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  • ELM327 VS. OBD Diagnostic Interface..need advice!

    Guys am going to buy an Auto/PC interface from ebay site, but since am not expert in specification of interface.
    Can you guys give me a little help in selecting my interface.
    By comparing the specifications and price between these two items... what should I buy??Please advice me in my selection...
    EOBD OBD 2 OBD2 CAN BUS AUTO SCANNER INTERFACE USB V1.3
    or this
    ELM327 USB CAN Interface Code Reader E-OBD-2 Diagnostic

  • #2
    Originally posted by qewani View Post
    Please advice me in my selection...
    EOBD OBD 2 OBD2 CAN BUS AUTO SCANNER INTERFACE USB V1.3
    or this
    This one if you believe the pitch and is genuinely a 1.3 would be better as it has more capabilities than the other one you listed as the other one claims to be a 1.


    However I think you are most likely to get scammed with either of these, mainly because of the fact that the PIC micro that is used in these costs at least $ 6.00 without the firmware so being able to offer that for $ 7.00 or so is just a joke.

    Moreover neither offer upgradable firmware possibilities like the OBDPro does, so when you need new features such as binary commands etc or new improvements come out you will be spending more money again to get a new interface as this one cannot be upgraded

    basically you get what you pay for including the fact that when you run into an issue you are on your own in trying to troubleshoot.

    Thanks
    Paul
    www.obdpros.com

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    • #3
      thanks for your input.
      I dont think that i will get SCAMMED. because these insterfaces cost more in other websites i guess.
      How could we upgrade the OBDPro ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by qewani View Post
        thanks for your input.
        How could we upgrade the OBDPro ?
        We ship a windows program that you run while the interface is connected and it will automatically upgrade the firmware

        Thanks
        Paul
        www.obdpros.com

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        • #5
          why do we need to upgrade?

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          • #6
            One of the main reasons would be for new features that are introduced after the original product was released.

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            • #7
              Wouldn't upgrading only be needed if a new vehicle came out that is not yet fully supported? If you have a car that a few years old, and is fully understood, is upgrading even an issue?

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              • #8
                bemenaker: firmware, as with software, is not perfect. Who knows, you may find a bug and need to upgrade to get rid of it. Having the upgrade option is never a bad thing.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by qewani View Post
                  why do we need to upgrade?
                  Because OBDPros is buggy?

                  Just kidding.

                  Vitaliy
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                  • #10
                    Lets take the example of the ELM327 within the past three years it has gone through 3-4 versions 1.0a, 1.2, 1.3 each version probably introduced certain bug fixes but by and large there were improvements to the functionality also.

                    For example initially the ELM was limited to two baud rates 9600 and 38400, then it introduced baud rates upto 500K.

                    If one were to need some of these new features such as higher refresh rates or better CAN performance one would have to purchase a new ELM chip at around $ 32.00

                    With an upgradable firmware capability you can save the money on more toys for the vehicle.

                    Thanks
                    Paul
                    www.obdpros.com

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                    • #11
                      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...hippingPayment

                      I wouldn't trust this because look at the shipping. US $25.99 They charge a ridiculous shipping amount to avoid ebay final value fees. If they are going to scam ebay what makes you think they wont scam you? Oh and by the way, the other is also a counterfeit.

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                      • #12
                        Dear Pual,
                        Many poeple are asking which OBD2 interface is the best?
                        Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. The manufacturer tools have the most features for their specific makes, but are expensive and not very flexible. Aftermarket tools specific to a vehicle can come pretty close to the same features, with a much better price, but still run very proprietary software and aren't universal. Standalone tools are usually easier to work with, but have limited user interfaces and aren't very flexible. We personally like the flexibility of the PC/PDA converters, but they have their downsides as well. It is kind of like asking which vehicle is best, it would depend largely on function (hauling children, groceries, gravel, or just plain hauling a-- ?)

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                        • #13
                          I've been using OBDpros for almost two years. Never knew it could be upgraded, I've been using the same software it was shipped with.

                          Of all my Serial to USB devices, this one is the most reliable one I have. Never had a problem hibernating, sleeping, whatever. Kudos to whoever wrote the driver. Usually, serial-to-usb interfaces are a hit or miss with cheap cables/drivers.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
                            I've been using OBDpros for almost two years. Never knew it could be upgraded, I've been using the same software it was shipped with.

                            Of all my Serial to USB devices, this one is the most reliable one I have. Never had a problem hibernating, sleeping, whatever. Kudos to whoever wrote the driver. Usually, serial-to-usb interfaces are a hit or miss with cheap cables/drivers.
                            sorry for the almost useless post, but the post I just quoted is the 1234'th post in the OBD section
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