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.

Please remember that most diagnostic software supports a limited, fixed set of baud rates. Be sure that when you change the baud rate, the new baud rate is supported by your favorite software.

Method 1: STSBR

  1. Update the firmware to v2.1.0 or higher.
  2. Connect to the scan tool using a terminal emulator (for example, HyperTerminal, TeraTerm, or STNTerm) at 115200 bps.
  3. Enter STSBR followed by the new baud rate, for example:

    STSBR 38400

  4. Switch the terminal emulator to the new baud rate, and send the STI command to ensure that communication is possible at the new baud rate. You should get a response similar to this:
    STN1101 v2.1.0

  5. Enter STWBR to save the new baud rate.

Method 2: AT PP 0C

This method works on firmware v1.1.0 and above, as well as all ELM327-based interfaces. Be extra careful when using this method, as it lets you set the baud rate outside the range supported by the hardware.

  1. Connect to the scan tool using a terminal emulator (for example, HyperTerminal, TeraTerm, or STNTerm) at the current baud rate.
  2. Enter the following commands, terminating each one with an 'Enter':

    ATPP 0C SV xx
    ATPP 0C ON
    ATZ

    Here are some of the common baud rates and the corresponding values for xx:

    Baud Rate (kbps)xx
    19.2D0
    38.468
    57.645
    115.223
    230.411
    50008

    For example, to set the baud rate to 115200 bps, you would enter:

    ATPP 0C
    SV 23
    ATPP 0C ON
    ATZ

  3. Switch the terminal emulator to the new baud rate, and enter the ATI command to test communication at the new baud rate. The scan tool response would look similar to this:

    ELM327 v1.3a