I think it stops the interior (dome) lights from turning on when you open a door, things like that.
I wanted to do live/real-time monitoring while driving using an old iPhone 5s I had on-hand; therefore, I went with the OBDLink MX+ wireless Bluetooth model, as you probably don't want the hard-wired OBDLink EX USB cable hooked-up while you are driving.OBDLink EX Description
- OBDLink EX is an affordable, user-friendly, professional-grade OBD adapter designed from the ground up to take full advantage of all of the features of the FORScan software for Windows. In turn, FORScan takes advantage of exclusive OBDLink functionality. FORScan team recommends EX for its connection reliability, lightning-fast data transfer speed, and support of the proprietary Ford CAN buses.
- OBDLink EX can access 100% of Ford ECUs and get access to more functions than the official Ford dealer scan tool. FORScan has capabilities that are locked out in the proprietary software used at Ford dealerships.
- Electronic switching allows access to advanced functions such as simultaneously reading parameters from ECUs on different CAN networks and initializing some modules (e.g., “Remote Keyless Entry and Start”) OBDLink switches seamlessly between HS-CAN, MS-CAN, and J1850 Ford networks. “No switch” means no worries about messing things up if you accidentally transmit on the wrong network
- If you look at Table 2.1 in this post in the FORScan forums, the OBDLink EX is the recommended adapter for Windows programming: Adapter performance
- Custom-Designed for FORScan
OBDLink EX is recommended by the FORScan team
- Dealership-level Diganostics
OBDLink EX supports all Ford protocols, modules, and advanced features of FORScan
- Electronic Switching
Electronic switch allows FORScan to access all CAN buses simultaneously and enables advanced functions not possible with “toggle switch” adapters
- Maximum Throughput
Up to 20 times faster than “toggle switch” adapters
- Rock-Solid Connection
Avoids data corruption and dropped packets
@Chipster314 - unfortunately this thread did not migrate well from the old forum format to the new forum format this past weekendOK I have the FORScan program loaded and activated with 3 year license. But I do not see any of these red icons or orange pull down list you talk about . \yet it shows \i am connected.
@vturney - FORScan forums indicate Windows 10 only, but I believe other members have successfully installed and programmed using Windows 7. I will defer to others to verify...I want to say this is an excellent write up, it's given me the confidence to give this a try. I've never done this type of modification before, but the way you've explained it makes it seem almost fool proof. I do have a question to start: is there a reason I would need Windows 10 to utilize FORScan? My current laptop is Windows 7 and isn't in need of an upgrade or replacement at this point. If I can do without purchasing a newer laptop, that would be great, if not I will search for something cheap just for FORScan. I really want to get everything together so I can take advantage of the regen monitoring. I have a very short daily commute and I am afraid I will run into problems in the future. Thanks in advance!
@Chipster314 - unfortunately this thread did not migrate well from the old forum format to the new forum format this past weekend
I tried to reformat the posts to add back in the inline images that did not migrate over correctly
=> Please go back and review the same posts, as I have added the mocked up images with the buttons circled with colors and arrows indicating order
=> Please post back here if you still have questions after reviewing the updated posts
FYI- your FORScan image you posted shows your're successfully connected and ready-to-roll