Do I have to use the Motorola reccomended Routers for MOTOTRBO?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is that Motorola has validated a few Routers for use with MOTOTRBO systems and you can use whatever you like BUT if something doesnt work as it should, you'd have some difficultes getting support especially if the root cause is in the Router.
You should never use consumer grade Routers - they may more or less work but, from my experience, they introduce more problems than the saving you might make.

For IPSC and Capacity Plus, the validated Routers are the D-Link EBR-2310*; Linksys RVS4000* and HPE MSR2003AC. I and others have also used the Mikrotik RB2011 and the results have been good.
(*I dont have personal experience with these two models but they are mentioned in the System Planner.)

For Capacity Max, the validated Routers are the HPE MSR2003AC and the Cisco 2911. The benefit of using these two models is that there are example configuration files available on Motorola Online that you can load into the Routers, if you want to use the suggested IP plan. Again, you dont need to use either and you dont have to use the IP plan shown in the example config files.

Capacity Max normally also uses an Ethernet Switch: the two models that are listed are the HPE 2530-24 and Cisco 3650. For smaller RF Sites, there is a SIC module available for the HPE MSR2003AC that gives it another four ethernet ports which will save you from having to add in the abovementioned switch.

The HPE MSR2003AC is the sucessor to the MSR20-20.

What do you use? How did it go?


  1. Cisco SG500-28P works just fine for switching

  2. Hi Wayne,

    Can you tell me where to find router example files on MOL?
    I'm strugling with an LCP system and have bought some (new, old stock) msr20-20 with extra the 4 ports SIC module added.
    But also other router files would appriciated as thats something I'm not in..


    1. The sample files on Motorola Online EMEA are for Capacity Max and won’t work with Multisite Capacity Plus.

      You should look at the MSR2003 Setup Guide as this refers to Capacity Plus. Most of the commands/principles in this document should still apply to the MSR20-20. Also have a look at the other files at >>Resource Center>> MOTOTRBO>>General Information.

    2. If you would still like to have a look, the sample files are at Resource Center>> MOTOTRBO>>Capacity Max>>Accredited Partner Information>>Customer Programming Software.

  3. Thanks Wayne,
    Can 't acces it as we are not an accredited partner right know, but have signed in for the course in March in Berlin, so after that we will have Access.


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