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What Is a Commercial Grade Two-Way Radio?

What Is a Commercial Grade Two-Way Radio?
by   |    May 13, 2019

When it comes to industries like education, construction, mining, and manufacturing, having a reliable commercial grade two-way radio system can be one of the best investments a company can make.While some people think there is very little difference between a commercial two-way radio and a consumer walkie-talkie, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

As the nation’s master distributor of RCA commercial grade two-way radios, we are regularly called upon to help people navigate the world of radio communications, and one of the most common questions we hear is, “What is a commercial grade two-way radio system and why is it different than other systems?”


To help clarify the differences, we have put together a quick list of attributes that define quality commercial grade two-way radios. These are the qualities you should look for when purchasing a commercial grade two-way radio system for your company or firm:

  • Rugged, Durable Construction

Commercial two-way radios are designed with durability in mind and built to survive the normal, everyday commercial wear and tear. RCA two-way radios are made with high-quality, reinforced polycarbonate housing and a die-cast chassis for greater protection.

  • Secure and Reliable Communication

Consumer radios use shared public frequencies. That means that your conversations will be heard by anybody nearby with a consumer radio, and they may interrupt your conversations. All RCA two-way radios are programmed by radio experts with unique frequencies to your business, so you know that you can all communications will be private and secure.

  • Feature Rich with the Latest Technology

RCA commercial grade radios are often equipped with state-of-the-art technology that makes your job a little easier and much more efficient. Some of these valuable features include Emergency, Man Down, and Lone Worker options; Group and Private Calling; Text Messaging; GPS, Bluetooth, and Mixed Mode Scanning.

  • Industry Leading Warranty

Many of the RCA commercial grade two-way radios are backed by industry leading, hassle-free warranties.

  • Higher Wattage for Better Distance

Consumer radios have 0.5 – 1 watt of output power, providing very little transmission coverage. RCA handheld two-way radios have 4 – 5 watts of power, allowing these commercial grade radios to transmit much longer distances, and in much more challenging environments.

  • Crystal Clear Audio Quality

RCA commercial grade radios are designed with X-Sound+ HDTM for exceptional voice quality and eliminating background noise and static from the voice transmissions resulting in crystal clear voice message and improved radio coverage.

  • Able to Upgrade to Digital

RCA commercial radios come with both analog and digital operational modes which allows you the flexibility to upgrade slowly to Digital, without having to replace an entire collection of radios at one time, keeping your business operations running smoothly during the transition period.

  • Superior Battery Performance

RCA digital commercial grade two-way radios provide much longer battery life than less expensive consumer grade radios. Analog radios send out a continuous signal which drains the battery faster, whereas RCA digital two-way radios use a technology that cycles the signal on and off rapidly, effectively saving about one-third to one-half of the battery of an analog.


For more than 20 years, Discount Two-Way Radios has been the source of providing commercial grade RCA two-way radios to businesses and industries wanting reliable and durable communications systems with outstanding support and customer service.


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