VCDS Options - Your choice of what to buy!

   #61  

PetrolDave

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
4,717
Reaction score
4,725
Location
South Molton, UK
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=1423
I don't understand what you are asking. Can you re-phrase?
That link says that for initial purchase a 3-VIN version of the HEX-NET is NOT available, neither is an unlimited VIN version of the HEX-V2.

I guess the question is what upgrades are available? Specifically, can the HEX-V2 be upgraded to unlimited VIN? A question which I believe is answered here https://store.ross-tech.com/shop/upVIN
 
   #62  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
33,616
Reaction score
23,996
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
That link says that for initial purchase a 3-VIN version of the HEX-NET is NOT available, neither is an unlimited VIN version of the HEX-V2.
Correct.
  • It would not be economically viable for us to offer the HEX-NET at a price commensurate with a 3-VIN license, so the HEX-NET starts at 10 VINs.
  • We would prefer those who need an Unlimited VIN license (generally repair shops or other "professional" users) to purchase a HEX-NET rather than a V2. Hence we do not offer an Unlimited-VIN HEX-V2 directly.

I guess the question is what upgrades are available? Specifically, can the HEX-V2 be upgraded to unlimited VIN? A question which I believe is answered here https://store.ross-tech.com/shop/upVIN
Correct, it can. A 3-VIN HEX-V2 can be upgraded to 10-VINs. Any 10-VIN interface (a HEX-NET or HEX-V2, including a HEX-V2 that started life as a 3-VIN and has already been upgraded to 10-VINs) can be upgraded to Unlimited. The cost for each VIN upgrade is $169.

-Uwe-
 
   #63  

haso22

New Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Location
Slovenia
I have an audi a4 b9 , year 2017. Now i would like to know which model do you recommend to buy? I would use the interface only for private use...
 
   #66  

Boki Ar

VCDS Distributor
Joined
Oct 27, 2014
Messages
1,556
Reaction score
1,633
Location
Arandjelovac, Serbia
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=57300
I'll give myself the right to say - of course. Hex Can is the best product from Ross-Tech.
 
   #67  

haso22

New Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Location
Slovenia
i would only use it for private on my car and the hex-can it's cheaper for my purposes...
 
   #68  

PetrolDave

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
4,717
Reaction score
4,725
Location
South Molton, UK
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=1423
Will Hex-can also work?!
Not properly, the HEX-CAN won't give you full diagnostics and depending on how your car is equipped may not be able to talk to some modules at all (those that only use very long CAN bus messages).

As Uwe says you need one of the CURRENT Ross-Tech interfaces.
 
   #69  

Bruce

Active Member
Staff member
Ross-Tech Employee
Joined
Jan 30, 2014
Messages
1,883
Reaction score
3,345
Location
Near Philadelphia, PA, USA
VCDS Serial number
--------
the hex-can it's cheaper for my purposes...
Be careful of what you choose. Many of the cheap HEX-CAN units are knock-offs. Buyer beware. You only have one car - so why not buy the HEX-V2 Enthusiast limited to 3 VINs with our full VCDS software and full capability for 3 cars. It is our least cost option. I don't remember if our Sloveni distributor stocks these. He may not..
 
  • Like
Reactions: Uwe
   #70  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
33,616
Reaction score
23,996
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
Will Hex-can also work?!
Not very well. There will be some things in a B9 that a HEX+CAN will not be able to talk to.

-Uwe-
 
   #71  

Boki Ar

VCDS Distributor
Joined
Oct 27, 2014
Messages
1,556
Reaction score
1,633
Location
Arandjelovac, Serbia
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=57300
I'll give myself the right to say - of course. Hex Can is the best product from Ross-Tech.


Apologies to everyone reading this. In fact, in post #66, I meant HEX NET.

Obviously, the first coffee hadn't started working yet, at the time I was writing this. :banghead: ;)
 
   #73  

Llewelyn1966

New Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2021
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Location
Portugal
I've got a recently acquired year 2000 A6 Allroad TDi, with some issues, so I want to read DCTs and such from it.

Having tried hooking up VCDS lite through my OBDLink MX bluetooth adaptor, it agrees to connect to the adapter but doesn't want to talk to the car. I don't know if that's a protocol thing or not, but I'm about convinced to pull the trigger and get VCDS 3-vin version, rather than faff about buying another adapter and trying to get "lite" to work, and then have to licence it.

What I need to know is which if any of your EU suppliers can provide me with an English-language version and ship to Portugal, or can Ross-tech arrange shipping including taxes and customs clearance if I buy direct form the US. Experience teaches that anything not pre-cleared through customs and with vat etc paid will get entangled in customs and delayed for days or weeks. The simplest answer is to ship from another EU country then there's no VAT etc to pay on arrival.
 
   #74  

PetrolDave

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Dec 16, 2014
Messages
4,717
Reaction score
4,725
Location
South Molton, UK
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=1423
Every VCDS cable is licensed for the English version of VCDS, those purchased from distributors in other countries will have a local language license in addition if one exists.

There is a distributor in Germany who supports Portugal and Brazil (full list here):
Portugal, Brazil:

Detlef Trapp - Português!

Franz-Schubert-Str. 10
97464 Niederwerrn,
Germany
+49-179-2066359
 
   #75  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
33,616
Reaction score
23,996
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
Having tried hooking up VCDS lite through my OBDLink MX bluetooth adaptor, it agrees to connect to the adapter but doesn't want to talk to the car.
VCDS-Lite needs a "dumb" cable; something that has (or emulates) an RS-232 port on the PC side and has a K-line on the car side. K-line is just RS-232 at half-duplex and different voltage levels.

The OBDLink MX is a generic OBD-II interface that uses "commands" on the PC side rather than just directly converting; it's too smart for VCDS-Lite.

What you want for VCDS-Lite s a "KKL" or "VAG-COM 409" interface, preferably one based on an FTDI chip. We don't sell them.

-Uwe-
 
   #76  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
33,616
Reaction score
23,996
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
There is a distributor in Germany who supports Portugal and Brazil (full list here):
He's actually based in Portugal at least part-time these days.

-Uwe-
 
   #77  

Llewelyn1966

New Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2021
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Location
Portugal
It's not as bad place to live :D

Thanks for the info guys. I won't bother trying again with the OBDLink. Interestingly, I did get that to allow PC software for pre-OBD-II Ford to talk to a transit I used to have. I'll have to investigate interfaces. It's not that I don't want to pay but I#'m pretty unlikely to have a newer Audi then the one I have now any time soon, so the increased functionality for newer cars is kinda a waste, if "lite" will do all I need on a 2000 car...
 
   #78  

Bruce

Active Member
Staff member
Ross-Tech Employee
Joined
Jan 30, 2014
Messages
1,883
Reaction score
3,345
Location
Near Philadelphia, PA, USA
VCDS Serial number
--------
What you want for VCDS-Lite s a "KKL" or "VAG-COM 409" interface, preferably one based on an FTDI chip. We don't sell them.
These cost less than $20 USD... on eBay or Amazon. Should not be hard to find.
 
   #79  

Llewelyn1966

New Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2021
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Location
Portugal
Well, I got it to talk to the car, after I worked out that the link cable I got was on com6. re-assigned it to com3, and lo! data. I will likely register, but looks like I need to get an ABS sensor, which might use up the budget :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: Uwe
Top