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How to assemble a Male OBD2 Connector

Posted in OBD2 Basics by Administrator on the December 1st, 2015

Hello,

 

I’ve been asked several times to make a short tutorial on installing pins on the Male OBD2 (J1962) connector, Item #1000. The male obd2 connector is one of the most popular car connector.

This guide is mainly for hobbyist. This shows basically how to assemble an male OBdii red plug with pins and shell.

I made this course available on Carplugs.com Facebook page:

 

OBd2 male Tutorial

 

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OBDLink MX WiFi Finally Available, Free Shipping to USA

Posted in OBD2 Basics by Administrator on the November 22nd, 2014

OBDLlink MX WiFi Is finally available form Carplugs.com

We are offering free shipping to USA.

Enter Code : FreeShip2014  in discount code field.

This unit is also the first WiFi scanner that can comunicate with the MS CAN & SW CAN networks plus the standard five OBD-II protocols. OBDlin MX WiFI is up to 4 times quicker than the comparable obd2 scanner. You can save hundreds of dollars by using this scan tool instead of going to a repair shop.

 

OBDLinkMX_WiFi

http://www.carplugs.com/obd2iphone.html

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Security for Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner, Car Hacking

Posted in ELM References by Administrator on the November 4th, 2014

New kind of Car Hacking:

 

With a cheap OBD2 Bluetooth scanner from Ebay or Chinese clones, you have barely have security,  The default code for these cheap scanner is either “0000”, “1234”, or “6789”. Essentially, the unit is on all the time, slowing drawing energy from the battery, which means that it is discoverable all the time. So, anyone walking around the car park or stuck in traffic,  could basically get a full readout of your car’s diagnostics. With some new apps, you can do several functions not available before ( check italic text). With the OBDLink MX, LX and WiFi MX, you have Hack-Proof. It’s a cutting-edge security scheme virtually eliminates the risk of unauthorized access not available on Chinese Clones or Ebay purchased scanners. Think about this before purchasing your new obd2 scanner.

So someone can hack your car via the OBD2 port to unlock door (on some car models only) or worst start your car with a cheap OBD2 Bluetooth or Wifi Scanner .

 

obd2_hacking

 

 

 

obdCaneX Lite is an Android based application which allows full keyfob control functions of your vehicle. Including unlocking and locking of doors, activation of your panic alarm, remote starting and shutting off of your engine (if OEM equipped remote start capability is activated).
Remote for Nissan (WiFi iOS version) allows you to activate several accessories from your car remotely. You can turn on the head lights, sound the horn and lock/unlock doors without touching your car keys: Parking Locators, Open Trunk and Lock/Unlock Door
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Carplugs OBDLink MX scanner

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Data Link Connector compared to OBD2 J1962 Connector

Posted in OBD2 Basics by Administrator on the September 12th, 2014

We have a lot questions about Data Link Connectors.

The Data Link Connector is a synonym for OBD2 connector.

J1962 connector, obd or obd-II connector are all synonyms for Data Link Connector (DTL).

We sell two kinds of Female connectors:

The bracket mount item # 2000 and the snap mount # 3000:

Visit our Carplugs’s connectors page

 

SONY DSC

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Torque for Blackberry 10 devices available

Posted in OBD2 Basics by Administrator on the January 13th, 2014

Good News,

The award winner OBD2 app Torque for Android devices is finally available for BB10 devices like, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9982 and Z30 smartphones and the Playbook tablet. Unfortunately, it’s a port from the Android app version, it’s a not a true native BB application. But at the same time, here at Carplugs, we are truly delighted about having this professional app for BB devices.

You can use the OBDLink MX Bluetooth with Torque or the new lower cost OBDLink LX Bluetooth also.

We should test Torque with the OBDLink MX with a Z10 and with BB Playbook in the spring.

Stay tune to Carplugs blog for more info.

Carplugs team

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Carplugs.com Black Friday Promotion

Posted in OBD2 Basics by Administrator on the November 21st, 2012

Between Thursday, November 22nd (midnight MST) and Wednesday, November 28th (11:59pm, MST), get a 50% discount off the wholesale price of any ScanXL product.

Just send an email to : orders@carplugs.com, before ordering to get your discount.

Scanxl Carplugs obd2

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OBDLink SX USB firmware Update

Posted in Firmware by Administrator on the May 23rd, 2012

A major firmware update (v3.1.0) is available for your OBDLink SX scan tool. It fixes a number of bugs, adds several new features, and implements a number of performance and stability tweaks

You can download the update by visiting this link:

http://www.carplugs.com/Obdfirmware.html

To install the update:

  1. Download the ZIP file, and extract the contents
  2. Plug the scan tool into the USB port
  3. Run StnFirmwareUpdater
  4. Select the correct COM number, and click ‘Upload’

ObdLink Obd2 Firmware Update

Posted in Firmware by Administrator on the May 23rd, 2012

A major firmware update (v3.1.0) is available for your OBDLink scan tool. It fixes a number of bugs, adds several new features, and implements a number of performance and stability tweaks.

You can download the update by visiting this link:

http://www.carplugs.com/Obdfirmware.html

To install the update:

  1. Download the ZIP file, and extract the contents
  2. Plug the scan tool into the USB port
  3. Run StnFirmwareUpdater
  4. Select the correct COM number, and click ‘Upload’
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Why the Blackberry is the best!!!!

Posted in Software by Administrator on the December 2nd, 2011

BlackBerry Safe From Carrier IQ ‘Spyware,’ RIM Says

From Fox News.

Research In Motion does not install, nor authorize, its carrier partners to install “Carrier IQ” monitoring software on its BlackBerry smartphones, the company said on Thursday.

RIM made the statement after a security researcher said the “Carrier IQ” application, which can monitor what device users are doing, has been installed on mobile devices from multiple vendors without the knowledge or consent of customers.

“RIM does not pre-install the Carrier IQ app on BlackBerry smartphones or authorize its carrier partners to install the Carrier IQ app before sales or distribution,” RIM said.

“RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the Carrier IQ application, and has no involvement in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the app.”

Trevor Eckhart, the researcher who demonstrated in online videos how the software works, focused on devices using Google’s Android operating system, but he also mentioned other operating systems, including RIM’s BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian system as having the software installed.

Nokia also denied their phones used the software.

“CarrierIQ does not ship products for any Nokia devices,” a company spokesman said.

In a statement posted to its website last month, Carrier IQ said its software is used by network operators to help improve network quality and troubleshoot device problems.

“While we look at many aspects of a device’s performance, we are counting and summarizing performance, not recording keystrokes, or providing tracking tools,” the Mountain View, California-based company said.

Since Eckhart’s videos first appeared, a firestorm of criticism has erupted in online forums and on Twitter, where users complain about breach of privacy.

“In principle, technology like this could be highly beneficial to both networks and users, but by crossing the line of what is deemed as acceptable by the privacy lobby Carrier IQ has run into problems,” said Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight.

Carrier IQ issued a cease-and-desist letter to Eckhard last month before later retracting it and apologizing to the researcher.

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Nokia Symbian OBD2 software and scanner

Posted in Software by Administrator on the June 23rd, 2011

I just noticed that there’s a new OBD2 software for Nokia Symbian S60 smartphones. It’s OBDScope. There aren’t many OBD software apps for Nokia.

This software does work nicely with the OBDLink Bluetooth. The software uses the OBD-II Bluetooth interface to access the data available on the ECU of the vehicle. With OBDScope the data can be monitored in real-time and it can be logged to a file for further analysis.

In the coming weeks, I should do a full test with OBDScope.

Some features:

  • Read diagnostic trouble codes and other diagnostic data
  • Erase diagnostic trouble codes and clear the ‘Check Engine’ light
  • Read live data from sensors of the vehicle and view the data with multi-gauge display
  • Data logging – save sensor data to a local file
  • Web logging – send sensor data to a remote server
  • An international interface that supports 13 languages
  • GPS location support
  • Fuel economy tracking

OBd2 Nokia

Symbian OBD2

Also, Torque should come out with an OBD2 app for Blackberries.

I will be in the lookout for this one too.

Mario

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