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RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable

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20-546

 | Catalog #: 20-546
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Product Summary

Program your scanner with ease.

Use this cable from RadioShack to up/download between your USB-interfaced PC and your scanner. It gives you easy programming options and includes an adapter to program both mono jack (PC/IF) and stereo jack scanners. Also includes a CD with a USB driver for Microsoft® Windows 98, ME, XP, 2000, Vista, and 7. The CD includes demo software and a free 7 day trial download from RadioReference. Conforms to USB 2.0 standards with automatic fall-back to USB 1.1 when used on earlier USB ports.

These scanners are compatible: 20-515, 20-525, 20-526, 20-527, 20-106,20-164, 20-404, 20-427, 20-428, 20-496, 20-197,20-163, 20-405, 20-522, 20-523, 20-196, 20-466 along with most new RadioShack models.

These scanners use the cable without the adapter: 20-501, 20-524, 20-426 and many Uniden brand scanners.

This interface cable is not compatible with 20-315, 20-424 or 20-432 scanners.

  • Includes an adapter to program both mono jack (PC/IF) and stereo jack scanners
  • Includes a CD with a USB driver for Microsoft® Windows 98, ME, XP, 2000, Vista and 7
  • Demo software and free 7-day trial download
  • Conforms to USB 2.0 standards with automatic fall-back to USB 1.1
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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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January 18, 2011 RadioShack® USB-PC Interface Cable for GRE Scanner (Radioshack scanner demo software)

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RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable
 
3.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (7)
  • Good length (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (9), Casual user (3), Power user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent

      By Hank

      from Grid Square FN20up

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Performance
      • Good Length

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

        USB cable works really well. Easily installed once you find the driver (CDM20600.EXE) in the DATA1.CAB file. Cannot comment on the demo software since my PRO-2053 is not supported. I use the WIN93 freeware from STARRSOFT (Google to find it). This combination of software/cable allows me to have several images on the PC which can be downloaded to the scanner quickly and easily when changing locations (home, vacation rental etc.) Entering frequencies and alpha tags is much easier on the PC than directly on the scanner. Two thumbs up.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great product

        By Jean Scannerbuff

        from Dayton, OH

        About Me Power User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Equipment

          Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

          great product, software included. Was very easy to program my new scanner.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          READ first

          By o0oshadow

          from sioux falls, SD

          About Me Power User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Performance
          • Good Length
          • Rugged
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hobby

            Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

            OK so here is the skinny, if everyone would take a moment to research these new scanners its no s secret that you need a cable AND software to program a scanner to be used with a trunked system.
            Some trunked systems are quite easy some are more complicated.... scanner enthusiests have always parteken in this type of thing as a hobby.... if your not doing this as a hobby your not going to have any fun, the first time you get it to work properly with the trunked system in your area will make all the fiddleing and time consumeing "LEARNING" you had to do worth it.
            if you just want to plug it in enter a few frequencies and listen...welll go back in time 15 yrs or so.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works like a charm

            By Rongway

            from Des Moines, IA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

              I had already downloaded the software from radioreference so all I had to was install the usb driver before I plugged the usb cable in. It was easy to import the frequencies from radioreference webservice directly into the arc software designated banks and then hit "send" and everything installed right into my scanner perfectly.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              not self explanatory,very difficult to u

              By jim the scanner programer buddy

              from Leavenworth, Ks

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • It is not user friendly

                Best Uses

                  Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                  •Things that aren't so great about it. it is not user friendly.does not explaine how to use the program & or cable.needs to be MORE USER- FRIENDLY.when you buy the cable kit, you have to then BUY the program after 7day free trile. i was under the impression when you bought the cable kit you bought what you needed. It's a BOUGAS deal.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It is Mac compatible

                  By RadioShackSux

                  from Anywhere

                  About Me Power User

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Equipment

                      Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                      If you have a more current Mac with an Intel chipset then you will be able to run Parallel to run your windows software. There is a setting to find out what com port it is using. For deatails on that go to Radio Ref forums. The price could be a bit lower but RS is out to make a buck thats their bottom line!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      PROGRAMING CABLE

                      By KIDDBROTHER

                      from NEW YORK

                      About Me Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Works well

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                          ALL YOU NEED USB DRIVER & DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE FROM starrsoft

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Not compatible with Mac computers

                          By TommytheKid1967

                          from Wantagh, NY

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Incompatible

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                              I purchased this item from the store. When I got it home and tried to download it to my Mac desktop I quickly discovered it wasn't compatible with my computer. I returned the cable to Radio Shack. They don't make a cable compatible with the Apple Mac computer

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Crippleware Included

                              By Sodiumgreen

                              from Seattle, WA

                              About Me Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Good Length
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                                  After spending [$] you must spend MORE to enable the supplied crippleware. CAVEAT EMPTOR

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  works great!

                                  By Scan Dan

                                  from Keywest, FL

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Hobby

                                      Comments about RadioShack® USB-PC Scanner Programming Cable:

                                      Great product and there is great free software on the disc that makes programming a breeze.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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