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Motorola CP185™


Reliable communication with enhanced functionality- making it easier to get the job done.

In today's business environment, easy, discreet and prompt communication with your workforce is vital to improving response time, empowering employees to accomplish more in less time and increasing customer satisfaction. Motorola's two-way radios provide a durable, high-quality voice communication solution that helps your business increase productivity and serve your customers in the best manner possible.

Ideal for educational institutions, retail and hospitality businesses, service and manufacturing industries and many other demanding, professional applications, the Motorola CP185 brings you a robust two-way radio solution. With its extensive feature set, ergonomic shape for comfortable use plus a durable, lightweight, compact design, you get just what it takes to enhance communication while increasing efficiency and productivity.

Motorola CP185™ Features

The Motorola CP185™ has the following features:

Enhanced Functionality, Reliable Communication

Easy, discreet and prompt communication with your workforce is vital to improving response time, strengthening employee efficiency and increasing customer satisfaction. Motorola's two-way radios provide a durable, high-quality voice communication solution that helps your business increase productivity and provide excellent customer service

Easy, discreet, prompt communication

  • Improve response time
  • Empower employees
  • Accomplish more in less time
  • Increase productivity
  • Serve customers and guests in the best manner possible

Durable, high-quality voice communication solution

  • Accelerated Life Testing (ALT)
  • Meets MIL Spec 810C, D, E and F
  • Ingress Protection IP54 rating against dust and water intrusion

Key Benefits

  • Enhanced functionality
  • Compact, lightweight design

Enhanced Functionality

  • Built-in voice scrambling
  • VOX ready for hands -free communication
  • X-Pand™ Technology helps provide crisp, clear audio
  • Multi-channel capability - 16
  • 5 Programmable buttons enabling one touch access for up to 10 user-selected features
  • Long lasting battery life - up to 11 hours
  • Rapid-rate drop-in charging
  • High power: 5 watt (VHF) / 4 watt (UHF)
  • Talkaround capability enabling communication without a repeater
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Compact, Lightweight Design

  • Easy-to-handle, durable design
  • Lightweight - 12.34 ounces with standard Li-Ion battery
  • Large on / off / volume control
  • LED indicator shows channel, scan and monitor status
  • Large, textured PPT button for easy access
  • 8-character alphanumeric LCD with user-friendly icons
  • 2 side programmable buttons
  • 3 front programmable buttons
  • Backlight
  • Keypad lock
  • Programming port

Programmable Features

The following functions can be assigned as short press (press and release) or long press (press and hold for 1 second) in the side and front programmable buttons:

Backlight Toggles backlight display between ON and OFF.
Channel Alias Toggles display between Channel Number and Channel Alias.
Keypad Lock Locks or unlocks all buttons except PTT, Side Programmable Buttons, Rotary Channel Knob and ON/OFF/Volume knob.
Monitor Monitors the channel for any activity as long as the button is pressed.
Nuisance Channel Delete Removes unwanted channel(s) temporarily from scan list during scan.
TPL/DPL Enables or disables radio from requiring matching TPL/DPL to unsquelch.
Power Level Selects required power level: High or Low.
Reverse Burst Select the Reverse Burst Type: None, 180 or 240.
Channel Scan Starts or stops channel scan.
Scrambling Enables or disables the scrambling feature for the selected channel.
Scrambling Code Select Selects either one of the two scrambling codes available.
Squelch Level Selects desired squelch level: Normal or Tight.
Sticky Monitor The radio monitors continually until you press this button again.
Talkaround Allows the user to toggle between Repeater and Talkaround mode operations.
Volume Set Controls the audio and alert tone levels. The button emits a continuous tone while the button is pressed to indicate the current volume level.
VOX Enables or disables VOX feature for the selected channel.

Motorola CP185™ Models


    CP185™ Display VHF 136-174 MHz, 2-5W, 16 Channel


    CP185™ Display UHF 435-480 MHz, 2-4W, 16 Channel

All Motorola CP185™ Models Include:

  • CP185 Portable Radio
  • Stubby Antenna
  • Li-Ion 1500 mAh Battery
  • Rapid Charger and Power Supply
  • 2" Belt Clip
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

Motorola CP185™ Applications

The CP185™ portable radio can be used for a variety of applications. Here are a few examples of some key industries:

It is imperative that educators and administrators are able to communicate discreetly and that your hands are free to manage the tasks at hand. A lightweight headset helps make it comfortable and convenient to manage administration duties and contact colleagues discreetly.

Ideal for: Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Nurses, Secretaries, Custodians, Maintenance Staff, Security Staff, Crossing Guards, Coaching Staff, Special Events Staff, Playground Supervisors, Cafeteria and Hall Monitors

Construction workers often work in demanding environments. The Submersible (IP57) Remote Speaker Microphone allows a user to communicate quickly and easily, even when wearing gloves in these rugged environments.

Ideal for: Commercial Building Contractors, Special Trade Contractors, Project Managers, General Contractors, Electricians, HVAC, Engineering, Foremen, Site Managers

Whether coordinating staff for a conference or making a room change for a last minute guest, communication needs are frequent and shifts can be long. The high-capacity Li-Ion battery ensures your battery meets your demanding communication requirements.

Ideal for: General Managers, Front Desk Clerks, Cashiers, Receptionists, Concierge, Bartenders, Bellhops, Valets, Busboys, Housekeeping Staff, Custodians, Night Supervisors, Security Personnel, Groundskeepers, Pool Attendants, Restaurant Staff

In light manufacturing environments, users want to keep their ears unobstructed to hear ambient sounds and conversations. A lightweight temple transducer uses bone conduction technology to allow you to both hear the radio conversations along with the conversations nearby.

Ideal for: Foremen, Engineers, Supervisors, Secretaries, Managers, Crew, Mechanics, Laborers, Technicians, Shipping and Receiving, Assemblers, Stockmen, Maintenance and Janitorial Crews

Ensuring customer satisfaction in a highly competitive environment? A tough challenge. Get a compact, robust high- quality voice communication solution with the lightweight, easy-to-use CP185 - and enable optimum customer service and enhanced employee productivity.

Ideal for: Owners, Managers, Buyers, Supervisors, Cashiers, Attendants, Salespeople, Floor Clerks, Stock Clerks, Loaders, Security, Customer Service

Motorola CP185™ Accessories

Only Motorola Original Products are performance-matched to guarantee the same high standards of quality that you enjoy with your Motorola two-way radio. When you see the Motorola Original logo, you know the products are built and tested to meet the highest standards – yours and Motorola's. Motorola Original products turn your communication system into a personal communication solution for your firms everyday needs.

Create a customized communication solution for your customers' specific needs with CP185 radios and Motorola Original® Accessories.

CP185 audio accessories offer windporting technology which dramatically lessens background noise from high winds and other severe weather conditions.

Find out more about Motorola CP185 parts and accessories.


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Motorola CP185 Brochure for Property Management
Motorola CP185 Brochure for Retail
Motorola CP185 Display Model Spec Sheet
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