Which to choose,Nexiq 1 or 2 WiFi or Bluetooth

Looking at buying a condo nexiq usb link… but have now found there is a nexiq 1, and NEXIQ USB Link. is there any major difference between the two as the price difference isn’t much? And Which one would you recommend wifi or bluetooth?

Nexiq 1 or Nexiq 2?

Nexiq 1 is discontinued. no more updates but for most people it will still work just fine.
Nexiq 2 is the current model and has more future potential than what the nexiq 1 could do.

Cables for each are different so they are not interchangeable. When ordering, you should make sure you get 3 different cables. The standard 6/9 pin y-cable with the green connector on the 9 pin plug so you can communicate to the newer 500k baud network. A standard OBD II cable and an OBD II Cat cable to talk to Caterpillar engines in GM trucks. If you need to communicate to trailer ABS, you will also need a PLC adapter.

Do NOT buy the inexpensive clones that normally come with multiple cables. The clones are not reliable and if they update with nexiq software, they will become a brick.

The nexiq 2 clones don’t have 26 pin cables just the standard fitting also the usb connector is different and there is a hole by the usb connector on the clones as well.

Nexiq wifi or bluetooth?

Both will work off bluetooth but I find bluetooth very slow. It’s faster and easier just to use a cable to connect to the laptop. The cable is a standard USB “printer” cable. I like using a 5 meter cable so I can move the laptop out of the truck is I have to. There are times I’ve used the laptop on the other side of the truck and even under the truck. The long cable makes it easier. Occasionally, I’ll use bluetooth.

I have no idea what the wifi option is. To me, that would mean if the nexiq is communicating to the laptop over wifi then the laptop’s network connection isn’t connected to a router. Just ignore any wifi options.

SnapOn is the vendor for NEXIQ and a new NEXIQ will run you around $1000. I have seen original ones sell on Ebay in the $500-$600 range.

There is plenty of information here on MHH and on Google on how to identify a real NEXIQ from a clone. Look here:

www.obd2tool.com

Nexiq 1 or 2? wifi or bluetooth?

I’ve been able to talk to everything I need to with my Nexiq 1. It all depends on what software you’re using and what type of cable connections you have but they all will work with a nexiq. With the right software and an OBDII cable, I can even communicate to automotive. I used the OBDII cable yesterday to talk to a Hino.

There are a lot of other types of datalinks you can use and they will all work fine. Nexiq has sort of become the standard that all the software will work with plus you can get some add ons to make it better. The nexiq 1 didn’t originally come with a cable lock and the USB cable could break the connector on the motherboard if it was hit, bent etc from normal usage. I think they all come with the cable lock now which prevents the connector from being damaged. Mine also has a rubber protective boot that keeps it from getting damaged while being bumped and banged around from normal use.

There are a few vehicles that the nexiq just won’t talk to. Things like Mitsubishi (GM city delivery trucks etc) require a propriety datalink and there are a few others like that also. Espar heaters comes to mind. You need special hardware to communicate with them and it’s never inexpensive.

I just went to the nexiq site and downloaded the nexiq 2 wifi manual to see what it says. There are 2 options for wifi. peer to peer where the nexiq is connected directly to the laptop which means a second wifi card is required for the laptop if you want to stay connected to the companies network or you can allow the nexiq 2 to connect to the companies wifi network and your laptop connects to the nexiq through that network.

I find network communication to be sketchy at times. The position of the router in our shop gives poor wifi outside the shop so if you’re out of wifi range, you need to switch to a peer to peer connection. Personally, just go with the bluetooth version if you really need to do a wireless connection. 99.999% of the time, I connect through a USB cable because it connects quicker and the connection speed is much faster. If you ever need to do reprogramming, cable connection is highly recommended.

Wifi may have a much longer range but bluetooth will normally have around a 20-30 foot range. If your laptop is 20-30 feet away from the vehicle you are connected to, that’s a lot of walking to go back and forth from the truck to the laptop. A simple USB cable works much better.

I also noticed that the Nexiq 2 uses a different USB cable than what the Nexiq 1 uses. I guess the simplest way to describe it is the Nexiq 1 uses a USB printer cable end and the Nexiq 2 uses a digital camera end. I can’t remember the technical names from each end but they’re all easy to find cables if you need them in different lengths.

In conclusion, you’ll get what you pay for. Be careful to buy a  Heavy Duty Scanner Nexiq clone off! You may have issues with all the lights blink and they can not connect any more, you can not get warranty on Chinese clones so you are out of luck. If you still want to have a cheap clone one, obd2tool.com is the the only supplier i recommend; he’s a man of his word to trust in. It begins as obd2tool.com and turns to be obd2tool.com. I’ve known this site for 7 years around, items from him are used with relief be’coz of professional tech support there. For others, I don’t support them and Nexiq won’t warranty them. Anyway, good luck.

How to make Cummins Insite 8.2.0 work with Nexiq usb link

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Cummins INSITE 8.2.0.184 truck software is compatible with Inline 5, INLINE 6, DPA5NEXIQ USB Link adapters. Here’s the guide on use INSIET 8.2 with Nexiq usb link.

Procedure:

Preparation:

Download INSITE 8.2.0 patch

Cummins insite 8.2.0 lite version patch

Cummins insite 8.2.0 pro version patch

Step 1: Install Nexiq drivers

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Run USB-Link_9.5.0.1 setup on desktop as Administrator

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Click Next to start install NEXIQ USB Link drivers
Accept copyright notice
Click Next

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Installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2005

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Click Next to install Device Tester Setup
Accept license agreement

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Tick Device Tester Install, click Next

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Install software on C:/Program Files/NEXIQ/Device Tester,click Install
Click Next
Device tester setup installation completed. Click Finish

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Accept windows security warning
NEXIQ USB link drivers installation completed.

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Click Finish.
Restart computer

Step 2: Install INSITE 8.2.0.184

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Extract INSITE8.2.0.184 zip folder to desktop
Open INSITE 8.2.0 folder

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Open autorun
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Click Manual Install Options->Required Installs->Install INSITE
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Select software language

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Install Microsoft.NET Framework 4.5 Full, INSITE data pack, INSITE CSS service

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Verify PC date and time, click Next
Accpet license agreement

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Finish install INSITE 8.2 software

Step 3: Activate INSITE 8.2.0

Run Cummins INSITE software on dekstop as Administrator
Accept 2 license agreements
Exit INSITE software
Delete all INSITE files on desktop

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Download and paste the Cummins INSITE 8.2.0 pro or lite version patach on desktop

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Run “820 PRO” and send the ID to your dealer

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The dealer will send you user name and activation key

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Paste user name and registration key to corresponding area

Click on Register.

Activation success.

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Now you can use INSITE software with NEXUQ/Xtruck USB Link hardware.

NEXIQ 125032 USB Link + Software Diesel Truck Diagnose Interface FAQ Summary

Q1: Can I update your NEXIQ 125032 USB Link?
A1: No, do not update NEXIQ 125032 USB Link, otherwise it will not work.

Q2: NEXIQ 125032 USB Link + Software need password?
A2: No, it does need, for more details, please check the user manual in the column “technical support” or under “Related Download Files”.

Q3: I followed the instructions step by step to install the drivers. I didn’t have internet connection and I never tried to update the USB-Link. The “POWER” light” got on and the “DATA” & “FAULT” lights go on and off, on and off. And the device manager show and hide the USB-link drive.
A3:  This is because you install the original new driver and the Nexiq is broken, you need to return back to us for repair. (Note: please do not install the original software with our hardware.)

Q4: Does NEXIQ work with Volvo Bus and Isuzu truck? NEXIQ has no communication with these two vehicles.
A4: Nexiq hardware is not compatible with Volvo Bus. And our Nexiq only work with North American Isuzu. Nexiq cannot work well with CAT either, especially the Asian Cat, Nexiq only support CAT with J1939 and J1708 protocol, but so far most CAT engine is CAT special protocol CDL and J1939 Protocol has not yet come into use.

Q5: I bought one NEXIQ 125032 USB-link, after the driver setup finish; I plug Nexiq into the computer and all the indicator lights flash, this is not should be like this, what it means? What should I do? Does Nexiq have any problem? (By the way, I followed the setup instruction in the video)
A5: Try to install successfully the software driver and thenconnect with the car to test the vehicles. Any more questions, please keep contact.

Q6: When the ECU starts, it shows an error message “Received Error Code: 275”
A6: The driver isn’t installed successfully, and the software can’t recognize the hardware.

Q7: When connect the Nexiq, The power light, data light and Fault light keep flash fast, what’s the matter?
A7: You try to update NEXIQ, right? You have to return back us for repair.

Q8:  Does Nexiq contain ISUZU IDSS software? IDSS software fail to loading and display CRC error: “the file C:\Program Files\IDSS\ images\2007icvch \processed\fullsize\fullb606.rra doesnt match the file in the setup’s.cab file.”
A8: Please check the setup instruction and step-by-step install the software, and at the same time make sure your computer system support Isuzu IDSS software

Q9: I am your old customer; I buy from you several NEXIQ. But this time, when I open this software: V-MAC III Service diagnostics V2.6.12, it display an error message “Unable to read value software\Mack Trucks, Inc\Common\Device ID”, then I choose “Preferences “and then “RP123A Device name”, but there is nothing in the drop-down box for me to choose Nexiq USB.
A9: Make sure the driver installs successfully and the Patch is installed. Please install the software on another computer, do not install on the computer that you previously used.

Q10: WAS Multi-Diag Truck Diagnostic Tool(item NO.SH49), Nexiq(item NO.SH27), DPA5 (item NO.SH47 and SH47-B)? What is their difference?
A10: both of the three truck scanners are powerful, good quality, best-selling,but there are some differences among them: 1) supported truck models: Nexiq(item NO.SH27)and DPA5 (item NO.SH47 ,SH47-B) mainly work with American trucks, WAS Multi-Diag Truck(item NO.SH49) mainly work with European trucks. 2) Function: their function is almost the same, mainly support diagnosis and basic programming for a part of trucks, for example: Nexiq support program for Cummins.

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