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  • OBDScope for Symbian

    If you have a Nokia smartphone or tablet based on the Symbian OS, OBDScope is an app we highly recommend. OBDScope works in conjunction with our OBDLink MX Bluetooth adapter to turn your phone into a powerful engine diagnostics tool. 

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  • Determining Your COM Port and Firmware Version for OBDLink™

    There are several ways to determine which communications port (COM 1, COM 2, etc) your OBDLink™ uses when connecting to your PC. The quickest is to download the STN Finder Utility here.

    Plug your OBDLink into a USB port, then run STN Finder. STN Finder will automatically detect what COM port your OBDLink is connected to, and the transmission (baud) speed.

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  • Upgrade OBDLink™ Firmware via USB

    Upgrading your OBDLink™ firmware can be done in a few simple steps. If you need to determine which COM port OBDLink is connected to, or what firmware version you are currently running, you can find detailed instructions here.

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  • OBDLink SX - Now Available

    OBDLink SX released - Big on Performance, Small on Price

    Since its release, OBDLink has become the market's best-selling PC based scan tool. Today, we raised the bar. OBDLink SX provides the same core functionality as its big brother, but in a streamlined package. Our popular OBDWiz software is still included free with every purchase, and SX works with all of premium OBD software offered on ScanTool.net. The original OBDLink is still available if you require some of its more sophisticated product features.

    OBDLink SX

  • STN1110 Article in Circuit Cellar

    Our STN1110 Featured New Product in January's Circuit Cellar

    We are honored to be mentioned in the January 2011 issue of Circuit Cellar. STN1110, our OBD Interpreter IC, is covered in the 'New Product News' section. Circuit Cellar is the 'World's Source for Embedded Electronics Engineering Information', and we are pleased to have our product release covered by such a prestigious periodical. Pick up your copy today!

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  • Just Launched! STN1110 OBD Interpreter IC

    We are excited to announce the official launch of STN1110 -- the world's smallest, lowest cost multiprotocol OBD interpreter chip. The STN1110 puts OBD data within the reach of even the most cost-sensitive commercial and consumer applications.

    STN1110 supports all legislated OBD-II protocols. It features a secure bootloader, advanced message filtering, low power mode, and a large OBD message buffer. STN1110 also has full support for the ELM327 command set, while outperforming the original ELM327 IC in every category: stability, performance, and features.

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  • Official Launch of OBDLink WiFi

    We are excited to announce that there is now a WiFi option for OBDLink. Currently OBDLink is the only OBD scan tool on the market available with both a WiFi and a USB interface.

    OBDLink WiFi is compatible with a wide range of software, including OBDwiz, ScanXL, and ScanMaster. It is also compatible with diagnostic software for the iPhone: DashCommand and Rev.

  • Switching Communication Baud Rate

    This article describes two methods for changing the communication baud rate. Method 1 is the "safe" method, however it requires firmware v2.0.1 or higher. Method 2 works with older OBDLink firmware, as well as the ElmScan 5 ELM327-based interfaces. However it must be used with caution, as it allows the baud rate to be set to a value not supported by the communication channel in use.

    Note that the baud rate can be set to the same baud rate as the current baud rate. This may be useful when you want to ensure that the baud rate remains the same when you reflash OBDLink with different firmware. For example, if you don't explicitly set the baud rate to 38400 for a unit that currently has v1.2.4 and upgrade it to v2.1.0, the default baud rate would change from 38400 to 115200 bps.

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  • Improve MPG: The Factors Affecting Fuel Efficiency

    Matthew Vea used an ElmScan 5 to log data from his 2006 Jeep Wrangler, and wrote a comprehensive article about it.

  • First Public Release of pyOBD-II (OBD comm library for Python)

    *pyOBD-II (a.k.a. "pyobd2") is a Python library for communicating with OBD-II vehicles. Its goal is to make writing programs for vehicle diagnostics and monitoring vehicle data as easy as possible. Being written entirely in Python, pyobd2 is intended to be portable across many platforms, including Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, and Windows.*

    pyOBD-II is written and maintained by Peter J Creath. You can [download pyOBD-II](http://sourceforge.net/projects/pyobd2/) from Sourceforge.

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