What Is An IP Rating? IP Ratings Explained

An important term when dealing with two way radios is IP Rating. However, this can cause confusion amongst first time or non-technical users as you can be unsure whether your environment needs high IP rated radios.

What is an IP rating and how does it affect radio communication?

IP Ratings Explained

IP or Ingress Protection is an industry 2-digit rating system given to products in communications in regards to how they withstand liquids, dust, and solids. In other words, is this product waterproof and dust resistant.

It was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) who takes these products and gives them special testing which results in the rating. This is a recognised classification system all over the world.

First Digit

The first digit within an IP rating ranges from 0 to 6. The number increases with the degree of protection against solid objects and dust.

Second Digit

Health and safety is vital. Two way radios can create a faster, more effective response to emergency situations, weather conditions, and security issues.

Being aware of your IP rating is vital depending on your environment. If you’re in a high-risk location where there is the potential for your two way radios to fall, come into contact with dust, or could suffer water damage, then having a high IP rating is important.

Underneath, we have inserted an IP Ratings Explained Chart to give you an idea of each level of protection. 

The minimum of our two way radios is an IP of IP54, with higher IP radios available. If you’re not sure whether you’re looking at the correct IP rated two way radios, get in contact with our expert team who will be happy to discuss this with you.

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