BaoFeng USB Cable Recommendation
BaoFeng Tech provides USB cables that plug into your computer (Windows, OSX, Linux) and will work with your system's default drivers. There is no need to use any CD as the drivers automatically download through your operating system.
Once you have your USB cable all that is needed is to download the free programming software, available right on our site:
If your computer did not automatically update to the latest FTDI driver - you can do so by visiting this link right here:
Is My Cable Genuine
- Does it have two LEDs on the bottom side of the cable?
- Is it 'dimpled' in the center?
- Does it fully insert into the radio?
If you answered "NO" to any of these questions you may have a counterfeit programming cable.
It is common to find these cables priced so low on eBay, Amazon, and other distributor sites. These are cheaper USB programming cables that use cloned chipsets from old Prolific cables - by using stolen intellectual property from an old Prolific chipset they try to keep their costs low, but those are not the only corners cut.
DO NOT USE A COUNTERFEIT CABLE ON YOUR BAOFENG RADIO