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  1. tz

    No, I can’t hook it up to my computer to update it. And for me it is a problem. From their site:

    (Operating on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 only.)

    If it is “Windows Only”, you should disclose that.

    “Web Ready” would mean all I need is internet access. I need more than that – I need a WINDOWS computer.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      I agree with your thoughts but I also have a Mac and run VMware and have no problems

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  2. Lentz

    Same questions about this as the 9500ci relative to mounting on a motorcyle.
    Does it allow for a HARD flasher to mount in the helmet?
    Which components are water proof and which are not?
    Would the size requirements normally prevent mounting on a sport bike?
    Thanks for your help!

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      No, will not interface with HARD and only the antenna is water proof

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  3. Jim

    $1,200 affordable? And not including professional installation? Wow.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      @Jim Well how about more affordable then the 9500ci

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  4. harlan

    what about the instant on radars and what is you pic for a jamber to go with the detector

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      In our free ebook on radar detectors we go into great detail about Instant on and the jammers we recommend

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  5. John

    Which radar detectors work the best for lidar radar.

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      For laser/lidar you need a jammer, not a detector. Check out the LI and the Blinder under the laser jammer section

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  6. tcg

    thanks for all the great info…but I’m confused on a couple things. The info mentions about commercial trucks and the jammers being illegal. Are they only illegal on commercial trucks, or all motor vehicles? And if radar jammers are illegal, but laser jammers aren’t, then why would cops use laser then?

    Finally, what the heck do you do if you do get pulled over and there’s a mounted contraption on the dash that can’t quickly be removed? I suppose you are S.O.L……..

    Thanks again for all the info!!!

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      Radar detectors and laser jammers are illegal in all commercial vehicles weighing over 24,000 pounds.
      As far as a “mounted contraption” on the dash, that is the beauty of the STiR plus. You can conceal the control head so it is not on the dash.

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  7. Jeffery Willis

    What is better out of the Bel STi R Plus and the Escort Redline?

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  8. nery

    Hi there. Is this system adequate for the European police frequencies? If not is it possible to change anything to turn it useful for our roads?
    Thanks

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  9. Jim Brookshaw

    I have a ultra classic HD 2008. what is the the best set up for this motorcycle ?

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    • "Radar" Roy Reyer

      @Jim Brookshaw Can you wait till Spring?
      The reason I ask is that there will be a new HARD system coming out that would interface with the Escort products

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  10. Kevin

    You mentioned in here that any laser jammer will work. Does that mean if I buy this and LI, will I be able to hook the LI to the STi main switchboard thing? That would be ideal because I don’t want to have the STi motherboard and the LI switchboard right next to each other, it feels like a waste of space.

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  11. I guess this wont knock out your budget if your part of the 1%! CHEESE AND RICE!

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  12. bubby61

    I have the Bell STI, if I hook it up to my computer will it update it to the STI r characteristics, I’ve had my unit approximately 3 yrs

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  13. linda

    I guess you could say I am like the kid that is not really bad, I just have bad habits and problem by the weight of my lead foot. I have been driving for 50 years and never got a ticket not saying I did deserve any, just was lucky enough to not get any until about 2 months ago. I got it for 9 miles over in a business area on a major hwy. Took the class to get my points removes. But I never want to get another one. Now I know, I will continue to exceed the speed limits but I don’t want anymore tickets. I drive a regular car. I do all types of driving, short trips and long range HWY driving. I want to be able to detect evertyhing but I did not want to have to have a professional to install it. I would like to keep it under $500. What do you recommend? Or am I asking for to much or to little $$. My husband said to just go down an get a RS type of detector/jammer but I am not comfortable with an off the shelf (one size fits all) equipment. Please advise.

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    • Radar Roy

      @ linda Glad you’re doing your research, most folks just buy and radar detector based on price and then wonder why it gives out all these false alerts and then doesn’t have the performance you would need when a real cop clocks you. Radio Shack does sell detectors but not the high end ones from Escort. I would assume that you do most of your driving in town and that false alerts would be a concern. With that in mind I would recommend the 9500ix: http://www.radardetector.org/reviews/escort-9500ix-radar-detector-review/ Let me know if you have any other questions

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      • linda

        this 9500ix looks like it is an older model. I got hit with a laser pro device in my little town. We do not at this time have any photo opps in the area. I am a Realtor and yes I spend alot of time on the small town streets but I also Have to go on many HWY and interstates to do my business. I cover a 4 county range. Now with more information on my driving habits do you still recommend the 9500ix.

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    • Kevin

      If you are on a tighter budget, the Passport 8500 X50 is $300 and offers excellent range but less false filtering. I personally know someone who has a white one (the one on the site has a black one that offers 40% more range) and it works very well with minimal false alerts, although they still appear. I have found Roy’s Guide to be very helpful for making an informed decision. After I read it, I bought a Whistler for $50 (I’m on a budget) and it outperforms my friends cobra in both range and false filtering, yet they paid twice as much as me.

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  14. ken

    Roy, is there a big difference in performance if the unit is installed in the grill vs somewhere else on your vehicle ? I like the concept of the stealth installation, but I’ve read in several places that some are installing the unit in other places for better reception such as higher on the vehicle which obviously isn’t very stealthy.

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    • Ken, great question. There will be a SMALL increase in performance, chances are you would never notice it
      However, if you have a Semi, and the roof is 10 feet off the ground, now that would be noticeable

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  15. Nick

    I like the better performance of the STIr over the redline but I am concerned about muddy slush/ice build up in the grill area during winter driving. A lot of my driving is in winter highway conditions. With the dash mount, my wipers keep the sight lines clean. Obviously slush/ice could impair laser detection. How about radar?

    Thanks for the great information you are providing .

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  16. andrew

    will this bel alert laser from above in an airpatrol?

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  17. PG

    if money wasnt a consideration would you go with this or the escort?

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  18. I’ve had mine installed for nearly 2 weeks now, it’s truly an amazing unit. Had some sick off axis 35.5 alerts the other day. I live in an area where all 3 bands are utilized but I get a pretty fair amount of 35.5, very pleased!

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  19. Peter

    Hi, I purchased the STiR Plus, where is the ideal place to install the sensing unit on the 2002 corolla? do you have any installation tutorial on the website?

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  20. Jorge

    So in other words the Bel STi r Plus is the same as the Escort 9500ci except that the Escort includes the Laser deflectors am I missing something here?

    I don’t care much about price only quality. Which one is better and has more options disregarding price; The Escort 9500ci or Bel STi r Plus?

    Does the Bel STi r Plus have better detection range than the Escort?

    Does it have more updates?

    What exactly makes the Bel STi r Plus better than Escort 9500ci Radar Detector?

    Thanks for the review hope to hear your advice on this matter.

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  21. Jorge

    Never Mind I read extra articles on the subject I am definitely going to buy this STiR Plus and the Laser Interceptor QUAD

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  22. JJ

    I won’t need the GPS and the Laser dectector ( its not used in Portugal) Do you think the Bel RX45 is comparable to the STi r plus in RD? Would you also endorse it? The mainreason is that I don’t need the these extra features and I’m on a tight budget.

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  23. Glenn

    If I buy the Beltronics STi-R Plus Radar Detector, do I still need a laser jammer?

    Thanks

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  24. Rob

    Was considering buying the Escort 9500ci (as my installer is pushing it) but I thought about combining the STiR with a non HP Quad LI. Roy do you think a) this is a better combo than the ZR4’s that come with the 9500ci and b) do you think the non HP Quads will be enough?
    Thx!

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    • The ZR4’s suck! Go with the STi and the Blinder HP905, that is what I would recommend

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      • Rob

        Thanks. My installer really pushes that 9500ci since he is an Escort dealer but I had a feeling about the ZR4’s so I’m glad I checked here first. I had my heart set on the STiR with the Quad Laser Interceptors but since the installer only stocks the Blinder HP905 Quads, I may go with those like you said. Only thing that seems to be mentioned in the forums is that the LI are updated more frequently than Blinder and the LI doesn’t give off any jam codes (not sure if Blinders give a jam code or not).

        Thanks again.

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  25. Max Nix

    So no GPS?

    That would be a killer for me.

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    • Rob

      Huh? The STiR Plus has GPS. Its sensitivity is as good if not better than the 9500ci from what I hear. Also allows you to turn on/off ten KA segments which can’t be done on the 9500ci.

      I went with Roy’s suggestion and ordered this plus the Blinder HP905 Quad shifters. I liked the idea of the 9500ci since it was an all in one package but the ZR4’s aren’t so great. The only thing about this setup that maybe confusing is both speakers from the Bel and the Blinders reporting at the same time when detecting laser but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

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  26. Tony
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    Hi Roy I just had the Bel STiR plus Blinders installed and they work great. On the Bel website it says it’s compatible with Escort Live but I’m having trouble registering using my detectors serial#. Do you know for sure that it works with the Bel? Is there any other hardware that I need?

    Thanks for all of your help!

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    • EscortLive works with most of their products but I don’t think it works with the STiR yet

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      • Rob

        It does according to a rep at Bel. I just asked them. However, I previewed this product at CES and was not too impressed with it. It’s like using Trapster with a very small user base. The idea is great but not enough people out there to make it worthwhile IMO.

        Roy – Thanks again for the suggestion. I too went with the STiR Plus and Blinders HP-905 (as noted in the thread above). So far it’s really nice. I haven’t yet tried to download either of the software for updates but will do so in a few weeks. So far the DB in the Bel seems to be pretty accurate with the RLC’s in my area!

        Thanks again!

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  27. Rob

    Has anyone experimented with the police data .csv file? The headings recorded over the past two months go from 0-179. Is this correct? Shouldn’t it be 0-359? There are GPS coords that indicate that I’m driving south even though it was north. Not sure if anybody has had a chance to look at this or not but doesn’t seem right.

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  28. Ml3456

    Looking at this radar detector for my BMW 335i convertible. I don’t have a great place to mount the gps sensor. I have plastic front fenders and was wondering about mounting it under one of them. Any thoughts if this May or may not work?

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  29. Stewart

    Roy, I am pairing the STiR + with the AL Priority Multipurpose system. Am I correct in thst they are stand alone units and do not connect to each other in any way? Also, if you were to get Blockers for the Bel STiR+ would it enhanse the protection of the combined units, detract from it, or just be wasted $$? Thanks

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