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13 hours ago, KevinRollin said:

Anyone using ForScan wirelessly, via Bluetooth or WiFi on an iOS or android device?  

 

 

 

 

I've been using the OBDLink 426101 "Scan Tool MX Bluetooth", with Android 8 on a Moto G5, based IRIC on advice from the ForScan website.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006NZTZLQ/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

It's a little finicky about connecting (mostly when I've been using the phone on my other cars), but seems solid once it's hooked up.  The flipping between high and low speed CAN busses seems seamless and fast.

 

 

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I have wanted to try that device. Only problem for me, and it's just my problem, is cost.  Not that I don't have $70.  I am using a $25 Amazon Fire.  I don't want to spend more on this connector than the tablet.  I'm just being cheap.  If I buy a good connector, then I will need a better computer, and probably pay for the good version of the software. At the moment, with a $25 computer, I have a $5 connector, and free Torque Lite app. I can see some information, but not everything.  I can view diagnostic trouble codes and turn off check engine lights.  Not ideal. But better than nothing.   

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17 hours ago, mrtn said:

Thanks.  Making changes or just reading codes?  

12 hours ago, jrm223 said:

I recall the smartphone version being much more limited in capability than the PC version, basically a custom gauge panel on the phone, so you ought to check into that before buying anything. They may have expanded the smartphone capabilities in more recent versions of Forscan, I don't know because it's been a long while since I looked at that. 

Ok good to know.  Thanks!

10 hours ago, Don Ridley said:

You must have a PC (not Mac) to make any configuration changes using Forscan. The phone app can read data and reset CEL and DTCs only. 

 

https://forscan.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6142

 

Thanks. I need to do some more reading.  I hadn’t made it all the way through that thread yet.  May have to do my old Windows Vista laptop out of storage just for this.  Almost did that a few wins ago to reprogram a radio.  

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11 hours ago, Don Ridley said:

You must have a PC (not Mac) to make any configuration changes using Forscan. The phone app can read data and reset CEL and DTCs only. 

 

https://forscan.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6142

 

 

 

I've also heard that you should use a cable connector to the OBD II port.  You don't want to chance losing a connection, for whatever reason, in the middle of programming, or running any of the tests.

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I agree with what Fifty150 said. You could cause a lot of headaches should that go down in the middle of programming.

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I don't even want to think about a key on engine on test.

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4 hours ago, KevinRollin said:

  Making changes or just reading codes?   

 

Only made one change so far: reset battery counter.

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21 hours ago, Double Nickels said:

If I buy a good connector, then I will need a better computer, and probably pay for the good version of the software. 

 

Pay for the good version of what software? Forscan is free, including the extended license that allows programming. However, I saw that you can now buy a longer-length extended license, instead of doing the free 2-month license all the time. If you expect to do constant reprogramming of vehicles over a long time, then I could see the cost of the new extended licenses being worth the investment. But most of us only dabble enough to do the free 2-month license and re-up if or when needed, only takes a couple minutes of time to do it. No difference in free vs paid aside from how long the license itself lasts, but all the features & abilities are exactly the same.

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Most free apps have an enhanced version that is paid.  Forscan, Focccus, Torque....... 

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Forscan has only one version. It differs from other "apps" because it guarantees nothing and the user is 100% responsible for learning how to use it. It's a step above hacking. But, it can save the user hundreds of dollars and more importantly, it allows options and features a dealer won't implement.

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1 hour ago, Don Ridley said:

 it allows options and features a dealer won't implement.

 

 

One of the best programs I've tried.  It certainly does a lot more than I am using it for.  

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On 8/13/2019 at 8:04 AM, jrm223 said:

 

Pay for the good version of what software? Forscan is free, including the extended license that allows programming.

 

 

I just revisited the FORScan website.  I wanted to set up an Android tablet or my phone.  

 

There is a free demo version.  Forscan Lite is a paid version of the app.    So for some variants, there is a fee involved.

 

Current price is $5.99 on Google Play.

 

 

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"Configuration and programming" - ForScan Lite for Android: No - so it looks like you can read & clear DTC's and run some of the vehicle self-tests (Service functions), but not change parameters like enabling cruise control or disabling the perimeter lights. 

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It looks like you can't do anything with Android demo,  except check to see if the wireless connection works.

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Any one successfully turn off on start of engine (turning eco boost off is the only one that seems to persist the setting on engine off):

Auto start-stop

Traction control

Collision detection

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