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    VCDS Options - Your choice of what to buy!

    • For some, there is the free version - pay Ross-Tech nothing. (VCDS-Lite Shareware version) (limited in what it can do and limited model year coverage). VCDS-Lite only works with older cars, through roughly model year 2005 that do diagnostic communications via K-Line rather than CAN Bus. In order to use VCDS-Lite, you will need to procure a 3rd-party interface cable. These can be found for $20 or so on eBay or Amazon. We recommend you get one based on an FTDI chip. To remove the functional limitations on the free version of VCDS-Lite, you can register VCDS-Lite for $99 USD.

    • If you want current generation product with all the latest features, you can purchase one of our new HEX-V2 interfaces.. They are compatible with all diagnostic-capable VW-Audi Group passenger cars, and are available in 3-VIN and 10-VIN versions for $199 and $299 respectively.

    • Want current generation, latest features, full coverage for '95 through the current model year with a wireless connection on virtually any compute device but you only have your car and few others to work on? You can buy a 10 VIN limited wireless product for $449 USD (HEX-NET_10VIN)

    • Want the current generation, latest features, full coverage, wireless connection on virtually any compute device and unlimited number of VINs? You can buy that for $599 USD (HEX-NET)
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    Is it possible to upgrade from HEX-USB+CAN unlimited vins to HEX-NET or is it another outright purchase?

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    Trade-in upgrades will be available once the HEX-HET is out of Beta.

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    And available to the UK hopefully?

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    yes, available in other markets.

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    Will be. But no date yet.

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    I am still looking to buy the HEX-NET model, but as yet I can find no prospective date when it will be out of beta. While I have a great deal of confidence in Ross-Tech from my reading, I have owned another manufacturer's more generic (and limited) OBD device that is in beta for 6 months, and it has been a discouraging experience so far. Is the HEX-NET any closer to being out of beta?

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    Closer? Yes.

    Is it out? No!

    Are we ready to put a date on the full release? No.

    Sorry, we ask your continued patience and we thank the early adopters for all their support and help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rico567 View Post
    I am still looking to buy the HEX-NET model, but as yet I can find no prospective date when it will be out of beta. While I have a great deal of confidence in Ross-Tech from my reading, I have owned another manufacturer's more generic (and limited) OBD device that is in beta for 6 months, and it has been a discouraging experience so far. Is the HEX-NET any closer to being out of beta?
    Speaking personally as a customer of Ross-Tech, I think you could probably go ahead and buy one now.

    The traditional VCDS Desktop model works well, both in wired and wireless modes. I have three different VWs here and I've done considerable A/B testing against the gold-standard HEX-USB+CAN wired interface. I ran into no truly major issues. I did run across a few minor issues. Ross-Tech delivered fixes for the majority within less than a week of being reported. Of the two remaining, one is cosmetic and the other is unique to my Phaeton (an incredibly rare vehicle). The embedded VCDS Mobile functionality is quite serviceable, but not yet bulletproof. I've been able to do almost everything I've tried. I did run into a couple of bumps, but those same functions worked on Desktop just fine. I expect that will improve rapidly.

    Summary: If you're a Desktop user, or you don't mind an occasional fall-back to Desktop, go ahead pull the trigger.

    Jason
    Last edited by jyoung8607; 05-13-2014 at 03:09 AM.

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    Hi,
    will there be an option to upgrade the HEX-NET 10VIN to Unlimited?

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