehicle:
1 Remove backing from EZ Mag Mount.
2 Firmly press EZ Mag Mount onto windshield and flip locking clamp to secure.
3 Tilt the display end of the detector slightly upward and engage with the mounting bracket.
The EZ Mag Mount™ magnet holds the detector firmly in place.
4 To adjust view, loosen thumb wheel and adjust angle of mounting bracket. Tighten thumb
wheel to secure.
5 To remove the detector, simply lift the display end of the detector upward. The detector will release from the mount.
6 To remove mount from windshield, release locking clamp and pull tab on top of EZ Mag Mount.
EZ Mag Mount Care Instructions:
To clean your EZ Mag Mount, simply rinse under warm water, gently wipe off any debris and allow
to air dry.
Attach EZ Mag Mount™ to
Road Scout
Mount to
Lock Mount
Connect and
Connect detector to your smartphone via Bluetooth®
1 Power on Road Scout.
2 Install and run the Cobra iRadar app on your smartphone.
3 In the iRadar app, press the Settings button then select “Devices”.
4 Select “Road Scout ” from the list.
5 Road Scout will display “Connected” when it
has paired. Press the Settings button then
Home to return to the Map screen.
Note: the first time you run the app, you will be
prompted to register a new account.
Controls & Features
Using Road Scout
1 Plug small end of SmartCord into modular jack
on Road Scout and large end of SmartCord into your car’s lighter/accessory socket.
2 Road Scout should power on automatically.
If not, press the device’s power button.
NOTE: You can easily access and customize all of
your Settings and Preferences by pressing and
holding the SEN and BRT buttons. See Settings and
Preferences for details.
Modular Jack
Connects to SmartCord for powering
your device
Mini USB Jack
Connects to your computer
via USB A/micro B cable for
downloading movie clips
Using SmartCord USB
• Mute Button:
- Press to mute the audio for a specific alert.
- Press three times to lock out a false alert.
- Press twice while receiving a locked-out alert
to unlock.
- When connected to iRadar press and hold the mute button on unit or cord to manually
report to other users a verified X or K-band
alert, or a police officer observing traffic.
• Alert Light: Blinks red when receiving a laser alert.
• Power Light: Lights green when device is powered on.
• USB Charging Port: Charge smartphones, tablets and other USB-charged devices.
Modular Connector
Plugs into detector jack
SD Card Slot
16GB SD Card Included
and Pre-Installed.
Smartcord USB Adapter
Connects to lighter/accessory socket
Controls & Features
EZ Mag Mount™ Area
Camera Lens
Rotary Dial
Turn to change
Press to power on. Hold for two seconds to power off.
To mark a location for future alerts:
• Press MARK twice
• Rotate the Volume/Selector Ring to select the
type of marker
• Press MARK again to confirm
Press SEN to adjust the X and K band radar detection
sensitivity/range. Auto = speed adjusted. The slower
you travel, the shorter the X and K band detection
range. At 50 mph and above, X and K detection
range is at maximum. Ka band detection range is
always at maximum, regardless of the SEN setting.
To unmark a location alert, press MARK twice while
receiving a marker alert.
To start an emergency recording, hold MARK until
Road Scout states “Emergency Recording On”. The
recording will automatically stop according to the
Loop Clip Time setting.
To silence an alert, press the MUTE button during
the alert. Once the radar or laser encounter has
passed, the mute will disengage, and the audio will
return to your preset level. You can also silence an
alert by pressing the SmartCord MUTE button.
Brightness. Press to adjust the display brightness.
Rotary Dial
Rotate to adjust volume. When in the Menu or using
MARK, rotate to change the setting.
Speed Alert/Speed Limit
Camera Wi-Fi Mode Ring
Signal Band
Signal Strength Meter
Camera Microphone
Wi-Fi Indicator
Camera Indicator
Grey = Not Connected to Wi-Fi Hotspot
Grey = Not Recording
White = Connected to Wi-Fi Hotspot
Red Circle = Recording
Blue = Camera Wi-Fi Mode
Red Triangle = Emergency Recording
Display and Menu
Signal Band Indicator
Displays the type alert:
- X Band (commonly false alerts)
- K band (used by police radar and false alerts)
- Ka band (almost always police radar)
- Laser (almost always police)
Camera Wi-Fi Mode Ring
Displayed when Road Scout is in Camera Wi-Fi mode
(default setting).
Camera Indicator
Displays status of the dash cam.
Camera Microphone Indicator
Microphone icon appears when audio recording is
Signal Strength Meter
Displays the signal strength, or how close, the alert
is. The more alert bars displayed, the stronger the
signal strength.
Sensitivity Indicator
Displays the selected radar sensitivity mode (see
Controls & Features for more information).
The Menu is used to adjust settings. The menu is
divided into Radar and CAM (Camera) categories.
Bluetooth® Indicator
Bluetooth icon appears when Road Scout is
connected to device via Bluetooth.
To enter the Menu:
• Hold SEN and BRT buttons until MENU is displayed.
Wi-Fi Indicator
Displays Wi-Fi status.
To navigate the Menu:
GPS Indicator
Satellite icon appears when Road Scout is receiving
GPS satellite data.
• The selected Menu item is displayed in white text.
Speed Alert/Speed Limit
When area is black and OSP is displayed, alerts when
the Speed Alert setting is exceeded. When the area
is white and the MPH/KPH is displayed, indicates
speed limit.
• Press the MARK button to set the selected
Menu item.
• Rotate the Volume Ring to change the selected
(white) Menu item.
To restore factory default settings:
• Hold the Power, SEN and BRT buttons while powering on the Road Scout.
“- -” indicates speed limit data is not available.
• Press MARK button when prompted.
Displays current speed. When Speed Display is off,
displays the vehicle voltage.
Radar Menu
User Mode
• Standard
In this mode, you can access and customize
all settings (factory default).
• Simple
In this mode, you can access and customize Units (English or metric) and display color only.
All other settings are set to the factory defaults.
Scanning Bar
Turn the scanning bar on the display off or on
(factory default is on).
Display Color
The display graphics can be changed to blue, green,
red or orange to match the instrument lighting of
your vehicle (factory default is blue).
Alert Ring
Turn the Alert Ring around the MARK button off or
on. The Alert Light glows during an alert (factory
default is on).
Speed Display
Turn current speed display off or on (factory default
is on). When Speed Display is off, the vehicle voltage
is displayed.
Speed Mute
Select the Speed Mute speed. For all alerts received
while traveling below the specified speed, the Road
Scout will sound a simple double-beep alert (factory
default is 20 mph).
Speed Alert
When you exceed the set speed, the background for
your current speed will change to red and a voice
prompt will announce “over speed” (factory default
is 70 mph).
Over Speed Limit
Note: this setting only applies when Road Scout is
connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
When the speed limit is exceeded by the set speed,
the background for your current speed will change
to red and a voice prompt will announce “over
speed”. When the speed limit is not available Road
Scout uses your Speed Alert setting (factory default
is Speed Limit).
Frequency Display
Displays the frequency of the currently displayed
radar alert (factory default is Off).
Automatically reduces the volume of an alert several
seconds after the beginning of the alert (factory
default is on).
Units for distance and speed (factory default is
Language for voice and text (factory default is
Turn off and on voice announcements for alerts and
settings (factory default is on).
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Radar Menu
Disabling K band allows you to select K Narrow
GPS Filter
Toggles GPS off and on. GPS Filtering enables you to segments 1-4.
store and lock out, or ignore, fixed location false
K Narrow 1 23.950 – 24.050 GHz
alerts in Road Scout’s memory. Common sources of K Narrow 2 24.050 – 24.110 GHz
fixed location false alerts are storefront automatic
K Narrow 3 24.110 – 24.176 GHz
door openers and motion sensors. To store a false
K Narrow 4 24.176 – 24.250 GHz
alert location, press MUTE three times during an
alert. Subsequent alerts to this signal will be muted Disabling Ka band allows you to select Ka Narrow
and displayed in grey (factory default is on).
segments 1-7.
Note that GPS Filter will not lock out moving false
Ka Narrow 1 33.400 – 33.700 GHz
alerts commonly caused by vehicle blind spot
Ka Narrow 2 33.700 – 33.900 GHz
monitoring and collision avoidance systems.
Ka Narrow 3 33.900 – 34.600 GHz
Ka Narrow 4 34.600 – 34.800 GHz
Auto Power
Automatically turns off Road Scout after the set time Ka Narrow 5 34.800 – 35.400 GHz
Ka Narrow 6 35.400 – 35.600 GHz
period. This is especially useful if your vehicle has a
constant-on lighter outlet (factory default is 4 Hours). Ka Narrow 7 35.600 – 36.000 GHz
Band Settings
The band settings menu allows you to toggle off
and on Radar bands, K and Ka narrow band
segments, Laser, and TSR filtering.
WARNING: Do not turn off any bands or narrow
band segments unless you are absolutely certain
there are no traffic radar guns using that specific
band or narrow band in your area.
To navigate Band Settings, select Modify, then
repeatedly press MARK to cycle through all of the
band settings. Use the Rotary Dial to turn off and on
a band setting.
To exit Band Settings, select Exit or simply wait a
few seconds.
Location Settings
The Location Settings menu allows you to toggle off
and on each type of location based alert.
To navigate Location Settings, select Modify, then
repeatedly press MARK to cycle through the
location settings. Use the Rotary Dial to turn off and
on a location setting.
To exit Location Settings, select Exit or simply wait a
few seconds.
Turn off and on Bluetooth communication (factory
default is on).
Turn off and on Wi-Fi communication (factory
default is on).
Delete User Locations
Press MARK to delete all locations you have saved.
Delete Lockouts
Press MARK to delete all false alert lockouts you have
saved (see GPS Filter for more information about
Version Information
Press MARK to display software versions. Use the
Rotary Dial to cycle through the various components
software versions.
Requires iRadar mode Wi-Fi connection to a hotspot
with internet access.
Forces Road Scout to check for Database and
Firmware software updates.
Restore Radar Defaults
Press MARK to restore all Radar Menu settings to
factory defaults.
Software Updates
Road Scout’s red light and speed camera database
and firmware are updated by connecting Road Scout
to a Wi-Fi hotspot with internet access.
Once connected, Road Scout will check for available
updates. If an update is available, Road Scout will
prompt you to install the update. If you refuse to
perform the update, or if the prompt times out, Road
Scout will check again when it connects to a Wi-Fi
Importantly note that Defender database updates
require first registering Road Scout to activate the
included 90 day Defender subscription. Defender
subscriptions are available at
Camera Menu
Turns off and on recording (factory default is on).
Format SD Card
Press MARK to format the SD card.
Turns off and on the microphone for audio recording
(factory default is on).
Importantly, be aware that this will erase all content on
the SD card including locked SOS movie clips.
Setup Camera
Press MARK to enter the Camera Setup menu, then
repeatedly press MARK to cycle through all of the
camera setup options.
Loop Clip Time
Sets the duration of movie clips. Clips can be set in 1,
3, or 5 minute lengths (factory default is 3 minutes).
- Select the correct Time Zone for your location.
Road Scout includes a built in G-Sensor which allows
the device to determine when the car has been in a
collision. If a collision is detected, Road Scout
automatically locks the recording being made at the
time of the accident. You can use this setting to set
the sensitivity of the G-Sensor from 1-3 or turn it off.
Level 1 is the easiest to activate and may lock files
due to smaller bumps causing the SD card to fill up
quickly with protected files. Level 3 is the hardest to
activate the G-sensor (factory default is Level 2).
- Select Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time.
- Aim Camera. Use the Rotary Dial to display the
camera’s footage on the screen to properly aim
the camera.
Cobra Watermark
Turn off or on placing a Cobra watermark on saved
movie clips (factory default is on).
Date/Time Stamp
Turn off and on placing a date and time stamp on
movie clips (factory default is on).
Restore Camera Default
Press MARK to restore all Camera Menu settings to
factory defaults.
Dash Cam Instructions
View and Edit Videos on Your
Install and run the Cobra Drive HD
your smartphone
View and Edit Videos on Your Computer
The Drive HD Dash Cam Player allows you to view,
edit and share video clips
app on
1 Once you have installed the Cobra Drive HD App,
follow the steps below to connect the Road Scout
to your smartphone:
2 Press and hold the BRT button until “CAMERA”
appears o
n the display. If “iRADAR” appears, press
and hold BRT again.
3 On your smartphone: Go to the Wi-Fi menu in your
smartphone’s s ettings and select network SSID:
“Road Scout“; if a password is r equired, enter “12345678“.
Note: make sure this step is done on your smartphone
settings, not on the app.
4 After your smartphone Wi-Fi is connected to the
Road Scout, launch the Drive HD App.
Live view from the dash cam will be available on the
Drive HD s creen on your smartphone, as well as a full
control menu.
You’re all set!
Micro USB Data Cord
Radar Detector Advanced Connectivity Mode
Connected car users (vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot required)
Road Scout can connect to your car’s Wi-Fi (if available) for quick in-car convenient software and
database updates in real time that keeps your detector accurate and precise, minimizing false alerts and
improving detection.
You’ll also get exclusive iRadar Community alerts without having to launch the app on your smartphone.
Connecting Road Scout to Wi-Fi
Note: Road Scout only supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n).
1 Connect Road Scout to your smartphone via Bluetooth
using the directions on page 5.
2 Press and hold the BRT button until “iRADAR” appears on
the display. If “CAMERA” appears, press and hold BRT again.
BRT button
3 Connect your smartphone to your car’s Wi-Fi (or make sure it is connected), through the
phone’s SETTINGS.
4 In the iRadar app, go to Wi-Fi Settings > Connect to Wi-Fi > enter your car’s hotspot password and
press JOIN.
After successfully connecting to Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi icon will change to white.
Your phone will share the car’s hotspot SSID and password with your Road Scout so the Road Scout can
connect directly to the hotspot.
Road Scout does not seem to detect radar
consistently at long ranges
I am connected to my car’s Wi-Fi hotspot but I
am not receiving speed limits or Live alerts
If you are using AUTO sensitivity mode, be aware
that AUTO mode changes Road Scout’s X and K radar
detection range based on your speed. The slower
you are traveling, the shorter the detection range of
X and K radar. Select HIGH sensitivity mode to always
detect radar at maximum distances.
On Road Scout, make sure the Wi-Fi icon is white and
there is not a ring around the display. This indicates
Road Scout is in iRadar Wi-Fi mode, and you are
connected to a hotspot (see Display illustration on
page 9).
Make sure your Wi-Fi hotspot has internet
connectivity. Internet connectivity is required to
receive speed limits, alerts and software updates.
Because Ka radar is primarily used by police, Road
Scout always detects Ka band radar at maximum
Make sure that you have an iRadar account. An
account is included at no charge with your Road
Scout. To check this, open the iRadar app on your
smartphone then go to Menu>Subscriptions. The
Subscriptions screen should show an expiration date
in the future. If it does not, connect Road Scout to
your smartphone via Bluetooth as described on page
X. After Road Scout is connected, go back to the
Subscriptions screen and verify a future date is
shown. If it is, then Road Scout should now receive
speed limits and Live alerts.
I cannot get my phone to find Road Scout’s
Wi-Fi in camera mode
On Road Scout, make sure you have Camera Wi-Fi
mode enabled. When in Camera Wi-Fi mode, a ring
surrounds the display (see the Display illustration on
page 9). If there is no ring around the display, hold
the BRT button until “CAMERA” Wi-Fi Mode” is
You may also be in an area with alot of Wi-Fi
interference. Try enabling Airplane mode on
your phone then check the Wi-Fi menu on your
phone again.
If you continue to not receive speed limits or Live
alerts, please contact Cobra customer service at
Contact Us
800.964.3138 •
Cobra Electronics Corporation
6500 W. Cortland St., Chicago, IL 60707
Cobra One Year Limited Warranty
What this warranty covers: Cobra USA, Inc. (“Cobra”)
warrants your Product against all defects in materials and
For how long: One (1) year from the date of original
purchase from an authorized Cobra dealer.
What we will do: If a breach of warranty occurs, Cobra, at
its discretion, will either repair or replace your Product
free of charge.
What we will not do: Cobra will not pay shipping charges
that you incur for sending your Product to us.
What you must do to maintain this warranty: Show
original proof of purchase or receipt from an authorized
Cobra dealer.
Warranty exclusions: This warranty does not apply to your
product under any of the following conditions: 1. The
serial number has been removed or modified. 2. Your
product has been subjected to misuse or damage
(including water damage, physical abuse, and/or improper
installation). 3. Your product has been modified in any
way. 4. Your receipt or proof-of-purchase is from a
non-authorized dealer or internet auction site, including
E-bay, U-bid, or other non-authorized resellers. 5. You are
not the original purchaser of the Product from an
authorized dealer or did not receive it as a gift from the
original purchaser of the Product from an authorized
To obtain service: 1. Contact Cobra (1-800-964-3138) to
obtain a Return Authorization Number. 2. Properly pack
your Product and include: your name, complete return
address, written description of the problem with your
Product, daytime telephone number, and a copy of the
original proof of purchase or receipt. 3. Label the outside
of the package clearly with your Return Authorization
Number. Ship the Product pre-paid (insured, for your
protection) to: Cobra Electronics Corp., 6500 W. Cortland
St., Chicago, IL 60707.
LIMITATION OF WARRANTY: The obligations set forth
above are Cobra’ sole obligations and your exclusive
remedy. Cobra makes no other express warranty. Any
implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose that may be applicable to the Product is
limited in duration to the duration of this warranty. Some
States do not allow limitations on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to
allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitation or
exclusion may not apply to you. Cobra is not responsible
for products lost in shipment between the owner and our
service center.
Other legal rights: This warranty gives you specific legal
rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
State to State.
©2019 Cobra®, iRadar®, and SmartShield® are trademarks of
Cobra USA, Inc.. Manufactured in the Philippines.
Features, specifications and prices subject to change
without notice.
FCC NOTE: Modifications not expressly approved by the
manufacturer could void the user’s FCC granted authority
to operate the equipment.
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, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received
including interference that may cause undesired
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